iPhone/ Droid Mount – Ram Mount Solution for 5th Gen Toyota 4Runner
If you are looking for a solid 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, though.
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 but for now, we are talking about the iPhone/ Droid Ram Mount Solution. We wanted to find the best Ram Mount solution and set-up out there. With some research, we ran across Explore4R.com who has a pretty rad set-up for his 4R. This is a similar version to what Max did to his 4Runner.
- 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. This is a solution that should work for just about everyone out there. Well, everyone who is willing to drill into their dash!
What we used for this install
- Universal Smart Phone Mount: Check Price
- The small Ram Mount connection: Check Price
- Female Ram Mount: Check Price
- Bolts: Check Price
- Washers: Check Price
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
Step #1: Pull off the 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.
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.
Step #3: 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.
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 as I did though. You can always go down to the 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 of washers laying around the shop. We actually ended up using one larger diameter washer for the installation as it gave us a little more surface area support on the backside of the 4Runner dash.
Step #5: Prepare Your Ram Mount Configuration
You can configure your phone mount set-up any way 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.
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.
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.
Step #8: Putting Everything Together
After driving with this for a couple of days. Super impressed.
This is a great little addition for on-road and off-road use. I really can’t 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.