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November 22, 2012

Car and Motorcycle Mounts for the New Garmin Nuvi 2500 Series GPS

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — mountguys @ 10:34 am

The Garmin Nuvi 2500 series consists of the Garmin Nuvi 2555LT 2555LMT 2595LMT models.  A great package of units with an enhanced interface and display plus a slew of options that range from lifetime map updates to realtime traffic.

As new mainstream electronics models are released, we always try to post a blog article on what’s available, so here we go.  Garmin must be selling a lot of these based upon the interest we have received.

Handlebar Mount for Garmin Nuvi 2555LT 2555LMT 2595LMT

Handlebar Mount for Garmin Nuvi 2555LT 2555LMT 2595LMT

Garmin OEM Nuvi 2555LT 2555LMT 2595LMT Suction Car Mount

Garmin OEM Nuvi 2555LT 2555LMT 2595LMT Suction Car Mount

Car Cup Holder Mount for the Garmin Nuvi 2500 Series

Car Cup Holder Mount for the Garmin Nuvi 2500 Series

Vent Mount for the Garmin Nuvi 2500 Series

Vent Mount for the Garmin Nuvi 2500 Series

October 23, 2012

Car and Motorcycle Mounts for the Apple iPad Mini Part I

Filed under: Other Mounts & Accessories — Tags: , — mountguys @ 5:38 pm

Apple’s announcement of the new iPad Mini brings a smaller tablet to compete with the Samsung Galaxy Tab, Kindle Fire and others in the 7″ diagonal space.  Measuring 7.87 inches x 5.3 inches and only .28 inches deep, this tablet features a larger 7.9″ screen versus the competition.  Ever try to hold the iPad in one hand for a long time?  Not easy to do.  This weighs only 11 ounces and fits nicely in one hand.  The iPad Mini will feature Apple’s new lightening adapter.

This is Part I of a series on mounting what will be a very popular device.  It always takes the manufacturers a few months to make custom cradles, so until then there are some excellent universal cradle mounts which will hold your Apple iPad Mini quite securely.  Some prefer a universal mount as it can be used a few years from now when Apple announces their new Apple iPad Mini 2 – and you know they will!

As always, we present some nice options for consideration.  Look for our follow up with custom mounting solutions when they are available.

Arkon's tablet clamp mount

Arkon’s tablet clamp mount

RAM's X-Grip II Handlebar Mount

RAM’s X-Grip II Handlebar Mount

Bracketron's tablet car headrest mount

Bracketron’s tablet car headrest mount

Arkon TAB-FSM seat bolt mount

Arkon TAB-FSM seat bolt mount

RAM's X-Grip II Suction Cup Mount

RAM’s X-Grip II Suction Cup Mount

October 10, 2012

RAM Aviation Mounts

RAM makes mounts for almost any purpose.  The mounts are rugged and come with a lifetime warranty.  There are a plethora or location for mounting devices in a plane.  RAM has most of those locations covered.

The most popular location for mounting on a plane is the yoke.  RAM manufactures the RAM-B-121 (metal) and RAP-B-121 (heavy composite plastic) lines for use on a yoke.  The clamp mount opens up to 1.25 inches.  Both arewell made.  We like the RAP-B-121 as it’s rugged and you can save a few dollars over the RAM-B-121 variety.

Another popular mounting location is the glare shield.  This is the location that is located just above the controls and blocks the sun glare.  RAM’s RAM-B-177 line clasps to the glare shield.  These fit up to 1.25 inches wide.

The suction cup line is popular as well.  We recommend RAM’s RAM-B-166 line.  This includes RAM’s best suction cup as you do not want the suction failing while in the air.  With a pivot point at the base and cradle, you can angle this very easily.

Here are some examples of the mounts we just reviewed.

RAM RAM-B-177-BC1 Radio Mount

RAM RAM-B-177-BC1 Radio Mount

RAM RAM-B-166-AP8U Apple iPad Suction Cup Mount

RAM RAM-B-166-AP8U Apple iPad Suction Cup Mount

RAM RAM-B-121-UN9 Universal large Tablet Yoke Mount

RAM RAM-B-121-UN9 Universal large Tablet Yoke Mount

RAM RAM-B-121-GA38U Garmin GPSMAP 695 Yoke Mount

RAM RAM-B-121-GA38U Garmin GPSMAP 695 Yoke Mount

RAM RAM-B-177 Aera Mount in Use

RAM RAM-B-177 Aera Mount in Use

Car and Motorcycle Mounts for the Apple iPhone 5 Part I

Filed under: Other Mounts & Accessories — Tags: , — mountguys @ 4:04 pm

The Apple iPhone 5 is one of the most advanced smartphones to ever hit the market.  Although the Apple maps leave something to be desired, there are still plenty of reasons you would want to use your iPhone 5 in your car.  Nothing beats using Pandora on the go and there are lots of other apps that can be used as a GPS instead of the maps used by Apple (although we’re sure Apple will fix them soon).

Our pals at Arkon have expanded their spring loaded line to fit the larger iPhone 5.  These mounts will also fit your iPhone 5 with a case or skin.

