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DIY GPS mount

Well, this one is a little different. I wanted to mount both a GPS and a radar detector together and have it fairly free of vibration while not being so shaky that you can't read the GPS while under way.

So I ended up with a piece of 1/4" lexan because the thinner stuff seemed to flex too much. It's easy to work with and it won't interfere with the performance of the radar detector. I used a large piece of Velcroe on the base for the detector.

I also used a piece of aluminum strapping attached to the windshield bracket with rubber washers to control the damping. It all seems to be working pretty well for a total cost of around $10. Maybe this idea would work for others.
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Very nice!! Have you ridden far with it like that yet? I'm curious if the radar detector bounces while you're riding...



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Thanks Bear. Just some short rides so far. I first tried lexan that was about 1/8" thick and it was pretty bouncy with the weight of the detector. 1/4" seems to be just fine.

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I've been wanting to do something similar to this, but have never worked with lexan before.
Would you mind educating me? Briefly....How do you go about shaping it ... heating: how/what temp.... bending: tools/forms.... etc?

From what I've goolgled... I'm gathering that I should pop it in a toaster oven at around 350F, then once it's hot and soft... run over to the glass coffee table and form on the edge. would this work, or is there a better way to do it?

Another question? Is it available at Lowes/Home Depot/ Ace Hardware, or do I need to find a plastics supplier in town?

Sorry, so many questions, I know, but I'm pretty clueless here.
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Looks pretty slick, Jeff. Maybe some black paint to blend with the bracket? Thanks for sharing your idea.


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Impressive! I'd like to do something similar as I'm not too excited about mounting a GPS/detector to my handlebars. Do let us know how you bent the plastic to your liking.

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i remember this from school also if you want a nice bend you will need to make or borrow a setup it works with a steel wire were you put a electrcal curent threw till it glows redhot you lay the lexan/plexiglas over it so it will only heat one line when its hot enough you can bend it leaving the rest nice and flat you dont get that finish with a heatgun if it is to cold the sides may crack just like when you bend alluminium good luck
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Greg,
Looks like arjan has a real good idea about bending with the hot wire. I'm sure it would look a lot cleaner than what I did. I just used a butane pencil torch to heat along a line without any preheating. Then folded it over. The problem there is it makes some bubbles in the lexan.

Which brings me to Bones' point about the black paint. I ended up sanding off the bubbled surface at the bends and applying black paint to the surface, except in front of the detector. Don't know if a little paint would really have affected the reception or not, but I left it clear in that area.

I wasn't able to find 1/4" lexan at Menards so I just went to a glass shop. They made a piece for me that was very square with well cut edges for $7. Seemed like a good deal. Thanks for the input guys. I'm very happy with the end result because it's inexpensive and doesn't clutter the handlebars with gaudy mounts. AND I get the satisfaction of making it myself.

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What's your plan for when it rains? Do you just take the electronics down?

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