My Garmin Cup Holder Mount

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Project by luv2learn posted 12-06-2012 01:06 AM 2902 views 10 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife bought me a Garmin for my birthday recently. It came with a windshield suction mount. The suction last two minutes and then the Garmin is in your lap. Although I bought the Garmin Portable Friction Mount for my dash I wanted a more inconspicuous alternative.

I call it my Garmin cup holder mount. The Garmin sits in the cup holder in the console right next to the power supply. Its out of the way and less tempting for someone parking lot shopping.

Thanks for looking!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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Gene Howe

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#1 posted 12-06-2012 01:19 AM

That’s a great idea.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#2 posted 12-06-2012 01:22 AM

Awesome idea I will be waiting to see them at Best Buy.

-- Be yourself everyone else is already taken.

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#3 posted 12-06-2012 01:40 AM

This is where you excel. A simple, effective solution to a problem. Great looking and very nicely done.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#4 posted 12-06-2012 03:58 AM

Good idea. I use a Garmin and I use the disc they supplied. On my F150 pickup i cut the rubber mat on the dash where the MP3 player is supposed to be. I listen to the sattelite radio anyway so Might as well. I like it there because it is below the wind shield wiper arms in my line of vision. It don’t like it when the sun makes the air in the suction cup expand and the Gramin pops off. I usually sits there with the screen on the edge of the MP3 pan. It is aggravating. I have even considered putting super glue on the disc then applying the suction. Thet should make it stay. If the mount were to break then I could take the disc off since it is held in place by tape. Cut it with dental floss or music wire. You have a very good idea here, though.

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#5 posted 12-06-2012 04:37 AM

Very innovative. That’s what I call putting your woodworking skills to work. Nice job.

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#6 posted 12-06-2012 06:20 AM

Simple yet clever. I also have a problem keeping mine on my windshield. Texas heat might have something to do with it.

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#7 posted 12-06-2012 01:17 PM

I have had mine drop only a few times, most of the time it stays up for 5 or 6 hours and that’s all I need. I always remove it when parking anywhere. Too much of a temptation to thieves.
I prefer to have it where I can see it without removing my eyes from the road too far.

By the way, here’s a tip.
Don’t put your home location on the list of destinations. If it’s stolen, the thief shouldn’t also know where you live. He (she) may think you have other things worth ripping off.


-- No trees were damaged in posting this message, but thousands of electrons were seriously inconvenienced.

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#8 posted 12-08-2012 12:24 PM

I’ve been using air tool oil instead of spit for the past year and the only time it has come off is when I take it off. I have my Garmin mounted in the lower left corner of the windshield (Chev S10) and the only view blocked is the white stripes streaming by. The cord is draped across the steering wheel housing and “clipped” in place by using the parking brake release pull.

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woodshaver Tony C

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#9 posted 01-19-2013 02:06 PM

Looks like I missed another one of your great projects. I like how small this is. Nothing like the GPS of old!

I can relate to your project! Back in 2002 before GPS was popular a friend and I developed this little mount for my truck. I had DeLorme GPS software installed in my laptop and this mount had to move out of the way of my center glove box. It’s screwed to the plastic insert from the bottom to keep it from falling out. I used Velcro to keep the laptop and cup holder in place on top. The mount swivels also so my wife could use it.
This is what we came up with….But now I have a MapQuest GPS APP for my iPhone and a mount like yours would be much better.
Hope you don’t mind me putting all these pictures in your project post.

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#10 posted 02-15-2013 03:33 AM

I like it, I may have to make one of my own.

Mind if I borrow/ steal this for my own use?

-- Derec

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#11 posted 02-15-2013 04:13 AM

Derec, be my guest. I would like to see your post when you are finished.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#12 posted 02-15-2013 02:34 PM

Lee, I want to apologize to you, I feel like I hijacked your cup holder post with all the photos I put on your page. I know now that it’s proper to ask permission to do this. I got that sinking feeling when revisited your page and I saw my photos there. I clearly wasn’t thinking and I’m truly sorry for doing that to your post. I know you’re going to say that’s ok but I had to say this.
Your friend

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#13 posted 03-22-2013 09:03 PM

i think the only mistake here is that laptop not being a MacBook!! yowza!

-- Everyday Woodworking is saving my life.

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#14 posted 07-20-2018 05:41 PM

Hi Lee. I must have missed this project, but I found it when I made one almost just like it!! Great idea to simulate the cup!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#15 posted 07-20-2018 09:41 PM

Tony, and Jim, no need to apologize, in fact it is a form of flattery to think an idea is worthy of using AND improving. We all benefit and the end result is often better than the first.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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