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GPS mounts

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by JBeasty, Feb 4, 2009.

  1. Feb 4, 2009 at 7:20 PM
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    JBeasty

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    speaking of GPS units, has anyone come up with a clean looking mount for their GPS. I have an older Garmin 2610 that I would like to place at, or just below dash level. any suggestions?

    Thanks, JB
     
  2. Feb 4, 2009 at 7:28 PM
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    Lentsnh

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    in the drivers corner of my windshield.. mine has the suction cup though
     
  3. Apr 15, 2009 at 7:48 PM
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    Not a great pic, taken from my phone. I used to have it where the sirius is located but moved it to the left side after I got the radio. I just used the long bendable mount and stuck it to the back of that pocket. I pulled the pocket out to run the wires behind. When I get around to it I'll hard wire it in.

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  4. Apr 15, 2009 at 7:54 PM
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    Put it where sapper put it, looks good there
     
  5. Apr 15, 2009 at 8:12 PM
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    thanks, I was worried about it being a bit low but it has the fancy voice ( I actually downloaded MR T) that gives you directions so I don't really need to take my eyes off the road. Plus, I don't really use it all that often.
     
  6. Apr 15, 2009 at 11:20 PM
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    Evil Monkey

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    You might look into some Ram Mounts. I used them on my motorcycle. You just need a place to mount a 1" Ram Ball. There are a lot of different adapters and arms available (e.g. cup holder mounts). They're kind of pricey on the Ram Mount site so I usually buy them from here:
    http://www.gpscity.com/gps-mount/garmin/streetpilot-2610

    You could mount the base in the area underneath the cigarette lighter sockets and use an arm to extend it out by your knee.

    They're quick mounting and unmounting on the installed ball; just turn the knob to tighten the arm onto the ball and you can position the arm so it swings into a convenient location.

    They have a no-drill mount that attaches to the seat bolts but it's more designed for supporting laptops.

    Here's a close-up view of the arm attached to two 1" ball mounts: http://www.ram-mount.com/CatalogRes...d/082065077045066045049051056085/Default.aspx
     
  7. Apr 16, 2009 at 2:11 PM
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    JDCPA

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    I also put my Garmin on the left side of the windshield where I don't have to look down to see it. It has voice directions but I can see the map with just a glance when I need it. Also easier to change ranges on the fly.
     
  8. Apr 16, 2009 at 2:20 PM
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    fishshooter

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    Ram Mounts are tough stuff, you can't go wrong with anything from them, as long as you stay away from the peel and stick. Does mounting them so low affect the reception?
     
  9. Apr 16, 2009 at 2:34 PM
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    The only issue with reception I've had is if I'm on the move and decide to turn it on. I find it better to turn it on in the driveway or parkinglot, wait to pickup some satellites, then take off. It gets good reception though once it picks them up. I don't really use mine all that often so it just sits in the center console. It's good for roadtrips though and with the vioce I don't really need to see it all that much.
     
  10. Apr 16, 2009 at 9:22 PM
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    I purchased a Garmin Streetpilot 550C. It was refurbished and was $95.

    I placed the Garmin on my dash in the center. Then I placed a #24 Jeff Gordon Hat on the dash over the GPS. (Sorry if you don't like Jeff Gordon -- haha).

    I have a dashmat so I ran the power cable and stereo wire under the dashmat and through a whole in the dashmat into the GPS.

    My Garmin Streetpilot 550C is an MP3 player and also bluetooth capable. So now I can play my MP3 songs into the JBL stereo -- in addition, I can run my cellphone calls through my stereo as well.

    Now I have on dash capability to view the maps(or speed/time of arrival), or voice capability (MP3 and Cell phone) through my stereo. If I desire -- I can place the hat complete over the GPS or remove it and place it in my center console.

    This works great -- All for about 150 bones -- $95 GPS and $55 for the stereo wiring harness.

    Hope this helps.

    going to the Phoenix NASCAR race on Sat -- hope Jeff Gordon wins!!!:cool:
     
  11. Apr 16, 2009 at 9:26 PM
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    BulletToothTony

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    Right now i have mine in the top left up on the windshield but im gonna play around with and will probably end up moving it somewhere else.
     
  12. Apr 16, 2009 at 9:32 PM
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    put it above and to right of rear view mirror, connected power into overhead console
     
  13. Apr 17, 2009 at 5:48 AM
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    Since I only had the "garage door opener" box in my overhead, I fabricated a holder that allows me to quickly disconnect and take it along biking / hiking with me. I clipped my garage door opener onto the headliner in front of it.

    I can still see out of the rear view fine. It blocks very little of the top of my view....





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    This looks like it blocks the mirror but I'm holdnig the camera up above my head....

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  14. Apr 17, 2009 at 10:38 AM
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    Danm dude. That i a great ides. What ways did you modify it and which unit is the GPS?
     
  15. Apr 19, 2009 at 6:42 PM
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    Thanks!
    It's a TomTom One XL I just pulled the door out and fabricated a piece of 1/4" thick clear polycarbonate. I was able to buy a mount that I just pop riveted onto the plastic. The I machined a piece of plastic to cover up all the fasteners / stuff needed to mount the unit.

    It you decide to try this, I can make you some parts and send them to you. Heck, if it's not for you, you can just chunk 'em LOL

    The TomTom was a bit sloe to sync up with the sattelites, so I also got the external antenna and stuck it beside the rear view mirror mount. It's an old TomTom, I think the newer ones will pick up much easier...

    Happy modding!
     
  16. Apr 19, 2009 at 9:58 PM
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    Without the GPS installed:

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    And with:

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    I just superglued that disc over the air bag shutoff because i won't really ever have to shut it off.. and if I pull the entire plate that i glued onto, you can access the airbag shutoff just fine.
     
  17. Apr 19, 2009 at 10:18 PM
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    I put mine right over the speedo since it is more accurate anyways. Keeps it fairly close to my line of sight as well! I just have to run a plug in behind the dash to make it look a little cleaner.

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  18. Apr 19, 2009 at 10:19 PM
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    Nice idea. I dont like the shutoff location, shouldve put in glovebox.
     
  19. Apr 19, 2009 at 10:21 PM
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    Thanks! and i agree, the switch is in the wrong spot. but putting the GPS here makes it easy to take off the suction cup thing and unplug and hide away.. i like it a lot
     
  20. Apr 22, 2009 at 1:22 PM
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    Mounted my Garmin nuvi directly above the CD port on the factory headunit using a modified Garmin dash mount and hardwired the power through the radio bezel. Installing iPod on the mount next to the climate controls.

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