I wasn't sure where to put this, but after due deliberation, I decided here was the best place for it.
I dont have a dash mounted satnav, nor the money, time or patience to retrofit one. So for me, I am stuck with my tried and trusted tomtom 1 xl.
But I had a problem with it from the moment I bought the beemer, and that was where to put it. I dont like anything on my screen. That includes stickers and fingerprints, but more importantly, I hate the ring that a sat nav sucker leaves on the screen. Almost as much as having the satnav itself bolted on screen.
So I needed an alternative. There are cup holder mounts available, but for my car at least, they mount it far too low to be safely usable, and despite having 2 cup holders available, only one is usable with the armrest down so that was a washout (where would I put my (spillproof) cup?
There are also dash plates available, so the satnav can be mounted to the plate rather than the screen, but I didn't fancy the idea of a permanent plate fitted to the dash so that was also a no go.
So, with the commercially available options exhausted, I made my own mount. I used the original suction mount bracket for the unit (just the piece that connects to the satnav) and came up with a new idea for mounting it in the car. I now have this as my view of the satnav.
Before anyone says it, I know its wonky in this pic, but I have since tweaked it straight. For this post though, I just wanted pics to show what I had done.
How is it held there? I hear you ask. Simple really, and all the info you need visually is there on the pic, but to make it that bit easier to see, here is what I made up.
The whole thing has since been painted in black hammerite to make it look better (hammerite so that it doesnt flake in the cassette player, even though I never play cassettes, I dont want to knacker the head unit for no reason). I took all these pics before it was painted just to show it in its raw state.
It doesnt rattle or shake, it doesnt make any unwanted noise. I had toyed with fitting a bit of spring steel to hold it if it moved or made any noise, but it works as is, so thats how it stayed.
The screw was only fitted for extra strength and to hold things in place while the araldite set. The metal on the back fitted for extra strength and to minimise any stress on the joint when pushing on the screen or fitting and removing the satnav from the bracket. That same metal only lets the cassette go in as far as was needed in the head unit.