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Old 02-12-2010, 02:30 PM   #1
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Custom GPS Cradles for select Garmins and SPOTs

Hi,

As users of the 60-series Garmin GPS's are probably aware, there are cradle mounting options from RAM and TOURATECH, and either of those cradles may serve. Some users, myself included, have noticed that while the RAM mounting system is a great system - at least it is in my opinion, that the cradles themselves can leave a little to be desired. So, I went ahead and made my own to keep the pesky GPS unit attached to my cockpit. Long story abbreviated, I made a few for some friends going off-road to Baja, and they reported that they were an improvement over the RAM cradles, certainly in terms of performance - no more premature ejections....Each one is made by me by hand using Kydex or Concealex materials, tools I have fabricated from scratch, and they take me a bit of time for each one. I haven't tooled for mass production and I do this more or less as a kitchen table home occupation effort.

If anybody wants a cradle, I'll sell you one for $75 and mail it to you CONUS USPS. You'll need to mail me a check. Free shipping remains in effect for ADVRider inmates, indefinitely. That is, free mailing US Postal Service, Flat Rate Priority Mail with USPS tracking to the continental United States addresses. International may be extra, but no UPS or FEDEX.

The power on/off button area is relieved for access and the buttons are easily navigable with a gloved hand. I've tested these new-improved cradles on my snowmobile on clapped-out trails in Idaho and Montana, and I really like it. I call it the "Buzz Bomb Cradle" because it's a Team Ruptured Buzzard effort. (RAM ball/diamond mount not included, but I send a pre-drilled reinforcement insert with two bolts and locknuts for mounting to the standard RAM ball/diamond.)

These are the kinds of things you will need (and supply for yourself - I don't sell these RAM mounts) to mount my CRADLE -

A RAM diamond plate with ball
http://www.gpscity.com/ram-mount-dia...am-b-238u.html

The BUZZ BOMB Cradle is designed to connect to the RAM Diamond Plate on the back of the cradle. The diamond plate has a 1.0 inch diameter rubber ball connected at right angles to the plate, which connects directly to the 1 inch arm socket. You will also need the RAM arm socket...
http://www.gpscity.com/ram-mount-med...am-b-201u.html

You will also need a way to get this onto your bike, and there a different ways to do that with the RAM system. A common mounting is on the handlebars using a setup like this...
http://www.gpscity.com/ram-mount-zin...m-b-231zu.html

Medium length arm kit:
https://www.gpscity.com/ram-mount-cr...inch-ball.html or maybe,

Short length arm kit:
https://www.gpscity.com/ram-mount-zi...-assembly.html

Thats the basics. There are so many options to "get your balls together" with RAM components that each rider needs to sort that out with their own bike. Different handlebar diameters take different sized U-bolts, so pay attention to your dimensions when shopping. But I will stress that the cradle I make is designed to work only with the RAM mount system. The adjustability and shock absorption and impact resistance of the RAM mounts help keep my cradles "bomb-proof." Mounting them any other way with any other components is specifically advised against. Please don't do that... it's a bad idea and it defeats a specific design feature/concept. Do not "hard mount" to anything without using the RAM mount system.

PM for further if interested, or post here. If BALDY runs a Garmin 60CSX and wants one, his is free.

Respectfully,

Dave Jankowsky
aka "Stovebolt"
Victor, Idaho

ALL CRADLES ARE DESIGNED TO BE USED IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE RAM MOUNT SYSTEM AND MUST NOT BE MOUNTED IN ANY OTHER WAY! CUSTOMER MUST SUPPLY THEIR OWN RAM MOUNTS.

CURRENTLY AVAILABLE:

Garmin 60-Series Black Carbon Holstex
Garmin 78-Series Limited on hand availability - check with me
Garmin Montana Series Black Carbon Holstex
Both Generation SPOTS Black or (Gray fleck carbon KYDEX - discontinued color. Check with me for colors...)

All models remain $75 and I will pay to mail them to any ADV inmate within Continental United States via US Postal Service, Flat Rate Priority Mail, for free.
I don't take PayPal or credit cards.
Garmin Montana now available - September 2012

Montana - Carbon HOLSTEX

Garmin Montana on left and Garmin 60CSx on right - Carbon HOLSTEX

Montana and GEN1 SPOT

G60 and GEN1 SPOT

GEN1 and GEN2 SPOTs



Garmin 60-Series / Garmin 78-Series / Garmin Montana Series / GEN1 SPOT / GEN2 SPOT
G78 on left and G60 on right, mounted up for display on Casper my Friendly Punkin. 2010 450 XC-W Six Days dream bike.




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Stovebolt screwed with this post 11-05-2013 at 07:21 PM Reason: update product info
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