Why are we calling this blog post Part I?  All the large manufacturers are scrambling to make custom cradles.  As soon as they are out, look forward to Part 2 of this post!

Powered Lighter Mount for iPhone 5

Powered Lighter Mount for iPhone 5

Car Cup Holder Mount for iPhone 5

Car Cup Holder Mount for iPhone 5

No Glue Dash Mount for iPhone 5

No Glue Dash Mount for iPhone 5

Car Seat Bolt Mount for iPhone 5

Car Seat Bolt Mount for iPhone 5

Suction Cup Travel Mount for iPhone 5

Suction Cup Travel Mount for iPhone 5

Weatherproof Motorcycle Mount for iPhone 5

Weatherproof Motorcycle Mount for iPhone 5

October 9, 2012

Car and Motorcycle Mounts for the Samsung Galaxy S III

Filed under: Other Mounts & Accessories — Tags: , — mountguys @ 11:21 am

The Samsung Galaxy S III is a large phone and mounting options are not terribly plentiful.  The dimensions of the phone often exceed the dimensions of universal mounting solutions.  Fortunately we have uncovered some excellent solutions from our buddies at Arkon that grasp your phone from the top and bottom.  All ports and buttons are exposed and accessible.

We especially like the powered lighter mount which enables you to power your device using the integrated micro USB cable.

As always, we show some pictures and provide links.

Powered Lighter Mount for Samsung Galaxy S III

Powered Lighter Mount for Samsung Galaxy S III

Car Cup Holder Mount for Samsung Galaxy S III

Car Cup Holder Mount for Samsung Galaxy S III

Car Seat Bolt Mount for Samsung Galaxy S III

Car Seat Bolt Mount for Samsung Galaxy S III

No Glue Dash Console Mount for Samsung Galaxy S III

No Glue Dash Console Mount for Samsung Galaxy S III

Suction Cup Mount for Samsung Galaxy S III

Suction Cup Mount for Samsung Galaxy S III

Samsung Galaxy S III Bean Bag Mount

Samsung Galaxy S III Bean Bag Mount

September 11, 2012

RAM Motorcycle Mounts for Places Other than the Handlebar

Today, we are writing for those wanting to put a device on their motorcycle but not on their handlebar.  This request is more common than you might think.  Many motorcycles do not have a standard round handlebar.  In some cases you simply may not have sufficient space on your handlebar.

Fortunately our buddies at RAM Mount have provided plenty of options.  The most common non handlebar mount is the base for the brake or clutch reservoir.  Commonly used on Harley Davidson and Honda models like the Goldwing, the RAM-B-174 models work quite well and comes with replacement bolts for your motorcycle that are long enough to accommodate the old bolts plus the additional depth from the mounting post.

The next most popular option is the mirror frame.  RAM makes two mounting bases for this purpose.  The RAM-B-252U uses an 11mm hole.  The RAM-B-272U uses a 9mm hole.  Just add screws and washers and these fit the mirror frame on your bike.

Seems like we sell a lot of fork stem mounts to the UK.  Not terribly sure which models they use these for but they sure are popular across the pond.  The RAM-B-342U mounting base works with stems as small as 12mm.  The RAM-B-367U is a highly versatile mounting kit that includes a set of M8 bolts and is also very popular.  Lastly, there are mounting bases that attach to your reservoir cover.  The RAM-B-345U and RAM-B-346U are similar but have a ball in a different location.

Think about using some of these bases the next time you wish to add a device to your motorcycle.  Feel free to write us if you need fitting advice.

RAM RAM-B-252 Mirror Frame Base

RAM RAM-B-252 Mirror Frame Base

RAM RAM-B-309-7U Brake Base

RAM RAM-B-309-7U Brake Base

RAM RAM-B-342 Stem Base

RAM RAM-B-342 Stem Base

RAM RAM-B-367U Handlebar Clamp Base

RAM RAM-B-367U Handlebar Clamp Base

RAM RAM-B-346 Reservoir Cover Base

RAM RAM-B-346 Reservoir Cover Base

September 10, 2012

RAM X-GRIP III Universal Clamping Cradle for Tablets

Got a tablet with a case and want to use a RAM Mount?  Tough to do until now.  RAM recently released the RAM-HOL-UN9U.  This uniquely engineered X-Grip III cradle to fit almost all larger tablets with or without a cradle or skin.  While it isn’t the cheapest cradle ever released, it certainly is among one of the best made.  A series of spring loaded expandable supports easily separate to accommodate your tablet with or without a skin or case.  These fit the Apple iPad, iPad 2 and the new iPad 3.  These also fit many other larger popular tablets including the Motorola Xoom and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.

The back of the cradle uses the RAM round adapter RAM-B-202U (you can use the diamond adapter too but we prefer the extra attaching holes on the round adapter).  This can be coupled with many RAM Mounts including the seat bolt, suction cup, flat surface and many others.

Like almost all RAM Mounts, these come with a lifetime warranty from the manufacturer.

