Searching for the Right Dash Pod for Your Car
A dash pod or dashpod is a mount used to put your monitor onto your dashboard or dash. They are sometimes utilized for universal gauges or dash cams that lack their own mounts. They could also serve as mounts for even monitors or cams with their own mounts but lack a specific mount for vehicles other than cars, such as large trucks or SUVs with a different dashboard setup. Usually, they're used to hold CS and CTS programmers. When purchasing your own dash pod, it's important to know what it's being used for and what it's supposed to mount in order to narrow down your choices down for one.
Things to Remember
Because of the many dash pods and cams in the market nowadays, you might have difficulty in choosing the right pod for you. This is what you should be searching for.
- The Right Type of Dash Pod: These mounts can mount different gauges, CTS, CS, dash cams, and so forth. The pod should indicate what it's a mount for on its packaging or its description on ecommerce sites. It can attach to your dashboard by suction cups or Velcro as well. There are even some that specifically attach to car dashboards, truck dashboards, SUV dashboards, RV dashboards, and so forth.
- Ruggedness and Durability: Depending on usage, dash pods should have a certain level of toughness to them. The cheaper ones are made of cheap PVC or rubberized plastic, while others that are built to last are crafted from rugged ABS (Acrylonitrile-Butadiene-Styrene) plastic. The design of the dash pod also dictates its durability.
- Easy Installation and Other Specs: Last but not least, your dashpod should be easy to install right in your driveway. It shouldn't need a mechanic to install it for you. Look for dash pods that are backed by at least a one-year guarantee and are made in the USA for assured quality and value for your investment.
- Pricing: Depending on what your dashpod is supposed to mount, it can be as cheap as $1 or as expensive as $60. Some of them have extra specs to justify their price, such as the ability to mount on the center vent assembly of your dashboard or change gauge angles to give you optimum visibility of your gauges or, in the case of dash cams, what's going on beyond your windshield.
- Ergonomic Angling, Adaptors, and Customization: Your dash pod should be ergonomically angled for easy viewing. There are even certain $15 pods available with swivel heads that allow you to adjust their angles the same way you'd adjust a side-view or rear-view mirror. Certain devices that they mount may require an extra adapter (like with the CTS). These pods can also be custom molded or painted to the color of your dashboard.
A good pod should have a seamless OEM-like factory look and vacuum-formed edges that make it fit with your vehicle and last longer. Its molded body should look like it came with the car or truck as well. Usually, these pods come with a Pod Adapter Kit in case you're buying it for your CTS computer; certain pods require extra adapters to fit in other device types. Finally, there should be no slight gaps that could serve as an accident waiting to happen (i.e., your cam, gauge, CT, or CTS dropping from your dashboard to your car floor because the mounting wasn't as solid as advertised).