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Offline ADKsuper10

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Cell Phone Mount for Accessory Bar
« on: June 15, 2017, 11:14:24 am »
What are most of you using? I have an iPhone 6 and I want to get a mount for the accessory bar above the instrument panel. I keep forgetting to order one and then I go for a long ride and wish I had one.

Sorry if this has been posted before -

Don't want to  ::002::

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Re: Cell Phone Mount for Accessory Bar
« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2017, 11:42:24 am »
RAM X-Grip with RAM Torque mount from GPSCity.com. Recommend the tether if you are going off-road.

My IPhone 6S has been in a X-Grip for at least 50k miles and only popped out once(without a tether) and that was on a very rough section of rocky downhill that I was lucky just staying vertical on. Phone was hanging from charge cord at bottom of run. NOW I have a tether. :)
« Last Edit: June 15, 2017, 03:44:20 pm by worncog »
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Re: Cell Phone Mount for Accessory Bar
« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2017, 11:46:38 am »
I've read lots of good opinions on the RAM X-Grip too.  Here's a link to their product line.

http://www.rammount.com/products/x-grip

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Re: Cell Phone Mount for Accessory Bar
« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2017, 05:13:49 pm »
RAM X-Grip with RAM Torque mount from GPSCity.com. Recommend the tether if you are going off-road.

My IPhone 6S has been in a X-Grip for at least 50k miles and only popped out once(without a tether) and that was on a very rough section of rocky downhill that I was lucky just staying vertical on. Phone was hanging from charge cord at bottom of run. NOW I have a tether. :)

What diamtere is the windshield accessry bar on the 2015 do you think? The Torque mounts come in a few different kit sizes I see. Thank you!

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Re: Cell Phone Mount for Accessory Bar
« Reply #4 on: June 16, 2017, 09:51:55 pm »
Methinks Hoak has the right mount, as shown on this page:
http://www.yamahasupertenere.com/index.php?topic=17790.0


Mine is mounted with black RTV. It doesn't budge. On this mount is a Ram X-mount, just like the others cited.


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Re: Cell Phone Mount for Accessory Bar
« Reply #5 on: June 16, 2017, 10:49:08 pm »
What diamtere is the windshield accessry bar on the 2015 do you think?

It's .5 inches.

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Re: Cell Phone Mount for Accessory Bar
« Reply #6 on: June 17, 2017, 09:21:20 am »
Thanks for the help guys. Much appreciated.

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Re: Cell Phone Mount for Accessory Bar
« Reply #7 on: June 17, 2017, 09:55:21 am »
RAM X-Grip with RAM Torque mount from GPSCity.com. Recommend the tether if you are going off-road.

My IPhone 6S has been in a X-Grip for at least 50k miles and only popped out once(without a tether) and that was on a very rough section of rocky downhill that I was lucky just staying vertical on. Phone was hanging from charge cord at bottom of run. NOW I have a tether. :)

One last question Warncog - does it vibrate too much while riding where it makes it difficult to read the phone display (Google Maps, iMaps, etc.)? You have it on the mini rail near the windshield right? (Sorry that was two questions)

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Re: Cell Phone Mount for Accessory Bar
« Reply #8 on: June 17, 2017, 11:48:25 am »
Vibration... if you install braces you won't notice any vibration. A YST.com local sells braces he designed. Well worth the small investment.
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Re: Cell Phone Mount for Accessory Bar
« Reply #9 on: June 17, 2017, 12:44:51 pm »
If you're a DIY kind of person, you can make your own accessory bar mounts.  I have ball mounts at several different points on the bike to accommodate different devices, or to give me the option to move a device around if I want it in a different spot. 

As far as the ball mount goes, it's mostly made from standard hardware store stuff:  A u-bolt, 1/4" acorn nuts, a piece of 1" x 1/4" aluminum, a piece of 1/2" aluminum tubing, and a 1/4"-20 bolt.  The 1" ball came from McMaster-Carr; my hardware store doesn't carry them.  The bolt threads through the aluminum plate, through the aluminum tube, and into the ball.  JB Weld is spread on the threads to lock it all together.  Once it dries, it's never coming apart.  If you look under the aluminum plate there's what looks like a section of tubing; that's what it is.  It's just a piece of 1/2" ID tube, reinforced with epoxy putty and sanded.  The section of tubing helps grip the accessory rail so you don't have to overtighten the acorn nuts that hold the mount to the rail.  I spread a thin layer of E6000 cement on the surface of the tubing section that contacts the rail, for additional grip.  I put some sections of heat shrink tubing on the u-bolt for the same reason, to help it grip.  I've been making ball mounts like this for several years, and they work great.  They are compatible with the RAM socket mounts.  I spread a thin layer of that same E6000 on the inside of the RAM socket mounts for extra gripping strength. 

