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Unread 11-20-2006, 12:43 PM   #1
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Dash Mounted Video Camera

It's pretty easy, just a 3/8" bolt & nut, 2 large washers, 3 rubber washers, cheap ball head camera mount (cheap on ebay), and a video camera.

Take out the center dash cover, drill a 3/8" hole in it, put in the bolt, washers, and nut, screw on the ball head, and attach camera.

I have a video of a trip around the block, but I'm having issues with google video right now.

edit: after some use I've thought about using a locknut instead to keep the bolt from spinning, I first thought that if I tightened it well enough it wouldn't spin but I'm afraid of tightening it too much and breaking the plastic.

edit: my HDD camera complains of too much vibration. It wouldn't be a problem with a tape or solid-state digital video camera.

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Unread 11-20-2006, 02:18 PM   #2
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very cool.

try youtube for the video. much easier and faster.
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i love that CB mounting location, got any more pix of that setup?

oh and very nice job w/ the camera, you should add some to the underside now...give it a Xtreme 4x4 intro clip feel
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I hate people who live in Colorado. Over here that camera would be covered in mud and water thirty seconds after I hit the trail. I hate mud.

Nice set-ups, though. Any problems with windshield glare? And I'd like to see video from both.
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Looks nice but very top-heavy. You may find that one good jolt and it's going to rip a hole in your dash. Did you put a similar diameter washer on the underside?

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Looks nice but very top-heavy. You may find that one good jolt and it's going to rip a hole in your dash. Did you put a similar diameter washer on the underside?

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Yes, I used large washers on both sides. I also used rubber washers between the pastic of the console and the metal washers on both sides. I'll let you know how it holds up when I go wheelin' next time.
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I'll have to agree with the mud, I don't stay dry or clean when I go, I get all kinds of mud everywhere, especially with the top off. I have a lens protector on the camera, and I could slip a latex glove over the camera to protect the it.
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i love that CB mounting location, got any more pix of that setup?
Yeah, I was searching around on the forum for cb setups and very few people have that setup, but I liked it and did it. I don't have any pics of it under the black cover, but I should really do that. Here's a couple pics.



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oh and very nice job w/ the camera, you should add some to the underside now...give it a Xtreme 4x4 intro clip feel
Like I said above, mud. But it would be cool.
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Unread 11-21-2006, 11:42 AM   #10
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I just got a gps and a cam corder mount from these guys http://www.ram-mount.com/ I could not find a order page for them, so i went to www.gpszone.com and got them
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Thanks Pollo-------looks good!
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I just got a gps and a cam corder mount from these guys http://www.ram-mount.com/ I could not find a order page for them, so i went to www.gpszone.com and got them

This is how I mounted my GPS, but the arm for my video camera just clamps onto that other ball mount and the arm sits vertical. Simple.

The arm is from http://www.rockhard4x4parts.com/acce...s-bracket.html and the mounting stuff comes from http://www.expressmounts.com/

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Decided to make a window mount today. Used the aluminum glass handler suction mount from Harbor freight, bout 7 bucks, a little alum angle and alum flat, screwed together.

The weather today wasn't too great, camera didn't focus as well as I wanted in places, not enough light I assume. It does great on a sunny day.

But the mount worked well I think. When I slowed down it performed better, which is how I intend to use it, for trail vids and such.

Easy to attach, take off, adjust. Don't think it will come off the window untill you want it to.

test vid..usin a canon fs 200
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I just made a mount for a video camera the other day. I used a ball head mount. I took off the center console and drilled a hole right in the center of the tray. Used a 3/8 bolt and screwed the ball head on the other side and remounted the console. It works great. and put a bolt through the tray in the center and then screwed the tripod head onto that. It works Great.
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Unread 07-27-2010, 10:34 AM   #15
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Did anyone with a dash cam submit a video to "life in a day?"

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