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post #1 of 6 Old May 13th, 2008, 10:56 am Thread Starter
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GPS inexpensive sunshade

I knew this was going to be an issue, more so with an inexpensive GPS. I tried a quick prototype the other day, and was having problems finding the right material for the shade.

Just happens we needed our food shopping bags and I saw the one from Wegman's had a waterproof, black matte bottom.

I used a piece of medical aluminum from a splint, bent that to fit the contour of the GPS, molded the piece of material from the Wegman's bag, made a hole for the on/off switch access and another for the headset to fit into.

Inside the top is a stylus for easy access to the menu. Velcroed to the top of the GPS, seems quite solid. Have not road tested it yet, but from what I can see compared to the first one, this should work very well! Total cost with the junk I had laying around, was about $3.

The GPS is a Magellan Crossover, $289 at Walmart. Battery lasts about 6-7 hrs, little need for D/C power, but I do have use of that.

Now if I only could find the headset that worked with this, and there is only one out of many tested last year......., I know it is in the house somewhere.

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As a side note to this project, I was torn between posts stating to have it mounted higher so as not to have to look down when driving. Quite a few others are mounted more directly to the Stingray, which is what wanted to do. Using what materials I had laying around to make this, the mount works great, but it does hide the instrument panel more than I would have liked.

I can still see what is needed, just have to look around the GPS a little. Knowing that, I made this cover as tight as possible around the unit, and it seems to have worked out quite well, considering.

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There's another option. I have a Lowrance iWay 500C gps that has a large 5" screen that's readable even in full sunlight. Lowrance is a marine electronics company, so they know what waterproof means as well.

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I think it looks good. Way to go. Now, when can I place an order for mine?

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As a post review on this, the shield works great!

The mount on the other hand is not quite a rigid as I would like and I will most likely take it apart, remove some of the rubber between the Ray and the mount, and add a larger SS washer before putting it back on. Hope that does it. PS: since my post, I took it apart, removed 50% of the seal skin between the mount and the Ray, put on a larger washer and cranked the bolt much tighter. Hope that does it. Too damn tired to ride now.

This was never intended for the bike, just an inexpensive GPS for the car and for $300, it has served very well. Since it was this or nothing, this is not a bad option.

A better option for the mount could be many of the already posted pics on the forum, and some of the products from BMR.

I will have to see what a Lowrance GPS looks like, now that you have my curiosity.

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Another update on the GPS. The vibration in the GPS is due, surprisingly, to vibration in the Stingray, not anything attributed to the mount. Due to the gps being mounted about 4" or so higher than most used on a Stingray (ie: the BMR Trivet), that appears to be the issue. One reason I went with this setup, there were threads suggesting it was better to have the GPS nearer the windshield (ie: the BMR Co Pilot shelf), so you did not look away from the road. Works well nonetheless, plus I have a great deal more adjustment in this mount to deal with sun from any angle.

Don't care for the loss of vision with some of the instrument cluster, so in hind sight, I would opt for a lower mount, or the Co Pilot shelf. Nothing I can't live without or work around.

The $1.25 sunshade material from the Wegman's shopping bag, is absolutely ideal!
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There's another option. I have a Lowrance iWay 500C gps that has a large 5" screen that's readable even in full sunlight. Lowrance is a marine electronics company, so they know what waterproof means as well.
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