How is your RAM cradle for 60csx

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by THUMPER0475, Feb 14, 2013.

  1. THUMPER0475

    THUMPER0475 Adventurer

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    I've had a couple of failures with my cradle anyone else out there dealing with gps coming out of it's Ram cradle. Please let me know. I am in discussions with Ram, who says I'm the only guy in It's history to have this issue. I don't beleive it. Help prove me right.
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  2. Attico

    Attico Wrong way 'round

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    Never had a problem and i subjected my gpd to off road riding. It felt really well clipped in, but it did rattle a bit since it slightly loose
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  3. katbeanz

    katbeanz earthbound misfit, I

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    Mine got sprung a little from use, where it didn't pop in as tight as new. I carefully bent it back and it was fine until a crash. I always loop the lanyard around a mirror, and used a small bungee cord too.
    Been using a montana for a while, but I miss the buttons of the 60.
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  4. PineyMountainRacing

    PineyMountainRacing Oops....

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    I have 3 of the cradles (Ram) for the 60Cx, and haven't had any probs. even on the DRZ that I crash regularly off road.
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  5. RH426

    RH426 Been here awhile

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    Mine is great , I to use a lanyard and a rubber band around the top to stop the rattling.
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  6. triplenickel

    triplenickel Long timer

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    Mine has never fallen out but I didn't like how it had a bit of play and would rattle around in the cradle. I cut a strip out of an old inner tube about 3/8"x2" and crazy glued it into the bottom/end of the cradle so it would put a little more load on the lug it doesn't rattle at all anymore. Like others said the lanyard is your friend just in case.
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  7. tedder

    tedder irregular

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    Been using it since the 60series came out in 2004. I replaced the cradle once and have replaced/upgraded the actual GPS a few times between then and now.

    No problems, I've destroyed bikes and had the 60series mount hold up.

    Jeff C, the owner of RAM/NPI, is a brilliant guy.

    Perhaps you can explain the problem you've been having- you said "couple of issues" and implied it's falling out. How is that happening? Is the screw/post coming off? Is the GPS loose in the mount?
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  8. BBRadar

    BBRadar Been here awhile

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    I use a rubber band to hold my 60csx in firm, and never had a problem with the cradle. It's been through hell, and some decent stacks/flips - big enough to break RAM arms on my double take mirrors.
    The GPS itself is holding up well too.
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  9. THUMPER0475

    THUMPER0475 Adventurer

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    Yes the GPS has fallen out twice. Once on the CDT ride. It had happened before when riding some whoops so I did tie a lanyard to it so if it happened again at least I wouldn't have to ride back miles to find it. I must have a defective cradle judging by the comments posted here. The cradle seems to be fine as far as flaws so I assumed it must be a design issue. Ram has offered to replace it for me so I guess I'll try that and take the other suggestions from members for the rattle fix.
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  10. Yooper_Bob

    Yooper_Bob Long timer

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    Mine is probably 10 years old now, and still zero issues with the GPS coming out of the RAM mount. It still fits as snug as it did on day one.

    The same mount/GPS have been used year around on my snowmobile, KTM, and boat.

    Guess you are the only one! :lol3
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  11. V-Tom

    V-Tom Been here awhile

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    When I had my 60Cx I used it in my car, on my Ultralight Airplane, and on my bike. The only issue I had was on the first Ram Mount I got a crack on the top part of the mount where it clicks onto the top of the 60Cx. I discovered that I neded to press on the back of the bent part of the mount to release the mount when taking the GPS off. This cured any issues on the replacement mount (which was replaced under warranty) and it lasted 100.000+ miles and many rough field landing on my Ultralight with no issues.

    For what it's worth it never fell off (even after a low speed crash and several drops of the bike) but I did alway tether it ot my bike just in case (a habit I got from flying my Ultralight.)

    ..Tom
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  12. GalacticGS

    GalacticGS 1200 GS Rider

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    I've had 60csx's fall out of cradles a few times riding offroad (and the last time the 60csx ended up with a broken screen).

    Got a 62 now, with a different cradle mount and had no problems with it...
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  13. Midnightventure

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    Mine came out within a half mile when it was brand new but I think something was pushing on the release. I always try to wrap the lanyard around something now but I haven't had it happen again.
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  14. TOTim

    TOTim Been here awhile

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    This method is failsafe even with a cheap bicycle type mount.
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  15. team ftb

    team ftb Befuddled Adventurer

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    I've been riding with the Garmin 60 series for more than 6 years primarily offroad. I have heard of others losing the GPS unit out of the Ram cradle so tie the lanyard around the unit and cradle to keep it from being flung off the bike if ejected from the cradle. I have also broken 2 RAM cradles and countless ram mount bolts via crashing. A few years ago I awitched over to this gents custom cradles for the 60 Series:

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=550178&highlight=stovebolt

    And after 3 years of continuous off roading and crashing have yet damage it and its still going strong.

    [​IMG]

    Stovebolts cradles are the bomb from my crashing perspective.
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  16. Mr. B

    Mr. B Contrarian

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    This was discussed a few years ago, and some of us, me included, found the RAM attachment to be too stiff and had the opposite problem. It was fairly hard to flex the piece that held the GPS in place, and for some people, having to muscle this piece would cause it to crack. I had to file a bit of material from this piece to make it easier to put in/ take out the GPS. No way was mine going to fall out.

    I wonder if they have changed this mount over the years.
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  17. SnowMule

    SnowMule [angry moth noises]

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    Broke one in a pretty nasty wreck (ended up splitting the GPS in half), other than that it's done fine on moto and snow.
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  18. docjay

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    I've broken two off-road and had the gps fall out of the cradle a couple times on rough trails. Lucky I noticed soon enough and I was able to retrace my route and find the GPS both times. After the second incident I spent the extra money and bought the touratech mount. Haven't had a problem since.
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  19. SnowMule

    SnowMule [angry moth noises]

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    That's why I tether my GPS to the bike/sled. Saved my GPS already. Loop the wrist strap around the bars.
    Helmet cam's the same way, leash loops around a button that holds the cheek pad in. Had a mount fail on that and the leash kept the camera from diving into the snow, never to be seen again.
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  20. THUMPER0475

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    Ftb, was photo taken in Thailand? Looks gorgeous. What kind of elevation?
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