Anyone install ball mount above mirror?

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Has anyone installed a Ram ball in this general vicinity? I run a radar detector with a windshield suction mount, but it falls off about every 6 weeks or so. Thinking about how I can mount it with a 67designs or a Ram arm. Lots of pics for dash-mounted balls, but I need to mount from above. I also like to put the windshield down from time to time, so this would solve that problem too. TIA
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Has anyone installed a Ram ball in this general vicinity? I run a radar detector with a windshield suction mount, but it falls off about every 6 weeks or so. Thinking about how I can mount it with a 67designs or a Ram arm. Lots of pics for dash-mounted balls, but I need to mount from above. I also like to put the windshield down from time to time, so this would solve that problem too. TIA
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I have not, but this is a good idea, so I might in the future.

I'd use a ram t-slot ball after removing the panel and drilling a hole.

There are write-ups on how to remove the panel on the forum. Check the ones where people accidentally pulled off the entire mirror.
 

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Also check out Arkon for mounting stuff, cheaper and better then the Ram stuff in my opinion.
 

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Velcro?
I mounted a Garmin RV 890 GPS on my motorhome dash with it and it does well. The 890 is pretty big and heavy.
I don't know if that would place your radar detector too high or not. Just an idea.
 

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If you pull off those panels, you'll find 2x 6mm studs hanging down that might help with stability. I believe their purpose is to affix the advanced-safety group cameras. I am using the driver's side one for a metal plate that my dash cam is taped to. I was already thinking of doing something with the other side to add a RAM ball...
 
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If you pull off those panels, you'll find 2x 6mm studs hanging down that might help with stability. I believe their purpose is to affix the advanced-safety group cameras. I am using the driver's side one for a metal plate that my dash cam is taped to. I was already thinking of doing something with the other side to add a RAM ball...
Great advice here, thanks. I used 2 M6 hex nuts and an M6 hex coupler on the left side post, drilled a small hole through the plastic panel, and now I have a spot to attach a 1" ball. Just waiting for the parts to arrive. I'll add photos once it's done.
 
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So I finished the install and wanted to provide links to the stuff I bought in case anyone was interested.

Video showing how to access the M6 stud above the mirror: Ram ball with M6 stud (for mounting to Jeep): https://www.rammount.com/part/RAP-B-379U-M616
Ram ball with 1/4-20 stud (for mounting to detector): https://www.rammount.com/part/RAP-B-379U-252025
Magnetic detector holder with 1/4-20 threads: https://www.ebay.com/itm/124030925360
Additional bracket for M1 camera (optional): https://www.ebay.com/itm/124275216690
67Designs mounting arm (nano size): https://www.67d.com/products/carbon-fiber-arms-for-ram-mounts-setups-matte
Power cord: http://invisicord.com/store.html#!/Escort-V1-Bel-Invisicords/p/304722580/category=0

Did it solve the problem of the detector's suction cup failing every 5 weeks: YES
Did it cost way more than I expected: YES
Was it worth it: OF COURSE
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Thanks for the vid about pulling off the top panels.
Is there enough power in the wires going into the mirror to power a dash cam? Anything I should check before attempting this?
 
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Thanks for the vid about pulling off the top panels.
Is there enough power in the wires going into the mirror to power a dash cam? Anything I should check before attempting this?
If you have the powered mirror, you can tap in and get a 12V feed. The pink wire is the positive, and the black wire is the negative. This should run your dash cam just fine.
 
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