Mount GPS above cluster on 990 Adventure

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by knuckledonkey, May 21, 2009.

  1. geometrician

    geometrician let's keep going...

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    slick. I like that.

    where you source the Velcro dots you trust so much?

    in the case of the post of the two-bolt RAM base, do to the pressures exerted by the cantilevered GPS unit & mount wouldn't it be better to have the bracket 90 degrees to be in line with the bike? [​IMG]

    with all that plastic webbing cast underneath the dash top, it seems the factory had intended stuff bolt on up there- seems careful hole selction could handle a big Zumo/Nuvi.

    I do like the idea of Doug R's bracket for going nuclear-proof- I assume that was part of TouraTech's kit?:
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  2. scottrnelson

    scottrnelson Team Orange

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    That is part of the TouraTech kit.

    What I like about the TouraTech mount for the big KTM is that I can lock my Zumo 550 in place and don't need to worry about taking it with me when I park the bike or about someone stealing it. And it is designed to deal well with vibration from off-road riding.

    I've finally been able to use my Zumo to follow dirt roads on a pre-defined route and it works quite well for that, as long as you stay on course. It's still easily confused if you deviate much from the course it thinks you're supposed to be on, but at least resetting it to use the course as a "new" course works most of the time.
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  3. fencing5051

    fencing5051 Adventurer

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    my touatech mount that bolts to the bike lasted 12 mouths before breaking in half
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  4. gefr

    gefr Life is a trip

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    I am about to buy one bracket from touratech. Could you show us the broken part?
    Thnx
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  5. Xanadu

    Xanadu Been here awhile

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  6. DrKayak

    DrKayak Retro Rider

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    The Velcor dots just keep it from moving around off road. The RAM ball mount is what holds it in place. No issue with it coming loose in 2 years...

    WalMart or the like has the self stick velcro.
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  7. geometrician

    geometrician let's keep going...

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    thanks! give me ideas, the KTM front light bracket & dash mount has so many holes & welded nuts it's a riggers paradise in there

    FWIW there have been a few posts over the years RE: people breaking the TT lockable & locked GPS holders off bikes, one in a National Park parking lot with lots of people around. Just saying don't trust it too long or far away from you, I guess. damn thieves anyway
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  8. Masa

    Masa Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the ideas! Here's how I did it.

    Got a RAM ball that mounts with a M8 bolt, #RAM-B-367U.

    Wanted to use 3mm thick L-shaped aluminum, I knew I had some, but couldn't find it. Took a piece of 80mm x 40mm and cut it to L-shape.

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    Made a slight bend to match the lines of top console.

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    Test fitting, marking four holes and drilling. Used couple of bolts with three nuts as spacers between brackets to secure it in place. Drilled small guiding hole through plastic and aluminum bracket. Then 8mm hole to bracket and 11,5mm to plastic. Trimmed bracket to its final size, some filing and sanding to round corners. Put some self vulcanizing tape around the base of RAM ball to hide clear aluminum and give it a snug fit through plastic cover. Also found the piece of L-shaped aluminum I was looking for earlier.. :huh

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    And there it is.

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    I'll do the wiring later. GPS's battery is good enough for short trips.

    Edit:

    Got the wiring done. Just soldered the leads together with the heated grips plugins connected to ACC2. Enlarged the hole for RAM mount to get the power plugin through and put a rubber grommet to give it a snug fit.

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  9. lakecntyrider

    lakecntyrider Adventurer

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    Now that's reinforcement -- I just used a piece of flatbar underneath.
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  10. bigkuri

    bigkuri Long timer

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    Yee gods, that is one meaty bracket!!! I used 2mm aluminium, and thought that was overkill!...

    PS - great job, but your nylock nuts are not locked - too short bolts.
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  11. Kyler

    Kyler Confused Hack Nut

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    Just buy a Yoke Mount - $10

    Add some braces under the bracket and voila!

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  12. godzuki

    godzuki live better speed more

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    i have the ball mount to the top of the dash, it came that way when i bought the bike.
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  13. GSMark

    GSMark Just Love Bikes

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  14. MrLebowski

    MrLebowski Been here awhile

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    Here is my gps mount. Cost, $10 for the ram-mount cradle, piece of scrap aluminum and a couple bolts.

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  15. Yascher

    Yascher Been here awhile

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    no no no, this one is only attached to a plastic and way too far out, giving a lot of leverage to have this heavy GPS bounce around....even touratech one is secured to the subframe of instr cluster and it doesn't position GPS way out soo much....and even then I had to seriously modify it to make it stable from bouncing with steady readings
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  16. MrLebowski

    MrLebowski Been here awhile

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    And how it looks on the bike... like most of the other ones I suppose. I have to admit the whole thing adds up to just enough vibration that when on a dirt road I have to put my hand on it to steady it so I can see my tracks. Of coarse seeing the tracks isn't easy with this model gps anyway.

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  17. Masa

    Masa Been here awhile

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    I know. Already picked those and it would have been too long journey (about 8 meters) back to the nut box to pick regulars or longer bolts, so didn't bother.. Don't think it's going anywhere.

    *******

    Wow! That's a beautiful mount you got there GSMark. Hope I had the patience - and skills..
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  18. GSMark

    GSMark Just Love Bikes

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    Geee!
    All that hard work and it doesn't work.

    All of these miles and I thought it was working just fine. I am so stupit...:cry

    Thanks for telling me.
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  19. Kyler

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    :lol3
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  20. KaytM

    KaytM Just a fella.

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    Touratech damped lockable mount!
    A great bit of kit.
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