RAM Mount FAQs

What is a RAM Mount and what does it do?

A RAM Mount is a rugged, versatile mounting system that allows you to mount your gadgets almost anywhere in your vehicle – right where you need it the most. Whether in an aircraft, car, boat, ATV, truck, snowmobile, farming vehicle, motorcycle, fork lift or any other situation, RAM s interchangeable accessories offer a solution for your most challenging mounting problems.

What does a RAM Mount offer me?

RAM Mount is known around the world for their high quality mounting systems. They are made to last and designed to endure some really harsh operating conditions. RAM mounting systems offer the convenience of being modular- which allows you to mix and match parts when you need to, to create the perfect system. On top of this, the materials and patented design of the RAM Mount help protect your electronics from damage from vibration and offer customisable viewing angles. They are easy to install and are much more affordable than other custom built mounting options. We at Smart Mounts think these benefits make the RAM Mount the perfect choice for securing GPS, spotlights, drink containers, laptops, PDA s, pocket PC s, radar detectors, cameras, computers, mobile phones, speakers, mirrors, antennas – or just about anything else!

Can I change the setup of my RAM Mount?

All RAM components are interchangeable, so if you decide to alter the configuration or application of the mount, you can simply switch any of the components of the system to suit its new application, so long as

Why should I pick a RAM Mount?

With an established and recognized patent, RAM is the only universal ball- and-socket system that can hold tremendous amounts of weight, while absorbing damaging shock and vibration for application in military, commercial and private use. The system s patented solid rubber ball and sturdy metal socket mounts have been tested by prominent international organisations such as Lowrance, Garmin, US Navy, US Army and many others. In every case, RAM has exceeded its required demands and has since been accepted and endorsed as the industry standard mounting solution.

How much weight will the RAM Mount support?

The standard mounts (“b-size”) we sell are designed to hold applications with weight of up to 5 kilograms. However, for more heavy duty uses, mounts to hold up to 7.5 kilograms are available. If you are interested, please contact us.

What is the RAM Mount made of?

To provide light weight strength and corrosion resistance, most RAM parts are made of marine grade aluminum with a powder coated finish, stainless steel hardware and rubber balls. Other parts are made from high quality composite.

Will it last?

The RAM Mount features a manufacturer s warranty which guarantees the quality and workmanship of each component for life. The mount is also constructed with highly durable and lasting materials.

What colours are available?

RAM Mounts come in black and many parts are also available in chrome (on order – please enquire).

How does the RAM Mount work?

The RAM mount system involves four components; a vehicle mount, an arm, a mounting ball, and a holder. These components are assembled by first attaching an un-intrusive vehicle mount to your vehicle, with our standard (“b-size”) systems, either a 1.75″ , 3.00″ (standard), or 5.25″ arm is attached to this, and a mount which suits your application is added to complete the system. In building your RAM system, you will need to consider where on your vehicle you intend to mount it, as well as the device that you intend to attach.

Do RAM Mounts really dampen shock and vibration and protect my electronic devices?

Yes. The patented design of RAM Mount utilizes a rubber ball and socket that greatly reduces the amount vibration that can be transmitted into electronics. No other mounting system on the market today offers this feature in a more durable, compact, and functional way.

Can I substitute parts of my RAM system for other parts?

The RAM system is modular, and any of the components can be substituted for other application mounts, application bases, arms, and vehicle bases respectively. If you have multiple bases for instance, you will be able to move your device from position to position, vehicle to vehicle in a matter of seconds.

What do I do if the part I need is not available from your online store?

If you are looking for a particular component, please contact us with a query, or feel free to browse our online store for only SOME of the many possible RAM mounting solutions. The RAM Mount catalogue is huge, so it’s hard for to maintain all these parts on our website. As NZ’s local RAM Mount distributor we keep a very wide range of components on hand – and and order anything else in if required.


