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Old 12-26-2008, 05:10 PM   #1
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Default Temporary/Non-Cutting GD Rally Computer Mounting?

I'm hooking a TerraTrip into a 2002 Impreza TS for TSD/NAVEX rallying. I'm trying to figure out a way to mount one in such a way that its easily/cleanly removable. Anyone have some examples of custom brackets that have been tried? I'm sure there's probably a few mounting solutions within the glovebox area but if someone else has a solution I'd rather not reinvent the wheel.

Alternatively has anyone tried doing up some sort of mount using a StickyPod? They seem to be pretty fearsome and would certainly be easy to add/remove. My only concern would be the reach for the navigator.

I'm hooking it in via a DSI box and plan to have all the wiring on a quick release trailer plug/socket.

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Old 12-26-2008, 10:15 PM   #2
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Why mount it to the car at all? Buy a cheapo large wooden clipboard to mount it to. Several ways to mount and you can still use the clipboard feature.
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Old 12-26-2008, 10:37 PM   #3
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Not really following you there? I'm certainly not bent on bolting the TerraTrip to the car, if its a method that can be easily attached/detached to the car for the duration of a TSD rally I'd be happy bolting it to a slice of baked ham.
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Old 12-26-2008, 10:53 PM   #4
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You mount the odo to a clipboard, not the car. Your codriver holds the clipboard in their lap while in the car and can easily operate odo.

Sorta like this but instead of just a watch, mount the entire odo to a clipboard.


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Old 12-27-2008, 02:08 AM   #5
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We have 2 setups: 1 for running a rally and the other for creating one. I'll try to remember to take pictures tomorrow.

In the "running" configuration, the inside of the DIN pocket under the radio is lined with velcro. There's then a custom angle bracket with velcro on both faces that sticks to the velcro in the DIN pocket and then presents a vertical velcroed surface to the outside world. The back of the rally computer is then covered in velcro so that it can be stuck to the brackets.

In the "creating" configuration, I made a custom 2-wide clipboard with a turned-up lip at the top. The lip is covered in velcro, allowing the rally computer to be mounted to the clipboard for easy measuring of the route.

In both configurations, the nav gets a button on a wire to activate the clear/hold function of the computer.



BTW, for serious TSDing, the TerraTrip is NOT going to hack it.
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Old 12-27-2008, 08:10 PM   #6
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This area isn't that serious for TSD. A 303 is high tech and the one guy with an Alfa Elite is jokingly branded a cheater. Unfortunately we can only scrounge up 3-4 events a year for NAVEX for lack of organizers. We're more about rallycross and hopefully soon RallySprint.

Thanks for the info, I wouldn't have guessed that the velcro would hold strong enough but I guess there's no real weight to the computer. I like that idea. Pictures would be great.

The clipboard idea isn't a bad one either, certainly the lowest-impact variation. It gives the Navigator a bit more to manhandle though.
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Old 12-27-2008, 08:41 PM   #7
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The critical factor to veclroing anything like this is surface area. A strip or two of 1" wide velcro you got at the fabric store is NOT going to cut it. You need the 2" wide heavy duty velcro (labeled as Industrial Strength, Industrial Duty, something like that) and you'll need to cover basically the entire back of the unit. You'll know you've done it right when you try to remove the computer. If it's not stuck so well you think you might break it, it's not good enough.
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Old 12-27-2008, 09:19 PM   #8
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3M Dual Lock, with the Heavy Duty adhesive on the backing. It's like Velcro, but all plastic mushroom heads, and will NOT COME APART.

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Old 12-27-2008, 09:22 PM   #9
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No, the stuff I use is Velcro-brand.
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Old 12-31-2008, 04:36 AM   #10
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http://www.ram-mount.com/


I have an Alfa that I mount to the front window with HD suction cups.
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