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Mounting a Garmin
« on: March 09, 2013, 11:39:37 pm »
I have a Garmin 3760T. I know, it's a car unit, but don't want to shell out hundreds for a Zumo 660 or other. I have a Tech mount (see pic) and was wondering the best way to attach to it. On the Tech mount web site they have a few things. I think the other two pics will do the trick. The Gripper holder and the adapter to hold it to the mount. Anybody do this?

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Re: Mounting a Garmin
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2013, 11:52:59 pm »
I used a ProjekD Handi-stick and a Techmount from Twisted Throttle so the GPS sits up just below eye level.

So I don't have to look down to see it, but its not in the way either. Had this arrangement for a year, used it from MD to NW Arkansas for the 2012 National and back, and it worked fantastic.

http://projektd.com/product_info.php?cPath=27_39_46&products_id=162

http://www.twistedthrottle.com/techmount-universal-7-8-22mm-up-to-1-1-4-32mm-handlebar-mount-black-silver-or-chrome
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Re: Mounting a Garmin
« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2013, 11:58:31 pm »
Pretty sure Ram has a mount that will attach to the base and they sell a cradle for the unit as well.

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Re: Mounting a Garmin
« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2013, 12:43:39 am »
I used a Ram mount off of the raisers from Murphs...  I think I'll like it... 

Your not the only one that wont shell out the bucks for a Zumo, I'm also using a automotive Garmin.





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Re: Mounting a Garmin
« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2013, 01:14:05 am »
I used a Ram mount off of the raisers from Murphs...  I think I'll like it... 

Your not the only one that wont shell out the bucks for a Zumo, I'm also using a automotive Garmin.

I'm using this exact set up and love it!

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Re: Mounting a Garmin
« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2013, 01:45:19 am »
Pretty sure Ram has a mount that will attach to the base and they sell a cradle for the unit as well.

I could only find ball mounts on their web site.


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Re: Mounting a Garmin
« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2013, 02:56:57 am »
I use the exact same setup you have here.  I really like the Tech Mount, maybe not as happy with the Gripper.  MY GPS hasn't come loose, it's just that after a year of use, it doesn't open and close as well as it should, and I would prefer something with a more positive hold.  I have a fairly large GPS, and I couldn't fine a holder that would fit.   

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Re: Mounting a Garmin
« Reply #7 on: March 10, 2013, 03:25:16 am »
I have a Garmin 3760T. I know, it's a car unit, but don't want to shell out hundreds for a Zumo 660 or other

- no worries. I have been using a car unit (an ancient Garmin Nuvi something) for ages and its been reliable through thousands of miles and rain/heat and vibration.

- no issues with accessing the touch screen with a gloved hand either.

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Re: Mounting a Garmin
« Reply #8 on: March 10, 2013, 03:37:02 am »
I use the exact same setup you have here.  I really like the Tech Mount, maybe not as happy with the Gripper.  MY GPS hasn't come loose, it's just that after a year of use, it doesn't open and close as well as it should, and I would prefer something with a more positive hold.  I have a fairly large GPS, and I couldn't fine a holder that would fit.   
Did you try some silicone spray of other? Or is it just worn out?

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Re: Mounting a Garmin
« Reply #9 on: March 10, 2013, 03:42:36 am »
I use the exact same setup you have here.  I really like the Tech Mount, maybe not as happy with the Gripper.  MY GPS hasn't come loose, it's just that after a year of use, it doesn't open and close as well as it should, and I would prefer something with a more positive hold.  I have a fairly large GPS, and I couldn't fine a holder that would fit.   
Did you try some silicone spray of other? Or is it just worn out?

I haven't, and I do think it would help, but mostly, I would prefer something that holds it a little more securely.

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Re: Mounting a Garmin
« Reply #10 on: March 10, 2013, 12:34:35 pm »
I have a Garmin 3760T. I know, it's a car unit, but don't want to shell out hundreds for a Zumo 660 or other. I have a Tech mount (see pic) and was wondering the best way to attach to it. On the Tech mount web site they have a few things. I think the other two pics will do the trick. The Gripper holder and the adapter to hold it to the mount. Anybody do this?

I have the Techmount  like you do and bought the GPS water resistant case for my Automotive nuvi 3590. it is like a fraction of an inch too small.  :'(
http://www.techmounts.com/products/index.php?page_function=detail&product_id=186   the nuvi is 5.4 in wide and case fits up to 5.3
if you have a smaller Nuvi the case would be a slam dunk..  I am still trying to figure out what to do....

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Re: Mounting a Garmin
« Reply #12 on: March 10, 2013, 04:33:27 pm »
Will you be sporting one of them fancy zip lock plastic bags when it rains? :motonoises: :motonoises: :motonoises:
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Re: Mounting a Garmin
« Reply #13 on: March 10, 2013, 04:52:01 pm »
I do.
Fact is I use the GPS a few times a year so it's hard to justify spending my hard earned Farkle money on a expensive GPS. My $100.00 Nuvi has been on 4 different motorcycles. Ram made a mounting kit for so it works.
The trade off is it wont do routes. This can be a pain in the a** those few times a year I would like it to.
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Re: Mounting a Garmin
« Reply #14 on: March 10, 2013, 05:16:53 pm »
I do not have the measurements for the Tech mount but one of these would possibly mount to your base:
http://www.rammount.com/Products/Components/tabid/798/Default.aspx[/url

I use the 1"
[url=http://www.rammount.com/EmptyPages/COMPONENTS/BCOMPONENTS/tabid/1556/Default.aspx]http://www.rammount.com/EmptyPages/COMPONENTS/BCOMPONENTS/tabid/1556/Default.aspx


