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What Happened to the MountGuys Site?

Our site looks a lot different, doesn’t it?  After spending 70 hours a week on running our online business, we realized we needed to change things.  Working these long hours once in a while is ok, but after doing it steadily for over ten years, it began to affect our health and quality of life.  We decided to shift our focus.  We have retained a subset of our business to serve our prior customers and continue to offer our most popular products on Amazon.  Mounts we have sold in the past can be purchased on Amazon and may be accessed here or you may use the banner at the top of the page.

For several years, we had a blog attached to our site that many of you found useful.  We added articles as time allowed.  We decided to expand our blog and write with far more frequency.  We will continue to explain how to mount new stuff and use what you already have in ways you may not have thought about before.

How to Remove the Garmin Nuvi Ball Mount

Garmin Nuvi Ball PhotoSince the beginning of the Nuvi series, Garmin has used the same design for mounting their GPS.  A socket and ball mount is included with the GPS when you buy it.  The typical Garmin accompaniment with their GPS models is a suction cup mount and a small adhesive disk which is useful for mounting on your dash.  A lot of GPS users will eventually want to mount their GPS in a part of the car other than the windshield or dash.  Longtime Garmin owners will likely need to replace the suction cup mount with a new one as they can wear over time.  There are a variety of mounts available that provide alternative locations for your GPS which you can read about here.  All work on the same principle.  The ball on the end of the Garmin suction mount measures 17mm and the cradle that is included has a 17mm socket.  Alternative mounts have a 17mm ball which will fit the socket on the back of the cradle.  This article will teach you how to remove the Garmin Nuvi ball mount from the cradle.

The cradle that Garmin includes is tightly seated on the ball mount.  That’s by design.  When placing your GPS in the cradle, you want it to remain still.  That’s accomplished by using a tight fit onto the ball mount.  To remove the cradle, first take the GPS out of the cradle.  Grip the remaining cradle with one hand tightly and the mount in your other hand.  Pull in opposite directions.  It will take some force to do this because as already mentioned, it’s a tight fit on purpose.  Do not try to twist the cradle off from the mount as this will compromise the tight fit needed for your new mount.

Installing the cradle onto your new mount is similar but in opposite directions.  Again, be sure that your GPS is not in the cradle.  Place the cradle in one hand and the new mount on the other hand.  Push together.  It’s going to require some force because of the design of the mounting system.  Insert your GPS into the mount and you’re all set to use your new mount.

The photo attached to this article is an old one.  It’s the old Garmin Nuvi 660.  Amazingly, here we are almost ten years later and the design is still the same.  There are well over 100 models of the Garmin Nuvi that have been manufactured since this GPS first appeared in 2006.  Back in 2006, you pretty much used the suction mount or you were out of luck.  Today there are a lot of locations to mount your GPS.  A lot of motorcycle owners may find our article on motorcycle GPS mounts useful and you can read it here.  Questions regarding the types of GPS units that you can use on a motorcycle was answered in another article that you can access here.  Lastly, if your old Garmin suction cup mount isn’t sticking any longer, you might be able to save it and we outline how to do this in another article.

Mounting the Latest Sirius Car Radio Models: Stratus 7 Starmate 8 and OnyX

SR33 SiriusWith many new cars coming with satellite radio already installed, we are surprised by the number of inquiries we field on aftermarket radios.  Sirius has recently released the Stratus 7, Starmate 8 and Onyx Plus radios.  Quite frankly these radios all comes with better displays and more features than the car installed radios.  The displays have more lines and most models have the ability to rewind.  Some can display album art and you can customize your own Sirius channels by blending several channels together.  I’m sure there are many Sirius users out there that already has a stock Sirius Radio in their car and use one of these new models because of the advanced features.

However, there are two drawbacks to aftermarket radios.  First drawback is several years ago the FCC limited the amount of wattage the FM transmitter can push out resulting in a degraded FM signal to your car radio.  This means potential static when transmitting the FM signal from the Sirius Radio to the car FM Radio.  Fortunately there are ways to improve this situation and we wrote a very detailed article on this topic which you can read here.

Second is the limited mounting options.  Having the radio attached via suction cup to your windshield is very 2005.  We will review alternative mount options below.  And please don’t feed the antenna out the window, instead, use an interior antenna mount.

The Sirius Car Kit that accompanies these new models comes with a mount for the dash and one for the vent.  The vent mount is a good choice for keeping the radio out of view and discouraging a smash and grab thief.  The dash mount is middle of the road and you may not want to glue anything to your dash that doesn’t easily come off.  All mounts attach to the back of the Sirius car cradle.  The cradle has four screw holes in a rectangular pattern.  Simply screw the mount onto the cradle using those four holes and the included screws.

I have always found that keeping your SiriusXM Radio near your line of site is the safest way to go and the Arkon suction cup mount for SiriusXM radios will do that for you.  The mount comes with everything needed to mount these radios including a a suction cup mount, attachment plate for the back of the cradle and a dash disk in case you would like to use these mounts on your dashboard.  Be aware that use of a windshield mount in certain states is illegal.  You can ready more about this topic here.

