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Dashboard mount... drill or not to drill

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by BarefootBandit, Aug 30, 2010.

  1. Aug 30, 2010 at 3:30 PM
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    BarefootBandit

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    I'm installing a makeshift bracket mount for my handheld HAM radio

    Instead of buying the 30 dollar pro-fit model, I'm going to use this 5 dollar one.


    The only problem is that you will see a single screw on the outside, along with a bunch of holes for other screws.

    What do you guys think... would you do it?

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  2. Aug 30, 2010 at 3:33 PM
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    Bamabww

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    I wouldn't drill. Just my opinion though.
     
  3. Aug 30, 2010 at 3:41 PM
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    jpmorrisvb

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    I would have to agree .... there has to be in aisle 16 at The Home Depot that would do the trick.
     
  4. Aug 30, 2010 at 4:27 PM
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    hansonian

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    Instead of drilling why not use some 3M double sided tape. That should hold it on with no problems. I drilled holes for my GPS mount in my last Jeep and wished I hadn't until the day I got rid of it.
     
  5. Aug 30, 2010 at 4:51 PM
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    Taco4x4NC

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    Drill baby Drill!!!!!!:D


    Just kidding... I would not drill.
     
  6. Aug 30, 2010 at 4:55 PM
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    NumNutz

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  7. Aug 30, 2010 at 6:26 PM
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    TacomaBuzz

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    Do what Sarah Palin Said^^ You can always just replace the OEM drilled out plastic with new later on.
     
  8. Aug 30, 2010 at 6:42 PM
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    HondaGM

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    nope,dont drill
     
  9. Aug 30, 2010 at 7:21 PM
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    Drill it. You can either leave the bracket if you ever sell the truck or replace the piece, or neither. Don't sweat it. Just plan on keeping it forever and stop worrying about a few holes.
     
  10. Aug 30, 2010 at 7:23 PM
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  11. Aug 30, 2010 at 7:32 PM
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    I would try everything else thats reversible, including the tape, before drilling.
     
  12. Aug 30, 2010 at 8:06 PM
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    use 3M first just incase you end up changing your mind later.
     
  13. Aug 30, 2010 at 8:22 PM
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    I made a similar mount out of some aluminum for my ipod. I drilled holes to attach the mount to the dash, but the holes aren't noticeable. I took the climate controls out and drilled two holes in the side of the cavity. Once the mount is attached and the climate controls are in, you can't tell. The only sign that I modified the truck is that I had to shave down the side of the climate controls in order for the metal to fit between the controls and the side of the cavity.
     
  14. Aug 30, 2010 at 8:35 PM
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    Splurge on a kuda mount. Very nice product. Kudausa.com
    The grey tacoma mounts on their site are from my truck!
     
  15. Aug 30, 2010 at 9:05 PM
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    No way would I drill my dash for $25
     
  16. Aug 31, 2010 at 1:53 AM
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    I'd drill my dash. Like mentioned above keep the bracket on or plug the holes if you decided to ever sell the truck. At least it would be on solid as compared to glue or tape. A few holes won't hurt anything
     
  17. Aug 31, 2010 at 2:50 AM
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    velcro would be another idea you might want to try??
     
  18. Sep 1, 2010 at 5:18 AM
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    I drilled! I figured if I was going to drill into the dash board, I might as well drill the roof.

    Antenex quarter-wave NMO mount VHF antenna

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  19. Sep 1, 2010 at 5:37 AM
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    Ouch ...... :eek:
     
  20. Sep 1, 2010 at 11:13 AM
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    looks great
     
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