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post #1 of 14 Old Aug 15th, 2014, 9:02 pm Thread Starter
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So, I have a Garmin 275T that I got at a garage sale in neighborhood a while back, I paid $10 for it and it works great. I do not like the suction mount on the stingray roundel so I came up with this.
I work for a company that makes Ultra High Pressure Water Jet system, you may have seen this stuff on TV. Many car shows and bike shows have used our stuff or our competitors stuff to cut out parts with water.
So, I have available to me a nice machine shop and lots of scrap Stainless Steel.
I used some 316 SS 3/8th tubing and treaded the bottom to fit the mirror mount. I put a nut on the bottom. I then bent it to the right shape.
This tubing is 3/8th outside, but only 1/8th inside and ment to hold 60,000 psi of water. (tested to over 80,000 psi)
I robed the ball from an old ball link used on C141B aircraft from my military days, I just cut out the ball.
My cost was nothing, just my time. It holds it nice and sturdy. It also will not rust.



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post #2 of 14 Old Aug 15th, 2014, 9:35 pm
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That's really nice...

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You could market those and provide a really simple option for many folks. Nice job

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Nice job on that Ė good engineering and a good craftsmanship. I wish I was capable of doing stuff like that. Who knows, you may have just started a new business...

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How do I place an order? That is very cool! Love it!

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post #6 of 14 Old Aug 16th, 2014, 10:11 am
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I'll take one!
Right now I have a cig lighter outlet right next to the headlight adjustment that I installed. Then i bought a mount that plugs into that ..sorta works but it trys to work out of the outlet..not good.
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You could market those and provide a really simple option for many folks.
Don't do it!!! These guys will want it for $12, free shipping, and be pissed when it arrives because it's not EXACTLY what they thought is was going to be.

Then again, maybe you're a glutton for punishment.

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Don't do it!!! These guys will want it for $12, free shipping, and be pissed when it arrives because it's not EXACTLY what they thought is was going to be.

Then again, maybe you're a glutton for punishment.
I was thinking more like 9.95?

I would pay 20..so there!
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Re: Have to show off my new GPS mount

Stainless, compound curves, ball mount and tapped ends with stainless aircraft nut and washer on the end.

$49.99 plus tax and shipping and he might make a couple of bucks for his time.

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Stainless, compound curves, ball mount and tapped ends with stainless aircraft nut and washer on the end.

$49.99 plus tax and shipping and he might make a couple of bucks for his time.
I might make another one or two just to see how hard it would be. I make no promises.
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Re: Have to show off my new GPS mount

Not to throw a wet towel on anybody's sunburn, First that looks beautiful, and well made..but, a couple of questions.... I see the gps unit, is it battery operated? I don't see a cord anywhere, if its not battery operated, where does the cord run? I have a gps similar to that one, I use the suction cup on the stingray, has never fallen off, and comes right off when I'm not using it, which is 99% of the time. How difficult is the stainless arm to remove? My last concern is the length of the stainless arm....will the gps bounce much while rolling down the road? I am sure the stainless arm is stronger than heck, but how strong is the plastic socket on the back of the gps? Sorry, just thinking out loud.....

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In the pictures the unit is just being tested, yes it has a charge cord, just not shown. The length of the arm does not seem to be an issue, I rode it 120 miles yesterday and it was steady as a rock. The arm is one nut to remove, 2 minutes maybe? However, the GPS just pops off in seconds and I ride without it most of the time, the arm is not in the way of anything other than the brake fluid res, however, it can be pulled out without removing the arm.
I am happy with it.
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Cool! I have mounted a standard cigarette lighter socket under the seat, and plug the power cord into it, and lead it around the stingray to plug in the GPS. Glad to hear the arm is stable, looks beefy enough. Good Work!

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