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Beerbellybill999
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 16, 2006 10:31 am    Post subject: How is your i3 mounted? Reply with quote

I have mounted my i3 on a mount using one of Mr G's ball's and a piece of fuel pipe. Here are the results! When the unit is off you can hardly see the mount from outside and even then i doubt a thief will know what it is for. What do you think?




Does anyone have any picks of there own methods?
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 16, 2006 10:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

About a third of the way down this page...

http://www.pocketgpsworld.com/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=34774&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=75
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 16, 2006 3:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PaulB2005 wrote:
About a third of the way down this page...

http://www.pocketgpsworld.com/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=34774&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=75


NICE ONE! Very discrete,and no ring mark as would be left by the Garmin mount.(so less visible to thief's)
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 16, 2006 4:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You asked, so I'll tell !
In itself the mount is fine, but from my experience of using I3's the positioning is cr 1 p unless you use an external aerial.
You are likely to lose the signal expecially in built up areas, also the positioning puts the unit way out of your line of sight for when you need a quick look at the screen.
We get far better results to the right of the steering wheel centre, that puts the i3's aerial nearer the roads centre giving clear views to satellites when you have high buildings to the side of the road. Confused
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 16, 2006 9:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PaulB2005 wrote:
About a third of the way down this page...

http://www.pocketgpsworld.com/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=34774&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=75



Rats! I can't see the pix at all - just some place-markers. And they're no longer on the original site apparently....any chance of re-posting 'em?
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 16, 2006 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 16, 2006 11:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Ash - I was wondering if http://www.pocketgpsworld.com/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=34774&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=75
would get me salivating but I can't see squat there.... Sad
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 17, 2006 1:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Rats! I can't see the pix at all - just some place-markers. And they're no longer on the original site apparently....any chance of re-posting 'em?


Still there for me and i guess Beerbellybill999 can see them too.

Try a Browser Cache refresh (Load the page then CTRL and F5)
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 17, 2006 1:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

cantgetlost wrote:
You asked, so I'll tell !
In itself the mount is fine, but from my experience of using I3's the positioning is cr 1 p unless you use an external aerial.
You are likely to lose the signal expecially in built up areas, also the positioning puts the unit way out of your line of sight for when you need a quick look at the screen.
We get far better results to the right of the steering wheel centre, that puts the i3's aerial nearer the roads centre giving clear views to satellites when you have high buildings to the side of the road. Confused


Works fine for me! I get full signal most of the time and it's been there for 6 months. I can't remember the last time it lost a signal. I have no external antena. I guess it just depends on the car! The BMW Coupe has a extremely raked screen which goes behond the i3 itself and has a central and clear view of the satelites. Does yours have a heat reflective windsreen? The downside of puting it near the A pillar is that you are placing it near a metal object which in itself could affect the signal without an antena

Yes ,it is slighty of your line of sight but i mostly use the voice with the ocasional glance at the screen.

The plus side of the positioning is that when i want to use extenal power the cigar lighter is just below and my Tesco V3 charger with curly looks very neat! It is also easy to use the controls(not when driving of course)
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 17, 2006 11:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

PaulB2005 wrote:
Still there for me and i guess Beerbellybill999 can see them too.

Try a Browser Cache refresh (Load the page then CTRL and F5)


Nah - still nothing. The original images are no longer on the site linked to (http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h7/dilphoto/pic-6.jpg), for example, so I guess I'm just out of luck.... Sad

The ones on page 5 show up fine - Dilwyn must have taken the others down.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 17, 2006 12:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I actually now use a nuvi most of the time but have 3 X i3 as well.
I'm well aware of heated windscreen problems though. I've lent an I3 to my brother and a friend for navigating into and around London when visiting.
I had a call from Bro as he was going around in circles with the I3 constantly telling him to take U turns etc. He'd attached the I3 to central airvent mobile phone mount, he was ok getting along the M4 until he got into heavy traffic and the high city buildings.
After he moved it just to right of the steering wheel centre his problems were solved. My friend from OZ also had the same problem in his hire car.
When my wife use her 206 she's had the same problem driving in city environment. Also a friend went around in circles in Leeds city centre between high buildings in his Toyota. using a similiar central mounting point.
Keeping Satnav away from the side of the A pillar but to right of steering wheel centre so it gets a view of the satellite past the pillar is we've found the best for all round results and it gives a clearer view to satellites when you are between high buidings.
The metal Pillar will not degrade the signal as satnav signal needs line of sight, its not the same as a radio signal but some window coatings can block the signal.

Your mounting LOOKS VERY NEAT BBB999 but if you get some strange routing in a city or high side valley it might be the problem and from experience it is not the ideal position in a lot of other vehicles and could cause problems for those just purchasing a Satnav
8) Cheers
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 12, 2008 10:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Website is back up at http://www.mounts.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/

Anyone after the 17mm plastic balls, register your interest as I'll be churnng these out again early in 2009.
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