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Unread 09-07-2007, 04:34 PM   #1
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What's up guys!

I just got a new Garmin 60csx with topo and city's and I'm SO excited. Now I've got to find a place to mount this thing.

So for those of with GPS, where did you put it? what kind of mount are you using and how do you like it? I plan on hard wiring it eventually, so that might factor into where I put it.

So far I like this mount a lot:
http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forum...installed.html

I searched and found various pics but I wanted to get some new ideas as well. I look forward to the pics and thoughts.

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Unread 09-07-2007, 05:08 PM   #2
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I mounted mine with a Ram mount in the center. See
http://www.toyota120.com/forum/showt...ighlight=mount

Allows maximum visibility (easy to reach while driving) and also antenna coverage, not sure how well the side mount would work in a 4Runner.
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Unread 09-07-2007, 05:14 PM   #3
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I'm sure my mount is posted in a thread somewhere on the site. Also my gallery has photos of mine. I like that mount from your link (fjcruiser).
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Unread 09-09-2007, 07:01 AM   #4
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I mounted my 76CSx on my dash, in the center, with the garmin dash mount.

https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?pID=639

I like having it up closer to eye level. The center mount also gives the passenger a good view if they are helping navigate.

I tried the temp adhesive disk but ended up using the permanent adhesive disk since I plan to keep this 4Runner for several years.

I like the mount because it lets you clip in or remove the GPS easily.
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Unread 09-09-2007, 09:53 AM   #5
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I don't know if your GPS unit can be used on its side, instead of verticle.
Here is my Garmin GPS V, mounted on the steering column.

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Unread 10-24-2007, 09:53 PM   #6
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Talking New mounting location!

As I noted before, I was inspired by this install: http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forum...installed.html
but I didn't want to drill a hole that big into my dash so I changed it up a bit. Here is what I did.

1. Ordered a ram mount from www.e-mount.com, i described to her what I wanted and she recommended the perfect set-up. It's much like the one noted in the above the thread but the base mounting ball attaches to a "head-less" bolt rather a flat plate.

2. Drilled a small hole in my dash, and fed the bolt through. Just enough to fill the ball


3. put a wood plate on the back, with a hole drilled in it:

ooops a bit long, so I cut the bolt:

(also shave some of the top of the wood block off, not pictured but make room for the dash piece to clip)

4. Tightened the nut/washer on the back, tighten the washer and ball the front and presto......you're stylin





I've tested it out and I'm very happy, very little if any shaking/bouncing and it looks great. Low key and very easy to see. PS - the Garmin 60csx is awesome, it works great.
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Unread 10-25-2007, 05:52 AM   #7
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Very clean. Good job. I have the same garmin...it's great for geo caching and hiking.

Sweet....

How much movement do you get for the conditions you've driven and what do you think it would do on a washboard dirt road? Any changes to the setup your already thinking about?

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Unread 10-25-2007, 09:27 AM   #8
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That is a sweet set up. That could be done almost anywhere on the dash.

EXCELLENT! Nice job.
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Unread 11-01-2007, 01:10 PM   #9
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Does it make your dash panel flex?

I noticed it is close to one of the clips that holds the dash in. Does this clip help satbilize the mount? Or: does the mount cause the clip to pop out?

This looks really slick. I'm thinking of doing something like that over near the stereo.
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Unread 11-01-2007, 03:02 PM   #10
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the mount does not noticeably shake. It has been very sturdy, of the course the washers on both sides are important.

One concern that I had: obviously, the ball tightens by turning clockwise and in the location I chose, the mount attaches to the ball on the left side thus gravity is working the ball loose. I thought that the ball would eventually come loose with the weight of the GPS. This has not happened yet. My plan if this does occurs is to use lock-tite

Last weekend I hard wired it using an add-a-circuit, the back light makes a huge difference.

Overall I am very happy with the setup.

Note: I had to shave a bit of the top off the wood near the clip (not pictured) above. I'll try to get some better picks up.

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Unread 11-03-2007, 04:03 PM   #11
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That FJ setup is nice. I also like the mount with a bolt-out on 4Runner. Nice work.
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Unread 11-07-2007, 03:19 PM   #12
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I have a Map60Cx and use the Ram mount, with the big suction pad. I have travelled all over northern Oz on some very corrugated raods and never had problem with falling off. Plus you have the bonus of being able to swap it to different vehicles with no problem.

I do like the bolt through the dash method though...
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Unread 03-06-2009, 12:01 AM   #13
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This system was recently tested on the washboars of death Valley. It works great!

(A) Ram Mount ball with adhesive to dash, (B) velcro


Other velcro strip on bottom of GPS. This keeps it from bouncing. The Ram Mount holds the screen orientation.
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Unread 03-06-2009, 12:18 AM   #14
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That turned out pretty good!! I didn't like the FJC mount at all, you can't have it that low.....takes your eyes off of the road.
I have the old Ram mount w/large suction cup.
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Unread 03-06-2009, 11:44 AM   #15
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The photo with the GPS in it (post # 15, above), is taken from a lower angle of view, than my normal driving position.

When viewing the GPS, while driving, it only blocks the view of my hood, and not the road. This is the biggest problem I have with the window mounts. They easily hide motorcycles, etc.

This location also lets my co-pilot (wife) see the GPS. When I had my old one on the steering column, she had no access to the data base in the GPS.

Also, when I remove the GPS, as in the 1st photo, it does not look like everyone elses GPS mounts. So; when someone pulls their GPS out of the windo mount, the crooks still know that you have one, and it is probably still in the car (glovebox or arm rest).

The Ram Ball on my dash still gets attention; but it is not obvious why it is there, compared to a "normal" GPS mount. Crook moves on to more obvious targets.

This could all be a load of BS too. Sometimes I overthink stuff. It is the nerd, engineer in me.
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Unread 09-24-2009, 08:27 PM   #16
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I know this thread is a bit old but still relevant.

Just got a Garmin 276c like Photog's but I am hesitant to drill into my dash. This is what I came up with...

I built a laptop console for my truck about 3 years ago when I was running GPS thru the computer. I took this console and modified it for the 276c.

Console pics...









I took apart the Marine Mount that came with the unit and mounted the base on the console with 3 small wood screws...



Then attached the mount to the base...



Final installation in the vehicle with GPS in the cradle...



Here's how the console is secured in the truck...



Gonna try it out at Pismo tomorrow and see how it holds up although it feels very solid.

PS: The console still allows me to retain the use of my cup holders for driver and passenger.
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Unread 09-24-2009, 08:33 PM   #17
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that thing is huge and ungly!!

check out proclipusa, they make little things that clip over the vents and stuff
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Unread 09-24-2009, 08:38 PM   #18
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something like this?
http://www.proclipusa.com/site/frame...80&pageid=8323
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Unread 09-24-2009, 08:44 PM   #19
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That might work for some applications but the 276c is big unit. It also has a lot of flexibility for TOPO and city navigation as well as HAM radio and APRS applications. So it may be old, clunky and heavy but it works very well for my needs. The 276c will only be used for navigating offroad and navigating to the offroad area. The console may be ugly but it was free, it's solid and I can still use it as a small table of sorts. It comes out when I'm not wheeling. For daily use I have a Nuvi 200W.
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i used one in my old rig and it was awesome! held about 6 lbs no prob. but if you like your table go for it!!
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