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Old 05-01-2007, 08:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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USA Suction cups and the windshield's black dots...

I want to mount my radar detector above and to the left of the rear view mirror which requires that the suction cups of the radar detector mount be placed on the black dots on the windshield in that area. Since the dots are on the surface, the suction cups on the mount do not seal and stick to the windshield. As discussed in a previous post, someone else used a product called SEAL-ALL to accomplish this. In my first and only attempt, SEAL-ALL did adhere the suctions cups to the dots, but not nearly as tight as it needed to be which left the detector move around and droop too much. Luckily, the SEAL-ALL peeled very easily off the windshield.

Does anyone know of a different glue-type product that may work better?

Would tinting over the the area of the windshield that encompasses the dots provide a tight seal for the suction cups themselves?

If I take the suction cups off the mount, it leaves a flat metal surface approximately 1" x 2" in dimension. Could this flat metal surface then be mounted to the windshield using some sort of glue-type product? If so, any suggestions?
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Old 05-01-2007, 08:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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My truck has a strip of tent on then interior of the windshield. My GPS suction cup pulled the tint off after sitting in the sun. Get a small piece of plexi-glass and some red 3M double sided tape. My GPS has been up there for several months and hasn't budged. That red 3m tape is AMAZING.

Just an idea.
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Can you tell me where that tape is available retail?
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Old 05-01-2007, 09:37 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Can you tell me where that tape is available retail?
hardware store or auto parts store, either one will carry the 3m red tape. In the automotive store it'll cost more and be labeled under 3m molding tape, at the hardware store it'll be called 3m mounting tape and alittle cheaper but is the exact same thing.
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Those dots will inhibit laser detection in my experience.
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I have strip of tint covering the dots & my scan guage mounted there with suction cups ... right over the dots and it sticks like glue. It actually holds better than directly on glass. I'd try using the layer of tint before enything else. If the tint doesn't work, you still have a sun visor.
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I use a Whistler brand radar detector, and it clips to the visor. Unfortunately, the Tacoma sun visor is the thickest visor known to man, so I had to 'engineer' a clip that was wide enough to clip onto that huge visor.
I've wondered why Toyota made the visors SO thick?
The visor clip keeps the detector down out of the dots on the windshield so that it shouldn't have any interference with picking up signals.
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Old 05-02-2007, 07:37 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Found the red 3m doublesided tape at AutoZone today....gonna fashion up a mount and use the tape to mount it, hopefully by the weekend. Thanks for the help. I'll post some pics when it's done.
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Good luck! It must be the weight of my GPS... I have the factory tint up there over the dots, but it fell off on a warmer day. After it fell off I saw that the tint had pulled away in the place where the suction cup was. After about an hour the tint went back to normal.
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Here are pics of my install. I used a piece of approximately 1/16" thick black plastic and shaped to the desired shape using a bench grinder and then finishing it off with light sandpaper. Then I backed it using the red doublesided 3M tape. It's on there very, very tight.







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Old 05-08-2007, 06:51 PM   #11 (permalink)
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thats exactly why I like modding my own truck, its those kind of small details only you would know about your truck, oh and the pride in having done it all yourself
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Old 05-08-2007, 10:06 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Looks pretty good...nice work on the fab of the plastic mount.
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Nice work on the mount!!
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Old 05-11-2007, 01:52 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Just FYI to you guys who mount the detectors up high, you'll have next to none laser detection.

The beam is less than 40 inches wide/high when he's clocking you, and he's shooting at your license plate and/or headlights, so the chances of it hitting your detector are very slim.

Now on the same note, even if you have it mounted low and it picks up the laser, when you get that laser warning, you're already screwed because he's getting your speed right then and there.

So either way he's got you, just one way you know about it, and one way you don't. :P

Unless of course you get a laser shifter, then it's all good regardless!

You'll also get degraded performance on other radar bands if it's behind those dots or behind that strip of window tint at the top if you have it.
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