4Runner iPhone/ Droid Ram Mount Solution

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4Runner iPhone/ Droid Ram Mount Solution

5th Gen 4Runner iPhone/ Droid Phone Mount

5th Gen 4Runner iPhone/ Droid Phone Mount – Best Ram Mount Solution and set-up for 5th Gen Toyota 4Runner

If you are looking for a solid 4Runner iPhone/ Droid Ram Mount Solution, we think we found one. This is a question that we received on the website a few times. We figured it was about time we dive into the Ram Mount ideas and possibilities. There are literally hundreds of Ram Mounts out there. There is not a specific application for the 5th Gen 4Runner.

Ram Mount Bracket for 4Runner?

Ram Mount does have a laptop specific mounting bracket and extension for the 4Runner and Tacoma. But, how many of us are running our MacBook air when we are on the trail. I sure as hell am not.  If you are, more power to you, but that seems like it would take up a ton of space. In any case, Ram Mount does have the laptop mount bracket and extension available if you want to go that route.

iPad Vs iPhone Ram Mount for 4Runner?

We will eventually do another post on the iPad mount for the 5th Gen 4Runner but for now, we are talking about the 4Runner iPhone/ Droid Ram Mount Solution. We wanted to find the best Ram Mount solution and set-up for 5th Gen Toyota 4Runner out there. With some research, we ran across Lifestyle Overland, who has a pretty rad iPad set-up for his 4Runner. But, there is no real solution for a 4Runner iPhone/ Droid Ram Mount Solution.

  • Where exactly do we mount the actual base?
  • What extension do we need?
  • What connectors do we need?
  • What iPhone/ Droid Ram Mount holder to buy?

These were all questions that we have been searching for and experimenting with over the last couple of weeks. We bought about 20 different Ram Mount products to test out the best scenario for the best 4Runner iPhone/ Droid Ram Mount Solution. We think we came up with a Ram Mount solution for the 4Runner that should work for just about everyone out there.

What we used for this install

4Runner Phone Mount Location (Ram Mounts)

Our thought process here was initially inspired by @Whitecollar_T4r on Instagram, who was inspired by @Life.to.the.max. There are also a few guys who have done this in the forum, and one guy in particular who did this exact location.

We are going to mount a small female 1″ ball Ram Mount through the side of the 4Runner dash. We will need to pull the center dash off and drop backing, a spacer, and a small bolt on the other end. We can then reinstall the dash and then configure our Ram Mount set-up for our iPhone.

SnailTrail4x4 Video Install

Ram Mount Install – Step #1:  Pull off lower 4Runner Dash

Ram Mount Install - Step #1:  Pull off lower 4Runner Dash

Start by removing the 4Runner dash. You want to start with the lower section of the 4Runner dash. Grab one side at a time and pull. Pull firmly until you pop the tabs out of their location. It will feel pretty sketchy at first, but this whole section is designed to pop off. Once you have one side free of the tabs, repeat this step on the other side.

You will see in the image below, there are two wire clips (the ones with blue tape) that you will need to unclip to completely remove this lower section of the 4Runner dash. Once the clips are free you can set the lower section of the 4Runner dash to the side.

Ram Mount Install – Step #2:  Remove 4 Bolts on upper Dash

Ram Mount Install - Step #2:  Remove 4 Bolts on upper Dash

Remove the 4 bolts on the metal brackets seen above. These are 10mm bolts. Once you have removed the 10mm bolts, the top portion of the 4Runner dash will be free to remove. To remove the upper portion of the 4Runner dash, pull on each side, just as you did with the lower portion of the dash.

The top portion of the dash will not completely come off for this install. All you need is access to the backside of the top 4Runner dash. Once you have the dash off, you can start to line up where you want your female Ram Mount.

