Does anyone know how to use dashboard disk for Garmin? I want to set my nuvi on the car's console but I don't know how to use dashboard disk. Thank you.
Glue the disk to the dash, then use the windshield suction on the disk.
Honestly I suggest using the friction mount.
I 2nd calrayray. I wouldn't want to permanently stick the disk to my dashboard. Its a dead giveaway to a would-be thief that you have a GPS system. Not to mention that you'll never get the disk off. The friction mount stays where you put it and you can take it out of the vehicle, leaving no sign of a GPS. Amazon is where I got mine.
I would definitely buy a friction mount myself. The disk could stick forever, or cause permanent damage, especially if the hot summer's sun bakes it on during the summer.
mount it lower on the dash so it is not too visible for prying eyes, i have mine on the underside of my cb and works great,out of my view through the windsheild and very easily accesible,and i take it out when i go places and you cant hardly see the mount(with tint on the windows that is)just need an external anntena for good reception,all hidden looks good
...if the hot summer sun softens the adhesive, your expensive toy might end up bouncing around the floor of your car...
First of all, you're a new member of the poi-factory, so let me say "Welcome to our family".
I have a suction mount, a vent mount and a bean bag mount (aka the friction mount). Hands down, the bean bag (or friction mount) is "the best" way to go.
You can move it around on your dashboard and it's very stable so you don't have to worry about it falling. You can put it under your seat when you leave your car, so there's no visible sign of a GPS being used, in your car.
All things considered, the bean bag (or friction mount) is the clear choice here.
It works fine for me. I got my nuvi before I started reading this forum and I knew nothing about beanbag mounts. I just used what came with my nuvi. It may be permanently affixed and cause damage if I tried to remove it, but it doesn't look bad. It is not noticeable from the outside of the truck, unless you are really looking for it. Nevertheless, I got paranoid after reading about GPS thefts, or at least vehicle break-ins, so now I cover the disk with an opened map when I leave the truck.
I bought a Bean-Bag Mount, for my Nuvi --at Best-Buy, and it's truly the way to go, for me.
My best to ya-
I have used the windshield suction mount and have had minimal problems with it. But it sounds like the bean bag mount is the way to go. I will be visiting the local box store this weekend.
I liked the disk because of how small it is, but as I said, it could cause permanent damage. The beanbag friction mount is the definitely the way to go. There are a couple of them at Best Buy. Garmin has one and a there is another one called the Nav Mat. Either one should work.
The one from Garmin has the arm and ball permanently attached to the mat, so all you have to do is simply attach the back of your GPSr to it.
The Nav Mat is just a plain beanbag. My 760 came with the arm and ball attachment, so I went this route. you just attach your arm and ball mount, then attach your GPSr. Some folks have reported problems with the mount coming unattached at times, but I haven't had a problem. Also, Best Buy went up on this unit. I got it when it was under $30. It is now priced the same as the Garmin one. I would now choose the Garmin version.
I have absolutely no issues with the standard suction mount.
Neither do I. After reading someone else's post on the subject, I attached mine to the instrument panel, instead of the windshield. It covers the tachometer (which is of little use on a car with an automatic transmission, anyway), and is very inconspicuous so I don't have to remove it when I'm out of the car.
and stick it on your dash. Attach the suction cup mount to the disk and you're ready to go. BUT becareful where you mount it, it is pretty permanant!
I use the dashboard disk exclusively.
I stuck it inside the cubby in my instrument console. It is out of site and out of the sun.
I leave my nüvi in my car 24/7; however, if I go someplace where I am concerned about theft, I remove the mount and the disk is impossible to see.
If there is a Fry's Electronics in your area, they had the Garmin mount for $30. I needed the versatility of moving vehicle to vehicle.
no, what are those?
Here's how I mounted mine. This is the link to the other forum I belong to.
Look at the entry for user clint59
mine comes off halfway
I agree with all who use the bean bag route. It is truly versatile as you can move it anywhere on your dash and hide it away afterwards or move it to another vehicle. And the weight of the bean bag along with the friction surface make it very stable on the dash. I have not had any problems with sliding during hard turns or emergency braking.
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new picture, eh? Keith, nice.
I just got my 360 and plan to stick the disk in front of big screen for displaying CD information and clock.
Since new 2008 accord has a second relatively flat panel lower than dash board, attach my nuvi there will have minimum attention from outside, I can leave my nuvi there or just leave the disk there if too concern about theft.
it looks not bad and not noticeable from outside.
There is a reason they call ita suction mount cause it does suck .go with the bean bag.
If one want to celebrate being a mammal, one must recognise that sucking is a positive attribute.
I use my beanbag when the light is not intense. When the light is bright, I have the GPS sucking onto the disk, which is placed on the underside of the lip of the overhang over the dashboard instrumentation. The GPS is then right behind the steering wheel and in front of the tachometer. It does not obscure the speedometer or the temperature gauge or the petrol gauge. It is in a perfect position for viewing with my sunglasses, which are bi-focals. When I remove the unit from the disk, one cannot see the disk from outside the car. When the GPS is in place there, it is hard to see it from outside as well.
When at night or when there is no glare, the beanbag places the GPS in the perfect position for viewing with the middle window in my regular glasses (tri-focals). If I place the GPS on the beanbag during a bright day, there is glare on the screen and the image is fuzzy as my sunglasses are only bi-focals. I could buy tri-focal sunglasses or use my clip-on polarisers on my regular trifocals, but that would not eliminate the glare.
Sucking is good. Celebrate being a mammal unless you are a reptile and those are fine too. My brother used to a have a slew of them as pets when we were kids.