The other mount is a different type, and I made it to mount our riding mascot to the accessory rail.  It's simply a couple pieces of 1/4" ABS sheet plastic, glued together into a block.  I then bored a hole through the center of the block with a 1/2" spade bit, and cut the block in half.  That makes two pieces, each with a half circle cut out.  Holes were drilled down through both blocks.  The aluminum piece on the bottom was tapped for two screws.  The aluminum part at the top of the mount is so the mascot can slide on and off the mount, and the top and bottom aluminum pieces strengthen the plastic block.  Put the two pieces around the accessory rail, thread the screws down through the block into the tapped holes in the lower aluminum piece, and tighten it up, and it's on.  It grips very securely.

A couple years ago I made my own cell phone mount out of aluminum and plastic, because I wanted one that would be really durable over the long term.  So far, it's still going strong.

I did find that for anything mounted to the accessory rail, you really should have some sort of support system in place, or else the vibrations can be excessive.  A member on here, Propsoto, made a really nice set of support arms that I installed on my accessory bar.  They work perfectly, and the accessory rail is solid as a rock when you're riding.
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Re: Cell Phone Mount for Accessory Bar
« Reply #10 on: June 17, 2017, 06:48:44 pm »
I have an X-Grip too, but it bugs me a lot with my iPhone 6. When it's in the cradle, you have to move it almost to the one end to prevent it from pushing the side buttons. Additionally, it rotates as you ride a bit, sy 15-20 degrees. It has never fallen off, but it kinda doesn't work the way I'd like it too.

Interestingly enough, webbikeworld just posted a comparison for phone mounts using an iPhone 6 today. It rated the X-Grip last place. There are a couple of other units that you might look at to see if they work for you. I think that there are better option than the RAM unit.
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Re: Cell Phone Mount for Accessory Bar
« Reply #11 on: June 17, 2017, 07:25:41 pm »
I have an X-Grip too, but it bugs me a lot with my iPhone 6. When it's in the cradle, you have to move it almost to the one end to prevent it from pushing the side buttons. Additionally, it rotates as you ride a bit, sy 15-20 degrees. It has never fallen off, but it kinda doesn't work the way I'd like it too.

I've used the X-Grip for my iPhone 6+ for a while but recently switched to this:

http://www.twistedthrottle.com/ram-mounts-hol-pd3u-universal-spring-loaded-device-cradle-rugged?gloc=1&gclid=CK3-zuSBxtQCFQ5qfgodqloIiA

It's much more secure and I have no worries it'll ever pop out.

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Re: Cell Phone Mount for Accessory Bar
« Reply #12 on: June 18, 2017, 01:39:58 pm »
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Additionally, it rotates as you ride a bit, sy 15-20 degrees. It has never fallen off, but it kinda doesn't work the way I'd like it too.
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Use a little black RTV in the area which clamps on the bar and it shouldn't rotate down any more.
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Re: Cell Phone Mount for Accessory Bar
« Reply #13 on: June 19, 2017, 03:32:42 pm »

Use a little black RTV in the area which clamps on the bar and it shouldn't rotate down any more.

I guess I should clarify the rotation statement. When I said it rotates a bit, I meant that the gripping arms rotate in the X-Grip housing by about that amount. I did put a piece of the soft side velcro on the housing to stop it from happening, but it didn't work as well I as had hoped it would. It was really the side button interference that I disliked the most, although to be honest when the phone listed to one side it did bother my sensibilities.
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Re: Cell Phone Mount for Accessory Bar
« Reply #14 on: June 20, 2017, 11:49:30 am »
I guess I should clarify the rotation statement. When I said it rotates a bit, I meant that the gripping arms rotate in the X-Grip housing by about that amount. I did put a piece of the soft side velcro on the housing to stop it from happening, but it didn't work as well I as had hoped it would. It was really the side button interference that I disliked the most, although to be honest when the phone listed to one side it did bother my sensibilities.

I know what you mean about the rotation, as it's built into the X-Grip.  I wound up determining which direction it would rotate, then "pre-rotate" it that way to keep it from going further....I use the same mount in my truck (in landscape mode) as I have a Bluetooth OBD adapter and the DashBoss app, and have to do the same thing.
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