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GoPro Camera 3 point suction cup mount. Hood mount

by tmorris9, published

GoPro Camera 3 point suction cup mount. Hood mount by tmorris9 Apr 22, 2013
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I want to be able to put my GoPro Hero on the hood of my car so I can video without seeing my dash, dirty windshield & hood.

I just bought my $300 camera and just don't trust their $30 suction mount for this. So I bought 3 RAM suction cups (super strong and reliable) and created a triangle plate to mount them as one.

This way, up to 2 can fail and I won't lose my camera. I would feel safe with this rig driving cross country at freeway speeds.

On my first version I made the mount in the center and low. Turns out it was impossible to attach the knob and the mount was always visible in the lens. I did use a few extensions to make it work but I knew I could do better.

So my second version (this one) addresses this by raising the mount up off the triangle and placing it at the edge. It works great.

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I printed with support just so the holes would not close over, still had to file them just a little.

I printed with 4 solid layers and 4 perimeters and 50% infill. This makes the mounting holes and finger mounts pretty much solid and plenty strong without going solid infill. I still went 50% to make sure it was very strong yet slightly flexible to fit a curved hood.

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Excellent! I've been debating getting a gopro, but really wanted something to absolutely secure it to the top of my car for recording. I think this would suction to my large glass sunroof nicely.

Do you have any pictures of it on your car?

Thanks for posting.

I love this idea. Although I wonder how the heat from the motor->hood would react with the moisture under the suction cups. It may dry them up at a rapid rate resulting in this fixture lifting off. Let me know if you have any issues.

A car hood should not get that hot. If they did the paint would bubble.

True if you left this outdoors on your hood in a hot area (like Arizona) for many months it could get damaged but for our use it's highly unlikely.

Also you could put it on your door, or roof of the car.

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