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Old 07-30-2005, 09:26 AM   #1
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Just thought I'd pass on an idea I used.

Needed to mount a sportster in a 1999 Plymouth Voyager.

My wife did not like the idea of her sportster PNP sticking out of the dash to the side of the radio in front of the passenger with one of those custom mounts. Also mounting on the top of the dash was nixed.

What I ended up doing was making my own mount for the cradle using a large steel hinged padlock bought from Home Depo for around 5 bucks. My plan was to use this to mount the cradle onto the pull-out cup holder drawer in the center of the dash.

I trimmed the short end of the padlock lengthwise (the steel cut easily with a hacksaw) so that it would just fit onto the front panel of the cup holder drawer. Then I drilled three holes into this end so that I could mount it onto the pull out door.

I trimmed the long end of the padlock lengthwise so that I could mount the cradle directly onto it and have the cradle and sportster "hide" the padlock mount after they were connected. I used the cradle as I guide to drill mounting holes into this end of the padlock so that I could mount the cradle directly to the padlock on this end of the hinge.

The front panel of the cup holder drawer comes off, which made attaching the hinge easy. I took the panel off and used the holes I drilled in the short end of the hinge as a guide to drill matching holes in the panel. I used a piece of the long end of the hinge (a piece of the trimmed off piece) to make a backing plate with matching mount holes to place behind the front panel for support.

Before I actually mounted the hinge to the front panel of the pull-out, I cut out the hinge pin and replaced it with a 2.5 inch bolt with a nut at the end. When tightened, this allowed the hinge to be moved to any position/angle so that the sportster mounting angle could be adjusted but the hinge is tight enough to hold the mount in any position.

Although you really can't see the hinge with the Sportster in the cradle, I painted the hinge and the 3 mounting bolts with flat black spray paint so that it looked better when it was visible.

Now I mounted the short end of my mount to the pull-out door panel using 3 half inch nuts/bolts thru the holes I drilled in the plate, panel, and support plate. The hinge was mounted so that the hinge was "up" at the top of the panel and the 2 mounting ends hung "down". Then I replaced the panel onto the door assembly and put the drawer back into place. I next connected the cradle to the other end of the mount using the supplied cradle screws. That's it.

The sportster slid into the cradle.

The end result is a flush mount onto the pull out door. The mounting angle can be infinitely adjusted. Everything is hardwired and it looks professional.

I am really surprised someone doesn't sell something like this.

I don't know how to put pictures up so I hope words have described this well enough so others may be able to do this. This would work anywhere you need a flush mount to a flat surface as long as you are able to make a strong/tight connection to the mounting surface.

[edit 8/11/05, pics at post #6]
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Great explanation, but how about some pics?
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Great explanation, but how about some pics?


Where are the pic's?
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How do I upload pics, are there instructions anywhere here at backstage?
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They have to be hosted somewhere. Someguys use photobucket, I use www.fototime.com

Then you put the address between [img] [/img] and they will be here.

If you don't have a place to host them, email them to me and I will email you back the links.

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Thanks txwj,

I will take you up on the offer. I will take the pics tommorrow and email them to you soon.
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Here are the pics. Thanks TX WJ for the Photobucket hint. You helped me learn something new!



This is the mounted view with the pull-out drink holder drawer closed. You need to leave the wires long enough in this type of setup for the drawer to open and close.





View from the top. On the left side of the hinge you can make out the nut and the end of the screw. I haven't got around to trimming the screw end off yet. Because this is forward of the seats, you can't see the hinge while riding in the vehicle (unless you look for it). Mounting the cradle higher on the hinge plate would also eliminate seeing the hinge.





The side view shows how versitile this type of mount can be. The hinge can be moved to any position you want because the hinge is tight when you tighten the nut/bolt (you have to use just the right amount of pressure on the hinge so that it moves but holds also. In this setup the hinge is mounted at the top, but you could also mount the hinge on the bottom based on the angle of the surface you are mounting to. Again, you don't see this from the passenger or driver seat unless you lean forward to look.





The underside view shows the cradle mounted directly to the hinge plate and the shorter side of the hinge plate mounted directly to the front of the slide out drawer.


Hope this helps. This board was a big help to me with my first install, glad to be able to give back.
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Very creative!
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