[GUIDE] Windshield mount for CDMA Hero (lots of pics)
Jealous of the Droid users with their custom windshield mounts? Currently, I have not seen any aftermarket windshield mounts that are specifically for the CDMA Hero. Want to make one for around $8.50? It's not that hard, and only takes about 20 minutes of your time. Here's how:
Custom belt clip holder for CDMA Hero + Some sort of windshield mount.
I picked a windshield mount for a Garmin 200, which worked out well for me. This cost me $4.39 including shipping from HK, from eBay seller 'metapark'. Then I purchased the belt clip from eBay seller 'mobilesandpdas' for $3.89 including shipping from Ohio.
1. First thing you're going to want to do is pop the pin out of the belt clip
to take it apart.
2. Then remove the rest of the clip using a drill and a 3/16" drill bit
. Go slow! It should only take a few turns and the rest should come right off
. Then you can take the rest of the mechanism and toss it
3. Now we want to remove the round part where that mechanism was previously connected, in order to make the back of the clip flat. At first I tried a hacksaw
, but it looked like it was going to tear up the back of the holder, so instead I used some wire cutters. Clip the semi-circle of plastic and the center pin
4. Now to get it perfectly flush, you're also going to need to sand or grind it down a bit too. It should look like this
when you're done.
5. Next take the mount for the Garmin 200, and remove the portions that extend forward
to grab the Garmin. Use a hacksaw for this, and then sand it a little to smooth it up and make it look nice. You'll end up with a flat piece
6. Use some sand paper to scuff up where the two pieces will be glued together, to make sure they get secured well by the glue. Spread some epoxy (I used some 5-minute stuff) thinly on the areas where they will contact. Make sure not to get any into the socket where the ball of the rest of the mount sits. I also filled the little valley with epoxy just to make it flush.
7. Let dry (I waited 15-25 minutes) and enjoy the new mount.
Finished product: [Front], [Rear]
Note: I know the final pics aren't that great, but it does really look great. No one is going to tell it isn't factory unless they're really looking closely. Some of the epoxy I slopped around where I didn't want it, I removed after about 5 minutes by scraping it lightly with a straight screwdriver. (wait for it to set up, or you're just going to spread it around)
By the way: This mount holds the phone very steadily, it doesn't shake or rattle in anyway at all. Another nice thing is that you can swivel the phone sideways for landscape GPS nav.
Check out how davide169 made his mount in this thread
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