To provide lightweight strength and corrosion resistance, RAM is made of marine grade aluminum with a black powder coated finish, stainless steel hardware and rubber balls. The standard mount bases include a yoke mount, round base, rubber suction cup and U-bolt handlebar for attaching electronic and GPS devices. Other configurations can be considered for laptop systems in vehicles and marine uses. 

Recognized and accepted by the U.S. Patent Office, RAM is the only universal ball-and-socket system that holds tremendous amounts of weight in high vibration applications for military, commercial and private use.


Many of these parts are available in composite, mount part number has the prefix code RAP. The composite components include both single and double socket arm assemblies with the same patented rubber ball and socket technology. The octagon button system works with the Quick Snap Belt Clip Holder, Quick Snap Surface. The new Snap Flex Link System is a male to female snap together configuration that has screws to tension the joint. The RAM Rail Mounts for handle bars and railings with a 1″ rubber ball and or diamond base for adaptation to any other diamond base system. Then again, the possible mounting solutions are endless, affordable and backed by the NPI Lifetime Warranty.


RAM Balls are injection molded onto a marine grade aluminum post. The materials used to make the balls and/or posts may be varied to provide characteristics required for most applications.


The RAM range has custom formed cradles and holders suitable for many electronic, PDA and GPS devices as will become apparent as you tour around our web site. Where applicable, we shall show the cradle with a selection of standard mounts to ease the selection process and choice. However, for the more adventurous user wishing to build a customized mount system, then by selecting mating parts, you can achieve your own solution.


When ordering a RAM mount system or additional components, it’s important that you understand the part number system. To help you understand the part number format used, we are providing the following example. It is four different sizes of a basic RAM mounting system including the corresponding arm, round base with ball. 

Note: The C size 1 .5″ ball does not have a letter C following the RAM- prefix code, while all other sizes do require a letter. Important: Be careful to make sure you have the letter in the proper location of the part number so you order the correct size system or component. If in any doubt, please contact us.



B size 1″ ball mount for units up to .91kg weight (approx 2 lbs) 
C size 1.5″ ball mount for units up to 1.81kg weight (approx 4 lbs) 
D size 2.25″ ball mount for units up to 2.72kg weight (approx 6 lbs) 
E size 3.38″ ball mount for units up to 6.8kg weight (approx 15 lbs)


The glossary of terms page is intended to provide you with definitions for custom words, directly used and related to the RAM Mount range.

M: Mount or base of aluminum construction
RAP: Mount or base of composite construction
SB: When included in RAP part numbers, this stands for “snap link”
RAP-SB-XXX: Snap link base or system, hard composite ball and socket, not rubber
RAP-B-XXX: Accommodates or has B size ball
RAM-A-XXX: 9/16” diameter rubber ball
RAM-B-XXX: 1” diameter rubber ball
RAM-XXX: 1 ½” diameter rubber ball
RAM-D-XXX: 2 ¼” diameter rubber ball mount kit or component
RAM-VC-XXX: Vehicle Console, pertaining to RAM Mount Vehicle Console Systems
RAM-VB-XXX: Vehicle Base
RAM-VB-XXX-SW1: Complete Vehicle Mount System
RAM-A-XXX-B: Accommodates A size ball, B length arm or system
RAM-B-XXX-A: Accommodates B size ball, A length arm or system
RAM-B-XXX: Accommodates B size ball, standard length arm or system
RAM-B-XXX-C: Accommodates B size ball, C length arm or system
RAM-XXX-B: Accommodates C size ball, B length arm or system
RAM-XXX-D: Accommodates C size ball, D length arm or system
RAM-D-XXX: Accommodates D size ball, D length arm or system
RAM-D-XXX-C: Accommodates D size ball, C length arm or system
RAM-D-XXX-E: Accommodates D size ball, E length arm or system
RAM-E-XXX: Accommodates E size ball, E length arm
RAM-E-XXX-D: Accommodates E size ball, D length arm