So this is what I was able to come up with....
- Get yourself a M6 - 1x40mm double ended stud (basically a headless screw). They're hard to find and if you give up like I did, just go buy a regular M6-1x40mm screw/bolt and hacksaw off the head. I recommend you buy a bolt too so you can twist it through the threads after you saw it. A dremel saw will work as well. Just make sure you saw as clean as possible (I used the bolt head as a guide to keep the line straight).
- A washer that is the same size as the tank bolt (sorry, I found one in my tool box and it was perfect but I don't know the size...maybe 1/4 inch??)
- Buy the RAM 1" ball with the internal female thread.
- Buy a RAM stem for it
- Buy a device holder.
- Unscrew the front tank bolt (like my pic on the second post).
- Screw in the double ended bolt into the RAM ball, place a washer on, then screw it in where the tank bolt was. The washer is to keep the rubber washer from expanding.
- once you think it's tight, use a 5/16 open ended wrench to screw it in even tighter from the RAM female stem. (just make sure it's very tight)
(you'll notice the ball is right up against the tank and you'd think there's no room for the RAM mount stem piece, but don't fret)
- Get the RAM mount stem around the ball. It won't quite fit into the ball molds yet but hang on, get it as far as you can for now.
- Put your device holder on the other end of the RAM mount stem.
- Now start screwing in the RAM mount stem (tighten it) until both RAM balls (yeah sure, pun intended lol) are secure, but movable. Don't tighten it all the way, you'll need to make your angle adjustments next.
(as you move the stem around the balls, you'll notice the ball by the tank mount has sucked into their molds. The stem should be right up against the tank but not scratching it)
- now continue to tighten up the Ram mount stem until you essentially close the entire stem. You'll see now that the balls have been swished up in there pretty good and the mount is not movable. You'll also notice you are not (or may not) scratch the paint on your tank-mount-area-spot.
(if you do scratch up the plastic tank guard a little with tools or the mount. Just know that center-plastic tank part is only $35 to replace should you want to remove the RAM mount later on and you did a real messy job on this install
This should be it..... I don't think I did anything else to get this right. I had lots of trial and error while sorting out the double sided screw issue and the ball being against the tank, but I muscled through and it worked out very well. I did put in one small scratch on the center-tank plastic, but that was when I was removing the original tank bolt, my hex wrench slipped and the elbow did a small scrape. But luckily it was really small.
I also took the mount back off to assure the RAM mount stem wasn't scraping, and it wasn't. so double bonus there.
I've added some pics on the second time I reinstalled it so you can see what I'm talking about. Good luck peeps in your install.
Now....I won't be lost anymore wondering around the back canyons of SoCal
For that, I am very happy!