A popular mount for satellite radios remains the car seat bolt mount.  This attaches to the bolt on your seat bolt.  A lot of people ask us if our mount will fit their car model.  Our answer is always the same:  if the seat bolt is exposed these ought to fit fine.  But just in case the bolt isn’t exposed, we include hardware to attach it right to the floor.  These are the sturdiest mounts around for satellite radios.  It sits at the perfect height for you to switch stations and see the display.  I have personally used on of these for many years.  Installation takes five minutes and the mount will last longer than the car itself.  I have removed this mount from two cars which I have traded in over the years only to install it again in another car.

Another popular mount for Sirius and XM radio is the cup holder mount.  These mounts fit the back of your cradle just like the floor mount.  Depending upon where your cup holder is located, these may sit an even better location than the floor mount.  These are the easiest to install.  The bottom is expandable so that it can contour to almost any size cup holder.  We find these work in all vehicles except those with pullout cup holders.  My MDX has pretty big cup holders and they fit real well.

Mounting Components Discussed in this Article:

PhotoManufacturerDescriptionAmazon Link

SiriusXMSiriusXM Plug and Play Car KitSiriusXM SXDV3 Satellite Radio Vehicle Mounting Kit with Dock and Charging Cable (Black)

ArkonCar cup holder mount for XM Sirius Satellite RadioArkon SR123 Universal Flexible Cup Holder Mount for XM Sirius

ArkonCar seat bolt mount for XM Sirius Satellite RadioArkon SR088-S 15-Inch Flexible Gooseneck Swivel XM & Sirius Satellite Radio Mount

ArkonSuction cup mount for SiriusXM RadioWindshield Dash Suction Car Mount for XM and Sirius Satellite Radios Single T and AMPS Pattern Compatible

 

Waze Versus Garmin Nuvi

Fans of our site know that we are big supporters of the Waze application available on Apple iPhone and Android operating systems.  We have written several articles on Waze which you can read here and here.  I recently began to notice that I barely use my Garmin Nuvi GPS any longer.  I have a mount on my windshield for my cell phone and when I get in the car I simply pop it into the mount and open the Waze application.

So I began to think about the advantages and disadvantages (if any) and listed the advantages and disadvantages below.

Cost – Waze is absolutely free versus Garmin Nuvi which will cost $100 and up depending upon the model.  Advantage:  Waze

Maps – Garmin updates their maps and if you have a GPS with a lifetime map subscription there is no cost for map updates.  If you do not have a GPS with lifetime map updates, you will need to purchase it from Garmin.  Waze updates their maps regularly and solicits map corrections from the user base.  I actually had an opportunity to report a map correction and the response from Waze came in less than one day.  Advantage:  Waze

Driving Directions – If purchasing the latest Garmin, you will receive lane assist which is real helpful when driving on large highways.  The Garmin Nuvi will show a blown up map of the road and tell you which lanes to get into.  Waze does not include this feature.  Both will guide you around traffic if you have that feature and will reroute quickly if you are off course.  Advantage:  Garmin

Traffic – Waze has full-time live traffic reports which are supported by traffic networks, real-time measurements and social interactions of the user base.  Some Garmin Nuvi models have traffic available but at an extra cost (warning don’t lose the Garmin traffic power cable or it will cost you another $60 for a replacement).  The Garmin traffic feature uses the FM radio frequency and is only available in large metropolitan areas.  For example, out here in northwest New Jersey, traffic is rarely available but begins to receive reports as I head towards New York City.  Advantage: Waze

Bluetooth Integration – Waze runs on your phone, so bluetooth is already present so you would think that Waze would win this hands down but it doesn’t.  When using Waze on an active route and a call comes in, Waze disappears to the background and the telephone application takes over.  Your map is off the screen.  You can get the map back by closing the phone app and opening Waze again but that’s not safe while driving.  Additionally, while speaking to your party that just called, Waze will interrupt and override the speaking party.  This one is kind of surprising but that’s how it works on my iPhone.  Ondroid users might be able to benefit from ann application called Waze Up but sorry IOS users, you’re out of luck.  Advantage:  Garmin

So there you have it.  Both Garmin and Waze have advantages and disadvantages.  You will need to base your decision on your own personal needs.  There is still a need for dedicated GPS devices like the Garmin Nuvi but there’s a huge market for anything free, especially a great application like Waze.

 

Mounts for Kawasaki Ninja Motorcycles


As I formulated this article, I realized that mounts for Kawasaki Ninja motorcycles is a bit more challenging than other models.  The obvious variety of models made over the years means one mount is not going to fit all of the Ninja models.  We will discuss mounts that fit most models and I’ll try to provide enough detail to allow you to determine if this is the right mount for your situation.

As mentioned in other articles on this topic, motorcycle owners like to mount things on their bikes.  The most popular items mounted are cell phones and GPS units.  I also see some that mount cameras, satellite radios and even drinks.  While the most popular mount for most motorcycles is the handlebar, that is not necessarily the case for the Kawasaki Ninja because handlebar real estate is scarce if there is any at all.  I receive a few questions regularly regarding the potential use of a suction cup on a motorcycle on places like the gas tank which I do not recommend as the vibrations can easily compromise the effectiveness of the hold of a suction cup so please avoid these types of mounts.

