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Old 05-07-2018, 10:56 AM   #1
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RAM X-Mount Warning

Well, after something like 7-8 years of using my x-mount daily and on cross country trips without issue, it happened to me today. Lost my pixel 2 on the 635 Texpress lane. Google confirms it's been smashed to smithereens because it can't contact it at all, and I went back through morning traffic to give another run on the Texpress lane to try to find it. No luck.

Disclaimer - This isn't my original x-mount, I lost one in Colorado, one got moved to a four wheel vehicle, so it wasn't an 8 year old x-mount.

Where I have it mounted it's very protected from wind blast, sticking my hand in front I don't feel anything at all.

Looking back at my helmet cam it seems as if one of the little rubber pegs worked it's way up to a point where the phone didn't have tension on that leg and it flipped out of the mount. That rubber peg is also missing as well.

So yea, they offer these rubber security band things that to me wasn't worth it considering the long successful history of using the X-Mount, but as of today I'd consider it worth it. Never considered that it might vibrate up like that.

So, just a warning to the x-mount users out there, you might consider getting and using one of these.

https://www.amazon.com/RAM-Mount-Tet...367N6CW8C08RFA
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Old 05-07-2018, 11:23 AM   #2
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Re: RAM X-Mount Warning

I got one after the Feb trip to Guatemala because I saw D-Mux with one

He said he Gorilla Glued those rubber pegs down tight and I thought of that when I read your post.

I have one now and I think the thing to do is to pre flight it once in a while to make sure everything is tight. The only other idea is a creative tether of some kind.
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Old 05-07-2018, 12:30 PM   #3
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I got one after the Feb trip to Guatemala because I saw D-Mux with one

He said he Gorilla Glued those rubber pegs down tight and I thought of that when I read your post.

I have one now and I think the thing to do is to pre flight it once in a while to make sure everything is tight. The only other idea is a creative tether of some kind.
+1 to the gorilla glue the pegs on idea. Mine pop off so often I've just gotten used to preflighting them as you mention, and using the rubber band girdle also. I use the X-Grip on the DR650 and without the girdle the phone would bounce out eventually (less an issue on the FJR.)

A nice design choice is that you can pass a charging cable through the R on the ram mount girdle, and it keeps the girdle oriented as well as the cable in convenient proximity.

RIP your Pixel 2, Jasen.
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Old 05-07-2018, 12:52 PM   #4
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Re: RAM X-Mount Warning

Thanks for the heads up. Just got one for the AT last week. Came with the tether. It's been to me so far.
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Old 05-07-2018, 01:07 PM   #5
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Tip, if you are going to use gorilla glue, please be sure you buy the non-foaming kind, or it'll be all over the place. I'm so happy to have found the non foaming kind a few months ago because the normal stuff can make a mess.
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Old 05-07-2018, 01:52 PM   #6
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Re: RAM X-Mount Warning

For six years, I've been using the same kind of little snap thingie, for my Nuvi, that I use when it's on the dashboard of my car. There's never been a hint of popping loose. Still, I should probably get one of those little string lanyards & glue it on for safety.
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Old 05-07-2018, 02:25 PM   #7
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For six years, I've been using the same kind of little snap thingie, for my Nuvi, that I use when it's on the dashboard of my car. There's never been a hint of popping loose. Still, I should probably get one of those little string lanyards & glue it on for safety.
It's when you think "Man, this thing rocks, I've NEVER had any trouble with it!"

In fact this morning I was thinking of ordering another for the other bike.
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I just noticed a lanyard I ordered last fall. Think I'll glue it onto the GPS before I leave for AZ on Friday.
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Old 05-07-2018, 04:35 PM   #9
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Re: RAM X-Mount Warning



I use that, a $15 Schwinn bicycle smartphone mount. I have it clamped to the left side of the handle bar behind a windshield. About once every 2 months I have to tighten it down because it likes to vibrate loose, but it gives me plenty of warning when it's time to get it a few good turns.
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Re: RAM X-Mount Warning

First thing I wondered when I read the original post, "wonder if he had glued the rubber feet on?"

Mine are glued and I use the rubber tether thingie. i will endeavor to make it a habit to check those rubber feet!
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Old 05-07-2018, 11:32 PM   #11
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Re: RAM X-Mount Warning

I had one of the rubber posts go missing on my last trip, I was using the tether so my phone stayed put thankfully. When I ordered replacement posts they came with super glue, so I took the hint and glued all 4 of them on.

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Does the tether negate the need for the glue?
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Old 05-08-2018, 07:18 AM   #13
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Re: RAM X-Mount Warning

Perfect squeeze

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Old 05-08-2018, 07:31 AM   #14
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Perfect squeeze
Ditto. Well engineered. I used it on our Continental Divide Ride last year and my phone never moved even when we took the wrong route for big bikes and bounced all over big rocks for half a day. Might have been a couple of low speed drops too.
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Re: RAM X-Mount Warning

I'm afraid to ask how much that costs...
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I'm afraid to ask how much that costs...
http://www.hondogarage.com/index.php...ze-phone-mount

How much did that phone cost?
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I'm afraid to ask how much that costs...
Less than your phone.

http://www.hondogarage.com/index.php...ze-phone-mount

10% discount to ADV members. Use discount code "advrider"


http://advrider.com/index.php?thread...mount.1144781/
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That's far less than the number I had in my head.
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Does the tether negate the need for the glue?
No, the caps will still pop off and get lost without it, reducing the functionality of the X-Grip.
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That's a neat phone mount. It bothers me that they charge a price for the cradle and then if you want to actually use the cradle it is another charge for the items to mount it to the bike. A bit over $100 with the advrider code.
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