A Universal Vent Mounted Phone Holder for the 5th Gen Toyota 4Runner That Actually works
There are dozens of ways to mount your smartphone in your 4Runner. One of the most sturdy options for smart phones or tablets is going to be a drill/bolt-on install of a Ram Mount. You can read about the full Ram Mount install guide over here.
However, if you’re not quite ready to drill into your dash the Scosche MAGVM2 MagicMount for your is a non-permanent, low cost, and zero fuss solution!
Rather than gripper arms or tension camp style mounts, the Scosche system uses powerful magnets to secure your smart phone to its base. If you don’t want to add a phone mount to your vents, there is also a Scosche MagicMount suction cup option as well.
Installation of the MAGVM2
Installation of the Base is simple.
The Base has two slot sizes that ought to work for pretty much all vehicle vents.
Rotate the Base to whichever orientation will fit tightly into your vent depending on the thickness of your vent blades.
Slide the base onto the vent blade carefully and adjust location and angle. Be careful not to severely bend or break the vent blades while pushing it onto the blade.
On your phone, simply peel and stick one of the included magnets directly onto the back of your phone (or onto your phone’s case) so that your device will now magnetize and stick to the Base.
As you can imagine, sticky things do not always stay sticky and Scosche does sell replacement Mounting Magnets that can be purchased in a variety of sizes.
- Quick and easy to install
- Secure, has not come off in months of road and trail use
- 100% temporary
- No drilling required
- Install time less than 5 minutes
- Low price point
- Replacement Adhesive Magnets readily available
- Obstructs one dash vent
- Adhesive Magnet may lose its “stick” when exposed to hours of heat
- Need to close dash vent 100% when running High heat
- The base may come off the vent in extremely rocky/bumpy terrain
I love the Scosche MAGVM2 Magic Mount and it’s been a great solution. I’ve used it for a full year and have not been disappointed.
If you live in cold climate and run the heat on high often, make sure you fully close the dash vent so that running high heat doesn’t ruin the adhesive on the magnet mount.
The one closed vent should redirect airflow to another open dash vent and I have not noticed any problems with heat with the one dash vent closed.