RAM RAM-HOL-UN9U X-Grip III Cradle

RAM RAM-HOL-UN9U X-Grip III Cradle

RAM X-Grip III Suction Cup Mount

RAM X-Grip III Suction Cup Mount

RAM X-Grip III Yoke Mount

RAM X-Grip III Yoke Mount

RAM X-Grip III Seat Bolt Mount

RAM X-Grip III Seat Bolt Mount

 

 

August 8, 2012

Heavy Duty Mounts for the GoPro Hero Camera

We sell a lot of mounts for compact videocams.  We’re excited about RAM’s recent entry into the custom adapter space for these popular cameras.  Coupled with RAM’s heavy duty mounting components and lifetime warranty, this is an unbeatable solution for a heavy duty mount for almost anywhere.  We have seen some very cool videos that range from motorcycles to under an SUV using these mounts and they are amazingly steady thanks to RAM’s anti-vibration technology.  RAM’s mounts cost a few dollars more but in our opinion are well worth the premium.

At the heart of these mounts is the RAP-B-202U-GOP1 adapter. The RAP-B-202U-GOP1 consists of a 1″ diameter rubber ball, connected to a custom GoPro adapter. The adapter attaches directly to the under-side of the camera, replacing the factory mounting bracket. This adapter will use the threaded knob included with the GoPro camera.

With mounts ranging from car to motorcycle to ATV, they have you pretty well covered.

RAM RAP-B-202U-GOP1 Detail

RAM RAP-B-202U-GOP1 Detail

RAM GoPro Hero flat surface mount

RAM GoPro Hero flat surface mount

RAM GoPro Hero motorcycle handlebar mount

RAM GoPro Hero motorcycle handlebar mount

RAM GoPro Hero suction cup mount

RAM GoPro Hero suction cup mount

RAM GoPro Hero ATV Motorcycle strap and u-bolt mount

RAM GoPro Hero ATV Motorcycle strap and u-bolt mount

RAM Suction Cup Mounts

This is the second post in our series providing an overview of basic RAM Mounts.  Our last post profiled the variety of handlebar mounts.  Today we are going to cover suction cup mounts.  Suction cup mounts are the most popular for use in autos.  There are a few states that have laws forbidding placement of anything on the windshield of your car including California and Minnesota.  In those states, consider using a dash plate with many of these suction cup mounts.  All RAM components have a lifetime warranty.  This is a huge bonus with a suction cup mount.  Many of RAM’s suction mechanisms are patented and really do stand up to the te4st of time.

RAM has a variety of suction attachments ranging from casual to industrial use.  All can be coupled with a RAM arm, cradle adapter and custom cradle.

As always, we present some good pictures for examples from our blog post.  Keep in mind many of these can be customized with different length arms and adapters.

RAM RAP-B-166U Composite Suction Cup Mount

RAM RAP-B-166U Composite Suction Cup Mount

RAM RAP-105-6D224 Flexible Suction Cup Mount

RAM RAP-105-6D224 Flexible Suction Cup Mount

RAM RAP-B-166-2 Light Use Suction Cup Mount

RAM RAP-B-166-2 Light Use Suction Cup Mount

RAM RAM-B-166U

RAM RAM-B-166U

The mother of all suction cup mounts

The mother of all suction cup mounts

July 12, 2012

RAM Mounts for Handlebars

We have been selling mounts from RAM for many years.  They make great mounts which carry a manufacturer lifetime warranty.  They make a lot of mounts.  We mean a LOT of mounts.  Sometimes the selection can be daunting and we thought a blog posting on the various handlebar models would help to highlight the different types and purposes.  Their products range from simply handlebar mounts for bicycles to metal mounts for motorcycles and ATVs.

First up are the mounts most suitable for bicycles.  The RAP-274U is a simple plastic mount that fits bars up to an inch.  It will fit RAM’s cradles that use the two hole diamond adapter on the back.  To attach to your handlebar, simply remove the screw and nut on the bottom, slip over your handlebar and reattach the screw and nut.  The RAP-274-1U also fits the holders with diamond adapter.  These use included 7″ long cable ties to attach to your handlebar.  The cable ties are industry standard and you can easily replace them with the same ones that you can buy in any hardware store.

RAM offers many mounting options for motorcycle handlebars.  We find most motorcycle handlebars fall into the 1-1.25″ diameter range and the mounts that we will discuss all fit this range of diameters.  The most popular motorcycle handlebar mount is the RAM metal u-bolt mount, part RAM-B-149ZU and is available in 1.75, 3 and 6 inch arm lengths.  A variation to the RAM-B-149ZU is the RAM-B-149Z-2U which adds a metal strap option for handlebar diameters up to 3.15″.  Lastly, RAM makes a handy economical model called the RAP-SB-187U.  This one is constructed of plastic and will use a strap to attach to your handlebar.  It fits handlebars to 2.58 inches.  All of these motorcycle mounts have a diamond adapter to fit RAM cradles.  Some can also be fitted with square or round adapters for other cradles or special situations.

RAP-274U

RAP-274U

RAP-274-1U

RAP-274-1U

RAM-B-149ZU

RAM-B-149ZU

RAM-B-149Z-2U

RAM-B-149Z-2U

RAP-SB-187U

RAP-SB-187U

 

 

 

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