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  1. Greavous

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    Taking credit for this would be just wrong so first thing to do is acknowledge the thread started by hngu7721 where he adapted a mount using parts from a couple existing mounts. Here is his thread http://androidforums.com/accessories-droid-x/139794-custom-tetrax-garmin-car-mount.html#post1294517

    In his thread I suggested he use a heat gun to soften the plastic clip which would allow it to be reshaped so the clip would actually secure the phone.
    http://androidforums.com/1294206-post10.html

    So, not having two mounts to make one out of I got on Ebay and started looking around for donor parts. It wasnt a long search because once i searched "Garmin car mount" I came up with many many hits and they were CHEAP! These mounts are practically identical to the actual mount you get with Nuvi GPS units and I gave one to the g/f for xmas this past year that I compared it to.

    I opted to go with a US seller as I dont care to wait weeks for items to arrive from Hong Kong. The unit I purchased was about $9 shipped. However, if you dont mind waiting for the Hong Kong express to arrive you can buy this mount for $1 and a couple bucks shipping (under $4 total).
    Example [​IMG]FOR Garmin Nuvi 265WT 270 275 275T 465T GPS CAR MOUNT - eBay (item 270611662520 end time Aug-21-10 21:23:43 PDT)

    This is the guy I ordered from. The part was here in two days!
    [​IMG]Garmin Nuvi 260 265 265wt 285wt 465t Car Suction Mount - eBay (item 160430928218 end time Aug-31-10 19:16:40 PDT)

    What I got was this. It has a quality suction cup with a lever and a nice tight ball joint. The Garmin Nuvi that we have has zero shake or vibration and neither does the mount I received.
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    In order to make this firmly secure your DroidX you need to modify the open width of the clip so it has to be spread open a bit to receive the phone.

    Here is a pic of the DX without a case. As you can see it comes far from contacting the phone or holding anything.
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    In this How-to, Im using a BodyGlove case which adds a fair amount of bulk to the size. The g/f has a DX as well and her phone lives in much thinner silicone one piece case. The approach with either case or even no case is to use a heat gun/hair dryer or other heat source to soften the plastic just enough to allow the business end(s) of the clip to be bent inward. With a heat gun this took about 30 seconds of warming and a slight amount of thumb pressure when the plastic became soft. Once you bend/flex the clip remove the heat and hold it in place until it cools. Once cool, it will retain its new orientation. With my phone case I only moved the bottom (wide) part in about 1/4". With a thinner case or no case I would recommend that both the top and bottom be heated and relocated but do this one end at a time with a test fitting before you do the other end.

    I took some general pictures along the way to help illustrate how easy this was.

    This shot is of how the part came to me. Noted on the picture is where I heated and bent the clip inward. The tape measure is there to show before and after open width of the clip.
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    After heating and bending the bottom of the clip. Remember, I have a thick case. Doing both ends equally will be needed for thin or no case situations. As you can see, I didnt change much at all. Just closed the gap about a 1/4".
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    My tool of choice was a heat gun. I cant stress enough that I only HEATED the plastic. I DID NOT melt it anywhere. You cannot see anywhere on the clip that it has been altered. If you melt yours down to a goo pile it's your fault for not following directions, not mine!
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    Here it is in the modified mount.
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    And here it is in my 300zx
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  2. twister6

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    Very nice alternative!!! How hot does your heat gun gets? Today I took my first long drive with DX in Arkon mega grip on suction cup to windshield using as GPS. We are getting close to 100deg here in Jersey, and the back of phone cover (argyle soft plastic) got pretty warm after an hour of driving. I can imagine that heat gun has to get much hotter to soften the plastic clip, but still I would worry that after awhile the grip of your clip might loosen up with aging. But than, I assume you can always get a few replacement clips for a buck.

    BTW considering you are driving 300zx, do you get any vibrations from the windshield on to the phone? Since I have used in the past beanie bag mount for my Nuvi, I never experienced any nav screen vibrations in my GS350. But I did noticed mounted with a suction cup and going most of the way 80mph with my 300+ ponies, DX screen was a little jittery. Could be also that I need to re-balance my tires lol!!!
     
  3. Greavous

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    I used the low setting which is 750*F. I dont think there is a chance in hell the sun will heat and soften the clips plastic. My 300zx is riding on a stiff aftermarket suspension as well. Nowhere near as soft as the GS350 and not to be car bragging but im at the 420 rear wheel HP level and it stays put. I plan to go shoot some boosting driving footage this evening if the rain holds off. Ill post it up so you can see what the setup does when you put the beans down.
     
