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I hate windhield suction-cup mounts and didn't want to rely on adhesives to attach anything to the dash. And drilling directly into the the dash was out of the question for me. So, I decided that the clipboard panel was easily replaceable and OK to modify for a better purpose. That purpose is a powered mount for my dashboard gadgets. Those include my Garmin Nuvi, Uniden radar detector, and new Scangauge 3.

I completed this project many weeks ago, but just got around to sharing the idea and photos. Here's how I put it together...

The mount is based on an imported accessory for motorcycles intended to attach to the handlebar clamps and provide a "fake" handlebar that sits above for the purpose of mounting electronics (smartphones, navigators, radar detectors, etc).

First, I drilled two holes in the clipboard panel and mounted the "Motowolf" handlebar accessory. And then I drilled a 1 inch hole for snapping in a wire pass-through (the kind made for desks and other furniture).
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Next, I adhesive-mounted a triple 12V accessory (cigarette lighter) outlet dongle onto the bottom side of the clipboard panel.
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After that, I installed some handlebar mounts made by Arkon that use the Garmin 17mm ball to attach to a Nuvi navigator, but also can attach to a standard AMPS plate for other devices.
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Finally, I plugged in the power adapters for the gadgets, and then dressed and tied down the cables.
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And here's the final result.
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Nice, well thought-out design! I used mine to hold my Garmin, a dual usb jack, and added a few switches.

I like the 3 way power splitter right underneath.. The clipboard make for a good size design panel. Back in 2014 I ordered a few spare clipboards from the parts dept... they were about $12
 

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Thanks! Sometimes I also feel that way about things on the dash. But this setup met my needs: Black colors that don't cause annoying reflections on the windscreen, zero intrusion into my view above the hood (since I'm 6 feet tall), and I can easily deploy and remove a sun shade for the windscreen.

Really neat design ! I've been working on a couple idea for that space but I know having screens above the dash line would dive me nuts.
 

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I think it looks great, but the police in my small hometown are known for pulling people over for equipment violations - window tint, air fresheners dangling from the rear view mirror and anything else they can find. They actually write tickets for these violations!

For me, this could be a quick way to blow $100+ on an "obstructed view" citation as soon as I roll into town, even with the giant windshield and high driver's seat of a Promaster.

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ETA: Seeing the prominent radar detector would ensure getting no mercy - cops hate 'em!
 

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I think it looks great, but the police in my small hometown are known for pulling people over for equipment violations - window tint, air fresheners dangling from the rear view mirror and anything else they can find. They actually write tickets for these violations!

For me, this could be a quick way to blow $100+ on an "obstructed view" citation as soon as I roll into town, even with the giant windshield and high driver's seat of a Promaster.

BrianB

ETA: Seeing the prominent radar detector would ensure getting no mercy - cops hate 'em!
Hey @BrianB Thanks for your “review”

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I hate windhield suction-cup mounts and didn't want to rely on adhesives to attach anything to the dash. And drilling directly into the the dash was out of the question for me. So, I decided that the clipboard panel was easily replaceable and OK to modify for a better purpose. That purpose is a powered mount for my dashboard gadgets. Those include my Garmin Nuvi, Uniden radar detector, and new Scangauge 3.

I completed this project many weeks ago, but just got around to sharing the idea and photos. Here's how I put it together...

The mount is based on an imported accessory for motorcycles intended to attach to the handlebar clamps and provide a "fake" handlebar that sits above for the purpose of mounting electronics (smartphones, navigators, radar detectors, etc).

First, I drilled two holes in the clipboard panel and mounted the "Motowolf" handlebar accessory. And then I drilled a 1 inch hole for snapping in a wire pass-through (the kind made for desks and other furniture).
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Next, I adhesive-mounted a triple 12V accessory (cigarette lighter) outlet dongle onto the bottom side of the clipboard panel.
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After that, I installed some handlebar mounts made by Arkon that use the Garmin 17mm ball to attach to a Nuvi navigator, but also can attach to a standard AMPS plate for other devices.
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Finally, I plugged in the power adapters for the gadgets, and then dressed and tied down the cables.
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Here's the final result during the day with power off.
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And here it is at night with the engine running.
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I like this set-up and might try something similar. One question...where do you tap into a power supply for all the 12v stuff? Always hot or ignition on only? Thanks!
 