I've got to tell ya, I'm using the suction mount in my truck and so far it hasn't come loose even in off road conditions!! You just have to replace the factory double sided tape with the stuff I used and MAKE SURE THE SUCTION CUP IS CLEAN when you attach it to the disk. The way I see it, why spend more money if you don't have to?!
on the holding good. I like the disk. For me both the suction cup and the Garmin adhesive have done the job with no problems. I was nervous at first, thinking that the GPS may end up coming off and getting damaged. So I put one of those Velcro computer wire straps around the mount and attach it to a piece of Velcro on the dash. My GPS won't go far if the suction cup or the disk come loose. But that has never happened.
I'm using the disk in my Envoy and Camaro with no problem. Like someone else said just keep the suction mount and disk clean and you should not have a problem.
I had to replace the double sided tape on the dash disk on my unit because it was failing in extreme cold. Once I did that I've not had a single problem.
My Nuvi came with two adhesive disks. One of them is removeable and the other is labeled as permanent. If you go the disk/suction mount route, one alternative is to adhere the disk to the bottom of a cup holder and use the suction mount on it. This way it is out of site when the unit/mount is not there. You can also continue to use the cup holder when you're not using your Nuvi. It may be a little slow to pick up satellites at first but once you do, there are no problems even sitting in my console in the middle of the two front seats. I have come to turn the unit on before I am in the vehicle and let it acquire its position. I never have problems after that. And if, for some reason, the suction cup pops off, it doesn't fall far at all!
That's a good idea but, my friend and I took it a step further. We went down to our local Tap Plastics (http://www.tapplastics.com)and got a piece of 3" diameter acrylic rod which just happens to be the same size as a cup. Now all you have to do is attach the suction mount to the top of the acrylic rod and the shear weight of the rod combined with the tight fit in the cup holder negates any further mounting.
This mounts allows you to take the ENTIRE UNIT mount and all out of the car without any trace of it being left behind. one NOTE HERE, if the rod does NOT HAVE A SMOOTH TOP the SUCTION CLAMP WON'T STICK! If you go this route MAKE SURE YOU TELL THEM YOU NEED A SMOOTH TOP WHEN THEY CUT THE ROD TO SIZE.
I'm reading here that a lot of people mount their GPS's down low. It seems to me that there is a big advantage in mounting it as close to eye level as possible---eyes don't wander far from viewing traffic.
This is what I did....
I have a new Toyota Highlander. I took the large black disk that came with my 550 and cut off about 1/3 of the disk. I left enough of the disk so the suction cup has room to mount on the disk. I purchased some double sided tape (3/8) the stuff that has some kind of foam between the sticky tape.
I put the tape around the top and sides of the vent next to the radio. This gives me a good view of the GPS.
If you try this besure the GPS won't interfer with the windshield wiper arm. Mine work fine.
When I remove the GPS unit I have a post-it-note that says "pick up laundry". The note covers the disk.
p.s. Windex will remove the stick tape if you need to remove the disk.
I've got to tell ya, I'm using the suction mount in my truck and so far it hasn't come loose even in off road conditions!! You just have to replace the factory double sided tape with the stuff I used...
Ok... what double sided tape DID you use??
I agree, somewhat dminz. When I "mount" my Nuvi in the cup holders between the seats it is awkward to look at and requires I take my eyes off the road a little more than I would like. Luckily my Expedition (gas, ugh!) has cup holders on the dash just above the ashtray. I usually use these and the unit sits just under the radio and requires no more than a quick glance, similar to changing the radio. Besides, I try not to fiddle with it too much while I'm driving anyway. Most of the time I don't even need to look at it!
Yeap, that works best for me as well. Also, I don't the get the reflection of the steering wheel/hands as bad either.
I would like to know how the bean bag mount holds up during a hard corner?
Just peel the redish colored plastic protector off it (leaving the spongy sticky adhesive) and stick it where you want it in your car.
Ppl here say that it works pretty well, but I wouldn't trust it with the windows down. I don't trust the suction mount either. Actually, when my GPSr is near an open window, I don't trust any mount.
...I drive a Honda Accord V6 Coupe and I like to give it an occasional run on some of the twisty roads here heading up into the mountains west of Denver. My GPS has never even threatened to move. It sits rock solid on the dash.
Thank you very for all answer.
Thanks for your answer.
Ok... what double sided tape DID you use??
Scotch Exterior Mounting Tape #4011
I like using the suction mount on my windshield but I find that I get a glare no matter how I place it. Do those of you who use the suction mount place it high on the windshield (closer to the rear view mirror) or lower on the windshield (closer to the dash)?
In California you can't mount anything to the windshield so I my case I have it mounted below the dash just under my radio. In most cases it tells me when to turn so I find that I don't have to look at it very often.
I keep it eye level, therefore, I get the least amount of reflection AND my favorite position. Keep it high and you won't get any reflection. Also to help, I slightly tilt my unit up a bit
Scotch Exterior Mounting Tape #4011
Thanks a million, Clint! -Knew I could count on you-
It covers the tachometer (which is of little use on a car with an automatic transmission, anyway
Yes,it is of little use when driving, but does come in handy for maintenance and spotting engine problems. i.e. if your idle speed is higher than normal
As a lot of people have said, disk often seems to come loose in hot of cold weather. I just pushed it down every time I got in the vehicle, and as I was driving, after a few weeks it was good and solid, when I got my beanbag mount, it took a chisel to get the disk off, with no damage to the surface of the dash.(disk adhesive was shot tho)
You have to use the "Scotch Exterior Mounting Tape #4011" if you don't want the disk to fall off. This tape will support up to 5lbs is ALL KINDS of weather! They use if for affixing brass numbers to the front of brick homes among other things.
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