Custom GPS Cradles for select Garmins and SPOTs

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  1. Stovebolt

    Stovebolt Team Ruptured Buzzard

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    Can mail Garmin 60-series, Montana's and both GEN1 and GEN2 SPOT cradles right away - still taking checks only for payment. Much thanks and good riding to you all...

    Gone for Independence Day weekend and back online Monday, July 8th to reply to any PM's.

    Thanks!

    Stovey
  2. KaptSlo

    KaptSlo www.DirtBikeStuff.net

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    It looks like your 78 series mount might work with a 76 series if the mount is inverted. Can you confirm? Thanks, Bill
  3. Stovebolt

    Stovebolt Team Ruptured Buzzard

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    Hi Bill,

    Gosh, no - I can't confirm. It's been so long since I even looked at the 78 with a focus like that, but I would highly doubt it. Form factor needs to be spot-on for it to be a fit.

    I apologize....

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  4. Stovebolt

    Stovebolt Team Ruptured Buzzard

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    ...getting ready to order some more plastic, so anybody who might be wanting one of my cradles please chime in and let me know, so I can try and plan ahead a little.

    Continued thanks to all of my customers - much appreciated!

    All the best,

    Stovey
  5. Electrified

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    Do you make one for the Montana 650? Sorry if this has already been answered in a previous section.
  6. Stovebolt

    Stovebolt Team Ruptured Buzzard

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    Yep,

    Post #1 in this thread.

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  7. Electrified

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    Well now, I feel a little stupid. :eek1

    PM sent.
  8. Stovebolt

    Stovebolt Team Ruptured Buzzard

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    No sweat Steve!

    PM replied, and thanks for all....

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  9. Stovebolt

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    All cradles must be used in conjunction with a RAM Mounting System and not mounted without one!

    Customer supplies their own RAM Mounts (available at GPSCITY.com for example, or IRONMAN Dual Sport.)

    See post #1 for information and links to RAM Mounts. Please be aware that these cradles (all models) are designed to mount using RAM Mounts Only!

    Thanks!

    Rally on,

    Stovey
  10. Stovebolt

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    Great Product thanks, I used it my ATK-605 Baja 1000 2012 after some get offs the cradle held the GPS unit save and secure.
  12. cheekorollo

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    Gday Stovey,

    Did you ever end up developing a mount for the Garmin 62? I've got one and my ram mount fell to bits... I spotted one of your mounts for a 60 series and they look the goods. If you make one for the 62 I'll be keen!

    Cheers.
  13. Stovebolt

    Stovebolt Team Ruptured Buzzard

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    Thanks hammerinn101!

    (PM sent)

    All the best,

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  14. Stovebolt

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    Hiya cheekorollo,

    Sorry to say, I never have developed the cradle for the 62 series. I don't like what I have to do to make me happy with the results to defeat the design I like vs. the power button location on the new 62 series, so I won't be tooling up for that and offering a cradle for the 62's. Anything new I make though, will be posted up here to offer.

    Thank you, kind Sir. And a sincere G'day back at you!

    All the best,

    Stovey
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  15. cheekorollo

    cheekorollo Adventurer

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    Thanks for the quick reply, Stovey. Bummer! Maybe I just need to get a new GPS!

    :evil
  16. Stovebolt

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    Thanks cheeko! You are too kind, Good Sir....

    :D

    All the best,

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  17. Stovebolt

    Stovebolt Team Ruptured Buzzard

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    The last few orders that have come in have been mailed out. I have some cradles made up and on hand to mail.
    PM here to order.


    If any of you guys who competed in the Erendira Baja Rally last week want to jump in here and comment on how yours worked, please feel free. Criticisms accepted and welcome.



    Thanks for all!

    Stovey
  18. PhiSig1071

    PhiSig1071 What's ******width?

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    I had a question, I was going to PM you, but I figured I could ask it here, and other people might benefit from it too.

    Looking at the above link, I like the mount they have, it's a simple clamp and a diamond back plate. It would mount perfectly to the crossbar on my bike. But I'm not sure if that makes the bottom half of the cradle permanently mounted to the bike or not.

    For arguments sake, say it does, how is your cradle at opening and closing regularly? Am I going to wear out/loosen the side slide locking tabs eventually if I open up the cradle at the end of each day and remove the GPS? What if I don't wire the GPS to the bike and need to open it regularly to swap batteries?

    Thanks!
  19. Stovebolt

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    Hi Brian,

    Fair question and I hope I save you and anybody else thinking along the same lines some heartache.

    As it has been explained in this thread, post #1 and numerous other places, my cradle is designed to mount with the RAM Mounts only.

    My cradle is designed to mount with the RAM Mount System, ONLY - no other way. If you mount it in any other way, and in particular, in any way that "hard mounts" it to any vehicle, you have defeated a design feature/concept and will run significant risk of loss of your GPS and damage to same and the cradle.

    The RAM has a rubber covered ball. It also has an articulated arm. Even when the ARM mount is snugged down with the twisty knob it still has the ability to move during a crash. Two things happen there - the cradle moves and acts more like a bending reed in the wind (the JUDO Way) and therefore has less chance of taking full shock from an impact - the inertia of the moving GPS and cradle gets dissipated over some distance while the RAM arm moves, and therefore less shock loading.

    Also, if an object happens to make direct contact with the cradled GPS, it can move.

    Additionally, two separate rubber mount balls from the RAM mounts also aid in absorbing some vibration which is another good thing for your GPS.

    My cradle is made out of plastic - it can break. They seem to work pretty well when mounted as designed, intended, explained and illustrated and outlined in the directions that I send with each cradle.

    Please do not mount the cradle without using an articulated arm with the RAM mounts.

    Rich Owings reviewed my cradle years ago, and his application in that case was on a mountain bike, and he liked it. I still recommend that all my cradles get mounted with RAM mounts exclusively, all the time, regardless of what vehicle they may be mounted on. Even a mountain bike. An ultralight aircraft, snowmobile, personal water craft, street bike, dirt bike, ATV - anything.

    I also always recommend hard-wiring the GPS.

    I also recommend taking the GPS on and Off the bike via the RAM mount, rather than consistently splitting the cradle to remove just the GPS.

    Eventually, yes - you can wear the contact areas out with many repeated uses like that. I am still able to join and seal my original cradle though, even though a newer and more improved cradle is in the cockpit of my KTM. (It's the exact same improvements I have been making and sending for the past two years when I retooled.)

    To answer that question directly, I would say "Yes - you will wear the cradle out sooner if you open and close it repeatedly at short intervals to change batteries."

    A benefit to not using batteries and hard-wiring the unit is that there is less inertial energy stored in the GPS to bang around in the compartment, and add wear and tear to the GPS itself, as well as reducing the inertial mass of the GPS which helps keep it alive in crashes.

    I carry batteries for backup and had to use them this summer when my 5-year-old battery cable died and before I replaced it. The cable was around $16 if I remember right, and it's worth it to me to have it running off my bike battery. I realize everybody has preference - I respect that, of course. Just giving you the discussion here, since you had some questions. Hope this helps.

    Sincerely,

    Stovey
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  20. PhiSig1071

    PhiSig1071 What's ******width?

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    Got it today, looks great, GPS should be here in a couple days, I can't wait til I get it all mounted up.