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How have you done yours? What's the most slick way to do it?
 

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I would be curious to see how others have done it as well. I saw another thread on her asking a similar question only for a different phone.

It seems as though RAM mounts has quite a few options.
 

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iPhone? The wife's iPhone annoys me to no end, too many alerts she says she needs. So, what I found worked great for me but, not for her, I wedged it in the tread of my rear tire, it didn't stay there very long but man, is it ever quiet now!
 

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Mine stays in my back pocket, or if I'm on a long roadtrip, it sits on the left side of the console, under the emergency brake. I use it for Google Maps on roadtrips, but I only need to glance at it every hour or so, and then I just grab and hold it at eye level, take a quick glance, and set it back down. So, yeah ... I got nothing. :p

iPhone? The wife's iPhone annoys me to no end, too many alerts she says she needs. So, what I found worked great for me but, not for her, I wedged it in the tread of my rear tire, it didn't stay there very long but man, is it ever quiet now!
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Not an iPhone, but I took the base off of an old Garmin mount and bolted it to the top of my dash:



However, I ended up using the clip part off of a universal-type windshield mount (rather than the Garmin one) after switching cases on my phone as the aluminum case I originally had interferes with NFC:



[edit] Works great for recording as well:
 

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Velcro, since I have it in a case. Easy and inconspicuous... I can just toss it up there and be on my way. Faces me while driving for GPS purposes. Velcro always wins!
 

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Ram Mount parts

We use a combination of mounts in the jeep. We have a handlebar rail mount on our Welcome Distributing grab handle. We also have a universal no-drill seat mount on the passenger seat. Either of these mounts will work with the Xgrip series holders for the iPhone/iPad. We have one of each. We typically mount the phone on the grab handle and the iPad on the seat mount, just for better visibility. The iPad would be a heck of an additional blind spot in the windshield.

Both mounts are swivels, so you can angle them to your exact liking. The iPhone mount was steady enough that Mike was able to capture video out on the trail in Hurricane Creek in North Carolina. He posted the video on the forum somewhere, but I don't remember where. If you search for WhiskeyMike Hurricane Creek, you should find it. It didn't bounce around very much at all. The iPad, being so much heavier, does wobble a bit on the floor seat mount, but nothing that you can't live with. When I am in the passenger seat, I just rest my leg on the mount and it doesn't move any more, and its not uncomfortable.

They are all marine grade parts, so they should wear/last a while. My father has used Ram Mount products on his motorcycles for years and he's never had a problem with them.

One caveat: the Xgrip mounts aren't limited to iPhones or iPads. You can use them on different devices within a certain size range, with or without cases.

Here are the links to the parts we've used from Ram's website. But check both Amazon and eBay for the best price when you are ready to purchase.



RAM POD I Universal No-Drill

RAM Cradle Holder - Universal X-Grip

RAM X-Grip™ 10" Tablet Mounts

RAM Handlebar Rail Mount with Zinc Coated U-Bolt Base & Round Base Adapter that Contains a 1/4"-20 Thread for Cameras
 

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We use a combination of mounts in the jeep. We have a handlebar rail mount on our Welcome Distributing grab handle. We also have a universal no-drill seat mount on the passenger seat. Either of these mounts will work with the Xgrip series holders for the iPhone/iPad. We have one of each. We typically mount the phone on the grab handle and the iPad on the seat mount, just for better visibility. The iPad would be a heck of an additional blind spot in the windshield.

Both mounts are swivels, so you can angle them to your exact liking. The iPhone mount was steady enough that Mike was able to capture video out on the trail in Hurricane Creek in North Carolina. He posted the video on the forum somewhere, but I don't remember where. If you search for WhiskeyMike Hurricane Creek, you should find it. It didn't bounce around very much at all. The iPad, being so much heavier, does wobble a bit on the floor seat mount, but nothing that you can't live with. When I am in the passenger seat, I just rest my leg on the mount and it doesn't move any more, and its not uncomfortable.

They are all marine grade parts, so they should wear/last a while. My father has used Ram Mount products on his motorcycles for years and he's never had a problem with them.

One caveat: the Xgrip mounts aren't limited to iPhones or iPads. You can use them on different devices within a certain size range, with or without cases.

Here are the links to the parts we've used from Ram's website. But check both Amazon and eBay for the best price when you are ready to purchase.



