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Old 01-02-2008, 05:38 PM
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Aftermarket GPS

where do you guys put one on an 07? Can I do a beanbag with the dashboard "box" open?
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Old 01-02-2008, 05:51 PM
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I'm using gramin nuvi270 with 'beanbag', it fits perfectly in the storage bin.
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Old 01-02-2008, 06:03 PM
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that's exactly like i pictured it would be. any trouble reading the screen, size and distance-wise?
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Old 01-02-2008, 06:11 PM
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that's exactly like i pictured it would be. any trouble reading the screen, size and distance-wise?
works pretty good with the bean bag.
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Old 01-02-2008, 06:52 PM
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that's exactly like i pictured it would be. any trouble reading the screen, size and distance-wise?
Not at all.. works just fine..
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Old 01-02-2008, 07:14 PM
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I went a different route. Bought a Proclip and "move mount" for the X3. This way it's not on the windshield or dash.

The Proclip is car specific to clip around part of the dash, (no drilling). I also have a Proclip in my Mustang and Jeep so I can move the GPS from car to car.


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Old 01-03-2008, 07:01 PM
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thanks

in its way, it's neater than the pop-open box, but you lose the air flow out that vent. gotta think about it. it's close.
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Old 01-03-2008, 08:30 PM
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We used a Nuvi 650 on the glass in the center w no problem. I saw several folks mounting them on the glass on the LH side of the dash.
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Old 01-03-2008, 11:01 PM
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We used a Nuvi 650 on the glass in the center w no problem. I saw several folks mounting them on the glass on the LH side of the dash.
It's illegal in California to mount them on the windshield.
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Old 01-04-2008, 09:45 AM
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Did you route power supply to center bin

I want to route a power supply from the glove box power supply to the center bin but can not find an easy way to route the cable.
Any ideas?
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Old 01-04-2008, 09:49 AM
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Illegal to mount on glass in CA. I didn't know that.

Search is your friend - there was an extensive thread with many postings including DIY hardwire from the center dash compartment.
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Old 01-04-2008, 03:12 PM
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can I Close the Storage Bin

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I'm using gramin nuvi270 with 'beanbag', it fits perfectly in the storage bin.
with the beanbag inside? How about closing it with the garmin laying flat atop the beanbag?
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Old 01-04-2008, 03:19 PM
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in its way, it's neater than the pop-open box, but you lose the air flow out that vent. gotta think about it. it's close.
It's not flat against the vent. Air will come out, but in my wifes case, she doesn't want the air blowing directly on her anyway.
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Old 01-04-2008, 03:50 PM
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I put our Garmin on its slim leather case inside the centre console storage box, so it looks like its factory installed.
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Old 01-04-2008, 05:00 PM
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with the beanbag inside? How about closing it with the garmin laying flat atop the beanbag?
I keep the beanbag in storage bin with lid closed and place head unit in center console under armrest.
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Old 01-04-2008, 05:05 PM
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what's the head unit?
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Old 01-04-2008, 05:25 PM
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I meant nav unit + mounting arm..
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Old 01-04-2008, 06:02 PM
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sounds good. easy to slide on and off the base?
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Old 01-04-2008, 07:29 PM
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iSticky pad

http://www.handstands.com/retail/ipo...sticky-pad.php

My kid does not have the flip-up nav hatch in her X3, so she had been using the windshield
suction cup mount with her Nuvi 350.

But, since the suction cup tends to fall off at very low temperatures, she is now trying out
the iSticky pad. It just lays on the dash and won't slide off. (tacky stuff).
The suction cup mount attaches to the iSticky just fine. Got it at Bestbuy.
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Old 01-05-2008, 08:03 AM
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leaning toward pro-clip

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I went a different route. Bought a Proclip and "move mount" for the X3. This way it's not on the windshield or dash.

The Proclip is car specific to clip around part of the dash, (no drilling). I also have a Proclip in my Mustang and Jeep so I can move the GPS from car to car.


Disclosure: I'm not affiliated in anyway with Proclip.

Any questions please ask.
I like how I wouldn't have to reach forward to hit the screen, and the screen itself is closer to see.
Was wondering. How close is the gps to the steering wheel does it sit? Do your right knuuckles hit the gps coming off the steering wheel to do other tasks? Maybe put the clip over the passenger vent?
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Old 01-05-2008, 11:42 AM
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Here's a side mounted shot. At least 6 inches away from my hands on the steering wheel.

Not sure if it could be mounted on the passenger side as the mount clips are curved for the drivers side, but you could try.
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Old 01-06-2008, 12:32 AM
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I have a Garmin nuvi 680 and ordered the proclip too. But I ordered the lower location version, mounts close to power source. proclipusa.com for pics.
Will report back when I get it.
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Old 01-06-2008, 07:10 AM
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I have a Garmin nuvi 680 and ordered the proclip too. But I ordered the lower location version, mounts close to power source. proclipusa.com for pics.
Will report back when I get it.
I saw that on their website, but didn't want to have to look down when needed.

Lets us know how it works for you.
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Old 01-06-2008, 10:43 AM
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wound up doing the murmur beanbag method with a garmin 260. awesome to be part of this consumer craze.
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Old 01-07-2008, 07:39 PM
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Not sure where the power connector is plugged to the nav on MPBX3's picture. The proclip that attached to air vent might not be a good idea for garmin/nuvi since the power connector is plugged into the back of the nav.
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