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I tapped into the lower left fuse panel at position F31 (I'm pretty sure), and used a "fuse tap" and 3A fuse for the feed. Watch those tap things as it matters which direction you plug into the fuse socket.

I like this set-up and might try something similar. One question...where do you tap into a power supply for all the 12v stuff? Always hot or ignition on only? Thanks!
 

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With all due respect, you must live in a pretty small and peaceful town. I'm super far down the list of violations that any cop would write a ticket for. There are cars running around here with 90% tint, under-chassis vanity strobe lights, no rear view mirrors, and many more vehicle modifications to keep law enforcement busy.

I know about radar detectors in some states, and that's why it's attached with hook and loop tape to the mount. :) We run those on all our cars, but mostly because of portable speed camera set ups and other such annoyances in the city. We don't even attach front license plates for the same reason. Never been cited or pulled over for any of that stuff.

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I think it looks great, but the police in my small hometown are known for pulling people over for equipment violations - window tint, air fresheners dangling from the rear view mirror and anything else they can find. They actually write tickets for these violations!

For me, this could be a quick way to blow $100+ on an "obstructed view" citation as soon as I roll into town, even with the giant windshield and high driver's seat of a Promaster.

BrianB

ETA: Seeing the prominent radar detector would ensure getting no mercy - cops hate 'em!
 

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Really neat design ! I've been working on a couple idea for that space but I know having screens above the dash line would dive me nuts.
I actually feel the opposite. I mounted my digital rear view on the dash and like it so much more there because it doesn’t obstruct my view at eye level at all.
Further, I REALLY like to have the digital rear view sitting right above the stock rear camera screen when backing up, as I use them both simultaneously.
Picture is taken from my eye level.
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what town writes tickets for that stuff (I'll be sure to avoid it)? The local sheriff should be replaced. Who hires or elects someone who thinks that is appropriate? Just offensive!
 

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I mounted my digital rear view on the dash and like it so much more there because it doesn’t obstruct my view at eye level at all.
This is awesome. Mind sharing what brand and where you mounted the camera in the back? I've wanted something like this that can record and have a better rear veiew but have yet to pull the trigger.
 

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This is awesome. Mind sharing what brand and where you mounted the camera in the back? I've wanted something like this that can record and have a better rear veiew but have yet to pull the trigger.
Many of us have one like this, as it is almost imperative for good visibility behind and around you while driving, even if you have rear door windows.
Most of us got one like this from Amazon, but the offers vary and certain brands are available one day and gone the next. I’m on my 2nd camera (installed the first one in my mother’s mini van) and the new one, different brand, was pretty much exactly the same.
Here is a link to somebody’s installation. I didn’t document mine. There are several posts on an installation like this here on the forum.


I never installed my rear camera inside the black housing above the rear doors, I merely attached it to one of the 2 holding screws for the housing and run the wire through the door gasket.
Some prefer the camera above the license plate, I don’t, I want to see above the vehicles behind me.
The installation is very simple, just run the camera wire inside the van to the front. I have my digital mirror powered by the 12v outlet in the dash, but will eventually hard wire it with the optional hardwire kit. Not a priority for me right now.
As I said in my post, I did t have a stock rear view mirror, onto which most fasten the digital rearview, so I put it on the dash. It’s held up by a GPS clamshell holder which a silicon sticky pad and it hasn’t moved in over 2 years in the hot Southern California sun.
If you order a digital rear view/dash cam you probably need to order also a longer camera to mirror cable.
Here an example of one of those cameras from Amazon:
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Buy WOLFBOX G840S 12“ Mirror Dash Cam Backup Camera,1296P Full HD Smart Rearview Mirror for Cars & Trucks, 1080P Front and Rear View Dual Cameras, Night Vision, Parking Assistance, Free 32GB Card & GPS: In-Mirror Video - Amazon.com ✓ FREE DELIVERY possible on eligible purchases
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Good luck!
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