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February 28, 2010

Car Performance Meter Mounting Options for ScanGauge & Others

Filed under: Other Mounts & Accessories — Tags: , , , — mountguys @ 8:46 pm

When we started our mounting business, we did not know these things even existed.  Over the past few years, we were asked how to mount these in some more optimal places than bolting it to the dashboard.  Well, it was off to the car mount labs we went.  We were able to create some excellent options.  A lot of people like to mount these in all kinds of places but most popular are the windshield mounts.

We show the most popular models from ScanGauge, DashDAQ and DashDyno.  We might have a mount for just about anything….

ScanGauge Car Mount

DashDAQ Suction Mount

February 22, 2010

TomTom Ease and Start GPS Mounting Options

Filed under: GPS Mounts and Accessories — Tags: , , , , , — mountguys @ 10:12 am

With all the low priced options coming in from Asia, TomTom is trying to compete at the low end.  Recently announced models are aimed to the entry level market.  Lower priced without a lot of bells and whistles, these are easy to find at less than $100.  The Ease is sold in North America and the Start is sold in Europe and Australia.  You will find the Start Europe, Start UK, Start Australia and several deviations throughout the world.

The Ease and Start both use a deviation to TomTom’s Easyport mounting system.  There is a round attachment on the back and the mount fitting will snap in place around the GPS.

The mounting options for the Ease and Start are almost limitless.

February 14, 2010

Weatherproof GPS and iPhone Motorcycle Mounts Part II

Since we wrote our last blog post about waterproof GPS and iPhone mounts, we have discovered other vaiations that have proven very popular with our customers.  As you know, we carry the RAM line of motorcycle mounts and they make an excellent array of weatherproof mounts called the Aquabox (RAM-B-149Z-AQ6U).  These are excellent mounts but the price in some cases begins to approach what a lower priced GPS costs.

We recently began to carry a lower priced model.  It’s a completely different type of mount.  The case is made of a weatherproof neoprene type of material and deploys a weatherproof zipper for a tight water resistant seal.  The mount fits bars to 1.5 inches and is a heavy duty plastic. These fit the majority of TomTom, Garmin, Mio, Magellan and Nextar GPS models.  Generally speaking anything that is 4.3 or 3.5 inch diagonal will fit well (that’s 98% of the GPS market).

The excellent feature (besides the price) is that the human touch can be felt through the transparent window.  This means you can interface with your iPhone.  We find this difficult with the RAM Aquabox line.  Our new waterproof mount line overcomes this restriction at a very competitive price.

RAM makes a great mount, but if you would like a lower priced option, take a look at our WaterBike line of mounts.

Arkon's GPS032 Weatherproof Mount

Arkon’s GPS032 Weatherproof Mount

SmartPhone / iPhone Weatherproof Handlebar Mount

SmartPhone / iPhone Weatherproof Handlebar Mount

Weatherproof GPS Handlebar Mount

Weatherproof GPS Handlebar Mount

Protecting your GPS with Cases and Screen Protectors

You spent a lot of money on your GPS.  These devices are easily scratched so don’t just throw it in your gym bag, purse or glove compartment when not in use.  Consider adding a carry case or pouch.  We always wondered why the manufacturers do not include one, going back to when GPS units first came into fashion, the manufacturers would include a pouch in the box.  Well, suppose times are tough now, so the consumer is faced with purchasing a carry case for their GPS.  There are plenty to choose from for your Garmin, Magellan, TomTom, Mio, Nextar or whatever brand you have.  They are even available for Golf GPS units like SkyCaddie (those cost more than fully blown GPS units these days).

First we start with cases.  There are many types, and depending upon the size of your GPS and if you would like to also store the mount, many sizes to choose from.

There are smaller cases too.  If your GPS is a standard 4.3 or 3.5 inch, there are many smaller cases on the market that will accommodate your GPS and charger, but if you would like to also include your mount, then the larger ones above are the only way to go.  There are cases made by the manufacturer too, often in the form of pouches to fit your GPS.  However, we think the ones that are aftermarket are a better value and you can generally fit more stuff in there.

 Next item up for consideration are screen protectors.  Originally made for PDAs back in the 1990s, some like to add these to GPS units.  They come precut for the 3.5 and 4.3 inch units.  Easy to apply and remove, they generally do not leave any residue on your GPS.  They do need to be replaced roughly every 3-6 months.

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