Let’s discuss some mounts that are popular with Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle owners.  The most common place for mounting devices on your Ninja is the fork stem.  A motorcycle stem mount (also known as a fork stem) typically fits the steering stem hole in the top triple clamp assembly.  By adding custom or universal cradles, the stem makes a nice location for mounting small devices such as cell phones, radar detectors and GPS units.

Typical instructions involves inserting a stem accessory which is manufactured by mounting companies specifically for this purpose.  Some stem mounts are made of multiple parts and are fastened with machine screws into the stem.  Other stem mounts are manufactured of a thick rubber component and the mount is twisted tightly into the stem hole.  Be sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully prior and during installation to ensure that the mount is installed properly and securely.

There are only a few manufacturers that we know of that manufacture a stem mount and the two companies are RAM Mount and TechMount.  Both companies are known to be good manufacturers that back their products up with a warranty.  Be sure to first get a measurement of your stem diameter to ensure that your new mount will fit.  You will need that measurement to customize the mount prior to installation.

TechMount manufactures a good stem mount kit.  The universal stem mount system comes equipped with six stem shafts with varying diameters, each being a different diameter to fit virtually all-steering stem holes.  Select the right size for your stem and slide it down into the top of the fork steering stem. The stem adapter includes an O-ring, which progressively gets tighter as you slide it slides it into the stem shaft, keeping your device attached securely to your motorcycle.

The TechMount kit has a 17mm ball at the end which ironically is the same size used by a Garmin Nuvi GPS cradle.  So for many GPS units, this might be all that is required.  If you would like to add a universal phone cradle to this mount, there are many options.  The TechMount cradle kit with included safety bungee has a 17mm adapter that will fit over the ball on the stem mount.  The resulting cradle installation sits roughly an inch off the stem.

RAM Mount also makes a motorcycle stem mount base.  Unlike TechMount these mounts come with a single ball assembly and you will need to do some trimming to customize the fit to your stem diameter.  The mount includes the one inch ball that is universal to most RAM Mount systems.  You will find this base bundled with a variety of cradles.  Most popular is the stem base bundled with RAM’s X-Grip phone cradle.  We wrote a very detailed article on the X-Grip series and you can read it here.

RAM also offers a variety of custom GPS cradles for Garmin units.  These cradles provide a secure fit for use on a motorcycle.  Coupling the RAM stem base with an arm and mounting diamond in a single stem mount kit is all that you would need to add to the RAM custom cradle for a complete solution.  The RAM mount can also be coupled with the Power Plate for radar detectors.

There are a few Ninja models such as the 250R that have a small amount of real estate available hear the base of the handlebar.  The handlebar mount from RAM only needs a little less than an inch of space can be supplemented with a custom cradle to fit your GPS.

Lastly, owners of a few models such as the 250R and 500R can consider the reservoir cover mount.  These bases will bolt over your current reservoir cover.  These are made by RAM and prior comments regarding selection of a custom GPS cradle or a universal X-Grip cradle apply here as well.

Mounting Components Discussed in this Article:

PhotoManufacturerDescriptionAmazon Link

TechMountStem mount kitUniversal Motorcycle Fork Stem Mount Kit - Techmount Gen 4 - Securely Mount Your Smartphone, Radar Detector, GPS, Camera, Garage Door Opener, Or Other Personal Electronic Devices (Cradles and Platforms Sold Separately in Our Amazon Store)

TechMountUniversal phone cradle with the 17mm pattern needed for the Techmount seriesUniversal Phone Cradle for Techmount Gen 4 Mounting Systems - Your Universal Smartphone Mount Will Enable You to Securely Mount your iPhone, Android, Blackberry, or Other Smartphones to Your Motorcycle and/or ATV.

RAMStem mount baseRam Mount Motorcycle Fork Stem Base with 1-Inch Ball (Black)

RAMStem mount coupled with universal phone cradle.RAM Mounts (RAM-B-176-A-UN7) Fork Stem Mount with Short Double Socket Arm and Universal X-Grip Cell/Iphone Holder

RAMReservoir mount kit for custom cradle useRam Mount RAM-B-183U Double Ball Motorcycle Offset Reservoir Cover Mount

 

Radar Detector Motorcycle Mounts


I know I shouldn’t speed and I typically don’t but it sure is nice to know when to look down at my speedometer to ensure that I am at or below the current speed limit.  Using a radar detector is legal within most US states.  They are simply to attach to any car windshield using the included suction mount that comes with the radar detector.  Not so simple when it comes to a motorcycle.  We never recommend using a suction cup on a motorcycle but especially not the ones that come with most radar detectors.  They are way too small and will not hold up to the vibrations of a motorcycle.  So today we discuss radar detector motorcycle mounts.

There are two primary ways to hold a radar detector securely to a motorcycle.  Both provide a solid hold on your device.

The first method is to use secure straps over the top of the radar detector.  These need to be embedded as part of the mount similar to the way that Techmount has implemented their solution for radar detectors.  The Techmount radar detector handlebar mount integrates a series of straps with a high quality metal mount that fits bars up to 1.25 inches diameter which is large enough for most standard bikes.  This same mount is also made available as part of a stem mount as well.  The straps will provide a solid hold but ensure everything is tight prior to riding.

