GPS Dash Mount Options
It's unfoutunately illeagal to mount your GPS on the windshield in Minnesota and California, but a lot of people also don't want to have those suction cup rings on the windshield to deal with either. There is always the dash mounting option that solved these problems.
Here are a couple of options:
1. Adhesive disk - these come with almost all GPS units, usually black and can go right on your dash. I saw a driver the other day with one of these mounted vertically on his dash near the center stack that put the GPS well within reach. Wouldn't work in my car, but it looked great in his. The downside may be looks; a lot of folks don't want one of these stuck to the dash no matter what.
2. Garmin Friction Mount - Garmin offers this, and a lot of people are happy with it, judging from the emails I get from readers and the ratings on Amazon.
3. Bracketron NavMat GPS Friction Mount - is another option that allows you to use the mount along with the suction cup mount that came with your GPS. I have also had readers write in about this one too, and from the reviews at Amazon, a lot of people seem to like the mount for a lot of different GPS models.
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Posted by Scott Martin at May 13, 2008 7:05 AM
Scott: I've been mounting PDAs on my dash for years for GPS use. There are a variety of other options. The best is a pro-fit VSM (vehicle specific mount)
These are mounts that are customized for individual car interiors. You pull off a piece of your dash trim and use the underlying bolts or screw holes to install the mount on your dash then fit the trim piece back. On some cars the mount is positioned perfectly, on others less so because of the dash design. Pro-fit also makes universal adhesive mounts that work pretty well. They are swivel-based.
I heartily agree with the sentiment on the Garmin friction mount. I love mine and never use the suction mount with my nuvi anymore. I've been trying a Bracketron out recently and am pretty impressed, though I prefer the form-fitting four arm style of the Garmin mount, which fits curvy dash boards much better.