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Old 05-14-2011, 01:16 PM   #1
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Default Under car camera mounting options?

The camera in question is the GoPro setup with the handlebar/seatpost mount. I bought it for my mountain bike but would like to try and get a look at things like the rear suspension, rear diff, and transmission during hard driving for some personal R&D to find out what changes would be best. I figured that some here might have done this before and know of good places to mount the camera.

It has a clamp with a round inside profile, adjustable from about 5/8" to about 1.5". fits on most round and roundish/oval structures. thought about the sway bar, but I think it moves/twists too much, especially with the springs on right now, to be useful.

And if anyone has any observation ideas they would like to see, I'm open to suggestions. It's fun playing with new stuff.
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Old 05-14-2011, 01:17 PM   #2
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Honestly, it would probably vibrate too much to be on any suspension component
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Old 05-14-2011, 01:34 PM   #3
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Yeah, I wouldn't put it on a moving part of the suspension... I thought briefly about the sway bar because it is round and ideal size for the clamp and relatively stationary but twists enough that I think it would be useless. To clarify, I would like to get a view of these moving parts, particularly the rear diff area, rear suspension (one wheel at a time i guess), and the transmission.

Guess I'll have to go do some trial and error and see what options there are.
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Old 05-14-2011, 01:47 PM   #4
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You might wanna ask LIC Motorsports, they had some under car footage in The Underdogs documentary.
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Old 05-14-2011, 02:02 PM   #5
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I mounted mine to the rear bumper upside down to film the rear of the car during an autocross. It worked pretty well I wanted to see how much the rear inside wheel was lifting with the sway bar. You will have to be more creative to get better shots of the suspension.

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Old 05-14-2011, 02:11 PM   #6
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i found on the rear edge of the trunk floor, under the car, is a strip of steel with holes in it. some of them just happen to line up with the camera mount holes. going to add some wood to tie in more of the thin steel to reduce vibration, and see how it works.
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Old 05-14-2011, 03:47 PM   #7
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i used one of the 3m mounts for the gopro inside one of my foglight holes facing the front suspension

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Old 05-15-2011, 03:52 AM   #8
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I don't think the sway bar would move 'too much'....any spot will have some vibration, but its not like the sway bar is moving that much.

although....wait....yeah, with a GoPro that might be difficult. I have a VIO POV (bullet cam), so strapping that thing down will be different than a GoPro.

I want to put on on my lateral link(s) at my next rally, I think that'll be a cool shot.

on the strut body looking up at the springs would be cool too.
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Old 05-15-2011, 07:08 PM   #9
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These undercar vids are awesome. Love seeing the parts move and the tires bulging around.
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i used one of the 3m mounts for the gopro inside one of my foglight holes facing the front suspension

GoPro from DriftUnion's D-Day10 on Vimeo
You must have pulled the well liners off to get this?

I have all the stock plastic bits on still and I don't see any clear shot for the GoPro even if I managed to mount it in a good position.

The only position I can think of is hanging low an 1" off the ground looking diagonally up at the suspension... but that would definitely mean scraping the camera on the ground as the suspension travels.
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