The second method which is deployed by RAM Mounts uses their Power Plate III magnetic plate.  This flat plate combines three rare earth magnets with a metal strip to provide a solid hold to whatever the metal strip is attached to.  The metal strip has a 3M adhesive strip to attached to one side.  You will adhere that to the bottom of the detector.  This will work on most radar detectors that have a flat bottom.  Combine this with RAM’s metal handlebar / clutch mount and you have a solid solution to holding your radar detector.   The magnets will provide a strong hold.  I recommend ensuring the bottom of your radar detector is clean of any oil or debris prior to adhering the metal plate.  Since the metal plate is using adhesive, do allow at least 24 hours for the glue to cure before using it on the road.

Now that you have some solutions for a radar detector motorcycle mount, you might be wondering how you will hear it over the engine of a motorcycle.  Good thinking.  Fortunately there are a few solutions available which integrate with many popular radar detector models.  It’s Techmount to the rescue once again with the H.A.R.D. System for radar detectors.  The system is easy to install as it is comprised of a transmitter which plugs into the radar detector.  You also get a receiver that is placed inside your cheek pad or can be mounted on the outside of your helmet.  The bright red LED light on the receiver immediately begins flashing when your detector activates, giving you ample time to check your speed.  This system is compatible with most popular radar detectors.

Mounting Components Discussed in this Article:

PhotoManufacturerDescriptionAmazon Link

RAMPower Plate IIIRAM Magnetic Power Plate III for Radar Detectors

RAMRAM motorcycle handlebar / clutch mountRam Mount Combination Brake/Clutch Reservoir U-Bolt Mount with Round Base Adapter that contains the AMPs Hole Pattern

TechmountTechmount radar detector motorcycle handlebar mountRadar Detector Motorcycle Handlebar Mount Kit with Mounting Plate - Universal Handlebar Radar Detector Mounting Kit to Securely Mount your Escort, Beltronics, Valentine 1 or Other Radar Detector to Your Motorcycle, ATV, Snowmobile, or other Power Sport Vehicle With 7/8" to 1 ¼" Handlebar.

TechmountRadar detector motorcycle stem mountMotorcycle Radar Detector Wireless Heads Up Display for Escort, Valentine 1 and Beltronics Radar Detectors - The H.A.R.D. System - Receiver Mounts On Outside of Your Helmet, Transmitter to Your Radar Detector - Receiver Flashes Red LED Light When Detector Activates - Not a Bluetooth Interface.

Camera Mounts for Hunters

MFX101-C2 NakedToday, we discess camera mounts for hunters.  The introduction of compact action cameras with long battery life and significant storage capabilities has turned the hunting camera market upside down.  For many years, hunters would use big bulky weatherproof enclosed cameras from companies such as Midland, Bushnell and Moultrie.  These cameras ranged in cost from $50 to a few hundred dollars.  You would strap them to a tree, leave it out for a few weeks, go back and check any action.  That was the extent of cameras for most hunters.

The introduction of action cameras from GoPro, Contour, Kodak and many other companies have given hunters many options for high quality video.  We found that people wanted to do more than just check the action in their favorite spot.  They wanted to mount their cameras to tree stands, rails, you name it.  Hunters were also interested in mounting their action cameras to their bows and guns.  Given the smaller form factor of these new cameras, it’s now possible to do that.

There is a limited variety of action camera mounts for hunters.  When selecting your mount, think about how your camera will connect to the mount.  Many cameras use the standard 1/4″ – 20 threaded screw pattern that is common to tripods.  However, if using the weatherproof case from Gopro, you will need to find a mount with a custom adapter to fit the bottom of the case.  You will be in the same boat with the Contour line as well.  If not needing to use the weatherproof case, the standard tripod connection will suffice.

Mounting a camera to a tree stand requires mount with a clamp that opens large enough to tightly grip the rail of your tree stand.  You also need it to be sturdy and we recommend purchasing a mount with the ability to move it out of the way so your arm doesn’t hit it every time you move.  Keep in mind the importance of the adapter and remember to get the mount with the proper ending.

There is a good mount selection available for bow hunters.  Most camera bow mounts will attach to the stabilizer hole.  Assuming your stabilizer has a 5/16″ – 24 threaded hole, there are commercial mounts available from companies such as Midland that have the 5/16″ – 24 pattern on one end and then curve up to a 1/4″ – 20 threaded pattern on the camera end.  Make sure the mounts are made of metal and don’t interfere with your shot.

If you are looking to mount a camera to a gun, you will need to ensure that your mount will not mess with the firing or balance of the gun.  This isn’t an area to cheap out on.  Be sure to purchase a mount constructed primarily of metal that will attach very tightly to your gun.  The Prost line of gun mounts is a good example of the mount needed to attach to a gun.  Be sure to purchase a mount made specific to your gun.

