Permanent Windshield Mounting Methods

Discussion in 'Questions About Installations' started by switch626, May 28, 2011.

  1. switch626

    switch626 Scofflaw Advanced User Premium Member

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    The title of this thread may be a tad misleading, because 'Windshield Mount' is referring to the type of detector. It does not necessarily mean it 'must' mount on the windshield. It can be mounted on the windshield, visor, rear view mirror, headliner, top of dash, etc. I'm looking for ideas for a more rugged method of attaching the RD to the car.

    Why? As the outside temperatures are soaring where I live, the good old suction cup mounts for my stuff are failing. Even if they are replaced with new, I expect the replacements to fail too in short order. From looking at what some others have done, it is apparent to me that like jammer installs, one method does not meet all needs. There is an element of creativity to it, and who knows better than you guys?

    Some options I have come up with so far:
    • Glue the suction cups, so they stick no matter what
    • Clear silicone adhesive in the suction cups (as above, members are doing this)
    • Visor clip
    • Blend mount to the rear view mirror (my least favorite)
    • Beanbag dash mount
    • Custom mounting brackets or mods to the original
    • Aftermarket RAM mount
    • Visor Pouch
    • 5 Minute Epoxy
    • Rear deck in an enclosure

    Not As Permanent:
    • petroleum jelly on the cups
    • Plexiglass attached with other adhesives
    What do you do to provide a more durable mount for your prized radar detector? Do you have any ideas that aren't listed here? Please share, I will add to the list.
     
    Last edited: Jul 22, 2011
  2. Riptide

    Riptide Placement Expert Advanced User Premium Member

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    radarrob found these neat metal things that adhere to the windshield. Rob can you post a link?
     
  3. DUI Elite

    DUI Elite Master Chief Runs Radar Advanced User

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    I'd like to see something to put on the glass, but something thats not visible outside the car. I don't like that my suction cups are the only thing not stealth about where I have mine. (they stand out to me at least, idk if everyone else can see them well).
     
  4. switch626

    switch626 Scofflaw Advanced User Premium Member

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    If I do make the aluminum block to glue, I'll end up posting it here so anyone else can use the idea. I'd love to see what RadarRob uses for this purpose.
     
  5. kpatz

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    Stick your RD inside a visor pouch, cut holes as needed for display and laser sensors, put on visor, bingo! Stealthy RD install shielded from the sun that won't fall off the windshield.
     
  6. switch626

    switch626 Scofflaw Advanced User Premium Member

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    I have added this one to the list. It seems like it should have been obvious, but there is is now.

    The only downside I can see to this and the visor clip mount is that you lose use of the visor. It also would seem that your visor needs to be level. Perhaps a little foam stuck on the back of the visor would help with that (if needed)
     
  7. switch626

    switch626 Scofflaw Advanced User Premium Member

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    I'd love to see these. That sounds like a great idea.

    I'm thinking that the RadarRob things or aluminum blocks might provide a permanent mount to glass, but I don't know if it would be any less visible than the suction cups. That is, unless you mount behind a tint strip.
     
  8. that guy

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    put a little of this around the suction cups

    and they'll never fail

    if you want them removed can be removed, with a lot of force
     
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  9. g_jammer

    g_jammer Expert High Speed Driver Advanced User Premium Member

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    Use the standard windshield mount that comes with a RD, but instead of using the suction cups, use high quality heavy-duty self-adhesive Velcro squares. Be sure the windshield is clean at the mounting location.
     
  10. WLH

    WLH PSL +15 Advanced User

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    I have one of the mounts from Radarrob that was mentioned above. It's a permanent mount as far as I can tell as I believe if it would be removed the bonding material would be destroyed. It does work quite well but is visible from the outside.
     
  11. switch626

    switch626 Scofflaw Advanced User Premium Member

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    If you were to attach it behind a tint strip no one would be able to see from the outside (without sticking their face right on your windshield). I really like this idea, I wish we could see what these are.

    In cooler climates this is probably a good solution. In my area, the adhesive on the back of the velcro heats up to the point of failur every day. Ask me how I know. I have however discovered that the body molding mounting tape also holds up to the heat. At least it does for my little TPAS antenna, but it doesn't come close to weighing as much as a detector.

    Have you done this? If this holds up it would be perfect. I also suspect that the silicone adhesive wouldn't discolor or damage a tint strip. ;)
     
  12. WLH

    WLH PSL +15 Advanced User

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    I snapped a few picture of mine....
    This is a view from the outside.


    Look up from passenger seat.


    Side view.
     
  13. switch626

    switch626 Scofflaw Advanced User Premium Member

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    I really like that alot, it looks very sturdy. Almost as if thate were on mounting tape, but I don't think so. It seems to be bonded mainly in the middle, like you had to squirt the bonding agent onto the mounting surface. If that can stand summer temperatures, you're good to go.
     
  14. mrkookm

    mrkookm PSL +15 Advanced User

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    See the mount I made using a combination of the the V1 visor clip & Sti-R mount. You could apply the same concept to any RD with the right hardware.

    https://www.rdforum.org/show-off-your-install/1897-sti-r-my-hyundai.html
     
  15. CJR238

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    I just used a peace of clear plexi glass with clear double sided tape to mount the stock suction cups. The suction cups work quite well now and no one can see because its behind the tint strip. I mostly did this because the suction cups would not stick to the dots.



    Next person who sees Rob around direct him to this thread, that type of mount (which can be made) is by far the best way to go.
     
  16. Akosikojak

    Akosikojak PSL +15 Advanced User

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    Agree, works like a champ, been using mine for >2yrs now w/no ill side effects ;) You do have to be careful due to unaware people riding shot gun who want to lwr the visor due to sun glare. Definitely had to "talk" to some peeps who don't pay enough attention sometimes (wife's the worst LOL)
     
  17. Riptide

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    Yeah my visor is not level at all, wish it were.

    Also it should be noted this can hurt your off axis performance depending on the design of your car.
    This has been tested.
     
  18. that guy

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    Very nice mount.
     
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  20. switch626

    switch626 Scofflaw Advanced User Premium Member

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    That is pretty much exactly what I was looking for. I was thinking about making one, but mine wouldn't be all nice and anodized. I just bought one. I keep buying mounts to see what I like best, so I'm getting that.

    Thanks for the tip, you da man!