  4. twister6

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    ... and while you do that, I will go check my wheel alignment and balance my tires :D
     
  5. owen sixteen

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    Nice accessory mod, I might have to try this one out or my own interpretation of it. Thanks for posting.
     
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    Great idea! Let us know how it holds up
     
  7. Greavous

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    It's working out great guys. I shot some video a couple nights ago and then noticed that Windows 7 doesnt come with Movie Maker. Each video is close to a gig and I didnt want to upload anything until i edited out the dull stuff.

    Also, I ordered two more mounts from a Hong Kong seller to put in put in the other Z car and the pickup. Figured spending $1 each and waiting was OK now that I have one modified and Im happy with it.
     
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    What Launcher are you using? And what (horizontal) widget is that with the shortcuts and four white dots at the bottom? This looks nice!!
     
  9. Greavous

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    The launcher is called GDE with a Hero add-on theme. I really like the GDE, it has all the features I need and the pages can rotate in a cube and spin and stuff. There is about 4 different ways you can set it up to change screens. It costs a couple bucks. The Hero theme is free and comes in black or white. The bar launcher is called Launch-X Pro. There is a free version of it but im using the paid which will let you setup 49 apps in rows. Its kinda like making your own widget and then placing it on whatever screen you like. There is a Application Dock widget that comes with GDE that does about the same thing but scrolls left and right.
     
  10. Gareee

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    Thanks for posting this! I just ordered one for me and also one for my wife as well. She has a smaller car, and a larger phone mount would just look ugly.

    I'll reply back here wonce they arrive. (I used the korean 2 week arrival time link you posted.
     
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    Thanks!!
     
  12. akita

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    Can you post pics of your phone in a month or so after attaching/detaching from the mount? Do you notice any scuffs or anything rubbing off? Body Glove after a year will rub off and peel(as evident on my wife's Body Glove on her ENV2)
     
  13. Greavous

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    Its been in and out at least a dozen times, no marks at all. I do see where your concern comes from though. My old Blackberry lived in a Bodyglove case and over the years it stated to show some wear.
     
  14. Greavous

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    Finally got some time to mess with the vid and clipped out a small chunk. Im not all that clear on how to upload to the Tube and keep the quality like it was. Guess ill have to do some more learning. This road is both smooth and bumpy in places so overall the mount holds pretty damn steady.
    YouTube - DroidX Cam
     
  15. Gareee

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    Looks good to me. If you wanted to dampen the vibration, you could probably wrap an old tshirt around the holder.

    Course that would look like hell.. LOL!

    There is a time shift setting on the camcorder thats pretty cool... basically it makes hi speed video recordings.. you might wanna try that out for kicks.
     
  16. Greavous

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    keep in mind this car sits on stiff lowering springs, all polyurethane bushings and 1.25" dia. swaybars. Its stiff but turns like my shifter kart.
     
  17. Gareee

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    One of ours came in 4 days ago, so it takes about 2 weeks for delivery on these. They do not put mulitple orders in the same package, so our second one has yet to arrive.

    I had zero issues using my heat gun, and making the adjustment here, and this is the absolutely perfect solution in our case!

    Nice thing is, if you do end up adding a case, you can always heat it back up again, and readjust the size as well.

    Again, thanks for putting this thread together for us!
     
  18. Greavous

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    My pleasure. I ordered two more myself and they came in a few days ago. I did another up for my truck and one for the g/f who uses a thinner case. Her case and the two bend method is an absolute perfect fit like it was made for it.
     
  19. colchiro

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    It's part of Windows Live. Windows Live Movie Maker
     
  20. Gareee

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    Hey Greav... did you have any problems getting them to stick securely to the window? Ours fell off twice before I managed to get a good solid grab.

    I wonder if these will hang on well over winters, or if they'll fall off?
     
  21. Greavous

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    nope. I cleaned the area first and then applied a fair amount of pressure on the mount to flatten the suction cup before flipping the lever. No insult intended but you did remove the plastic protection film from the cup before installing it didnt you?
     
  22. Gareee

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    Of course.. ;) The wife did leave a tiny bit on that I removed, and it has stayed securely on since then, so I'm happy. BTW our second one arrived yesterday for my van.
     
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    Depends on your definition of "winter". They don't do well in ND winters and if they fall off, you have to warm the windshield and cup to get them back on.
     
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    This is outstanding. I am definitely going to do this.
     
  25. Gareee

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    Yeah, thats what I'm kind of anticipating. We'll see how it goes in a few months.
     

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