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Old 09-08-2014, 06:49 PM
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Is it just me or does Garmin over-complicated some of its products flush mounting methods. I appreciate the clean look and the quality of the 4, 5, 6 and 7000 series equipment but the use of specialty small diameter very fine thread stainless in very long one size fits all lengths could result in problems. Unless perfectly aligned those long thin machine screws and studs can be easily damaged.

I just removed a 5212 with the skinny little studs, they are very easy to bend, and installed a 7212 with the approximately #8 2/12" small head machine screws with the fine threads and weird nutplates.

It seems as if a premium product could have different hardware lengths included in to accomodate different installations.

The installation came out great but I had to be very careful to drill the holes exactly straight to keep the hardware from bending or cross threading and having to replace from Garmin. Just seemed like a lot of work and worry for what is just four screws in four corners (they turned it into eight screws).

OK, rant over just warning anyone wanting to install one of these to be very precise with Garmin's mounting systems.

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Old 09-09-2014, 02:42 AM
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Don't be a hack cutting on a 100k plus boat mounting several thousand dollars worth of electronics got it.
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Old 09-09-2014, 06:10 AM
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It's just you.

But on a serious note, it is still you.

Almost anything that one works with for the first time appears to be more difficult than it has to be. After having done that same "hard-to-do" thing about three times it becomes a piece of cake.

Pity the poor manufacturer that is trying to be all things to all people. From people that are master mechanics (whatever that means) to people that don't know which way the pointy end of a screw driver goes.
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Old 09-09-2014, 06:26 AM
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HUH? you must have got old stock, all the current Garmins have removable front fascia and mounting holes, the studs are history...
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Originally Posted by CMEBoston View Post
HUH? you must have got old stock, all the current Garmins have removable front fascia and mounting holes, the studs are history...
read his second sentence
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Originally Posted by Trayder View Post
read his second sentence
so I dont get his rant you can use any hardware you want, christ he could have used drywall screws......
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so I dont get his rant you can use any hardware you want, christ he could have used drywall screws......
I originally thought you could only mount the older 5,6 & 7000 series from behind using provided studs or bolts.

But now having looked it up I am totally mistaken and owe you an apology, sorry
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Originally Posted by CMEBoston View Post
so I dont get his rant you can use any hardware you want, christ he could have used drywall screws......
Just info man; Christ could have definitely made drywall screws work Yes removable plates install from the front. Thanks for participating.

Jethro, yeah after doing this once it would go smoother the next time. Was not a big deal just took a good long analytical look at it and noticed a bunch of potential problems based on the design. I had thought about using my own method but the close tolerances pretty much killed that idea; didn't want to screw anything up.

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