I need help fixing a plate to a side case rack.

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  1. 3Putt

    3Putt Is that a gimmie?

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    I'm looking for a clean way to mount an XM puck to my Hepco Becker side case rack. The rack is flat top and bottom with round edges. I'd like to fix a plate that I could attach the puck to or maybe a small box to put the puck in.

    I don't want to use a RAM or tech mount. I'd like to be able to walk into a hardware store and come out with everything I'd need. I have no idea what's available and am looking for some help.

    Here's a pic of what I'm trying to accomplish.

    Thanks.

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  2. sailah

    sailah Lampin' it

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    Depending on what you have available for a plate, if it's thick enough, you could countersink a flat head bolt, drill through rack and secure with locknut. Something like a giant fender washer might work but probably not thick enough to countersink.

    You could also use a ubolt if you don't want to drill the rack but the ends of the studs will be a problem.

    Find a mount either metal or plastic that has a small tang and hose clamp it on.

    I think the cleanest solution is a countersunk bolt right through the rack. If you can't find something, I have plenty of aluminum rod and can make one up in a minute on the lathe and send it to you, you'd need the bolt and nut. No charge of course

    I find wandering the aisles usually gets the juices flowing with ideas

    Just checked, Mcmaster has jumbo washers but you need to buy 5 or so in a 3" size and it ends up being $20 with shipping for one washer.

    How about a hole saw? You can drill a nice piece of wood with a large diameter hole saw and you'll get a puck with a hole drilled automatically. Get a thin (probably 1/4" shank due to drill pilot hole or thinner) bolt of any variety and cinch it down so the head crushes the wood enought the head does not protrude. Use 2 sided tape to secure or the industrial velco like on ez pass.
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  3. Yossarian™

    Yossarian™ Deputy Cultural Attaché

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    Do you want the antenna to be removable without tools?

    If so, I'd suggest some 3M heavy duty locking tape; it's not velcro or any other style of hook-and-loop. It instead interlocks pins and is very sturdy. I used a full covering on the back of my wireless heat controller, and it was almost impossible to remove from a RAM mounting plate. I had to cut waaaay back on the amount of the tape I used for the attachment, and it still does not come of without a fight.

    I'm amazed at the level of adhesion that is achieved with modern materials.
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  4. 3Putt

    3Putt Is that a gimmie?

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    Wow, thanks for the offer! I'm not ready to drill a hole in the rack yet but yes, that would be the way to go.

    I think the tang with hose clamp sounds interesting. I've also considered using adel clamps and hanging a plate between the two supports. If I did that I could use Dual Lock and be done with it. A sturdy piece of plastic would probably be good enough I think. My main concern is it looking like home-made ass when I get done.

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  5. 3Putt

    3Putt Is that a gimmie?

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    Dual Lock is great stuff but the support is so much thinner than the puck that it wouldn't take much force to create enough leverage dislodge the puck.
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    H96669 A proud pragmatist.

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    If you want a box, any electronic supply store should have what they call "project boxes" or "potting boxes" in different sizes. Black or grey your choice. Closed in box with a cover/4 screws, then you can waterproof them at the seam with conformal coatings.

    Choices....lots of them.

    http://www.polycase.com/
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  7. 3Putt

    3Putt Is that a gimmie?

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    Thanks for the tip on the project boxes. After looking at them online I went to Home Depot but couldn't find one that was just the right size. I ended up doing this. There's no rubber under the puck, but 3M Dual Lock. It's not going anywhere. I may try to hang a tool tube from the new shelf.

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