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Hi everyone. Got bored this past weekend so went through with making a phone mount I've been contemplating doing for a while now. I use my bike for day to day riding, no stunting or track racing. I know people out there are against media on bikes and whatnot but everyones different. I decided to make a fiberglass pod that fits in the indent on the tank cover for my Motorola Droid 2. When in the dock it goes into car mode and has music favorite contacts and GPS at a touch or two away. I plan on adding speakers soon as well. Here are some pics.

Taped off the area to mold, plastic covered the rest to prevent any spills touching the paint or anything else
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Next I used a sharpy to draw a line where I want the mold to go to..
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Then used any type of polish to cover the tape area, helps prevent resin from getting under tape but acts as a releasing agent when it drys.
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Next I mixed some resin, and tore the fiberglass mat into small pieces, between 1 and 3 inches wide and long about. Then applied resin to the tank and 2 layers of fiberglass.
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Once the top is dried and is still somewhat flexible I removed the part.
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Key to getting it off before it drys is you can cut along the sharpy line the resin absorbs with a razor blade. Cant be done easily if you let it dry all the way. So next I cut along the line to get the rough shape of the tank.
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After that I let the piece dry fully, then gave it a light sanding on the edges. Now have a mold to the tank cover.
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Now came the fun part. This is my phone mount.
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I opened it up and drilled the 2 holes next to each other in the center.
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I then put 2 screws I would use to mount it in the end through the holes with wing nuts on the back..
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Propped up the phone dock how I felt was a decent angle.



Secured JUST the wing nuts in place with some sticks to prop and hot glue.


After removing the screws and dock so just the wingnuts showed. I then threaded in some screws to keep the threads clean. And used a fiberglass reinforced body filler to secure the wing nuts in place.


Then I secured the dock back in place to the new secured wing nuts. I actually went with pipe cleaners on this because of there being so many angles and small lengths, it seemed to work really well. I used more small diameter wood dowels and pipe cleaner to outline the phone dock.


After removing the phone dock i glued fabric from the edges of the fiberglass mold to the pipe cleaners and wood. Looks a little sloppy :/


I then fiber glassed over the fabric with 2 layers of fiberglass. Something I learned while working with fiberglass that helps in the finishing stage is to be very generous with the resin over the final layer of fiberglass chop mat. It makes it a lot easier to sand.


Again when it was partially dry I cut the edges with a razor blade so I had to sand less when it cured fully. After it cured the sanding began. Don't even bother trying to do it by hand, it's not worth it. Find someone with an electric or air sander.


very rough fit..


After lots of sanding to get it to the rough shape I wanted I gave her a coat of bondo and did a quick sand. Then gave a rough outline of the phone dock to dremel out and get the opening back big enough to fit the dock.
 

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Forgot the camera between opening the hole and the next step, but is the same process I did in later photos to fit the piece to the tank. Taped off the phone charger, secured it to the piece, then filled the gap between the fiberglass and the phone charger with bondo.


Then before it hardens all the way used a razor around the edge of the phone dock and pulled the dock out revealing a perfect fit.


Same process with the tank, taped it all off, secured the piece to the tank cover..


Then filled it


Once it was dry I pulled it from the tank and had some minor sanding to do to get the lines straight.


After the final sanding and fit, hung it up for primer.


Couple of heavy coats of primer/filler for any sanding marks left behind.


While the primer was drying ran the power wire and an audio wire for a later project to add an amp and speakers.


One more mock up before final paint
 

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andddd finally, after paint!






Like I said I know I've read threads about speakers and phone mounts and stuff. I don't care about the added weight or any of that. Wanted somewhere to mount my phone that would look good and I like how it came out. Hopefully you guys enjoyed my first real write up on here. Look for more to come soon! Enjoy and safe riding everyone.
 

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nice work. the first few pictures made me think "oo noo" but the finished product looks really good. you got skillz man. but i dont know about the speakers tho, maybe just get a helmet with blue tooth speakers or just stick some in your helmet yourself. how does it stay on the tank?? did you drill holes threw the tank cover to run the power wires or does the device just run on battery??
 

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I mounted speakers to my friends 1000rr last summer. Im have a couple ideas in mind if they dont work out i will probally stick with headphones

Riot. I used 3 strips of 3M double sided foam tape, which alone should hold it. But I used a 10mm bolt and washer through the inside behind the phone mount and through the tank cover, there is a good amount of room under the cover just in front of the tank itself. Had her up in the 90 mph range today and she didn't budge :thumbup:
 

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How sturdy is the Moto harness? Does the phone just clip in lightly or does it hold it tight? I'd be worried about the phone popping out of that after hitting a pothole or something.
 

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RR, I did drill holes through the tank cover. I really thought about it and really have no intentions ever to sell the bike. And I can always make something else to sit in there to cover the holes if I change my mind.

BMRR, the phones in there really good. First it's a tight fit to slide in alone and I would trust that. And in this picture you can see the part that isnt taped off is a clip that folds up to allow you to slide the phone in that locks down so the phone cannot come out.

You can also see it in the last picture but is more clear here.


and slim.. you paying for the round trip flight too? :shakehand
 

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woah lots of time and effort! great outcome... but, what are you gonna do when your phone contract runs out? haha jks
Also thought about this briefly... It shouldn't be too hard to dremel an opening big enough for a new phone dock, mount the dock to the existing wing nuts, tape off the dock and fill the gap with bondo. Should be a quick 2-3 hour replace.
 

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thats some awesome work man, even better that you made it your self. great job
 
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