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Permanent GPS mount location?

I don't know if I am alone here, but here is the scenario...

On more than one occasion I've had my suction cup mount for my GPS come loose on left turns, sending the GPS flying into the passenger door before falling to the floorboards. The first thought that comes to mind is, "Thank God I had decided not to take my doors off!".

Seriously, I spend so much time with my top down in rainy Florida I splurged on purchasing a more expensive Garmin waterproof model and it would be all too ironic to lose the device providing directions while following those directions.

So, I am looking into some type of screw mounting device for it. However, before I go putting holes into my dashboard I'd rather ask the community where they mounted their GPS and by what means to see if there are any cool setups I might not have already thought of. People around here tend to come up with some very cool DIY ideas in their Jeeps...

Anyone out there install a more permanent mount for their GPS in their Jeeps? Where? Have a pic of how it looks in that location?

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It's hard for me to explain but I drilled my Daystar organizer. With one screw and took apart the factory mount and it is just about perfect for me. I'll try and snap a picture tonight so you can get the idea.

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Have you ever looked in ram mounts. They have this new one that utilizes the mirror mount and make specific gps holders.

Im getting mine today and i was having the same problem with my suction cup, hopefully this is the solution.

http://www.ram-mount.com/NewProducts...8/Default.aspx

Miami4X4 is a vendor of these - MannyLx450, its a start.

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I forgot I could use my cell phone. I don't actually have my GPS with me but I think this shows your main concern. I put the screw up in the bottom and then super glued and JB welded it in. It works perfect for me.

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I've often thought about using the suction cup base on my garmin and screwing it to the daystar dash panel as well. Seems like an ideal place for it.
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Have you ever looked in ram mounts. They have this new one that utilizes the mirror mount and make specific gps holders.

Im getting mine today and i was having the same problem with my suction cup, hopefully this is the solution.

http://www.ram-mount.com/NewProducts...8/Default.aspx
x2 on the Ram Mount. I currently use it for both my Garmin & my iPhone. I use the suction cup windshield mount for for the Garmin and the Ram Mount does an exceptionally good job at keeping it firmly mounted. What I like most about the Ram Mount systems is that they're modular, so when you inevitably upgrade your unit, all you do is buy one new piece for 10 or 15 bux without having to replace all the other hardware. And like I said, since it is a modular system, if you want to change up the mounting solution in your vehicle OR incorporate it to other modes of transportation (mountain bike/motorcycle/4 wheeler/side by side) all you do is buy the pieces and parts to do so without having to buy the entirely new set up.

Now I had gone direct to the company that sells the Ram Mounts and have nothing buy good things to say about they service they provide. In the event you choose Ram Mount for your mounting solution, regardless of where you decide to go to make that purchase, you'll be exceptionally happy with the quality of the product.

Sure my rig has seen the trail, but I wheel it like a soccer mom looking for a parking spot at Nordstroms.
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x2 on the Ram Mount. I currently use it for both my Garmin & my iPhone. I use the suction cup windshield mount for for the Garmin and the Ram Mount does an exceptionally good job at keeping it firmly mounted. What I like most about the Ram Mount systems is that they're modular, so when you inevitably upgrade your unit, all you do is buy one new piece for 10 or 15 bux without having to replace all the other hardware. And like I said, since it is a modular system, if you want to change up the mounting solution in your vehicle OR incorporate it to other modes of transportation (mountain bike/motorcycle/4 wheeler/side by side) all you do is buy the pieces and parts to do so without having to buy the entirely new set up.

Now I had gone direct to the company that sells the Ram Mounts and have nothing buy good things to say about they service they provide. In the event you choose Ram Mount for your mounting solution, regardless of where you decide to go to make that purchase, you'll be exceptionally happy with the quality of the product.

Yeah, What he said X 2.

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Here is the mount that goes behind the radio.

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Here is the mount that goes behind the radio.
I have this same thing.. I have been thinking about sticking some velcro to it and also to the back of whatever I want to put on it.....

no jeep here...
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I have this same thing.. I have been thinking about sticking some velcro to it and also to the back of whatever I want to put on it.....
I cut the suction cup off and drilled a couple holes through the plastic mounting piece and bolted it on the mount so it stays on on bumpy roads. You could do this with other brackets also.

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Thats two great ideas now!

Where did the behind the radio bracket come from?

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Thats two great ideas now!

Where did the behind the radio bracket come from?
http://www.quadratec.com/products/17017_005.htm

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GPS Overhead Mount

This setup is for my back up GPS. It turns on when i start my Jeep. I had the power routed to my secondary cigarette plug on my overhead console. I can also turn them on and off from my sPod switches. My receiver comes with GPS ready but I don't want the interruption of the GPS voice while i'm listening to my music.
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Hope you don't mind me asking but, what overhead console is that?......
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This was my GPS mount. I have since swapped out the GPS holder for an iphone holder after the GPS was stolen.

https://www.jkowners.com/forum/showthread.php?t=83200
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It's the Trailmax Overhead console. It's cheap, but not very durable. Good thing about it is you can easily mount other accessories as this console is made out of plastic
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coolest thing i've seen was a ram mount for handlebars clamped to the rearview mirror stalk.

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I used the this mount in my JK and like it. I picked up a Gamin universal ball mount for about 3 bucks somewhere online to use with it. No drilling or cutting required. I secures using the two screw that hold the radio into the dash on the passenger side.

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