Ram Mount Install – Step #3:  Line Up your 1″ Female Ram Mount

Ram Mount Install - Step #2:  Line Up your 1" Female Ram Mount

With the dash removed, you can get an idea of where the female Ram Mount will go and where it will connect on the backside. There is not much room on the inside of the 4Runner’s dash. So, you need to get pretty creative in wrenching it down. If you have a set of combination wrenches, that will help. You can used the close and open-ended side of the wrench to help you thread the bolt into place and through the 4Runner dash.

Ram Mount Install – Step #4: Prepare Your Hardware

Ram Mount Install - Step #4: Prepare Your Hardware

You will have your 1″ ball female ram mount and then your hardware. This hardware does not need to be exact. I bought 1/4″-20 x 3/4″ Hex Head Bolts threaded male, that will go into the female 1/4″-20 Ram Mount thread. These are the bolts that I bought.

You don’t need to buy a set like I did though. You can always go down to home depot and buy a single, although some box stores only sell them in a bulk box of 50 or 100. And, it’s always nice to have extra bolts.

For washers, we found a couple washers laying around the shop. We actually ended up using one larger diameter washer for the install as it gave us a little more surface area support on the backside of the 4Runner dash.

Ram Mount Install – Step #5: Prepare Your Ram Mount Configuration

Ram Mount Install - Step #5: Prepare Your Ram Mount Configuration

You can configure your phone mount set-up anyway you want. This is just how I configured mine. The links for the exact items should be at towards the top of this page. You can get creative and come up with something a little more dynamic or keep it simple like this. I wanted to keep mine as simple as possible, so this is what I came up with.

Ram Mount Install – Step #6: Drill Hole in Dash (pilot and then size of bolt)

Ram Mount Install - Step #6: Drill Hole in Dash

The scary part! Mark your location and make sure you are 100% about this location. There no going back after this one. Drill a pilot hole or just drill your main hole. Either way, just make sure you are certain about the location for your phone mount.

We found our location to be about 1/2″ off the base of the 4Runner dash (just below where the ball will sit), so that it does not touch the dash. This will give you plenty of room to add a Ram Mount connection to the ball without touching the main 4Runner dash below.

Ram Mount Install – Step #7: Mounting the 1″ Ball from the Back

Ram Mount Install - Step #7: Mounting the 1" Ball from the Back

Once you have the hardware on the back side and the Ram Mount tightened down, this is what you should end up with. Something like this. Again, the washer does not need to be exact. Just get a washer that fits over your 1/4″ Ram Mount threads. You can brace this up hoe ever much you would like, but with a wide diameter single washer, you should be fine.

Ram Mount Install – Step #8: Putting Everything Together

5th Gen 4Runner iPhone/ Droid Phone Mount

After driving with this for a couple days. WOW, so impressed.

This is a great little addition for on-road and off-road use. I really cant wait to get this off-road and see how it handles over some rocks. I will keep the page updated as usual. Thanks everyone. Hopefully this phone mount for the 5th Gen helps you figure out how you want to mount your set-up. Let us know if you have any questions.

Comment Below and let us know what phone mount you are using in your 4Runner. If there is another location that you think might be better, let us know below. If you are using a different mount that everyone should know about, comment below!

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  • Philip
    Reply

    How has this held up off-road? Does the bolt and washer provide enough force to hold the ball shaft from spinning on bumps? Do you have more pictures of the final setup? Maybe from the side?

    • Brenan - Trail4R
      Reply

      Philip,
      Good call. I will get some additional final shots on this mount and the brackets. So far, it has held up just fine. It has only been a couple of weeks but I LOVE this set-up. The ram mounts are built rock solid, so there is little to NO sway at all. Especially because we have a very short connection on the set-up. We are only using a 1″ ball short double socket to the actual Ram Mount X Grip so everything is locked down pretty tight. I have not taken the runner out yet so we will see how it holds up off-road. From the initial experience though, I don’t foresee any problems in the future.

  • James
    Reply

    Thanks for a great write up. Built up the nerve to drill my dash today and love the outcome. Should come from the factory with at least the ball mount. Your site is such a great resource!

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