I first purchased the Vector Off road Full Width Dock as a solution to hold many of the devices I owned, it's one of my favorite interior mods. Shortly after I purchased a bunch of ram mounts which worked nicely but didn't offer the range of motion I wanted. Checking out 67 design, I finally pulled the trigger on replacing my Ram Mounts for 67 Design mounts & arms.
The first thing I noticed is that unlike Ram mount, 67 Design offers increased articulation. You're able to rotate both ends of clamps where as Ram arms are a fIxed arm which only adjust from ball mounts that are attached. The second thing I notice is there's almost no play in the 67 design arms and ball. Ram mounts which uses rubber balls would tend to have some play even when tighten fully and would often cause rattling. The 67 design ball is made from metal for strength with a semi-gloss black finish allowing for a strurdy hold.
If you compare the two images, you might not notice much of a difference at first glance but being behind the wheel you'll notice a few things. 1. The improved visibility from not having the Inreach & sPOD screen blocking much of lower and upper windshield when using 67 design arms. 2. The orignal location of my screen hindered my use of the visor when I was using Ram Mounts.
Another must have was the 67 Design Universal Mount, I ditched the Ram X Grip style to this easier to use mount. This solution offers:
- 360 degrees rotation on the 20mm ball for portrait or landscape orientation - or any place in between.
- Simple one handed operation - not buttons to open or release the device. Just push one side away and move the phone back.
- The side arms are curved so the phone is pushed to the back grip material.
- Perfect for the iPhone 6 or iPhone 7 or iPhone 8 or iPhone X size devices.
If I tried to remove my iphone with one handed with the X Grip my phone would for sure end up on the floor. The arms and swivel style ball clamps allows for better articulation of the universal phone mount, so I'm able to relocate my iphone at a lower angle away from the sun and not obstructing my view of the road.
So far I'm happy with my purchase, it doesn't hurt that these 67 Design arms and mounts look just as good as they work. Let me know what you think. I know this set up isn't for everyone and some my cringe at the sight of so much stuff on my dash. Personally I don't mind it, I find it useful to be able to have what I need in plain sight without taking my eyes off the road.
I also took this opportunity to replace my rear view mirror with a rear view camera since the visibility through my rear window is almost none at all. I set up this camera system as a Rear view camera as opposed to a backup camera that is only on when in reverse. I always have a view of my surroundings both day and night. The monitor only receives power when the vehicle is on and shuts off when keys are removed.
To run this similar setup I combined Ram Mirror Mate and 67 designs Small Arm with Dam Adapter. The monitor I'm running is called ZeroXClub ,I purchased it off of Amazon It had great reviews, the wireless option having 103+ reviews at 4.5 stars but I Opt for the wired version. So far I'm happy with the results but still going to fine tune the setup before I'd suggest anyone purchasing one. If you do chose to purchase this product, I'd say do your own research to see what work best for you. I did some research and most monitor system on the market are being sold for $350-500+ for a very similar setup. I figured for $150.00 it was worth a try, also the seller has a 30-Day Money-Back Guarantee, 12-Month Replacement Warranty, and Lifetime Support. I'll be sure to update this post with better Hi-Quality images shortly.
My rear camera is currently mounted on Baja Design RTL-M LED Light Bar Spare Tire Mount Kit. This is a Temporary mounting solution as I plan to mount the camera on top of my Ursa Minor Camper. For better visibility as both rear camera and when reversing.
*UPDATED as of 5/22/18 AFTER SOME TESTING*
Since installation, I have made some changes to my load out. I removed the Ram Mirror Mate due to fact that it was not as sturdy as I'd hoped. I wouldn't recommend using the mirror mate if you do any kind of off-road driving as the monitor is to heavy to be held by Mirror Mate and rubberized ball mounts caused vibrations which led to my monitor falling. It would probably be best for normal light use but if taken off trail you might experience some issues. I replaced it with the 67 Designs suction cup with a Small CF arm with a T-Track ball base that attaches to the monitor. The hardware ( screw and T-nut) was bought at local store.
This 67 Design suction cup mount also allowed me to raise the height of my monitor, higher up increasing my visibility and giving it a much cleaner and simplistic look. Besides it looking good its feel much more solid than before no wiggle room or vibrations from the 67 Arms or ball mounts.
Here's a Before & After shot of my Interior Setup
After some more tweaking I swapped out the Small 67 Design arm that held my monitor for the Medium, this allowed me to bring the monitor to the highest point and giving me better visibility out of my windshield. I also relocated my sPOD Touch Screen to my headliner with a Little Ball pack for flat surfaces and Small Carbon fiber arm from 67 Design. Its nice to have the sPod in arms reach but not in the way of my windshield. I'm always trying to improve my setup and figure out what works best for me. I just received the Magellan TRX7, so I 'm swapping out my Ipad to see how well the TRX7 works in comparison.
I'm much happier with this setup and how it functions. The total cost of this Rear view monitor and mounting solution was $204.74 which is still cheaper than most setups on the market. If you have any questions feel free to send them over! I took screen shot of my cart which include items needed to duplicate my screen mount. Visit www.67d.com to find what works for you. Thanks again