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    Quote Originally Posted by Ofroad'bent View Post
    Attachment didn't show, Vanc.
    Wish I hadn't ordered the DX ones- yours are better and I'll order some of them too.
    I think it should be fixed now.

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    Gecko Mount

    Just stumbled onto this thread. I've been using this Gecko mount without any problems on cameras and lights with 1/4-20 mounts. Found a small fibered washer that will keep a 4mm socket head screw from moving in a 1/4-20 hole so I can check it out with my magic shine light when I get home. The fibered washer isn't metal. It's a dense cardboard like material that is somewhat malleable.

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    The last 2 of the first batch got spoken for today. I'll make more this weekend and can ship early next week.

    I have to order material for the aluminum ones. For those of you that are interested in metal ones, please PM me an estimate of how many you think you'll want. I'm guessing they'll be in the $12 range, maybe a bit less. I don't want to order too much bar but it would also be a shame to order too little and have to re-order as there is a cutting charge (if ordering less than 12 feet and that would make a LOT of adapters) and shipping charge. Being efficient with this will help keep the price down.

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    Vancbiker - something for you to maybe think about if you are going to make aluminum GoPro mounts. On the plastic ones, I have always had to take a real course piece of sandpaper and rough up the surfaces in between the fins where they contact each other. The smooth surfaces allow the GoPro camera to move/shift on the big hits. The rougher cut you can make on the inside of the fins I think would be better. Just a suggestion. Not sure it is so critical for a light head, but might be for the heavier ones.


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    Quote Originally Posted by scar View Post
    Vancbiker - something for you to maybe think about if you are going to make aluminum GoPro mounts. On the plastic ones, I have always had to take a real course piece of sandpaper and rough up the surfaces in between the fins where they contact each other. The smooth surfaces allow the GoPro camera to move/shift on the big hits. The rougher cut you can make on the inside of the fins I think would be better. Just a suggestion. Not sure it is so critical for a light head, but might be for the heavier ones.


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    Hey scar, thanks for the tip! With my level of machining, a rough cut surface is more common than a smooth one!

    On a serious note, getting some "grooves" or "texture" on the outside of the ears would be easy. In between the ears is pretty much going to be smooth with a milling cutter. I'm using a .125 diameter carbide cutter in there and it leaves a pretty smooth finish. Probably best to make a prototype and have someone test it

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    How do you route the cord as it exits the MS light body?

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    Quote Originally Posted by El34 View Post
    How do you route the cord as it exits the MS light body?
    Is this directed at me? If so, I have added a slot that exited out the side for one user. For someone else that was not sure how they wanted to route the cable, I cut 2 grooves in a "T" shape so the cable could exit to either side or out the front(left the front of the tab kind of flimsy IMO). A couple have gone out with plain undrilled, unslotted tabs so the user can do whatever hole/slot arrangement they need for their lights. Most have only asked for a hole for an M4 screw.

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    yes vanc
    Was just asking because I did not see any wire routing channels.
    The wire has to have a place to exit

    Like I do on my MS adapters. There is a curved channel so you can exit the wire to either side of the adapter.

    Was just asking how that is done on that adapter?
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    Quote Originally Posted by El34 View Post
    yes vanc
    Was just asking because I did not see any wire routing channels.
    The wire has to have a place to exit
    Since not all lights have the wire coming out the bottom, I decided to CNC the parts without any wire clearance or screw holes. I add them later for a small additional charge if the buyer needs or they can do it themselves to suit whatever light they have. So far there have been more set up to work with the Gemini Duo (or clones of it) than anything else. No groove needed on those.

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    Aluminum available now

    Made the first aluminum ones today. Will be making more this weekend. They will be standard with a plain mount tab, just like my ABS ones. $12 ea. plus postage. I can add mounting holes or wire channels to suit your needs for an additional cost. PM for details.
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    I received my adapters today from Kevin. Very nice work, Kevin.

    Thought I'd post a couple shots of the adapter in use on my Bell Super with it's standard issue GoPro mount.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Oh My Sack! View Post
    I received my adapters today from Kevin. Very nice work, Kevin.
    Thanks!

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    Using Gopro is only nice if you already own it and want to double duty it for your bike

    Bolt down screw clamps stuff is a compromise and kinda cheesy, IMO

    Marwi mounts are way nicer and way more versatile and not anywhere near $20
    You can get a handlebar and a helmet mount for $13.25
    And the lights slide off and on and are interchangeable between mounts

    http://www.hoffmanamps.com/MyStore/catalog/PartsLed.htm

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    Using Gopro is only nice if you already own it and want to double duty it for your bike
    It seems like it is becoming a pretty popular system. I think quite a few of the adapters have gone to riders with "integral" GoPro mounts on their helmet.

    This is an example of front and side cable exits for an MJ880 clone
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    I like integrated helmet mounts.

    It's the big screws and clamp things that I don't think much of.
    Just my .02, others may not feel the same way.

    I did that to my helmet several years ago by hacking a Marwi helmet mount.
    It has worked out great.