Lastly, there are many screw mounts that can turn your action camera into one that can attach to a tree.  You will again want to ensure the ending has the right adapter.  We recently tried the tree bracket mount from Bushnell and found it to be sturdy.  The tip has an added swivel feature which enables pointing your camera to an angle other than straight ahead.  If using your camera for viewing wildlife action in your hunting spot, be sure to use a weatherproof case.  You will also want to make sure the camera is high enough so that a curious bear will not knock it down.  Be sure to buy a mount that will screw at least an inch into the tree, if not more.

Mounting Components Discussed in this Article:

PhotoManufacturerDescriptionAmazon Link

MidlandBow mount for camerasMidland Bow Mount Bow Mount for Midland Action Cameras XTA108

MidlandTree mount for action camerasMidland Tree Mount for Midland Action Cameras XTA106

ProstGun mount for camerasprost ® Camera Picatinny 20mm Rail gun Mount Side Rail Mount for Sony action cam HDR-AS100v AS30V AEE Gopro Hero4/3+/3/2/1 camera accessory

Tablet Mounts for Trucks and Rigs

Arkon TAB806Today’s topic is tablet mounts for trucks and rigs.  Mounting a device in a truck has unique requirements that differ from placing it in a car.  A truck has a much deeper reach to the windshield so a basic suction cup mount will prove to be inconvenient.  Most car mounts that are sold for tablets are a few inches long and will not suffice for use in a truck.  It’s difficult for a truck driver to reach forward that far so a suction mount that’s really long is what’s needed.  I have also found that truckers are more receptive to bolting a mount to their dash versus your everyday car owner.  Another unique requirement of a truck mount is it must withstand more vibration than a car mount.

First we will discuss the suction cup route.  As already mentioned, we need a suction cup mount that is somewhat longer than a typical windshield mount.  Ideally we want a metal support to minimize the shake and need it to fit our GPS or phone model.  We also want it to be easy to install and remove and durable enough to do this continually.  The Arkon extended tablet mount fits the requirements outlined.  It extends from 14 – 18 inches, the arm is made if metal and it includes the large universal cradle that we like a lot as it will fit large tablets up to a full size Apple iPad.  By the way, this mount features a 17mm ball and removable cradle so it can double as a nice mount for your Garmin Nuvi or dezl GPS (simply use the cradle that came with your GPS).

For smaller tablets such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 or an Apple iPad Mini, the same company makes an extended small tablet mount.  This is a nicely made mount that also extends from 14 – 18 inches and includes a universal expandable cradle that fits phones from 4.4 to 7.5 inches high.  This means it fits not only the most popular small tablets but even large phones such as the Apple iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy S6.  This expandable cradle also will fit most protective cases such as LifeProof and Otterbox (my favorite).  I have personally used this mount in my SUV and it holds very steady.

I mentioned that truck owners are a bit more receptive to bolting their mounts to a flat surface such as the dash.  There are a wide variety of mounts available to do this.  The criteria for a flat surface phone mount in a rig is a steady hold with a universal cradle.  The cradle needs to hold your phone tightly but be easy to remove and install it.  Unlike a suction cup mount, you probably will not remove the mount but will retain it within the vehicle and since it’s bolted on, you will not need to worry as much about theft of the mount.  A good option is the flat surface tablet mount from Arkon.  The base has pre-drilled holes for mounting.  You just supply the bolts and a screwdriver.  The mount itself is made of metal and can be adjusted in three different places.

Another good location for a tablet mount in a rig is the floor or seat bolt.  This location is good when not needing to consistently look down at your tablet.  It keeps it off your passenger seat and you don’t need to worry about it slipping between the seats.  Unlike a mount for a car, you will need to select a mount that is taller, made of metal and includes an expandable cradle.  The Arkon 22″ seat bolt tablet mount fits all of the criteria.  The 22″ stalk is made of a flexible gooseneck so that you can bend it to the best angle for your viewing pleasure.

By the way, if you are interested in mounting a GPS or phone in your truck rig, take a few minutes to read our article on that topic here.

Mounting Components Discussed in this Article:

PhotoManufacturerDescriptionAmazon Link

ArkonExtra long suction cup mount for large tabletsArkon Large Tablet Long Arm Windshield Suction Mount for Apple iPad Air iPad 2 Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2

ArkonExtra long suction cup mount for small tabletsArkon Smartphone and Midsize Tablet Windshield Mount for Apple iPad mini iPhone 6 Plus 6 5S Samsung Galaxy S6 S5 S4 Note 4 3

Arkon22" cell phone seat bolt mountArkon Smartphone and Midsize Tablet Car Seat Rail Mount for iPhone 6 Plus iPhone 6 5 5S 5C Samsung Galaxy Note 4 3 S6 S5 S4

ArkonFlat surface tablet mountArkon Heavy Duty Tablet Wall Mount with 8 inch Arm and AMPS Drill Base for iPad Air iPad Galaxy Note 10.1

Mounts for the Garmin Nuvi 57 58 67 68 2015 GPS Series

Garmin 010-10908-00You wouldn’t think it’s possible to introduce more models to the Nuvi line but Garmin continues to do that in 2015.  The 2015 GPS line includes a series of GPS devices priced on the lower end called the Nuvi 57, 57LM, 57LMT, 58, 58LM, 58LMT, 67LM, 67LMT, 68LM, 68LMT.  The difference between all these units is size, map updates and coverage.  It looks like Garmin may have abandoned the 4.3 inch diagonal screens which makes sense as the price points between 4.3 and 5.0 inch screens are almost non existent for new models.  The 50-series have a 5.0″ diagonal screen.  When you see the letters “LM” at the end – that stands for Lifetime Map updates.  The “LMT” means you get lifetime maps and traffic.  The 58 and 68 include maps for Canada and the US.  The 57 and 67 have just the lower 49 states of the US.  Personally, I never had use for the lifetime map updates as I found that you will likely purchase a new GPS before it’s time to update the maps.  GPS models are like any other technology.

