Flush/flat mounting ideas.

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  1. Sugra

    Sugra Adventurer

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    I hope this is the right place for this type of question.

    I'm looking to mount an iPhone on a flat dash panel. Ram mounts are nice but way too high profile for my application. Thought I'd see if anyone had suggestions for other options.

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  2. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    put it in a case, then velcro the case to the dash. it holds a lot better if you velcro the corner areas instead of the middle.
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  3. stumps

    stumps Ageing Adolescent

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    +1 on the velcro. I use 3M industrial grade velcro and some strong double sided tape to buffer out from plate. I have velcro more towards the centre to enable leverage to remove. Works well after a few revisions to placement.
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  4. DRONE

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    I carry a piece of flexible but stiff plastic (similar to a plastic ruler) that I use to separate my iPad from the mounting surface when I want to remove it. Simply pulling up on one corner not only stresses the structural integrity of your device but also weakens the adhesive attachment of the velcro to the mounting surface. Basically what I'm saying is you should use finesse not brute force when removing the device.
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    I just mounted the spring loaded ram phone holder directly to my dash. Works great and I haven't been able to shake it loose.
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    stumps Ageing Adolescent

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    For me, phone resides in a tough hard casing....never been an issue for the last 5 years..80k km. I don't enjoy removing it but have 2 bikes to share it with and upgrades inside etc. I have used ram gripper years ago...but some of the tracks in this continent have gotten the better of it...and off she has come! :rofl
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  7. Sugra

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    Thanks for the ideas. Don’t know why I didn’t think of Velcro. That’ll be the plan for my Thanksgiving trip. See how it goes. The spring-clip Ram holder looks nice but I ride 5 miles of steep washboards every day just to get to the blacktop. I’d be worried about it not holding. Maybe in combination with a little Velcro?
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    Before I mounted the spring loaded ram phone holder I placed my iPhone in the holder and holding my arm over my bed I tried to shake the phone free of the holder, I couldn't shake it free. It's been on a bunch of rocky trails here in Az. I'm using the heavy duty Otterbox.
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  9. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    the ram mount uses a rubber band to hold the phone in place over bumpy terrain.

    I skip the expensive RAM junk and just use a Finn bicycle mount on the bars.... but you want it on the dash, just Velcro will hold it very well. you might have to replace the Velcro once a year or two, if you rice in a lot of cold weather. clean the surface with alcohol first, then warm up the Velcro with a heat gun and apply pressure for a minute.... it will hold much much stronger this way.
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  10. pyrate

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    There is a type of Velcro too that is more rigid and doesn't collect dust like the fuzzy kind. I can't locate it at the moment but we use it to mount electrical displays to out the outside of control panels all the time.
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  11. chrisjk

    chrisjk Been here awhile

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    Maybe you are thinking of this kind of thing?

    https://www.vikingtapes.co.uk/collections/3m-dual-lock
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