    I just leave it on all year, the slide rails are only about 1/8th inch tall, so it's not in the way when I side the light off.
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    @EL34... I was on the CamBam forum site today and saw you are a user. I just downloaded the software to try on my CNC. Looks like you have used it for quite a while now. Any thoughts, impressions, issues or tips to share? Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vancbiker View Post
    @EL34... I was on the CamBam forum site today and saw you are a user. I just downloaded the software to try on my CNC. Looks like you have used it for quite a while now. Any thoughts, impressions, issues or tips to share? Thanks!
    Yeah Cambam is great
    Especially if you go look at the prices on CAM software like Rhino
    Cambam does everything I need it to

    Plus there's a couple Cambam forums if you need help
    One on CNC zone and one on the cambam web site

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    Funny, I thought I was being clever when I made my LED light gopro mounts, then I visit here and find that they're quite common!
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    Just a heads-up- I got some GoPro knock-off headbands from eBay and DX and they were good.

    Latest order from DX I needed some connectors, and got a couple of GoPro headbands too on sale. They switched the order on me and shipped cr@p headbands with wimpy Velcro and a chinstrap that will surely be all the rage in Paris. Oh well, ya takes your chances with DX. At least the connectors were right.

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    What size bolt is it that connects to the MJ880? I need a longer one, but couldn't find that type of bolt at Home Depot, so I assume it is a smaller diameter metric.

    Thanks - BS

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    M4 x .7 is the thread size and pitch for all the MS lights I've had my hands on. I have not personally checked an MJ880. Should be easily available if you have a True Value hardware store nearby. In my area Lowes is a better source of hardware than Home Depot. My local NAPA auto parts store also carries a selection of metric screws and bolts.

    I have had a couple of folks ask for holes to fit M5 screws on a few adapters on non-MS Chinese lights so M4 is not universal.

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    variations no problem

    Here is a pic of a heavily modified version of the original adapter design. If you want to mount anything on your GoPro system, it can probably be done.
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    What, no fins??

    Nice work Kevin. The ones I got from you were excellent.

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    Here is a video shot with a camera mounted to a DIY "copter" mount built around the adapter shown in post 73.

    360 degree GoPro camera mount on a Vespa - YouTube

    It does not show the mount itself but is a cool effect.

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    Got my gopro mounts from Vancbiker. They are awesome!
    I'm using a solarstorm X2 light.
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    Looks good on there! Are you bar mounting that or have a helmet with goPro mount?

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    I have the cheap chinese knockoff lights from amazon.com $31 specials. I left the thing at home and wanted to pickup two bolts/screws to fit the thicker mount I purchased from Vancbiker.

    would anyone know the type of hardware used for this beast?

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    Quote Originally Posted by flomaster View Post
    I have the cheap chinese knockoff lights from amazon.com $31 specials. I left the thing at home and wanted to pickup two bolts/screws to fit the thicker mount I purchased from Vancbiker.

    would anyone know the type of hardware used for this beast?


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    So far, all the Chinese lights I've dealt with use an M4 x .7 thread. That is the "standard" for an M4 screw. 10 mm long suits many lights, but there are a few with really shallow threads that need an 8mm long screw. I advise using the longest one that will fit your light.

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    Re: MagicShine GoPro Replacment Mount

    Quote Originally Posted by Vancbiker View Post
    So far, all the Chinese lights I've dealt with use an M4 x .7 thread. That is the "standard" for an M4 screw. 10 mm long suits many lights, but there are a few with really shallow threads that need an 8mm long screw. I advise using the longest one that will fit your light.
    Thanks a lot

    EDIT: for less than a $1 went to ace and picked up 2 M4 .7 x 10 and 2 M4 .7 x 12 just in case I needed something longer....

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    very cute, what do you think about mine?

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    Finally mounted my GoPro adapters from Vancbiker, awesome stuff at a good price.

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    Looks pretty good there. I'm curious about the orientation you have chosen. Most users with the duos and clones set the adapter up so that the GoPro tabs are under the middle of the light body. Yours are to the rear of the body. Clearance issue?

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    Tried it both ways, doesn't seem to make a whole hell of a lot of difference but slightly preferred it more lower and more forward. I think more forward was slightly easier to mess with while riding. YMMV.

    EDIT: I should add that there's a set of trails around here called "Tunnels"(if they ever re-open), you really don't want anything sticking up from you helmet. I might even cut the middle spine on the front visor to get the light head lower

    Quote Originally Posted by Vancbiker View Post
    Looks pretty good there. I'm curious about the orientation you have chosen. Most users with the duos and clones set the adapter up so that the GoPro tabs are under the middle of the light body. Yours are to the rear of the body. Clearance issue?
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    Revised concept

    After dealing with all the variations in the Chinese lights and modifying the bases for folks that wanted me to do that, I decided to try to come up with a universal solution. I have learned that really the only common universal feature of the Chinese lights is that the mounting screw is M4. The rest of the dimensions seem to pretty freely float. Cables run from 3mm to 5mm round in a variety of .5mm increments and oval at 3mm by 5mm. The dimension from mounting hole to cable exit in the housing (for the lights with the cable exits from the o-ring mount) varies from 6.5mm to 14mm. Additionally some people ordered the cable exiting the side of the adapter while others wanted to retain the exit from the front of the adapter.