In the box is a suction cup mount, adhesive disk and a charger.  All of these units come with a cradle which snaps onto the back of the GPS for a tight hold.  The cradle has a 17mm socket on the back and can be adapted to many alternative mounts by simply pulling the cradle off the suction cup mount that comes with your unit.  The mounting kit in the box also includes an adhesive mounting disk.  This is particularly useful for states like California and Minnesota where mounting to a windshield is not legal and you need to mount it elsewhere.  We wrote a detailed article on these states and you can read it here.

The suction cup mount that comes with this series is very basic.  There are many alternative mounts to the suction cup which we find to be very marginal in terms of reliability.  We have used and can endorse the Arkon suction cup mount which is long enough for both the 5 and 6 inch models.  The mount comes with a 2-year warranty from the manufacturer as well as a replacement dash disk.  Unlike the Arkon entry, the mount has an articulation point halfway down to permit greater freedom of adjustment versus the Garmin mount.

The most popular mount made for the Garmin Nuvi series is their beanbag mount which has a 17mm ball which you can snap the cradle onto.  We wrote an in-depth review of this mount which you can read here.

I continue to be amazed at the number of cup holders that are present in my SUV.  I cannot possibly drink that many bottles of water nor can the passengers that ride in my car.  Why not use one of these spare cup holders to mount your Nuvi?  We wrote a detailed article on cup holder mounts previously.  The cup holder mount for the Nuvi is made by a company named Arkon and it features a base that expands to the contour of your car’s cup holder.  These place your Nuvi at a good location for viewing.  for GPS reception, we find these work best with a sunroof as depending upon the location of your cup holders, it may be challenged to see the satellites in the sky.

Vent mounts have been available for many years but Garmin completely missed the parade on these until 2013.  Finally coming out with a vent mount of their own, Garmin’s vent mount is very well made.  Unlike many of their competitors, Garmin saw the need for a vent mount with a clamp on the back if it.  This means these mounts will fit horizontal and vertical vents.  While it costs a bit more than the competitors, it’s worth the extra fora  well made mount that you can easily install and remove.

On the motorcycle, the best manufacturer from our experience is RAM Mounts.  Custom cradles from RAM are not available for this series of GPS.  Fortunately RAM offers some very well made mounts for smartphones and tablets that utilize spring loaded tension grips and one of those models fits this line of GPS.  We discussed RAM’s X-Grip line in a previous article which can be read here.  RAM bundles this cradle with a solid motorcycle mount.  The cradle opens large enough to accommodate the 3.4 inch (57 and 58 series) and 3.7 inch (67 and 68 series) width of the GPS.  The mount fits handlebar diameters to 1.25 inches.

Mounting Components Discussed in this Article:

PhotoManufacturerDescriptionAmazon Link

GarminGarmin bean bag mount with standard 17mm ball to fit the socket on the back of the cradleGarmin Portable Friction Mount

GarminGarmin vent mount with 17mm ball to fit the socket on the back of the cradleGarmin Vent Mount

ArkonSuction cup mount for Garmin NuviArkon Replacement Upgrade or Additional Windshield Dashboard Suction Mounting Pedestal for Garmin nuvi 40 50 1450 1200 GPS

ArkonArkon cup holder mount with 17mm ball to fit the socket on the back of the cradleArkon GPS Cup Holder Mount

RAMMotorcycle mount with X-Grip IV cradleRAM Mounts (RAM-B-149Z-UN10U) Handlebar Rail Mount with Zinc Coated U-Bolt Base and Universal X-Grip Iv Large Phone/Phablet Holder

Car and Motorcycle Mounts for the Apple iPhone 6 and Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Arkon SM423-G with iPhoneiPhone bigger and better.  At least that’s what Apple calls it.  Recently made available, this is the most popular release to date of a new Apple iPhone.  It’s understandable, especially for those not already owning a more current phone.  The performance and functionality improvements introduced with the new phone as well as the new operating system (IOS release 8) are significant.  This is a site that focuses on the stuff needed to make your devices mobile, so if you want to read about some of the enhancements, take a few minutes to view it at Apple.

We would be remiss without mentioning one very important sets of features on the new iPhone 6 which is called iSight and Auto Image Stabilization.  This combines some new hardware and software enhancements that will permit you to shoot photos and videos that aren’t as prone to a shaky hand nor as susceptible to a vibrating vehicle.  This expands the potential of using your iPhone 6 for use as a dash camera or possibly for use on a motorcycle.  If you choose to do this, make sure the mount that you purchase leave the rear camera lens uncovered.

