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AIM MyChron Mount

After studying the different ways others on this forum have used to mount their timers, I discovered that none of them really achieved what I was looking for. I wanted my timer mount to meet the following criteria:

1) display the timer in a location that was easy to see while on the track and didn’t require taking my eyes to far off the track
2) not require the use of screws, rivets, glue, tape, or any other adhesive
3) removable when not in use
4) not obscure my field of view
5) simple and cheap

So, while studying the interior for alternative mounting locations, I had a brainstorm and decided to fabricate my own mount. It is so simple ANYONE can make their own.

Required tools:

- dremel
- calipers or ruler
- pencil
- scissors

Required materials:

- sheet aluminum (thickness .064”)
- Velcro
- Adhesive backed foam

Step One:
Using the dremel, cut out a piece from the aluminum sheet measuring 135mm X 20mm

<img src="http://www.elisetalk.com/gallery/files//1610-xcimg3059.jpg" alt="Mychron Timer Mount9" />

Step Two:
Use the dremel to de-bur and smooth the rough edges

Step Three:
Bend the aluminum into three sections – center section of 75mm and two outside sections of 30 mm

<img src="http://www.lotustalk.com/gallery/displayimage.php?imageid=2385&original=1" alt="Mychron Mount2" />

<img src="http://www.elisetalk.com/gallery/files//1610-xcimg3037.jpg" alt="Mychron Mount1" />

Step Four:
Cut a piece of Velcro to fit the center section of the aluminum

Step Five:
Cut two pieces of foam to fit the insides of the two ears

<img src="http://www.elisetalk.com/gallery/files//1610-xcimg3055.jpg" alt="Mychron Timer Mount8" />

<img src="http://www.elisetalk.com/gallery/files//1610-xcimg3044.jpg" alt="Mychron Mount4" />

Step Six:
Install in your car!

<img src="http://www.elisetalk.com/gallery/files//1610-xcimg3040.jpg" alt="Mychron Mount3" />

<img src="http://www.elisetalk.com/gallery/files//1610-xcimg3046.jpg" alt="Mychron Mount5" />

<img src="http://www.elisetalk.com/gallery/files//1610-xcimg3054.jpg" alt="Mychron Timer Mount7" />

You can adjust the angle of the “ears” to increase or decrease the tension on the mount. I have not tried the mount at the track yet, but the fit is quite snug, so I don’t expect it to go anywhere. You can also use the a/c vents to clamp down on the mount to give it even more support. If you do this, you will probably have to build up the Velcro area on the mount to clear the added thickness of the vents.

<img src="http://www.elisetalk.com/gallery/files//1610-xcimg3051.jpg" alt="Mychron Timer Mount6" />
 

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Nice!
 

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<img src="http://www.elisetalk.com/gallery/files//1610-xcimg3051.jpg" alt="Mychron Timer Mount6" />
Looks great. I have an Aim timer just like that - will definitely make up one of these. Thanks for the post.

Cheers,
-Darryl
 

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Hmmm...

I wanted mine to the left of the wheel so there'd be no chance of a camera picking it up and I wouldn't have to climb in the car to plug in the laptop.
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Projectile in a severe crash???? Hope not.
 

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I'm remembering my buddy's leg that nearly had to be amputated because a sharp-cornered guage mount, bolts and all, from his left A pillar broke off in a severe crash and managed to lodge between the trans tunnel and his right leg promptly ripping through several major arteries, nerves and several inches of muscle right down to his bone. Imagine that. He almost bled to death, survived that, then took several years to rehab the leg.

Crashes can be absurdly forceful and as a general rule, if its not bolted down and it could conceivable hurt as a projectile, it shouldn't be in the car if you're driving hard. Perhaps there is some sort of leash that would serve the purpose of keeping this thing out of one of YOUR eyes, like a zip tie wrapped around the vent louver and through a hole in the aluminum plate. Even duct tape over the vent louvers would help lock it in place. You're almost there - so why not finish the design?

BTW, if I didn't like the idea I wouldn't bother you with my feedback. Regardless, smartass replies to questions, regardless of how sure you are of yourself, don't exactly further the science.
 

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I'm remembering my buddy's leg that nearly had to be amputated because a sharp-cornered guage mount, bolts and all, from his left A pillar broke off in a severe crash and managed to lodge between the trans tunnel and his right leg promptly ripping through several major arteries, nerves and several inches of muscle right down to his bone. Imagine that. He almost bled to death, survived that, then took several years to rehab the leg.

Crashes can be absurdly forceful and as a general rule, if its not bolted down and it could conceivable hurt as a projectile, it shouldn't be in the car if you're driving hard. Perhaps there is some sort of leash that would serve the purpose of keeping this thing out of one of YOUR eyes, like a zip tie wrapped around the vent louver and through a hole in the aluminum plate. Even duct tape over the vent louvers would help lock it in place. You're almost there - so why not finish the design?


BTW, if I didn't like the idea I wouldn't bother you with my feedback. Regardless, smartass replies to questions, regardless of how sure you are of yourself, don't exactly further the science.
First off, sorry about your buddy and I hope he recovers fully...

That being said your post is absolutely absurd :crazyeyes
This is a clever, temporary, lightweight solution to mount a lap timer not a bowling ball dipped in epoxy then coated in glass shards and spurs then mounted on the dash with painters tape!
The idea of tethering it to the vent is pointless, The bracket he made will probably hold the vents in place in the event of an accident!
Please don't take any of this personally I just don't live my life with that kind of Paranoia... If I did, I wouldn't own a Lotus!
 

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It is tethered.
 

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This is .... not a bowling ball dipped in epoxy then coated in glass shards and spurs then mounted on the dash with painters tape!
Of course, if it was you could just leash that to the rear view mirror. :)

I'm definitely not the paranoid type - you'll have to trust me on that. But sharp metal objects that aren't mechanically fastened don't belong in any part of a race car, let alone the cockpit. At least bowling balls are round!

Carry on.:shift:
 
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