    I have machined a 5mm wide by 5mm deep round bottomed cable groove in the base that runs fore and aft to accommodate the various mounting hole to cable exit dimensions. and a blind groove to the side. The grooves stop .05" (1.2mm) from the edge of the adapter. The end user will now need to use a small file, dremel tool, drill, etc. to remove the thin wall in the direction they want to run their cable.

    The adapters will still be available with a plain tab for users to mod themselves.

    Pricing will not change.

    ABS plastic plain $5.00.
    ABS plastic modded $7.50
    Aluminum plain $12.00
    Aluminum modded $14.50

    I still have the ability to modify outside the "standard" Chinese light needs or build something entirely custom.
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    Works with the MS tail light too!

    This is one of the ABS adapters mounted to a MagicShine tail light.
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    Hi Vancbiker,This looks just like what I am looking for - Do you post to the UK?

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    Yes, I'll send anywhere the USPS will deliver. PM (private message) sent.

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    Thanks to Vancbiker for hooking me up. Worked perfectly with the knockoff magicshine. Thanks Kevin!

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    That's looking good!

    The Bell helmets with the built-in GoPro mount have been quite popular to use one of my adapters with. The Gemini Duo and the SSX2 and their clones have been the most widely used on that helmet based on ordering info.

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    Another variant

    Ran a prototype for a forum user that adds a bit more cooling for the light. This version will only be available in aluminum. Adds about 1.25 square inches of surface area to my original adapter help shed heat. Looks kind of cool too IMHO. Should be helpful for those in warmer climates. PM for additional info.
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    Very Cool! No pun intended!

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    It was my request. I rigged up one of those Duo clones thusly:

    <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/zXO7Zf7cHdv62P0aUuHMttMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=e mbedwebsite"><img src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-r2b_f7jOy9w/U8QhhXgY7RI/AAAAAAAACdw/IgKsySgXuzI/s400/Duo%2520clone%2520with%2520mount.jpg" height="400" width="343" /></a>

    But Kevin's is much better.

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    You buy the light at USD31. Do you want to buy this part adding USD19? But I think it is fit for this light.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bicyclerider View Post
    You buy the light at USD31. Do you want to buy this part adding USD19? But I think it is fit for this light.
    I just got the light to play with- I mostly use my home builds, but this cost less than the parts to build one. Not too keen on the beam colour though...

    The mount is a definite upgrade- better heat sink and much stronger that the silly o-ring. Vanc is entitled to his $ for this- it's less than a lot of other mods I've done.

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    After using Kevin's adapter for my helmet light on my Bell Super, i decided try using the additional adapter I had on my Niterider Pro1800 because the NR bar mount, although a nice solid mount, was gouging the under side of my handlebars because of the threads from the tightening bolt that runs underneath.
    So I drilled and Dremeled what I needed and I use the GoPro Handlebar/seatpost mount on the part of the steerer tube/spacers that sticks up past the stem. Using a couple rubber strips between the contact points on the mount and the carbon spacers and I can literally lift the bike from that mount. This is what I have now and the light is centered and has full angle adjustments.
    Thanks again Kevin...looks like I'll be ordering a few more adapters since I'm finding more uses

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    Very good! I like how that fits the light. I don't recall seeing anyone mount their light like that before.

    I've never looked at the NR1800 so don't know how big or heavy it is. I'm guessing it is a dual or triple LED? I've been recommending that the ABS adapter be used on single or small dual LED lights and the aluminum adapter for the big guns. The ABS is pretty tough, but it is plastic after all.

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    The NR1800 head unit isn't much bigger than the magic shine clone I have and the weight difference isn't too much either considering it's a triple LED. NR says the whole light system w/battery is 484g and it's a big battery. Your ABS adapter is very solid on it. It actually feels stronger than the actual mounting adapter it comes with, although that one has a little wider surface. I'll know more when I get a couple night rides in, but my initial impression is very positive. The aluminum adapters are on my next order for sure

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    OK, maybe I'm just being a bit too conservative about the ABS adapter. I have had one user report that theirs broke at the mount screw hole. That was on an early one that had a deeper counterbore so the original mounting screw would always work. That user also explained that he may have tightened it too tight. Anyway that has been the only failure reported to me. After hearing of that failure I eliminated the counterbore. This will require most users fit a longer screw, but that seems a minor inconvenience in exchange for better reliability.

    If anyone else has had one of my adapters break, or suggestions for improvements, please let me know. I try to use all feedback about them to work on improvements. As an example, I recently found out that due to a curved mounting surface on an MS 880 my original design worked poorly if at all. I was able to borrow an original 880 mount from one of my customers to use as a pattern to cut a matching curve and cable exit in the adapter. I sent the prototype to him for trial fitting this week. Once that is tested, MS 880 users will have a better solution to use a GoPro mount.

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    I think you should set up an online store, or at least sell them on eBay. There seems to be a big market.

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