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01-26-2003, 05:04 PM
Anybody have recommendations on a bracket to attach to the rollcage to hold a camcorder.

C. Ludwig
01-27-2003, 01:18 PM
I've got the one from IO Port. It works great. Thought about making my own which wouldn't be that hard. But their's has the rubber isolator built in. After watching the footage and not having any vibration in the pic I can say that it works very well.


Chris Ludwig
08 ITS RX7 CenDiv

01-27-2003, 04:40 PM

I bought one of these. Works very well. Very simple machined aluminum piece. Here is a pic.

01-27-2003, 07:34 PM
the rivergate unit is a fine piece, however i had to send mine back. it hinges in one direction only so the tube it mounts to must run side to side in the car( ie Parralell to the bumber

01-28-2003, 12:02 AM
you could not just flip the mount on the bracket? I use my on the diagonal bar on the main hoop just as the picture shows.

01-28-2003, 09:53 AM
if the bar goes side to side it will work great. i needed to mount to a rear diagonal to get the camera back far enough in the car. it is very nicely made but the fact that it only pivots in one direction limits the mounting options.

01-28-2003, 11:51 AM
oooohhh gotcha.... i get it now.

yep not gonna happen!

Scott Nutter
01-29-2003, 11:28 PM
Last year somebody posted that the IO port unit uses a BOGEN 3025 tripod head. I bought a BOGEN 3025 tripod head from an online camera shop for ~$25, cut a 3" piece of aluminum U channel, notched it out to fit the roll cage and attached it with a U clamp. I have a ~7 year old Sony 8mm with steady shot, and the video is very watchable.

Another thing I did was to mount a Tach on the dash in view of the camera. I also mounted a bracket on the dash with a mirror so I can see my steering wheel and behind the mirror I put a light wired in parrallel with my brake lights. That way I know just when I did get on/off the brakes.

01-30-2003, 09:21 AM
If you are 1) Cheap and 2) in a big-ass rush, you can make a decent mount yourself:



02-17-2003, 09:30 AM
Mr Jones

Thats the exact same thing I did. I also took an old mouse pad and cut two cicles out of it to use as a vibration pad between the bracket and the camera mount. I get a perfectly still picture. Used the Bogen mount that Scott Nutter talked about. Got it at www.beachcamera.com (http://www.beachcamera.com)

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[This message has been edited by Racescort (edited February 17, 2003).]

Rex B
02-20-2003, 12:27 AM
The first time I recorded video We just welded a horizontal tab onto the cage diagonal. It had a 1/4" hole in it. We mounted the camcorder with a capscrew and nut and turned it on. That was over 10 years ago and I still watch that video occasionally. Even without image stabilization, there was little jitter, and this was a rough track (TAMU in College Station TX).

gran racing
02-20-2003, 11:27 PM
I purchased an IO port mount, and was a little disappointment. It probably has to due with my camera versus the mount though. I have tried several different things to stop the vibration. I made a platform out of heavy sheet metal to give the mounting area of the cam corder more area, put shims under it, everything. It still vibrates. Unfortunately the camera does not have any features to stabilize the picture.

02-21-2003, 12:01 AM
I built my mount out of a Bogen head, some scrap metal and u bolts. I used a hockey puck as an isolator. Mid '90's Sony hi8 camera. Great picture and cost me about $50.

Christopher M Aylward
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