2017 Kona Blue ST1
Recently I had the opportunity to speak with a new member here DorkusPrints about his A pillar mounts for the Cobb Accessport. I have been in the market to find a more solid solution as my current suction cup mount has seen better days.
There are multiple solutions on the market but I have found them either sketchy AF or overpriced. Another big factor for me is country of origin. We need more domestically manufactured items along with support for local business.
So here is the breakdown if the products of @DorkusPrints .
This sits fairly close to where my original suction cup mount but closer toward the drivers seat. This is good as I'm not getting any younger and the AP text gets a bit crowded when monitoring all six available PID's. The fitment to the A-pillar is rock solid and it's not an exaggeration to say that it's a perfect fit. The mounts light weight and ease of attachment was also very impressive.
Originally I was concerned about the mount slipping but after the first time fitting it to my A-pillar those fears were alleviated entirely. I was constantly screwing with my window suction cup mount loosing grip and falling into my dash. It also prevented from using my sunshade which as we know can really suck in the summer months. The new mount will finally allow me to use the shade without any obstruction.
This mount is Identical to the standard version except that it clocks the AP lower (almost to the 6 o'clock position). I'm sending this mount to @TurboGT to evaluate as he prefers the lower orientation of this style mount as it doesn't add a visual obstruction to your line of sight through the windshield. I'm sure he'll chime in once he's had a bit to evaluate it.
The AP comes with a tabbed magnetic cradle that hold it into place. This is nice if you have purchased it new, however if you picked up a used Accessport and it is missing, or if yours becomes damaged he also offers an optional non-magnetic clip on style mount as well.
Not unlike the AP mounts the fit of this mount is dead on and will allow for a precise fit.
I will do my very best to offer an opinion about @DorkusPrints work. As a matter of full disclosure I did personally purchase each one of his products for evaluation. He was nice enough to provide me a discount for the test, and he personally delivered them to me at a local Brewery (Braxton Brewing. Covington, KY). I ended up buying him a beer so it all balanced out.
Really nice guy, open to ideas and comments about the products he's working on. He's an RS owner that saw a need and decided to put his abilities to good use. During our conversation I believe he mentioned that the mounts are only on their first or second revision. This was surprising to me due to how well it fit the vehicle. Apparently he put the bulk of his time perfecting this aspect and I appreciate that attention to detail.
The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly:
The light weight, solid construction & UV stability of ASA (acrylic styrene acrylonitrile) material will make for a long lasting mount. The only downside is when to first put this mount in your hands you can very clearly tell that it's a 3D printed item. This however shouldn't be a deal breaker at all and he's informed me that he is working to smooth the surface out. Personally I don't mind the look, but if you do there's ways of solving that on your own.
All the products only come in black but this is fine as some colors will not hold up as well as others regardless of their UV resistance. In the immortal words of Henry Ford "you can have any color you want, as long as its black!"
ASA is also very hard for a plastic so if you're taking it on and off constantly you run the risk of scratching you interior plastic but that would be true of about 90% of the mounts available on the market.
At first when I attempted to fit the Cobb magnetic cradle on the mount I thought that wasn't going to fit. My first inclination was to sand or file the mounting tabs but thought better of it. It will fit and will do do in a manner that keeps it firmly in place. The mount that he manufacturers slips right on with zero effort and wiggling. While it seats fully I found that when plugging the interface cable into the bottom it allowed the entire cradle to lift up off the mount. The tight fitment of the Cobb allowed the cradle to stay in place.
The last note about the printed cradle is that because it's a friction fit and not magnetic you will experience some light scratches on the AP plastic due to the hard nature of the ASA. This isn't a big deal but I wanted to point it out. It will however hold your expensive AP safely in place so pick your poison.
Anyway I will continue to evaluate this product and look forward the improvements he will make. I am also interested in the future products he will be offering to the community.
The DorkusPrints AP mounts can be purchased here by DorkusPrints
I will leave further comments and updates to the products to him.
As always, Stay Safe.