RAM POD I Universal No-Drill

RAM Cradle Holder - Universal X-Grip

RAM X-Grip™ 10" Tablet Mounts

RAM Handlebar Rail Mount with Zinc Coated U-Bolt Base & Round Base Adapter that Contains a 1/4"-20 Thread for Cameras
I'm sorry I'm having a little trouble figuring out which would be the cleanest setup for a Jeep. Seems a few of those are for motorcycles too.

If you were going to hook up your iPhone in the Jeep which would you choose or is it a combination?

Which would I select if I wanted to put it in the little tray Wrangler have on dashboard in middle? The passenger one looks interesting...

Then I buy a mount for iPhone to go with the mount spot?
 

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Cheapest, easiest, cleanest is the mount on the grab handle, if you have one. Yes, we did use a motorcycle handlebar mount, but it fits perfectly on the Welcome Distributing grab handle we have.

Each mount needs a cradle. We bought two mounts and two cradles (one iPhone, one iPad) so that we can use both mounts simultaneously. But both cradles fit on both mounts. Does that make sense?

We use both mounts, for different reasons. iPhone in the windshield for pictures and video. iPad on the seat mount running MotionX GPS for trail logging. Whether you need/want/use two is completely up to you. I was just trying to give both options, people can choose what they like and discard the rest. :)

I am not sure about using the mount in the tray. I've never seen one in person and we went with the Ram Mount before we heard about the tray solution. It may be a perfectly good substitute. I do think I read in another thread that the ball in the tray mount was an off size, but I don't remember exactly what was said...

I hope this answered your questions a little better, without confusing it even more.
 

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iOttie

$20 IOTTIE MOUNT
LINK->Amazon.com: iOttie One-Touch Windshield Dashboard Car Mount Holder

This mount has been working pretty good for me. It's all plastic construction. The way it grabs and releases your phone is really quick and effortless. It works well with the beefy "Otter Box Defender" case. Without a case, or small ones, the phone vibrates a bit more. The vibration isn't terrible but it's there. It's almost totally from the suction cup part of the mount. Small type on a map can be hard to make out. I've never had an issue navigating in strange areas though. You can wedge a glove under it and it smooths it out, though I never do that.

Here is something quick I threw together to show how well it works, and where I mounted it.
iOttie Car Mount - iPhone 5 with Otterbox Defender Case - YouTube
This is a video off-road.
Go Topless Day - Badlands - 2013 MJC (Part 1) - YouTube
It fell off after of being stuck on for about a year on that trip. There is a picture on amazon where it shows that it left a mark on someones car. It didn't do that with the Jeep. I don't use it all that often, but it's there when I need it.

There is a Daystar Mount for 2011+ JK's that I'm wanting to try out. It seems like the base would be more secure. There is a thread that shows it off a few post down. http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/daystar-dash-top-console-210321.html

I picked up the 2011+ Daystar Dash panel. It seemed ideal for a phone, so I searched for a 17mm ball joint phone cradle. I ended up going with this because it was fairly cheap for an "experiment".

The install of the panel was easy as pie, and it doesn't seem to interfere with my compass when a device it mounted on it. Without anything mounted on it, it simply sections each depression, creating 4 smaller compartments. The actual ball mount can be removed and the mat still used if you should opt for a different device mount in the future.



The clip I bought fits perfectly on the Garmin ball joint. The tightening ring allows you to get it pretty rigid. While it only opens up to 5", it holds my Nokia Lumia very firmly. without any play in the ball joint.



The clip seems to take up a lot of the storage "area" in the tray. I can no longer easily store my sunglasses here, but I have a visor clip for those anyway.



Since I was taking the photos with my phone, I had to use a small case I had in the Jeep this morning. For reference, it measures 6.5" L, 2.5" W and 2" deep. The clip holds it up very well, considering it's twice the weight of my phone. It also demonstrates the clip's versatility to hold a wide range of device dimensions.



When I mount my phone here, it's pretty perfect in a landscape orientation. In the portrait position, I can just barely interact with the nav buttons at the bottom. Using Windows Phone, the interface doesn't flip to match the orientation of the phone, but most apps do so, that's how I usually position it. The clip doesn't hit any of the side buttons, which is a plus. It does provide a perfect placement to take video. Unfortunately, it vibrates bad enough on pavement to make you sick to watch it... so trail vids are out of the question. I plan on attempting a few things to mitigate the vibration but, if I can't, I'll have to find another solution.
 
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