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Until now I have never used one of the mounting discs that come with Garmin GPS units. However, I bought a 2010 Honda Accord earlier this year and I am now giving it some thought. Anyway, for those of you with experience using the Garmin mounting discs, how well do they work for you?

it depends

Jim1348 wrote:

Until now I have never used one of the mounting discs that come with Garmin GPS units. However, I bought a 2010 Honda Accord earlier this year and I am now giving it some thought. Anyway, for those of you with experience using the Garmin mounting discs, how well do they work for you?

It will depend on the surface under the disc. When I bought my first unit I tried using the disk and it didn't work well at all. My dash was one of the "pebbled" anti-reflective plastic units and the disk just wouldn't adhere. I had thoroughly cleaned the area, but just couldn't get the disk to stick.

Others have reported problems with removing a disk with it working so well the dash covering came up along with the disk when they attempted to remove it. YMMV

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bean bag

Forget the discs! First thing I do is buy a bean bag, and suction the unit to that. The bean bag stays put as long as the dash or the bottom of the bag is not dirty. Just be careful carrying around the Garmin while it is suctioned to the bag. At some point in time, it will come loose, and your unit could come crashing to the hard ground!

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Unless you are the lead sled dog, the view never changes. I is retard... every day is Saturday! I still own the StreetPilot c340, and the Garmin Nuvi 765t, but upgraded to the NO "recalculating", 3590 LMT.

Another option

What I did once was to use the mounting disc and glue it to the top of a car coffee mug. I then put that in the car cup holder and mounted my GPS to that (cheap mans version of a bean bag mount). Worked well.

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Garmin c340 265WT 1490T 295W 2460LMT 2555LMT 2757LM

Something to Consider

I have several of them (mounting discs) and never used or intend to use.

As Box Car mentioned others reported damaging their dashboards when attempting to remove. Also depending on time factor, even if you successfully remove it, there would be a visible ring on the dash due to the aging process of the dash.

I'm sure you are aware of friction mounts (bean bags) for the Nuvi's, I have always used them .and will continue to. I have a 2008 Honda Civic and the bean bag works very well in that and on my Ford Explorer.

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Nuvi 660 2460LMT Sold My 765T

We used it on one car

Clean area with alcohol first to get oils off. Try to find a flat spot, but we mounted on slight hump(middle of Nissan Versa Dash). Mount and press/hold in place to get good bond.

Do not use for 24 hours to let bonding settle in.

I sold car 2 years later and removed disk, used 70% alcohol and wash cloth to remove sticky. It was part alcohol and part friction rubbing getting all off. It took a bit of work abd about 20 minutes to get it looking good, but it is doable.

This was in Arizona, car outside in full sun, temps up too 120, so it can be done

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Cain versus Unable 2012

better than a bean bag mount

I used them for the last 6 years until I took delivery on my new Dodge Journey Crew. the dash has a curved surface, though smooth. I now use a removable dash mount pad with a tacky bottom made by Bracketron - "Bracketron nav-mat ii"; works great! I have one in both vehicles. It is better than the bean bag. They can be purchased at Amazon, Target, Meijer, etc.

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JRoz -- nuvi 3490LMT, 3760LMT, 260W; Edge 605; Approach G5; Oregon 450

I found the bean bags to

I found the bean bags to work best with min alteration to vehicle

The Nuvi disk works just

The Nuvi disk works just fine for my 2002 BMW Z3. I've been able to position it so that it obscured nothing out my front windshield. I simply have not removed it once put in place.

Fred

mounting disk

I have also the mouting disk ,I have 2 matter of fact they supposed work great ,but the reason I never Install it ,is the manual state that ones use the disk WILL NOT BE ABLE TO BE REMOVED or it will damage the surface of your dashboard of your vehicle.

As long my winshield suction work I use this one,I have see too those beens bag, but they are very huge and if you do not have a lot of space on your dashboard they are not of any help.

I used velcro all on my 3

I used velcro all on my 3 cars (not owning them all at that same time, of course smile). Stick small piece of velcro on the back of garmin and good to go. Take it off when not in use. Remove the one on dash was easy when sold my car.

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Nuvi 2450LM

a similar idea ...

RN09 wrote:

I used velcro all on my 3 cars (not owning them all at that same time, of course smile). Stick small piece of velcro on the back of garmin and good to go. Take it off when not in use. Remove the one on dash was easy when sold my car.

I used to be a bean bag user, until I started using them in my extremely bumpy dump truck.

I use the suction disk now, but with a twist, I put velcro on the dash and the disk, I often switch vehicles so I have the dash velcro'd on several and just bring the disk from truck to truck with ease now.

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. Nuvi 2460LMT, Zumo 550, Beltronics Pro 500 radar detector with GPS built in, includes RLC info. Uconnect 430N (Garmin) built into my Jeep. .

Use Bean Bag Friction Mount

I have a 2006 Honda I have used the mounting disc since day one. It works great. They unit sticks to it period, it has never come loose. Now, the only regret I have is that I now have a PERMANENT mounting disc on my dash. No big deal mind you, it just probably would have been better to use a friction mount that I can cleanly remove at my leisure. Also, for resale purposes the mounting disc CANNOT be removed, unless you want to ruin your dash. Either type of mount works if I could do it again I would use the Friction mount.

