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Motowerks GPS mount

I have to admit I am a little disappointed in the motowerks GPS mount. It is designed so that there is no clearance between the GPS mount and the windscreen. It makes it so you have to remove your windscreen to remove the GPS unit. I thought this was going to be more “plug n Play” than it is. Now I need to fashion some sort of spacers between the screen and screen mounts. It doesn’t help that I do not have a stock screen, but it just seems that they could have done better with this. I think I will go to the Kawi dealer and buy extra spacers for the lower mounts as well as the longer lower bolts to use for the top as the top bolts are shorter.
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It is designed so that there is no clearance between the GPS mount and the windscreen.
Think of it as a security feature - no one can steal your GPS without tools!

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I have to admit I am a little disappointed in the motowerks GPS mount. It is designed so that there is no clearance between the GPS mount and the windscreen. It makes it so you have to remove your windscreen to remove the GPS unit. I thought this was going to be more “plug n Play” than it is. It doesn’t help that I do not have a stock screen, but it just seems that they could have done better with this.
I was a bit disappointed in this the other day as well. Even with the stock screen you can not remove the GPS from the holder. The lever does not get to rise all of the way up, and you can't get the key in their either.

For my job I do alot of deliveries. It is nice to be able to take my GPS along to find my destinations. Now I need to remember to take my other one out of my truck.

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Suggest you tell Speedy....
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All you need is a spacer of about one and half inches
I had the same problem and used a spacer to push back the screen. Works without any problem. Can remove GPS anytime I want with the Garmin Screw driver.

If speedy make the mounting with the clearance of the wind screen in mind than the GPS unit will foul the ODO Meter consoul and will not be in an ideal position.

So I thinks speedy knows what he is making and hats off to him.

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Where can I get spacer stock to make my own?
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I am not sure I can be any help to you as i am quite far away from you. Anyway you can use anything from a tube to long double threaded Nut as spacers.

Just take your time and give it a thought and it will come to you.



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See how I have done my spacer, Hope it helps.


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I just encountered essentially the same problem trying to mount the cradle for a Nuvi 550. Instead of spacers for the screen, I used 1" spacers between the Motowerks mount and the Garmin cradle. It put the GPS a little closer, and doesn't obscure gauges.

Total cost for the hardware store run was maybe $5.
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Thanks for the advice guys. Fastoman,got the PM thanks,
Vertsys- do you have pictures?
I will try to sort out which method is best for me.

Thanks again.
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I use a locking Touratech mount in combination with Speedy's mount and just used a 3/4" thick piece of black UHMW polyethylene bar stock as a spacer between Speedy's mount and the Touratech mount. I use the stock shield and can get the key in and mount opened to remove GPS just fine.

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Found my Fix

Well, I found my fix. I went to a local hardware store and got 8 small spacers and 4 larger ones along with 4 longer stainless steel screws. I was originally going to use the smaller spacers inside the bigger ones (on the fly engineering at the HW store) but just ended up stacking the smaller ones.It isnt perfect, but will work for me )
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That's pretty much what I ended up with for the Nuvi cradle. I used aluminum spacers instead of plastic/nylon, but the the concept is identical. The synthetic material may actually be a better solution since it will probably transmit less vibration.

I took it for a 250 mile shakedown run on Monday afternoon. Nothing fractured or rattled loose. We'll see how it holds up over the long haul.
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