For father's day I got a Magellan eXplorist 200 GPS, and I wanted to be able to use it on my bike. But in checking out Magellan's website they wanted $39.99 for a mounting bracket plus $6.00 S&H. Well, I knew I could make one for less then that (actually ~$20.00). Oh, and the dog in the back-pack carrier is Duncan, he likes to go for rides, so once this 'mini-project" was done, we hit the road.
Step 1: Materials required
The two items needed for this project are:
1. (1) Garmin Forerunner 101 bike mount (Part No. 0101-10482-00) cost ~$18.00
2. (1) Scotch Dual Lock Reclosable Fasteners (pkg of 4 - 1" x 3" cost ~$2.49
Also some rubbing alcohol and a clean cloth.
Step 2: Tools Required
A Coping Saw and a pair of scissors
Step 3: Cutting up the Garmin mount
The Garmin mount needed a little cutting, since it's a little bit wide for the eXplorist GPS. I cut the ends off both sides at approx. 1/4" from the lip of the reccessed area where the release lever is located (See pictures 1 & 2)
Step 4: Clean the parts
Per the instructions that are on the back of the Scotch fasteners, clean the bracket and the back of the GPS unit. I used Rubbing Alcohol because it doesn't leave any residue.
Step 5: Applying the fastener strips
Once the parts are dry (doesn't take long) you can cut one of the fastener strips into the pieces that will be needed. Cut two (2) 1" lengths of the fastener strip. Then cut those two pieces in half length-wise. So that you end up with four strips approx. 1" L x 3/8" W. Peel the backing off of two (2) of the strips and apply them to the modified Garmin bracket in that recessed area, against the edge of the lip.
Step 6: Aligning fastener strips
Next take the remaining two strips (leave the backing on for now) and press them into the two strips that are attached to the bracket. This is to make sure the strips are aligned when applied to the bottom of the GPS.
Step 7: Prep'ing GPS fasteners
Now you can peel the backing off of the strips from the previous step.