When it comes to mounting this phone, it’s important to know the dimensions of these devices.  The iPhone 6 is larger than any model announced to date.  With a 4.7 inch diagonal screen this phone is 5.44 inches tall by 2.64 inches wide by .27 inches deep.  The larger iPhone 6 Plus is even larger.  Sporting a 5.5 inch diagonal screen, this iPhone is 6.22 inches tall, 3.06 inches wide and .28 inches deep.  These are important measurements to keep in mind when selecting your mount.  For those with any custom iPhone mount which features a cradle specifically made for your iPhone, they aren’t going to fit and you will need to purchase a new mount, or at least a new cradle.  For those that have purchased a universal mount to hold your older phone, hopefully it opens wide enough to hold your new iPhone 6 series without a problem.  Most universal mounts offer options to upgrade your cradle to a larger one.  From experience, I suspect you will be able to reuse your existing universal mount for an iPhone 6, but not for the iPhone 6 Plus.  The iPhone 6 Plus is a really big phone.  It was made to compete with the larger models from Samsung such as the Mega and Galaxy Note.

Readers of our site already know that we favor the universal mounts because of the reasons just mentioned.  So for those that never had a phone mount before, avoid the custom solutions and purchase a solid universal mount.

There are a lot of companies that offer some excellent mounting solutions for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

Arkon, based in California, offers three inexpensive lines that fit all iPhone 6 models with or without a case.  The Mobile-Grip 2 cradles were recently introduced.  Mobile-Grip 2 features an expandable cradle that grips your phone from the sides.  The cradle opens to 3.6 inches wide so should be large enough for almost all cases although you might struggle a bit with a thick case on an iPhone 6 Plus.  Arkon also offers an older line called Slim-Grip Ultra which opens to over 7 inches.  The Slim-Grip Ultra will hold your phone from the top and bottom and features support legs that can move from side to side.  Lastly, the Megagrip cradle opens to 3.4 inches.  The Megagrip has been around for many years and is extremely reliable.  The Megagrip features one hand operation and opens with the push of a button.  Arkon does not offer a custom cradle for any of the iphone 6 models.

iOttie, based in New York, provides some inexpensive mounts that feature the Easy One Touch 2 universal cradle which opens to 3.2 inches and will fit the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus without a case or skin.  When adding a thick case, this line may not fit well.  This cradle is spring loaded and sold with a variety of mounts for the handlebar, windshield and dash.  iOttie is somewhat new to us and we plan to look closer at their offerings in the near future.

RAM Mount, out of Washington, features two custom cradles.  The RAM-HOL-AP18U is made to fit the iPhone 6 and the RAM-HOL-AP19U will fit the iPhone 6 Plus.  Since it’s a custom cradle, these will not fit your device with a case or skin.  You can couple these with one of RAM’s mounting pedestals for the windshield, cup holder, dash or motorcycle.  RAM also makes their ever popular X-Grip cradle, the RAM-HOL-UN7BU for the 6 and RAM-HOL-UN10BU for the 6 Plus.  These universal cradles will open to grip your phone from the sides with or without a case or skin in use.  Although the custom cradles are well made, we prefer the X-Grip universal cradles.  It’s likely you will have a case or skin on your phone so go with the universal cradles.  We do a deep dive on the X-Grip series which is worth reading here.

As for recommendations, I have used and really like the Arkon MegaGrip SM415 Mount for universal car use.  This line is inexpensive and proven.  You can use it reliably on your car dash or windshield and it fits your iPhone 6 with or without a case.   The mount features a vacuum locked suction assembly attached to a pivoting arm.  The cradle opens and closes at a push of a button and expands up to 3.4 inches so it will git the iPhone 6 even with a case and an iPhone 6 Plus without a case or with a very thin skin.  The phone can swivel into any orientation.  The mount also comes with an adhesive disk that you can stick to the dash to turn the mount into a console mount.  The suction assembly can adhere tot he adhesive disk just like it would on a windshield.  I have used these for a long time and can vouch for the ease of use and durability.  Might be the best phone mount you can get for the price.

If you are looking to use your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus on a motorcycle, consider the RAM X-Grip line.  These are heavy duty mounts that are mostly constructed of metal.  The mount has gone through some rigorous shake tests and holds up well on a motorcycle.  We wrote about X-Grips extensively on this site and you can view that article here.  The mount that you would use for the iPhone 6 is the RAM-B-149Z-UN7U.  The iPhone 6 Plus needs a larger cradle so you would select the RAM-B-149Z-UN10U.