I use the disc in my

I use the disc in my Corolla, and it works just fine. You do have to keep it (and the suction cup) clean, or the unit may fall off while you're driving. But the same is true, I suppose, if you stick the suction cup on the windshield. As far as removing it, if I ever feel the need to, I have used WD40 and a piece of monofilament fishing line to remove glued-on exterior trim before, and I think it would work on the disc.

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"Recalculating... drive 0.2 miles, then abandon vehicle." ------------- [ETrex Venture CX; Nüvi 200]

Another Great use for WD40

That might work. I use WD40 to remove bumper sticker glue. It works great. The only concern if you have a slightly textured dash, it might be still be damaged if the disc is removed. The fishing line is one I have never tried before, that is interesting.

Works great for my tomtom.

I don't have a garmin, but the disk works for me. Has long as it is clean between the disk and the suction of the mount.

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Mike TOMTOM XL335 and VIA 1535

like it

I like the disk, but I've found it's not necessary. You can't remove them. I fine mounting on the windshield works just fine.

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Disc

I always used the bean bag mount but, after a few years, the dang things didn't work well any longer. After a few episodes of the GPS flying across the vehicle I decided to try the mounting disc.

NOTE: I only did this in the old car I drive for work trips. I have NOT done this in my 2011 Taurus Limited and I never will.

I drive a '98 Buick Century for work trips (currently at almost 170,000 miles and a good portion of those miles are work-related). I cleaned a spot on the dash and stuck the disc there. It's stayed put fine. I use the suction mount on the disc and have been EXTREMELY happy with it. I've put a zillion miles on the car with the GPS on the suction mount stuck to the mounting disc and I have had zero issues.

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GPSMAP 76CSx - nüvi 760 - nüvi 200 - GPSMAP 78S

disks

rodeophoto wrote:

I like the disk, but I've found it's not necessary. You can't remove them. I fine mounting on the windshield works just fine.

I prefer the disks so I can position the GPS where it doesn't obstruct my view.

The disks also come into play where mounting anything on the windshield is illegal, like in California.

http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/vctop/d12/vc26708.htm

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. Nuvi 2460LMT, Zumo 550, Beltronics Pro 500 radar detector with GPS built in, includes RLC info. Uconnect 430N (Garmin) built into my Jeep. .

Use fishing line

Use fishing line to remove disc.

Use 17 lb. line and use it to "saw" the disc off. It's plastic and as long as you take it slow and easy, it will leave no marks on the dash. Will require some cleanup though.

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Metricman Nuvi 660, GTM-20 Traffic Receiver Nuvi 3597 GTM-60 Traffic Receiver Williamsburg, VA

Go Beanbag

groundhog wrote:

Forget the discs! First thing I do is buy a bean bag, and suction the unit to that. The bean bag stays put as long as the dash or the bottom of the bag is not dirty. Just be careful carrying around the Garmin while it is suctioned to the bag. At some point in time, it will come loose, and your unit could come crashing to the hard ground!

Beanbag is the solution.

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You missed something

soberbyker wrote:

The disks also come into play where mounting anything on the windshield is illegal, like in California.

http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/vctop/d12/vc26708.htm

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Your point about the discs being necessary in states that don't allow items on the windshield is valid, but you missed 26708 (b)(12) of the California law:

Quote:

(b) This section does not apply to any of the following:

(12) A portable Global Positioning System (GPS), which may be mounted in a seven-inch square in the lower corner of the windshield farthest removed from the driver or in a five-inch square in the lower corner of the windshield nearest to the driver and outside of an airbag deployment zone, if the system is used only for door-to-door navigation while the motor vehicle is being operated.

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Strephon_Alkhalikoi wrote:
soberbyker wrote:

The disks also come into play where mounting anything on the windshield is illegal, like in California.

http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/vctop/d12/vc26708.htm

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Your point about the discs being necessary in states that don't allow items on the windshield is valid, but you missed 26708 (b)(12) of the California law:

Quote:

(b) This section does not apply to any of the following:

(12) A portable Global Positioning System (GPS), which may be mounted in a seven-inch square in the lower corner of the windshield farthest removed from the driver or in a five-inch square in the lower corner of the windshield nearest to the driver and outside of an airbag deployment zone, if the system is used only for door-to-door navigation while the motor vehicle is being operated.

You're right, I missed that, however the spots they do allow adherence to the windshield don't seem like good spots to me, I'll stick with center of the dash.

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. Nuvi 2460LMT, Zumo 550, Beltronics Pro 500 radar detector with GPS built in, includes RLC info. Uconnect 430N (Garmin) built into my Jeep. .

I understand where you're

I understand where you're coming from, but I wasn't judging the perceived quality or lack thereof of the locations.

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If you are really concerned

If you are really concerned with not removing the disc - try this. Remove the adhesive and foam from the disc. It does not have to be perfect but get most of it. Then get some 3M double sided adhesive pads for medium or moderate use - they are at Walmart, Lowes, Home Depot, etc. Cut to fit and then use them to adhere to your dash. They do not hold as long but are easier to remove - and work well if you have to move the disc. Also if you have a slightly curved dash, you can layer the pads to form a thicker cushion. Press hard when you apply the disc to your dash and it may better conform to the dash shape.

Best I can tell the difference in the heavy duty pads like come with the disc and the medium duty is not the glue but the thickness of the foam. A thicker foam has more "flex", is easier to apply and with the flex is easier to peel off. But the flex also does not stick as tight and can eventually work loose. I had a expensive XM radio dash mount that I had to move and this is how I started using the pads.

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