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Old 07-30-2013, 04:29 PM   #1
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Talking Found The Perfect Spot For My Navigator

I tried to mount the navigator on the windshield but we all know just how much real estate we have on that tiny thing, so I got a hold of a piece of aluminum and McGyver'd a braket that actually holds the navigator solidly, it has two tabs that just stick behind the upholstery on the dash.
I have been using it like this for about four months now to make sure this is where i want it, turns out it is the perfect spot for me. I actually use the speedometer on it more than I use the one on the DIC, was thinking of getting a HUD installed, but after using this for a while I am completely satisfied with not having a HUD.

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Old 07-30-2013, 05:09 PM   #2
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That's awesome! Is it easy to mount and dismount? Any pics of just the bracket on the dash? I may want to that for my garmin
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Old 07-30-2013, 05:51 PM   #3
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Is it hard-wired in and, if so, to what?
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Old 07-30-2013, 05:58 PM   #4
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Can you post pics of the bracket you made. Need to do this for mine.
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Old 07-30-2013, 06:32 PM   #5
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You should market this bracket.... I'd love a mount like that.
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Old 07-30-2013, 06:36 PM   #6
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Title is a little misleading for a second I thought you meant the Lincoln for a second
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Old 07-30-2013, 06:37 PM   #7
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I just found a piece of aluminum, it is kind of shabby lookin, but you cannot see it whatsoever with the unit mounted. i gotta clean it up before i show it here.

No it is not hard wired yet due to the fact that I take it out and put it into my Jeep
Wrangler on the weekends, however the power cord loops off to the left and is tucked between the dash and door weatherseal, back under the dash/steering wheel and plugged into the console cigarette lighter outlet, I will hard wire it once I get moved to Vegas and will post pics then.

Give me a little while and i will post pics of the bracket.
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Old 07-30-2013, 06:38 PM   #8
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I stick the suction cup for my GPS onto the radio faceplate. Super fast AND easy.
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Old 07-30-2013, 06:52 PM   #9
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OK.....Please excuse the roughness of the bracket, after all it is still currently in development phase, now it just needs some polishing up and maybe some paint. The way it is built though, you really dont see any of it when the unit is mounted, I just copied the original mounting bracket that came with the Nuvi, but I made it a flush mount model. it does not even mar or scratch the upholstery at all, and I have had it mounted for four months now.
I know it doesn't look like much but it is completely functional, and believe it or not I really thought it out and actually went through a couple of prototypes before I was satisfied with this one. Yes the metal is from a computer hard drive side panel, I just dug it out of some spare metal parts bucket I have at the house. It ended up working out great.-

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Old 07-30-2013, 06:59 PM   #10
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Nice. I keep my UltraGauge in the same spot using a similar homemade bracket that just tucks behind the dash trim there. Bonus is that the power / OBDII cord is 99% hidden when the door is closed.
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Old 07-30-2013, 07:05 PM   #11
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I stick the suction cup for my GPS onto the radio faceplate. Super fast AND easy.
I tried that......didn't like it, to me it looks like an afterthought, it wouldn't stay stuck(I hate the suction cup idea, however it looks good in the Wrangler windshield), and I didn't like the idea of looking down and over to the radio.
The reason I put it where it is now, is I don't have to glance far, it is almost right in my line of sight like a HUD, and I dont have to look down into my DIC to see my speed or navigator.
And after a little time trying out all options of placement, it seems like it was designed to be placed right there between the vents and out of the way of anything.
I really like it there
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Old 07-30-2013, 07:13 PM   #12
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That's awesome! Is it easy to mount and dismount? Any pics of just the bracket on the dash? I may want to that for my garmin
Very easy to mount and remove, it just slips right behind the trim, and pops off the Nuvi unit just like the original plastic mount that comes with it.
Just a little quality time with a pair of tin snips and needle nose pliers, file all the sharp edges smooth and your in business.

Also- I have yet to see it come flying off the dash, slip around, it literally stays right where I put it.......no issues at all.
Heck I have have had the dang suction cup mount fall off my windshield many times, that is what spurned me to come up with this idea in the first place
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Old 07-31-2013, 05:51 PM   #13
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I just found a piece of aluminum, it is kind of shabby lookin, but you cannot see it whatsoever with the unit mounted. i gotta clean it up before i show it here.

No it is not hard wired yet due to the fact that I take it out and put it into my Jeep
Wrangler on the weekends, however the power cord loops off to the left and is tucked between the dash and door weatherseal, back under the dash/steering wheel and plugged into the console cigarette lighter outlet, I will hard wire it once I get moved to Vegas and will post pics then.

Give me a little while and i will post pics of the bracket.
Looking forward to it - you may be on to a nice little accessory here...
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Old 08-01-2013, 01:48 AM   #14
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I'm pretty sure there is a company that already makes these type of mounts that just snap into the trim. I can't remember what the name of it is or if it was part of a kit for something else...
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Old 08-01-2013, 01:54 AM   #15
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ProClips is the company I was thinking of. Their site is http://www.proclipusa.com/ not exactly the same thing but it's the same general idea. I do like your creation though and obviously much cheaper than buying it from these guys. Great job man! It's always fun to be able to say you made your own stuff.
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Old 08-01-2013, 04:13 PM   #16
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Nice way to re-purpose a hard drive!

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Old 08-05-2013, 01:14 AM   #17
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That's exactly where I have mine mounted, and I have it hot wired to the 12V socket in the console. Ran the wires under the side of the console.
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