View Full Version : Success mounting Garmin to the dash?


RickP
12-09-2008, 07:54 PM
My Garmin won't stick to window glass - it falls off and nearly causes an accident within 30 minutes of driving. I ordered an overpriced triple:confused: -foot mounting gizmo from Garmin, but I don't think it will adhere to the pebbly dash plastic of the HHR. Anyone find anything that works, and where did you mount it?

jonathanm
12-09-2008, 07:56 PM
My tomtom's plastic suction cup needs a perfectly clean glass spot, and a little bit of moisture to stick. After it's on, though, I've left it up for months without problems, just remove the gps itself and leave the mount.

tomw
12-09-2008, 08:02 PM
I have my Garmin mount to a vent mount

twistrman
12-09-2008, 08:05 PM
some options would be

-vent mount like mentioned above
-using one of those smooth discs you stick on your dash.
-a navmat (weighted disc cushion thing with the smooth disc in it, that way you just toss it in the back or whatever, but they are large...

or the method i use on my tomtom...

A little spit on the finger, swirl it around on the disc, stick it to the window, BAM, never comes off. Even gives me a bit of trouble coming off when i want it too. Tomtom's don't have the little swing down locking arm like garmins i have used. Sticks like glue with a little spit though...

Old Lar
12-09-2008, 08:11 PM
My Garmon will stick to the windshield. Clean glass, moist suction cup. I mount it low, just above the dash. In the hot weather in a hot car it tends to come off after 2 or 3 days. I use it in two other cars and even took it with me when I flew to California for use in the rental car. (they wanted $13/day for a rental GPS)

RickP
12-09-2008, 08:15 PM
I've tried the spit thing and it helps. Can you describe the vent mount? Do you mean you close one of the round dash vents and stick a suction cup temporarily to the flat vent cover? I could see how that holds, but I was wondering about a place to permanently attach a mount.

tim_tenn
12-09-2008, 08:33 PM
This may be too low on the dash, but I've used Pro Clips in my other vehicles and they are really great items. No drilling, no screws, no damage to the dash. Easy to install and easy to remove. great flexibility in mounts for phones, navigators, iPods, and more. You buy the vehicle mount, then add the device mount that you need.
proclipusa.com

GRUMPEE
12-09-2008, 08:47 PM
This is what I did, not the best solution but when not in use which is most of the time, I keep the lid closed.

http://chevyhhr.net/gallery/showimage.php?i=14958

RickP
12-09-2008, 08:59 PM
I'll take a look at these, thanks.

RickP
12-09-2008, 09:00 PM
that's interesting. The open lid doesn't block the view of the road much?

GRUMPEE
12-09-2008, 09:11 PM
It doesn't obstruct my view of the road enough to bother me;)

KYRVNUT
12-09-2008, 09:37 PM
I bought and installed one of these mounts for my GPS. I like it much better than a windshield mount. I had the same problem with my GPS falling off.

Follow this link to Chevrolet, then the HHR. You will need this kit, plus the adaptor mount for your Garmin. I bought my adaptor for my TomTom 730.

http://www.pro-fit-intl.com/G3index

This is the link to the HHR kit.

http://www.pro-fit-intl.com/Adobe/CV-56-08-G3.pdf



It was easy to install. I didn't use the J-Stem, as the GPS bounced around too much.

Best regards

Hamer1
12-09-2008, 10:52 PM
I used the dash mount from Garmin. I mounted it to the dash with the permenant disk. I mounted it in between the gauge cluster and the storage box. For me it's perfect. You don't have to look away from the road or the gauges when looking at it. Some probably won't like the the mount stuck to the dash but it's not too bad. I ran the cable up into the dash storage box. I leave the cable hooked to the bracket. When not using I take the bracket off the mount and swing it around into the storage box. You can't see anything but the mount on the dash. I tried the temporary disk but the heat in the summer it caused it to come loose. I have a few pics in my gallery.

esmarkey
12-10-2008, 09:14 AM
I used the self adhesive "circle" that came with the Garmin and I love it between the vents. Easy to reach to type in addresses and doesn't block view of the road. I hardwired mine, see the post: http://chevyhhr.net/forums/showthread.php?t=19300

GRUMPEE
12-11-2008, 02:06 PM
I used the dash mount from Garmin. I mounted it to the dash with the permenant disk. I mounted it in between the gauge cluster and the storage box. For me it's perfect. You don't have to look away from the road or the gauges when looking at it. Some probably won't like the the mount stuck to the dash but it's not too bad. I ran the cable up into the dash storage box. I leave the cable hooked to the bracket. When not using I take the bracket off the mount and swing it around into the storage box. You can't see anything but the mount on the dash. I tried the temporary disk but the heat in the summer it caused it to come loose. I have a few pics in my gallery.

Interesting mount but it doesn't look like it would work with the Nuvi 200..I like the idea though.

At one time I thought about mounting between the vents but decided against it since I plan on adding a dash overlay kit

On reviewing my mount in the upper compartment with the lid open the view of the road isn't blocked at all - I can still see the front center of the hood

solman98
12-11-2008, 02:30 PM
This is what I did, not the best solution but when not in use which is most of the time, I keep the lid closed.

http://chevyhhr.net/gallery/showimage.php?i=14958

I did something similiar, except I mounted the disk down verses the back. Pretty much the same results. I never had any issue with the glass though. I just like it in the compartment better, plus close it up and it's hidden. Does not block my view at all.

suburbanjunior
12-11-2008, 04:55 PM
I installed a Garmin mount that I thought works fantastic. I found it on ebay from store name GPSLOT item number 330293781713. I mounted mine on the waterfall between the vents it has been holdind well for over a week now. I will post photo later

http://cgi.ebay.com/IG-PSTARA-Garmin-Nuvi-205w-360-255w-Dash-Sticky-Mount_W0QQitemZ330293781713QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUS_E lectronics_CatchAll?hash=item330293781713&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1205%7C66%3A2%7C65%3A12%7C39%3A1%7C 240%3A1318%7C301%3A1%7C293%3A1%7C294%3A50

I hope this link will work.

John

suburbanjunior
12-11-2008, 06:09 PM
Here are the photos

twistrman
12-11-2008, 07:59 PM
i like the look of that a lot wish it could be even more inconspicuous though.

Wonder if something could be done like that but instead sticking the part on the dash, maybe mounting some neodymium magnets on the back of it and then gluing some magnets to the inside of the waterfall so it could just stick directly to it.

I just through of this at this exact moment, and it doesn't sound like half bad of an idea. The neo's are super strong, and the bigger they are the stronger they get. No suction cup to mess with, no gluing things to the outside of the dash and the magnetic range of them is pretty short, so you wouldn't have to worry about much getting sucked on...

hmmm... very tempted to try it except i don't mind mine on the window (although the suction cup in a PITA), plus a spare mount for my tomtom is pricey.