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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-11-2008, 03:37 PM Thread Starter
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Non-windshield location to mount portable GPS?

Is there any better way to mount a GPS than with a windshield suction mount? I hate cluttering the interior with stuck-on crap. I hate how suction cups let go at the worst moments. And I hate suction rings left behind on the windshield that advertise "break into me!" to car thieves.

And the MZ3/MS3 windshield and headliner suck for this, anyway. Any mounting location on the glass allows any 2 of the following: GPS unit has clear line-of-sight to the sky, GPS touchscreen is easy to operate from the driver's seat, GPS doesn't overly obstruct the driver's view of the road.

Unfortunately, the only other option I've found is a flimsy A/C vent mount, which is worthless on a vent with moveable slats.



There are some decent console-fixed device mounting surfaces for these cars, but they're all too low for a GPS to get a decent signal. Example:



Is this it? No other options? This is why I hesitated to buy one of these things, BTW. No wonder some people spend $1000s for factory-integrated systems.


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Re: Non-windshield location to mount portable GPS?

i went on to amazon and bought an akron flexible mount for a satellite radio, and it attaches to the bolt of the seat. it works great. my dad has used them for years, and they last forever. my friend who has his older car from 04 still has the mount in it and it still works perfectly. i will take a picture later and post it up.

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Re: Non-windshield location to mount portable GPS?

[quote author=bms1990M3 link=topic=120221.msg2533135#msg2533135 date=1218483781]
i went on to amazon and bought an akron flexible mount for a satellite radio, and it attaches to the bolt of the seat. it works great. my dad has used them for years, and they last forever. my friend who has his older car from 04 still has the mount in it and it still works perfectly. i will take a picture later and post it up.
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+1. That's one of the best mounts since it can be positioned almost anywhere.


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Re: Non-windshield location to mount portable GPS?

here are the pictures of the akron satellite radio mount. they are the best in ford-made vehicles! I will probably buy a gps windshield antenna in a few months, because the gps is my dad's old one and has a lower strength pick-up of the signal.

[img width=1024 height=768]https://www.fmvperformance.com/forum_items/gallery/44724_11_08_08_11_10_45.JPG[/img]

[img width=576 height=768]https://www.fmvperformance.com/forum_items/gallery/44724_11_08_08_11_13_47.JPG[/img]

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Re: Non-windshield location to mount portable GPS?

Can the GPS "see" enough sky from there to get a good signal?

If so, I'll just get the Proclip unit that attaches behind the dash...





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Re: Non-windshield location to mount portable GPS?

yes i works perfectly, but like i said, my gps is about 4 years old so has a weaker signal pickup...... but it does work great


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