Phone Mount

Discussion in '2016 + Toyota Tacoma' started by WooD, Dec 1, 2019.

  1. WooD

    WooD WooD

    I did a search and the last phone mount thread I found was about a year old, so I started a new one.

    I always kept my phone in the cup holder, because I didn't really need to look at it while driving.

    My folks spend the winter about 127 miles south of me, and I make that drive about once a week. Even thou I obviously know the way, I've been using Google Maps during the drive since they started giving alerts on speed traps and road conditions ahead. I stopped at a rest area for a smoke and took my phone and noticed it had how long I had left on my trip and showed the road a head in red...Orlando traffic.

    So I decided to mount my phone where I could see it. People on the "other" Tacoma site are crazy about their phone mounts. I wanted to make my own. I already had all the stuff I needed except an extension arm and the actual phone mount.

    I had some aluminum that's 3/4 x 1/8 that I used. Marked the dash about where I wanted my phone, and popped off the surround thing to see how long of a piece I needed to cut.

    Cut the aluminum to size, clamped it with a C clamp to drill the holes to rivet it in place. I had to grind off one corner of the aluminum because it stuck out about a 1/16"...probably would have been fine.

    I put the surround thing back on, and put the ball, arm, and phone mount together, and put my phone in it to be sure where I wanted to mount it. Used a silver marker to mark the hole.

    Took it back off and drilled and tapped the hole 1/4-20, Didn't have to tap it, but the ball I had was a female mount, and I may get a male mount ball in the future. I doubt I'll leave this on except when I'm traveling.

    Came out pretty good, and all it cost me was a 2" extension arm and the phone mount.

    Gotta love Bluetooth, I have the same songs on my phone as I have on the flash drive plugged into my truck tunes.

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  3. B-Man

    B-Man Well-Known Member

    Nice!
     
  4. kp.taco

    kp.taco Well-Known Member

    Nice. Looks good
     
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  5. 88e30m50

    88e30m50 Member

    That turned out really well. I may have to look into something like that on mine.
     
  6. Scott Wyman

    Scott Wyman Well-Known Member

    Beats the hell out of mounting it to your HVAC vent like I have.
     
  7. OP
    WooD

    WooD WooD

    They make a kit that you can mount a lot of stuff to. I think it's around $55.00. I just wanted my phone mounted, plus I'm cheap.

     
  8. OP
    WooD

    WooD WooD

    Lot of people use those.

    I like my vents unobstructed during a Florida summer!
     
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  9. Scott Wyman

    Scott Wyman Well-Known Member

    So do I especially during these brutal Texas winters. But I hate having things hang off my windshield even more.
     
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  10. Deadeye Skunk

    Deadeye Skunk New Member

    Always super cool to see something fabricated! I went the with pricey "unholey vent mount". They've engineered it to allow the vents to be opened but still can't be turned. Instill enjoy it despite that.
     

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