Pro.Fit VSM G3

Vehicle-specific mount for electronic devices

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Looking for an easy way to mount a satellite radio, navigator, iPod®, or other portable device in your vehicle? This Pro.Fit G3 vehicle-specific mount (VSM) is the solution for you. It installs neatly in a convenient spot on your vehicle's dash, so you can reach your portable easily and safely, plus you don't have to alter the interior of your vehicle — good news if you lease your car. Once you've purchased a G3 mount, Pro.Fit will also provide you with a replacement G3 VSM whenever you buy a new car — for the rest of your life.

The Pro.Fit G3 uses a ball-joint design that lets you tilt your device in any direction for the optimum viewing angle, and makes changing devices a breeze. The VSM G3 mounting bracket features a slim profile, so it's hardly noticeable when nothing's attached to it. And the G3 mount's molded ball connects to a variety of Pro.Fit device holders, and even attaches directly to the back of a Garmin nüvi navigator.

Adapters for more versatility
In most cases, you'll need a separate device holder to attach your portable to the VSM. The G3 mount comes with two adapters that attach to the molded ball at its tip, so you can pivot your device to the perfect angle. The A Plate adapter attaches to Pro.Fit device holders for items like iPods or plug-and-play satellite radios, while the durable ball-tipped J Stem adapter acts as a 3" extension arm for even more mounting options.

This unique design allows you to use adapters and optional device holders for quick, easy swapping of devices on your dash. For instance, switch from your iPhone® to your portable navigator when you start a trip, then switch back when you get home. The VSM G3 makes it easy — no tools needed. You can expect a great-looking, professional fit every time. Lifetime warranty.

Note: You must identify your vehicle in Crutchfield's Car Selector to order this Pro.Fit mount online. Or, if you prefer, call an Advisor at 1-888-955-6000 to make sure you get the G3 mount that fits your vehicle exactly.

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What's in the box?

  • Pro.Fit G3-style Vehicle Specific Mount (VSM)
  • J Stem extension
  • Lock plate
  • Assembly Instructions
  • (Some mounts may include screws)

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Features

Overview: The Pro.Fit International Vehicle Specific Mount (VSM) G3 is designed to attach behind the dash trim for a clean, factory installed look without damage to your vehicle's interior. Please check the Crutchfield Vehicle Selector for compatibility with your vehicle.

Note: For many applications a VSM will require an additional holder or cradle to complete a mobile electronics installation. Some electronics manufacturers provide their own cradle which usually will attach directly to a VSM.

Included Components: The VSM G3 provides a molded rubber ball allows you to pivot, twist, angle, extend, or remove your electronic device. It can also be used as a stand-alone mount with Garmin nüvi GPS units. The VSM G3 comes with the following components:

  • Lock Plate: The Lock Plate has a socket for the G3 ball on one side and a 2" square flat mounting surface on the other side. There are 4 screw holes with spacing between 1-1/8" and 1-1/2" (compatible with the standard AMPS hole pattern).
  • J Stem Extension: Made of high-performance resins, the J Stem extension provides a multi-axis, multi-functional joint that also acts as an extension arm (3" in any direction). The J Stem extension has a ball on one end and a ball socket on the other end.

Installation: The VSM G3 attaches to existing hardware that is hidden behind your vehicle dash's trim. Installation will require that your vehicle's trim bezel be removed from the dash in order access this hidden hardware. We recommend using a Dash Trim Removal Tool (042DM4022) or Hook Tool (042DM3022) to remove bezels. A special tool is necessary to protect the vehicle's dash from scratches and punctures that can occur by using a household tool like a screwdriver.

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Shakes horribly.

Written By Bill, Hartford, CT on Sunday, July 06, 2014

I used the mount to hold the head of an ICOM 5100 radio. The head is lighter than my cell phone but it is big. The head vibrates like crazy even when cruising on smooth pavement. I am going to have to figure something else out.

Good IPhone holder.

Written By pbabowler1640, Madison Heights, VA on Friday, April 18, 2014

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Good holder for my IPhone

Pros: Good position for my phone while driving. Can be installed on left side by flipping over bracket.

Cons: Harder to install w/o instructions. Have to download from pro.fit website.

2013 Toyota Corolla

Written By PB, Fort Lauderdale, FL on Saturday, March 22, 2014

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I am using this to hold a JVC HD radio receiver which is connected through my factory radio. It does the job even though it does partly blocks the center air duct which I don't mind since it keeps the JVC HD receiver cool when I am running the air. However, it does tend to vibrate, shake and occasionally I have to re-adjust the JVC radio's position and tighten down the locking nut on the back of this bracket, which occasionally loosens due to the car's vibrations. Pictures of my install are available upon request.

Pros: Easy to install once you have removed the center console trim around the a/c ducts and the a/c ducts themselves. You can actually mount two of these, one on the left side duct & one on the right duct side, if needed.