Mounting Components Discussed in this Article:

PhotoManufacturerDescriptionAmazon Link

iOttieSuction cup windshield mount with expandable cradle and telescoping armiOttie Easy One Touch 2 Car Mount Holder for iPhone 6 (4.7)/Plus (5.5) /5s/5c, Samsung Galaxy S5/S4/S3/Note 4/3, Google Nexus 5/4, LG G3 - Retail Packaging - Black

RAM MountCustom iPhone 6 holder for RAM mounting systemsRAM Mount Cradle f/Apple iPhone 6

RAM MountCustom iPhone 6 plus holder for RAM mounting systemsRAM Mount Cradle f/Apple iPhone 6 Plus

ArkonWindshield suction cup mount with universal cradleArkon Windshield and Dashboard Smartphone Car Mount Holder for Apple iPhone 6 Plus 6 5 5S 5C Samsung Galaxy Note 4 3 S5 S4 S3

RAM MountMotorcycle mount with X-Grip IV cradle to fit an iPhone 6 plusRAM Mounts (RAM-B-149Z-UN10U) Handlebar Rail Mount with Zinc Coated U-Bolt Base and Universal X-Grip Iv Large Phone/Phablet Holder

RAM MountMotorcycle mount with X-Grip cradle for iPhone 6RAM Handlebar Rail Mount with Zinc Coated U-Bolt Base and Universal X-Grip(TM) Cell Phone Holder

Garmin Nuvi 2558LMTHD, 2598LMTHD Motorcycle and Car Mounts

Garmin 010-11952-00This line of GPS models was introduced by Garmin in 2014.  Featuring Garmin’s HD Traffic, both models feature a five inch 480 x 272 pixel display.  All models feature a pinch to zoom option similar to what you have on a smartphone or tablet.  The 2598LMTHD is a good value as it includes bluetooth and voice activated navigation.

We’ll review mounting options in a bit.  First I wanted to be sure that if you have one of these models with the traffic subscription, don’t lose the cable.  Your traffic subscription is actually tied to the actual cable.  If you lose your cable, you will need to replace with a very expensive (about $60) traffic charger.  A plain car charger will not provide you with traffic, you need to buy the model with traffic incorporated into it.

Now for the mounts.  Since Day 1, Garmin has used a design with the Nuvi series which incorporates a custom cradle with a socket on the back.  This cradle fits over a 17mm ball which is part of the mount.  Starting in 2013, the cradle was modified from one that fits the top and bottom to one which snaps into a round groove on the back of the GPS.  It’s a good solid hold as long as you have it snapped in properly.  Garmin must have liked this design as they carried it over to the majority of the 2014 and 2015 line of GPS units.

The default mount that is provided with the GPS is of the suction cup variety.  This is the same mounting base that Garmin has used for roughly the past ten years (they changed the cradle, not the base mount).  Garmin also includes an adhesive disk for those that wish to use it on the dashboard.  If you would rather not put adhesive on your dash, you could use this cradle with Garmin’s highly regarded bean bag mount which we discussed in a prior article.

How about some alternative locations and mounts?  Vent mounts have been available for many years but Garmin completely missed the parade on these until 2013.  Finally coming out with a vent mount of their own, Garmin’s 010-11952-00 mount is a very well made mount.  Unlike many of their competitors, Garmin saw the need for a vent mount with a clamp on the back if it.  This means these mounts will fit horizontal and vertical vents.

A very popular location for mounting a GPS has become the cup holder.  There are so many cup holders in my SUV that I don’t mind giving one up for a GPS.  Arkon’s Nuvi Cup Holder Mount is a good solution.  It has the 17mm ball that you need to attach to the back of the socket on the cradle that came with your GPS.  A gooseneck feature is included to permit you to get the best angle for the driver.  it fits most cup holders with the exception of those larger than a Big Gulp.

On the motorcycle, the best manufacturer from our experience is RAM Mounts.  Custom cradles from RAM are not available for this series of GPS.  Fortunately RAM offers some very well made mounts for smartphones and tablets that utilize spring loaded tension grips and one of those models fits this line of GPS.  We discussed RAM’s X-Grip line in a previous article which can be read here.  RAM bundles this cradle with a solid motorcycle mount.  The cradle opens large enough to accommodate the 3.3 inch width of the GPS.  The mount fits handlebar diameters to 1.25 inches.

Motorcycle owners can also consider using the cradle that is provided with the windshield mount.  That cradle can be removed by simply pulling it off and then snapped onto a motorcycle mount that has the 17mm ball.  I prefer the RAM mount with integrated custom cradle as it is a much more secure mount so be very sure to tether the GPS to your bike if you select this option.

Mounting Components Discussed in this Article:

PhotoManufacturerDescriptionAmazon Link

GarminGarmin bean bag mount with standard 17mm ball to fit the socket on the back of the cradleGarmin Portable Friction Mount - Frustration Free Packaging

GarminGarmin vent mount with 17mm ball to fit the socket on the back of the cradleGarmin Vent Mount

ArkonHandlebar mount with a 17mm ball to fit the back of all Nuvi cradlesArkon Bike or Motorcycle Handlebar Mount for Garmin nuvi 40 50 200 2013 24x5 25x5 GPS

RAM MountHandlebar mount with universal X-Grip IV cradleRAM Mounts (RAM-B-149Z-UN10U) Handlebar Rail Mount with Zinc Coated U-Bolt Base and Universal X-Grip Iv Large Phone/Phablet Holder

ArkonCup holder mountArkon GPS Car Mount for Garmin nuvi 40 50 200 2013 24x5 25x5 Series GPS Cup Holder Mount