13th September 2009, 21:37
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Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Charlotte, NC
2001 M5 Jet Black
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My $6 DIY Headrest In-Car Camera Mount
After the thread was started for posting everyone's videos, I decided to buy an HD camcorder. I haven't used it a whole lot and was planning to make an in-car mount for it. Then I found the CruiseCam and decided it was worth it and bought one.. after I ordered it online I find out these things have been on backorder since April. I made some calls, and even after offering me 10% discount to keep waiting, I just cancelled my order and made a trip to Lowe's.
I have seen various styles around the web for these mounts so I went into the hardware store with an open mind. I browsed around and had a few different ways of making it in my head. When the time came to choose a method, I decided I would try the cheapest and easiest one. I came up with a mount that only costs $6 and only requires drilling 5 holes through some plastic. Took me about 10 minutes to make.
(I also decided to add rubber pads on both ends for safety reasons, so call the "safe edition" the $9 mount..
Essentially this is a 3/4" PVC conduit pipe with two U-bolts with wingnuts, and a 1/4"-20 bolt for the camera mount.
- Other DIY mounts have used metal pipe. I find that excessive. The PVC is plenty sturdy and much lighter.
- Since its plastic I also think it would be safer in a crash and makes the drilling easy enough for a beginner.
- I wrapped the U-bolts with electrical tape to avoid metal-on-metal contact on the headrest posts and add grip
*Only issue currently is that I forgot to take in account the slant in the headrest posts, so the camera mount is angled up (see pictures). I am going to add a ball-joint camera swivel mount anyway so that is not a problem. But if you are going to make this and plan to mount it directly, make sure to angle the hole for your camera mount bolt*
And the good stuff:
2001 ///M5 Jet Black on Caramel / Alcantara
Dinan CAI, Dinan Rear Sway Bar, Dinan Front Strut Bar, Dinan Exhaust, Dinan Brembo GT BBK 355mm Front - 345mm Rear, Evolve Alpha-N Tuning, Walbro 255HP fuel pump,
Ground Control Coilovers, Evolve "Medusa" headers, Magnaflow Cats, SuperSprint X-pipe, Magnaflow 10416 resonators, Beastpower Rear Sway Brackets, Gulf Oil Filter Housing w/ Fluidyne Cooler,
Custom Fluidyne Power Steering Cooler, Linea Corse Z2S 19" wheels w/ Continental DW tires, EVO U/D Pulleys, Reinforced Rear Subframe, Diff Viton O-rings,
RaceSkids Metal Underbody Panels, Custom Leather/Alcantara steering wheel door panels and front seats, 35% window tint, Valentine One Hardwired, ACS style splitters,
E60 SSK and ZHP Knob, "Shorty" clutch stop w/ start sensor mod, Carbon Fiber Wrapped Interior, BSW subwoofer kit, Competition 6.5" front speakers in custom baffles,
DICE/Intravee II iPod adapter, TEC Cupholder, E90 radio knobs, AC and USB powered plugs installed in center console, Full LED overhaul in cabin/footwells/trunk
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$6 DIY headrest in-car camera mount
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