After searching the Web, I found a type of mount that can be used in the cup holder of your car. They cost about $20 buck for such a piece of plastic. Thats when I decided to try and make my own.
This is an ideal project for those with tools, as most Makers do anyway. With just a few tools and a bench, you can fix and make things that can save you money.
Step 1: PVC Pipe Components
Parts you will need:
1 piece of 3 inch PVC pipe, 2-7/8 inch long.
Two 3 inch PVC pipe caps.
One 1/4-20 flat head bolt about 1-1/2 long.
One 1/4 inch nut and washer.
3 inch disc, 3/8 thick made from plywood, plastic other material. The self-adhesive pad that comes with the GPS is attached to this disc. If you can find a PVC pipe cap that is flat on top, the disc is not needed. Mine was curved and needed a flat surface.
Hack saw to cut the pipe.
3-1/8 inch hole saw.
1/4-20 tap and #21 drill bit.
file to remove flash and sharp edges or sandpaper.
Drill press, if you own one.
Step 2: Attach the Pad
Make the disc using a 3-1/8 inch hole saw. The material can be plywood, thick plastic or in my case I had some phenolic material scrap from work. If you use plywood, seal it with paint or clear coat. This will help with bonding to the GPS self-stick mount.
Step 3: Tap Hole for Disc
Counter sink a hole on the disc in the middle and slip in the flat head bolt. Be sure the counter sinked hole is deep enough so as not to interfere with attaching the self-adhesive pad.
Use a little 5 minute epoxy to secure in the bolt to the disc. It will keep it from loosing up over time.
If you have a drill press, use it to start the tapping of the hole. This will keep the tapped hole perfectly straight. I just chuck up the tap and lower into the hole and twist it by hand.
Step 4: Screw in the Disc
Step 5: Bolt the Inside
Step 6: Assemble
You can even paint it to match you cars interior. I'm planing on giving it a flat black paint job.