Do you ever wander the aisles at store after store looking for just the right thing to hold your phone/GPS/mobile device while you're driving? There are tons of these on the market but I've never managed to find one that worked in my oddly shaped Scion XB. In California you can't mount anything to the window, and my window is far out of reach anyway. Belkin makes a charger/mount that goes in the cigarette lighter but that puts the phone by my knee - definitely unsafe for driving. Giant bean bag sliding around the top of the dashboard seems like a silly waste of space. Some "cradles" are ridiculously larger than the device you're trying to hold. Suction cups pop off at the most inopportune times. And who wants to put glue or holes in you car?
Luckily for me, the original (super boxy) XB has an assortment of odd "spaces" in the dash. These make a perfect place to attach a rock solid, quick and dirty $2 mount that'll take less than 10 minutes to make from stuff you likely already have around the house. This mount is adjustable and easily completely moveable/removable without harming your car in any way. It can also be adapted to any hold any mobile device that weighs about one pound or less.
Note: PLEASE ALWAYS DRIVE SAFELY. My mount works perfectly for me. Your mileage may vary.
Do not attempt to use this mount if it in any way impedes your ability to drive with total concentration on the road or if it's use would be illegal in your location.
The way mine is positioned it does not block my view of the road at all but is right at my fingertips and close enough to the windshield that I can keep my eyes on the road at all times.
Step 1: Locate a Suitable Mounting Location In Your Car
Go to your car. Take a look at the dash. See if you have any goofy vacant spaces like mine.
They should ideally be no at least 1" but no more than 2" tall and at least that deep. 3-4" wide will suffice.
Make sure that the spot you choose is well clear of the steering wheel, vents and any critical controls. We don't want to create a driving hazard!
Take some measurements from this spot to where you'd ideally like to place your mobile device so you'll have an idea what size parts to buy. I chose the center of the long upper space in the pic.
If you have no such spaces then I'm afraid this 'ible most likely won't work for you.
But if you do, hurray!, read on.