Cons: The only BIG con I have with this bracket is it's PRICE. For a small piece of metal & plastic is quite steep for what you get.

VSM

Written By foleym69, Gypsum,Co on Monday, March 25, 2013

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The VSM mounts are the best. always easy to install and use. Crutchfield always makes it easy to install products for a layman like me to the average joe.

Pros: easy mounting. Looks good and a clean install.

Cons: None

Pro.Fit VSM G3

Written By Chris, Lewisburg,WV on Saturday, January 05, 2013

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Good product. Not necessarily its own weakness, but it would be nice if it could be installed to the left of the radio. It would be easier to reach with people with short arms (like my wife)

Poor product

Written By Craig A, Baltimore, MD on Tuesday, June 26, 2012

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This is a poorly designed product. It looks great but functions poorly. When a phone is installed in the holder, it vibrates so bad that I was concerned that the phone might break. A call to Pro-Fit and they suggested using the extension arm that comes with the unit. "Brace the arm against the side of the dash to add support. That will greatly reduce the shaking." was their suggestion. It didn't work as the unit shook so bad it knocked the arm away from the dash too. Forget being able to see the phone display if your vehicle is in motion as it will just be a shaky blur. Save your time and money and find a better product to mount your phone to your dash. This ones going back.

Pros: Looks nice-small profile

Cons: Extremely shaky

Pro.Fit VSM G3

Written By MarkR, Kansas City, MO on Tuesday, June 26, 2012

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It was pretty much like the mounting hardware that came with my XM receiver, so it didn't help my cause getting the receiver off of the top of my dash. Not at all like the vehicle specific mount I got for my Dodge Ram.

Pros: It was constructed well.

Cons: It was an adhesive mount for on top of the dash, which in my oppinion looks bad.

G-3 adapter plate

Written By Chuck, Maine on Wednesday, February 29, 2012

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Recieved this item in mail. Installed quickly and easily. However my garmin GPS could not get a signal. When I queired customer service I was told to "locate it somewhere else in the vehicle" so much for vehicle specific. Diagrams showed one location only, air bags occupied any other panel that a signal. Needs work

Pros: Quick delivery

Cons: Not as advertised

Not complete

Written By Greg, Carlsbad, NM on Thursday, February 09, 2012

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Works well, I liked the placement, had no problems with noise. Install was easy for me, but that was only because I know how to remove my center dash, not because the instructions told me how to. However; it was not complete, after 1/2 an hour of attempting to attach my TOMTOM GO 720 to the unit I went to the manufacturer's web site and found that I needed to buy (an equally priced) adapter in order to actually use the unit. Knowing this I would have still purchased the unit, but I would not have purchased it from Crutchfield, rather someone who sold the COMPLETE set-up.

Pros: Clean look, easy install, works well

Cons: incomplete, poor instructions

easy and clean

Written By c669, Northern CA on Tuesday, February 07, 2012

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A nice mount. Install is clean and fast, a no brainer. Keeps my phone where I need it with no suction cup or flex arm cluttering up the dash.

no instructions

Written By paul, wyoming on Monday, September 12, 2011

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no mounting instructions included, not even the manufacturers website which is where the instructions are. otherwise a great little mount.

Almost great

Written By Kay, Folsom, CA on Tuesday, June 28, 2011

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The new version of the G3, comes with a 3 inch ball extension arm. This is the worst part of the mount. The extension gave more latitude and adjustment, but the vibration was terrible, even at a gentle cruise. I removed the arm and attache the phone mount directly to the dash mount, and the vibration greatly reduced. Much better, but still slight vibration. The could use a thicker gauge plate to reduce vibration in future upgrades. Other than that, fits my 2004 Lexus ES perfectly. Installed in 10 minutes, including dash removal and install. Don't forget to order the Pro.Fit Hook Tool set!

Disappointed

Written By PhilN, Largo, FL on Tuesday, June 28, 2011

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The idea is great but the placement plan is awful. The GPS would cover part of the center upper vent and would make the use of some of the radio controls difficult.

Great Mount,A little pricey

Written By C Corey, Bradenton,FL on Sunday, June 05, 2011

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This mount works well, I use this to mount with my garmin nuvi and mine doesn't shake or slide like the previous post. I'm very happy with the product I installed it myself it is a bit pricey I think but I don't like windshield mounts so this was a good option for me.

Pro.Fit VSM G3

Written By Ron, NJ on Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The mount installs as it is designed to. However, when my Garmin Nuvi is mounted on
the unit, it wiggles from side to side when driving. This is due to the very thin metal
piece which holds the small black ball. If the visible metal portion of the mount was
thicker, it would prevent my GPS unit from wiggling. It's still a better install option than
having to use the suction cup mount that comes with the unit.

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For details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle. [ Jeff  Feb 01, 2014 ]  Staff

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