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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-03-2017, 01:17 PM Thread Starter
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Simple Dash Cam Mount

I use a SJCAM 4000 action cam as a Dash Cam, turns on when the bike starts and off when the bike is powered off, runs a continuous loop. I do this mainly to video the idiots that cut me off, brake check, drift into my lane etc.. Figure some video evidence will be good if I need it.

Initially I had it mounted to my T-Rex engine guard, worked Ok but there were a couple of issues.
1) I stuck out and if the bike ever tipped over it would be the first thing to hit the ground
2) Because it was mounted high and stuck out it was very visible i.e. kind of shouted out "Steal Me"

On the forum some folks suggested the best place to mount an action cam was on the forks. There are some commercially available fork mounts but they look kind of big and bulky plus cost a fair bit.

I decided to build a simple mount out of some scrap 1/2" and 3/4" copper pipe I had laying around. I flattened part of the 1/2" copper pipe in a vice, put a 90 degree bend in it. I then drilled a 1/2" hole in the top half of the 3/4" pipe using a step bit. inserted the 1/2" pipe into the 3/4" pipe hole I just drilled then soldered them together. Drilled a 1/4" hole in the flat spot and used the bolt that holds on brake line clamp to the triple tree, coat of black paint and done.

I am happy with the look of the final install, seems pretty sturdy, now if the rain will ever stop long enough for a decent ride I will test it out and report back on how well it works.

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-03-2017, 05:50 PM
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From the picture it appears to be just above the front fender, I considered that for my horn, fortunately my brain kicked in as the horn would have been crushed on the first front brake stop, my 07 and 2015 have the fender bolted to the same mounting as the front axle, the wheel and fender travel upwards between the space I just described.
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From the picture it appears to be just above the front fender, I considered that for my horn, fortunately my brain kicked in as the horn would have been crushed on the first front brake stop, my 07 and 2015 have the fender bolted to the same mounting as the front axle, the wheel and fender travel upwards between the space I just described.

There are several inches above the fender, but I need to check if it will be enough. Thanks for pointing that out.

Will want to do that before taking it out.
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i use to have mine (same sj4000) mounted behind my windshield with just a peace of flat bar going across the two windshield mounts. here is a vid from it (that mount is now used for my phone/gps holder

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Have you ever had a problem with the camera touching the fender? Manual says front wheel travel 5.9" which would bring the fender about 1/4" or less below the brake line clip holder. Your camera looks like the low point is about 2" below the clip holder. Granted 5.9" of travel is bottoming out the front suspension which is not likely on street riding.

I will need to rework my mount as the camera sits too low, with potential for 5.9" of travel the higher I can mount the better. I will try a new design to move the camera up.

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Have you ever had a problem with the camera touching the fender? Manual says front wheel travel 5.9" which would bring the fender about 1/4" or less below the brake line clip holder. Your camera looks like the low point is about 2" below the clip holder. Granted 5.9" of travel is bottoming out the front suspension which is not likely on street riding.

I will need to rework my mount as the camera sits too low, with potential for 5.9" of travel the higher I can mount the better. I will try a new design to move the camera up.

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I had the camera like that for a few years and never had an issue with it. I did later take the 1/4" threaded pin off the round flat ram mount and put a drift mount on it so i could just take the camera on and off in a second.....Photo below is from a rear mount...

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Thanks for the info. I will try a making a new mount going forward and up instead of back and down. I will post back if it works out.

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I put some double sided hook 'n Loop fastener on the inside of my windscreen and attached my A119s to it. Seems to work pretty well, video shows some windshield deflection (bounce) etc., but I'm not looking for studio-quality 4k recording If it starts to rain, I can easily grab it and put it in the tank bag to keep it dry.


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In the end I got the ram roll bar mount similar to weljo2001. https://www.walmart.com/ip/RAM-Mount...&wl13=&veh=sem

The standard action cam mounts donít hold up to the vibration.( I has 2 fail). I tried mounting on engine guard, windshield, handlebars and forks. The forks was by far the best with minimum vibration.

Only had the RAM mount a short time but it is rock solid, I am sure it will be fine for a long time.
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I have mine on a helmet sticky mount right on the flat spot of the front fender.
Decent video location.
Actually have a sj4000 in my truck. This time around found a lightdow (same dang thing just re-branded) for $30 on amazon warehouse deals.

Sorry about the noise, some type of spark plug interference noise. Still need to get that sorted. But here is a quick video using that location.
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