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Old 06-30-2012, 10:15 AM   #1
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Go Pro Helmet cam help...

I'm trying to make this swivel cam for one of my extra helmets. Any suggestions on where I can find a bearing this size?

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Old 06-30-2012, 10:18 AM   #2
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Here's the mount in action

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i got some small bearings from here

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Looks like skateboard bearings. Should be able to get some at academy.
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Old 07-02-2012, 02:15 PM   #9
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people who have made these mounts have also used 8mm skate bearings...they fit well in 1/2" PVC connectors (with a little heat)...just hit up lowe's or HD for some 5/16" bolts/nuts and some PVC and other cheap connectors.

I have also seen several made from used parts from a hard drive, since they spin smoothly.
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or Houston Bearing Supply on I-10 near TC Jester...I have purchased a couple handfuls of bearings from them in the past.
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people who have made these mounts have also used 8mm skate bearings...they fit well in 1/2" PVC connectors (with a little heat)...just hit up lowe's or HD for some 5/16" bolts/nuts and some PVC and other cheap connectors.

I have also seen several made from used parts from a hard drive, since they spin smoothly.
do you have a picture of the mount you're replicating?
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Old 07-02-2012, 03:05 PM   #13
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no. i was hunting for stuff for my stabilizer at 6am at walmart because I couldn't sleep. I found this caster and figure this should work well.

here's a sketch i made for ya...ignore my mad paintbrush skills.

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pvc, a gopro tripod mount, a 1/4" bolt, some washers for counterbalance, and the caster.

i plan to use my LCD screen to angle the cam so that the "contraption" isn't visible.
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Old 07-02-2012, 03:23 PM   #14
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did some searching...this guy did basically the same thing as I was planning...now I have a use for that bicycle bar mount that I bought and hardly ever use. I'll ditch my tripod mount that I planned to use.

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I wonder if this guy has it counter weighted...

. http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=N3JJBj1Y4tQ
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my guess is yes. 1 common thing i've seen people use on the goprouserforum is another housing filled with weights...i suppose you could also use another gopro if you have 2.
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Progress was made...you will definitely need to counter weight the mount. If not, you will have too much moment (torque) on the helmet/mount interface and pull/pry the mount off the helmet.

After drilling out the rivet and removing the wheel.
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Prototype on the bench. Discovered that you will need to offset the weight of the camera. Here I am using a Swingline Stapler.
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I need to make another hardware store trip before I am able to attempt the double sided tape helmet connection.

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