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post #1 of 12 Old Sep 7th, 2019, 8:08 pm Thread Starter
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Drilling a hole in my dash?

I have a camera mounted on my dash of my 2017 RT and its held on by double sided tape. In this Texas hot sun the glue melts and not holding. I wonder how safe it is to drill one hole and put a screw in to hold it?Drilling a hole in my dash?-camera-dash.jpg
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Re: Drilling a hole in my dash?

If you go the hole route, I would make sure to install a 1-inch diameter washer behind the dash to make sure it will not crack from the stress of the screw.

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Re: Drilling a hole in my dash?

Consider spreading the footprint and make more than one hole (but smaller holes) or make a form fitting mount so you only need one bolt or even better figure out a way that those not require drilling, it can be done, but it takes thinking and a few experiments..
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I have a camera mounted on my dash of my 2017 RT and its held on by double sided tape. In this Texas hot sun the glue melts and not holding. I wonder how safe it is to drill one hole and put a screw in to hold it?Attachment 154263
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Re: Drilling a hole in my dash?

Consider a RCU shelf no dash board drilling needed.
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Re: Drilling a hole in my dash?

In the brochure for the 3M Reclosable Fasteners they have a nice chart that describes temperature resistance of the particular fastener which ranges from 120F to 220F.

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In the brochure for the 3M Reclosable Fasteners they have a nice chart that describes temperature resistance of the particular fastener which ranges from 120F to 220F.
Those 3M fasteners will take a lot of heat.

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I concur with the RCU Shelf. Easy install and very useful. I have my dashcam GPS antenna mounted on the top and both of my heated gear temperature control boxes under. The shelf also acts as an excellent shade for the GPS. I have also seen others attach RAM mounts to the RCU shelf spacers.
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Yes, RCU !

Now if I can ever get the energy to mount my GPS antenna and whatever ?

And yes, it does indeed provide extra shade for GPS display !
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Another alternative is an investment in RAM mounts. Very secure and adjustable.
The base referenced below attaches to the handlebars of a wethead just like the similar BMW OEM switch for the auxillary lights. Then buy a stalk and one of the ball attachments for the camera.

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Re: Drilling a hole in my dash?

Thanks for all the replies, I think I will give up on drilling and maybe go with the shelf or Ram Mount.
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Exactly. I wouldn't even consider drilling into my dash - and in fact, have an RCU shelf with my 478 - Gilsson GPS antenna and V-1 mounted on it.
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