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Older BMW GPS mount

I have seen a couple photos from year 2000 LT, or around that year, with the BMW GPS being mounted somewhere near the Map light. I was trolling through the files section and found mounting instructions for that mount. It looks like you could use it for any model year.

Question I have does anyone have/use this mount and if so how well does it work holding a GPS?

I have been looking into adding GPS to the bike (2005) but didn't want to spend the $900 or so to add the newer BMW badged Garmin 660.

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If this is one of the photos, this GPS mount was custom made from acrylic and painted. I'm working on something similar, but I'm not sure exactly how I want to mount it because I don't use a gps very often, but when I do I'd prefer the installation to look professional.


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Hmm. Won't allow me to attach this 66k jpg. sorry.


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Re: Older BMW GPS mount

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If this is one of the photos, this GPS mount was custom made from acrylic and painted. I'm working on something similar, but I'm not sure exactly how I want to mount it because I don't use a gps very often, but when I do I'd prefer the installation to look professional.
Joe,
Nope not that one, that was a custom made by a forum member. The one I am thinking about is a BMW part and is a metal plate that comes through the map light, with some support arms under the dash that attach to the front frame.

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There's currently a problem with attaching photos to posts. Hopefully it gets fixed soon.
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Joe,

This is might be the on you were talking about, very nice custom mount. http://www.bmwlt.com/forums/attachme...chmentid=26780

Just an update, this isn't my work. Although I wish it was.

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That IS a cool looking mount, JB.

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Re: Older BMW GPS mount

I had the early factory mount on my 1999 LT for many years. It mounts to an existing bolt behind the map light. The map light is eliminated and replaced by a big rubber block that gives the mount some vibration absorbency. I think it is the best mounting solution since it puts the GPS directly in your line of sight without blocking the view of anything else.
I do not think that it is any longer available.

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Maybe a BMR shelf? The previous owner of my K1200LT had mounted the original GPS on one. It will hold many different models or items. Here it is with my old and new GPS mounted.

http://ourbmw.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/dscn21851.jpg

http://ourbmw.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/dscn21901.jpg

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I had the early factory mount on my 1999 LT or many years. It mounts to an existing bolt behind the map light. The map light is eliminated and replaced by a big rubber block that gives the mount some vibration absorbency. I think it is the best mounting solution since it puts the GPS directly in your line of sight without blocking the view of anything else.
I do not think that it is any longer available.
I have the same mount on my '99. It's actually a very robust metal frame the mounts under the nose cone with the 'mounting plate' protruding through the map light hole. It works well and places the GPS at a fairly good position.
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Maybe a BMR shelf? The previous owner of my K1200LT had mounted the original GPS on one. It will hold many different models or items. Here it is with my old and new GPS mounted.

http://ourbmw.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/dscn21851.jpg

http://ourbmw.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/dscn21901.jpg
Is that second GPS waterproof, or do you just tuck it away in the rain?

Since I'm more than happy to just listen to TourGuideBarbie, I'm working on a variation of the following. I want to get a heavy plastic (like a cutting board) cut it to the shape of the tank case, and use velcro to mount things a little more solidly, but in a couple of morning commutes, the phone and Duracell batterypack stayed put, the audio worked great (even Siri), and it was just visible enough to check occasionally. I may get an iPod to bike power cable, but I've got better things to spend that $45 on currently, and it looks like the battery plus phone would easily last two days with everything running.


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Re: Older BMW GPS mount

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I had the early factory mount on my 1999 LT for many years. It mounts to an existing bolt behind the map light. The map light is eliminated and replaced by a big rubber block that gives the mount some vibration absorbency. I think it is the best mounting solution since it puts the GPS directly in your line of sight without blocking the view of anything else.
I do not think that it is any longer available.
That must be the one I am thinking about, there are installations instructions for it in the files section here, http://www.bmwlt.com/files/displayim...lbum=15&pos=11, posted by pauleknight. The instructions however do not have a part number for it so even if it was available it isn't available.

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Re: Older BMW GPS mount

They used to make a bracket the attached down through the map light and used the power from that also. Seemed to be popular 2002-2004.

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Here is a picture of the BMW bracket used to mount a GPS through the map light.

The advantages of the bracket - line on site with the road - you do not need to avert your
eyes very much between the road and the GPS and you can use the map light power
connections to power up the unit!!

The disadvantages - you loose the map light and you need to lean forward to adjust the GPS
- neither was a big issue for me!



The flat plate mounts to the bracket and there are several Garmin brackets that have the
same bolt pattern that match up with this plate. This requires no drilling on the dash cover.
I used this bracket for over 8 years on my 2002 LT running my Garmin 376c. I bought a
2009 LT with a BMW mounted GPS on the radio top so I do not need the bracket anymore.

If anyone wants to buy this bracket it is for sale for $40 with the BMW instructions on how
to mount it. Contact me via PM or [email protected]. I will be putting this up in the Classifieds shortly.

I really liked the bracket since it was by far the cleanest way to mount a GPS - well
at least BMW thought so for quite some time.

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Dan, if that bracket will fit on the newer nuvi GPS I will take it. Mike.

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This is the one! It will fit if you are willing to drill a few holes since the newer GPS.s have a different pattern. No big deal at all.

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Don't mind drilling, just never seen a mount like that and cannot pull up any pics on my tablet for some reason.

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Here is a picture of the BMW bracket used to mount a GPS through the map light.

The advantages of the bracket - line on site with the road - you do not need to avert your
eyes very much between the road and the GPS and you can use the map light power
connections to power up the unit!!

The disadvantages - you loose the map light and you need to lean forward to adjust the GPS
- neither was a big issue for me!



The flat plate mounts to the bracket and there are several Garmin brackets that have the
same bolt pattern that match up with this plate. This requires no drilling on the dash cover.
I used this bracket for over 8 years on my 2002 LT running my Garmin 376c. I bought a
2009 LT with a BMW mounted GPS on the radio top so I do not need the bracket anymore.

If anyone wants to buy this bracket it is for sale for $40 with the BMW instructions on how
to mount it. Contact me via PM or [email protected]. I will be putting this up in the Classifieds shortly.

I really liked the bracket since it was by far the cleanest way to mount a GPS - well
at least BMW thought so for quite some time.

That's the one I was looking for, since Sheldon has already expressed his interest wondering if anyone else out there might have one they are willing to part with?

If not I'll probably go with a BMR shelf.

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TPS727 was the first to contact me regarding the bracket - if he does not follow thru Sheldon2 wil be next in line.

The bracket fit up perfectly with the 376c Garmin brackets - it most likely will need for the plastic Garmin mounts to have some other holes drilled - should not be a big deal for a handy person!

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TPS727 was the first to contact me regarding the bracket - if he does not follow thru Sheldon2 wil be next in line.

The bracket fit up perfectly with the 376c Garmin brackets - it most likely will need for the plastic Garmin mounts to have some other holes drilled - should not be a big deal for a handy person!
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Is that second GPS waterproof, or do you just tuck it away in the rain?

Since I'm more than happy to just listen to TourGuideBarbie, I'm working on a variation of the following. I want to get a heavy plastic (like a cutting board) cut it to the shape of the tank case, and use velcro to mount things a little more solidly, but in a couple of morning commutes, the phone and Duracell batterypack stayed put, the audio worked great (even Siri), and it was just visible enough to check occasionally. I may get an iPod to bike power cable, but I've got better things to spend that $45 on currently, and it looks like the battery plus phone would easily last two days with everything running.


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Yes, the second GPS, the Garmin Zumo 220 IS waterproof and is designed and sold by Garmin as a motorcycle GPS.

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