ZUMO MC Mount Security Screw

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by spicychili, Jul 23, 2007.

  1. jstcrashnthru

    jstcrashnthru Livin' the dream

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    The security screw has nothing to do with keeping anyone from taking the Zumo. It's only there to keep that little tab from popping open. If you want to keep someone from stealing your Zumo, put it in your pocket.
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  2. ZR2USA

    ZR2USA Adventurer

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    I see.

    Any speculation as to why Garmin designed it with such a unique head that requires a special TOOL to remove it, as opposed to an ergonomic thumbscrew that would require NO tool at all? Or even a common phillips head screw...??

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  3. ravenranger

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    Here's another source for the Zumo security screw with a knurled top. A guy on the ST-owners forum machined up a bunch of these (no connection, just passing on the info).

    Only $5 each and pretty nice looking.

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  4. jstcrashnthru

    jstcrashnthru Livin' the dream

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    I think it was originally intended as a feeble attempt to make people think that their $1000 gps was somehow OK if they decided to go in somewhere and grab a bite to eat. In reality, all I think it did was make a lot of people pissed when they lost that little screwdriver. That screw might slow someone down a few seconds, but they'll still get the Zumo. Better to just replace it with something easier to remove and pocket the Zumo when you leave the bike.
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  5. ZR2USA

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    That's what I thought. if it weren't for the fact that the entire unit can be so easily removed from the RAM mount, this screw would be a GREAT idea, IMO. Not HIGH security, but certainly a deterrent to stop someone from quickly snatching the GPS when you were away from it for a few min...

    Seems like this screw is a common point among the reviews I'm reading.

    Still LOVE my Zumo so far, despite this minor "oversite"!

    Off to buy a couple thumbscrews to replace the factory DUMBscrew...


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  6. DangerMoney

    DangerMoney Loud Helmets Save Lives

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  7. Videolester

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    YES!! Definitely in the pocket!:wink:
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  8. Videolester

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    I ordered 2 .... Looks like the way to go. Nice finishing and not horribly expensive. :wings
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  9. GSjoyride

    GSjoyride Been here awhile

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    Bought a security screw for $1.25 at my local hardware store

    PROJECT:
    got a M2, 20mm length screw, lock-tited four nuts on the end

    and I'm in business fellow riders

    time unscrewing?
    less than 5 seconds and yeah, that would be WITH my gloves on!!

    No more frustrations,:baldy time-a-savin' :rayofand off I gooooooooooo:smile6no more security screwing for me!!

    Cheers

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  10. SimpleSimon

    SimpleSimon Aspiring advrider

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    I did the same thing. You can also add a cable tether between the nuts on your replacement bolt (aka dummy cord) to keep it from being lost. :deal
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  11. Videolester

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    Not designed for theft prevention, just a safety to keep the mount from opening while riding and having the ZUMO fall out. Put the GPS in your pocket when eating or gassing up. As mentioned, if someone really wants it, all they have to do is remove the RAM ball screw. Terribly designed screw tho ... :ddog
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  12. Jellybird03

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    Does anyone have any recommendations as to a locking device for the mount itself? Unfortunately, I have to leave my bike in a public garage at night and would love to be able to leave my Zumo mount/cradle on the bike rather than unplug and remove it each time.

    I did find this lock on the Garmin's website, but it has no product description. Any ideas?

    https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?pID=8129#

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  13. ravenranger

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    I just got one of the those locking knobs and it replaces the thumb screw that tightens the ram arm to the ram balls. Works good but it's pretty big so, depending on where you have your zumo mounted on your dash, it can create clearance issues and adjustments may be necessary. I decided to go with that so I can leave the mount on when I stop at restaurants and such if I'm out traveling because I've never liked the idea of leaving a ~$100 mount just sitting out on the bike free for the taking!

    Obviously it offers no security for the actual zumo, so you'd still need to take that with you but it does keep the mount on the bike. I suppose a determined thief could simply unbolt the screws that hold the cradle to the ram ball plate and walk off with the cradle but, it would certainly require more effort than most thieves like to invest.
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  14. Fast1

    Fast1 Twisted Throttle

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    Has anyone ordered from this link recently? Just wondering if this guy is still supplying the product for $5?

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  15. cellarrat

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    Is the security screw hard to remove? The TT mount says it needs to be gone in order for it to work
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  16. jstcrashnthru

    jstcrashnthru Livin' the dream

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    Yes...that link should still work. And no...the screw is not hard to remove.
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  17. sandstorm

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    Thanks, finally ordered mine.
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  18. ScorpioVI

    ScorpioVI Some people juggle geese.

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    Anybody know where I can get the actual screwdriver itself? Garmin doesn't seem to sell the security scerwdriver and I've lost mine somewhere...
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  19. RomaDakota

    RomaDakota Illuminatus!

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    I have several. Send me a PM.
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  20. mb90535im

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    PM sent. (need cap for screwdriver)
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