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    Steering head mounted GPS/Phone holder
    on: Aug 19, 2020, 01.20 am
    Aug 19, 2020, 01.20 am
    Hi All,

    I've been searching around for a bracket or hardware that would be used to mount a GPS or phone holder to the steering head.  I haven't had any luck.  I would be shocked if nothing existed out there.  There's 4 bolts that are just begging to be used for such a thing.  Anyone seen anything like that?



    If not, I'm going to design my own bolts and see what it would cost to have some made.  Anybody know the size, length and material (I'm guessing stainless steel)?

    Thanks!
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    Re: Steering head mounted GPS/Phone holder
    Reply #1 on: Aug 19, 2020, 01.35 am
    Aug 19, 2020, 01.35 am
    I'm planning to put a RAM ball on mine, part# RAM-B-367U.  Had a couple mounted on my dual sports that worked great.  Not sure what phone holder I will go with.  RAM ball worked great paired with RAM GPS mount.

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    Re: Steering head mounted GPS/Phone holder
    Reply #2 on: Aug 19, 2020, 01.43 am
    Aug 19, 2020, 01.43 am
    Hmmm. . .  Interesting.  I didn't see these.  I only saw the Ram mounts that go into the mirror holes on the handlebars.  Wasn't interested in those.  I would like to have my phone along the centerline of the bike.  Just a quick glance straight down and then back on the road. 

    This isn't what I had in mind but if I can find an articulated arm that would center my phone this might work.  Thanks for point out the option!
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    Re: Steering head mounted GPS/Phone holder
    Reply #3 on: Aug 19, 2020, 03.38 am
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    Look here: https://touratech-usa.com/Store/Enduro-Engineering-Universal-Crossbar
    I've had this one mounted for my TomTom GPS for about 5 years, and most recently removed the Ram phone X-grip and mounted my SP Connect wireless phone charger dock on it instead.  Look at the SP Connect products if you're interested in powering it with a USB port and want quick installation and removal.  PM me and I may be able to give you a discount coupon that will work if you're interested.  I get no consideration from SP at all, just like the products.  Great phone cases.
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    Re: Steering head mounted GPS/Phone holder
    Reply #4 on: Aug 19, 2020, 02.12 pm
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    Trying to find the pitch of the M8 bolts used to mount the handle bars.  Ram only gives size and length (M8 x 55mm).  Are they 1.0mm or 1.25mm?  I'm thinking they're 1.25mm at those longer lengths but I'm just basing that on available sizes on McMaster-Carr.
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    Re: Steering head mounted GPS/Phone holder
    Reply #5 on: Aug 19, 2020, 03.23 pm
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    Too bad one doesn't have a time machine.  Farkles by Maple once made a mount using either set of those bolts to mount a RAM ball.  I've used one since shortly after purchasing my bike when I take road trips.  All nicely welded with new mounting hardware AND the appropriate RAM ball. 




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    Re: Steering head mounted GPS/Phone holder
    Reply #6 on: Aug 19, 2020, 03.26 pm
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    That would actually be fairly simple to duplicate with some longer bolts, spacers and a piece of aluminum flat bar and a ram threaded ball.  Could be a great solution for a single mount.  Good pictures, thanks for sharing that.
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    Re: Steering head mounted GPS/Phone holder
    Reply #7 on: Aug 19, 2020, 03.33 pm
    Aug 19, 2020, 03.33 pm
    Great minds think alike.  I've designed a male/female hex head screw that would replace the stock handle bar screws.  Then I would have a plate with the Ram ball mount like the Farkle by Maple one. 

    I no longer have access to machining equipment so I sent it out for a quote from one of the online machine places.  See how pricey they are. . .


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