Taking your favorite sports camera, DSLR, phone, tablet, or GPS device out on the trail with you is now as commonplace as taking drinks, snacks…and maybe your annoying uncle. My search for an excellent mounting system for my iPhone started in the planning stages for our “Beast of the East” UTV competition. I was in charge of finding the most gnarly, narrow trails possible in our test location. Finding those tight trails one time can happen with luck. Keeping our whole crew on trail repeatedly throughout the test takes skill…or an excellent GPS app! To add a level of complexity, I was going to be hopping between four different machines and I needed to ability to take my phone with me. So that’s how the RAM mounting system came to the rescue.
The RAM system is modular and affordable, meaning it won’t cost you a fortune to custom build the perfect mounting system for whatever device you have on whatever application you need to mount it to. Every application consists of a base mounting system, a movable socket arm, and a device adaptor to attach your favorite device.
The selection of base mounts is crazy, with a few being handlebar clamps, brake/clutch reservoir mounts, bolt head adaptors, mirror adaptors, and gas tank bases. In our application, we had both a Tough-Claw mount as well as a roll bar mount. The roll bar mount simply attaches to a tube with a hose-clamp-type mount. The Tough-Claw is just plain rad, mounting to all types of round and square bar with a pinch clamp.
Attached to that mount is a choice of pivoting socket arms available in varying lengths. So you’ll need to have an idea of how short or long the arm will need to be. We had the choice a medium 3-inch and long 6-inch length for our applications.
The final piece is the device adaptor, and this is totally dependent on what device you’re trying to attach. I wanted to be able to mount my iPhone, so the RAM X-Grip turned out to be the best option. It not only grabs the phone nicely, it also uses a safety tether to keep the phone safely attached just in case the trail is super rough and bounces the device around excessively.
There are certainly other mounting systems out there. But none of them have the sheer volume of options to mount your favorite device to your vehicle of choice. This is not an easy task, but the modularity of the system is the genius behind its simplicity. If you find yourself needing to mount an electronic device to your ride, you gotta give the RAM mounts a solid look!