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Old 10-13-2016, 02:55 PM
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Default Phone mount using adhesive RAM mount to windshield

In my last car i mounted my phone where the A-pillar and the dash meet using a RAM suction cup. It worked well enough, except eventually the cup would lose vacuum and I'd have to to re-stick it to the windshield.

I'm considering a slightly more permanent solution for the truck. I think if I mount the phone low, it will block areas out of the windshield that I want to be able to see. So I'm thinking about mounting it to the left of the rearview mirror. I'll hardwire 5V for that and the dashcam up in that area, as I did in my last car. My questions are:

Has anyone done this before?
If I apply the RAM adhesive ball to the shaded black matrix area around the mirror--to keep it out of view--will I be able to get rid of the adhesive (using Goo Gone, etc.) without damage to the black matrix shading?
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Obligatory disclaimer: I don't text or use my phone while driving. People who text while driving need to be sternly talked to. In the face. With a tire iron. I display Waze on my phone, and even if I eventually get CarPlay to work in my truck, Waze is still unsupported, unfortunately. I also have a GoPoint BT and it's app with which I can display engine parameters not available on the MFT.
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https://www.rokform.com/iphone-6-plus-clear-case

Love this case, has a small magnet that attaches to the dash. I have mine mounted just to the left of the traction control button. It does block a small portion of the screen when vertical, but with a twist it easily goes horizontal to provide full view of screen when backing up, ect. Goes on/off super easy, and just run the cord up from the USB port.
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Yeah, I don't want an integrated case. I use a Magpul case when carrying the phone around. And my RAM mount fits the phone without a case.

I was having a look at the dash this morning, and I think I'm going to use the dash tray above the center display as a location for the RAM adhesive ball. I can put my phone up there and block neither the screen nor anything in the windshield. Now I just want to figure out how to run a USB cable up into that tray to keep things clean. I don't like cables strung across the dash.
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I ended up doing this.
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I ended up doing this.
Oh, that's not bad. I read your first post before I realized you'd already done that. I routinely stick 3M camera mounts to the black part above my windshield. It comes off without issue and without damage.
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FYI, I stuck my dash cam to the black matrix/shaded area to the right of the rearview mirror as shown in my build thread (see link in sig).
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I've used one of those air vent mounts (now holding my sct x4). It works well except it blocks air flow . I like that it doesn't block the window or block the MFT screen or any of the climate controls.
I am now looking at a different style but the only ones that I see that could work in the way I want it too use mounting tape to tape it on to the dash, and that is known to fail in Phoenix heat.
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I am now looking at a different style but the only ones that I see that could work in the way I want it too use mounting tape to tape it on to the dash, and that is known to fail in Phoenix heat.
I'm in Florida, and mine is holding strong. I used the adhesive that came with the RAM Mount ball, but if you have doubts, try Scotch brand Extreme Mounting Tape. You can mount another truck's dash to your dash with that stuff.
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