3760 cradles
http://www.rammount.com/SearchResults/tabid/38/searchBy/description/criteria/051055054048/Default.aspx

Thanks TJ  I will figure it out. I have the quick release  techmount plate so it has to fit....
RE edit  I believe my ram ball has to be 5/8" . is that diameter or circumference of ball??  It's Diameter  LOL
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Re: Mounting a Garmin
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Re: Mounting a Garmin
« Reply #16 on: March 10, 2013, 11:08:00 pm »
This has a 9/16 ball, pretty close. 
http://www.rammount.com/CatalogResults/PartDetails/tabid/63/partid/082065077045065045050051056085/Default.aspx

It is probably 9/16 tough to measure exactly. Ram mounts says that  the 9/16 ball is meant for light duty applications (1 lb or less)without much vibration.  I am not sure this is the way to go. I may have to start from scratch >:(

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Re: Mounting a Garmin
« Reply #17 on: March 11, 2013, 03:47:55 am »
I have a Garmin 3760T. I know, it's a car unit, but don't want to shell out hundreds for a Zumo 660 or other. I have a Tech mount (see pic) and was wondering the best way to attach to it. On the Tech mount web site they have a few things. I think the other two pics will do the trick. The Gripper holder and the adapter to hold it to the mount. Anybody do this?

I have the Techmount  like you do and bought the GPS water resistant case for my Automotive nuvi 3590. it is like a fraction of an inch too small.  :'(
http://www.techmounts.com/products/index.php?page_function=detail&product_id=186   the nuvi is 5.4 in wide and case fits up to 5.3
if you have a smaller Nuvi the case would be a slam dunk..  I am still trying to figure out what to do....


I looked at that one, but it seems that it would mess up the tough screen with the flexible plastic cover.

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Re: Mounting a Garmin
« Reply #18 on: March 11, 2013, 03:48:59 am »
Will you be sporting one of them fancy zip lock plastic bags when it rains? :motonoises: :motonoises: :motonoises:
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Re: Mounting a Garmin
« Reply #19 on: March 11, 2013, 03:54:17 am »
Pretty sure Ram has a mount that will attach to the base and they sell a cradle for the unit as well.
OK, so I'm a bit slow! There is a Ram ball mount to attach to the Tech mount base. Then get a Ram cradle to fit the Garmin. Cool. Going to look into that one.

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Re: Mounting a Garmin
« Reply #20 on: March 11, 2013, 08:05:59 am »
Pretty sure Ram has a mount that will attach to the base and they sell a cradle for the unit as well.
OK, so I'm a bit slow! There is a Ram ball mount to attach to the Tech mount base. Then get a Ram cradle to fit the Garmin. Cool. Going to look into that one.
The one problem with the garmin connector  is that if you want it powered via mini usb/usb. you need to use the Garmin  cradle that came with the  nuvi.
that has a mini usb that will power unit. if you dont use the cradle piece the other mini usb on the unit itself is only meant to transfer data..

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Re: Mounting a Garmin
« Reply #21 on: March 11, 2013, 08:41:30 pm »
I use the Ram Cradle and the cigarette power cable with no issues but your statement is true.   In addition the 765T is an inexpensive unit that WILL do routes. 
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Re: Mounting a Garmin
« Reply #22 on: March 12, 2013, 03:15:45 am »
Pretty sure Ram has a mount that will attach to the base and they sell a cradle for the unit as well.

OK, so I'm a bit slow! There is a Ram ball mount to attach to the Tech mount base. Then get a Ram cradle to fit the Garmin. Cool. Going to look into that one.

The one problem with the garmin connector  is that if you want it powered via mini usb/usb. you need to use the Garmin  cradle that came with the  nuvi.
that has a mini usb that will power unit. if you dont use the cradle piece the other mini usb on the unit itself is only meant to transfer data..

Yeah, I figured that but the cradle it came with has a suction cup. Useless on a bike. Found a MC mount store near me. What are the chances of that? :13: Going there tomorrow. Bringing all my crap along.
In case anybody is interested:
http://www.morrisonmotomounts.com/

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Re: Mounting a Garmin
« Reply #23 on: March 12, 2013, 06:33:16 am »
Pretty sure Ram has a mount that will attach to the base and they sell a cradle for the unit as well.

OK, so I'm a bit slow! There is a Ram ball mount to attach to the Tech mount base. Then get a Ram cradle to fit the Garmin. Cool. Going to look into that one.

The one problem with the garmin connector  is that if you want it powered via mini usb/usb. you need to use the Garmin  cradle that came with the  nuvi.
that has a mini usb that will power unit. if you dont use the cradle piece the other mini usb on the unit itself is only meant to transfer data..

Yeah, I figured that but the cradle it came with has a suction cup. Useless on a bike. Found a MC mount store near me. What are the chances of that? :13: Going there tomorrow. Bringing all my crap along.
In case anybody is interested:
http://www.morrisonmotomounts.com/

I would be interested in hearing what they have to say. also 9/16 ram ball is "softer " Material than the hard plastic  ball that comes attached to the suction mount...

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Re: Mounting a Garmin
« Reply #24 on: March 13, 2013, 12:58:34 am »
OK. Talked to Peter at morrisonmtotmounts.com He knows his stuff. I ended up ordering this:
http://www.morrisonmotomounts.com/product/garmin-nuvi-34xx-37xx-series-gps-cradle-ga39/
The Garmin, including the Garmin powered cradle, fits into this Ram mount. No adapters needed and it screws directly to the Techmount base. Too simple.
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