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Some Shafts Don't Come With The V-Clip For The Minelab-Made Meters To Slide Onto. What Then? & More Various Meter Mounting Methods...
Posted by: Critterhunter
Date: August 24, 2012 07:32PM
Got this in a PM today, and this isn't the first time I've been asked this or seen the question come up in the forum, so I think it'd be useful in this sticky. Message has been edited for clearity....

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I needed to get a few extra parts for mounting that meter (One of Minelab's meters). I got the meter, then discovered that I didn't have the v-bracket (on the shaft) to mount it to the shaft. I got the v-bracket then realized I didn't have screws, so I ordered them. Instead of screws I got pop rivets in the mail which apparently is the proper way to mount the bracket. Problem is that I don't have a pop rivet gun. SO then I ordered a pop rivet gun. Now I am waiting on the pop rivet gun.

I had heard that some shafts didn't come with the V-clip. But strangely some do and some don't. You don't need rivets. You can use flat headed screws to mount the V-clip on the shaft in it's stock position where the holes are already existing for the v-clip/rivets, as flat head screws will allow the meter to clear them and slide onto the v-clip.

Also, if you are using one of Minelab's meters don't mount the meter on the shaft below the grip in it's stock position. Impossible to see and I really wonder what Minelab was thinking when they could have just made a v-clip that would pop right on to the top of the hand grip for the same exact cost I'm sure.

Here's what you do...Go up to your local home improvement store and look for pipe hangers for like $2. I used one made from copper but there are various types. They have a mounting bracket that has two thumb screws or regular screws (depending on which you buy) to clamp it on the shaft like it's made for it, and it has a long strap with holes in it.

Take that hanger and clamp it onto the top of your grip, right around the grip but up near the top to clear your hand. Bend the mounting strap up and over the top of the grip. Take your V-clip and mark it's two rivet/screw holes onto the strap where you want it to sit (right above the grip resting on it is best). Drill the two holes in the strap, then cut off the excess strap. Now use two flat head screws to screw the v-clip onto the mounting strap. Slide the meter onto the V-clip, plug the coil into the meter and then the meter into the control box and you're all set!

Having the meter above the grip is the only way to fly with the stock meter. There are some plastic Sovereign meter mounts that mount the Minelab made meters down the shaft past the grip but off to the side of the shaft so you're hand grip isn't blocking it, but mounting above the hand grip is the best like any normal metal detector should be. Some do however prefer the meter down the shaft closer to the coil as they find it easier to watch the meter and also watch how they are using the coil while working at a target.

Other aftermarket meters that stand up high are fine mounted right on the shaft past the grip like at or near the stock position as they stand up/are tall and so clear the grip for easier viewing down the shaft. Ron's meter is like this, and his like some other meters even has they're own mounting bracket so you don't need the V-clip in the first place. It will mount on the shaft anywhere you want it, or on top of your grip too by just bending the mounting bracket I think.

Here are a few pics of the pipe hanger I used and it mounted to my GT using the Minelab Digisearch meter. As said, with some non-Minelab meters like Ron's (last pic) no need to use a v-clip, as they already feature the ability to mount the meter on the shaft or grip without a v-clip...

PS- In these pics you can see my remote pin point switch hanging down, installed inside a bike end bar I cut down the length on and used for my grip. The pipe hanger and shaft were later painted as this was early on in my custom light weight shaft build. You can find further info on these meter mods, remote PP switch, or custom shafts by others and me in this huge thread in the modifications forum...

http://www.findmall.com/read.php?22,1141218,page=1



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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/24/2012 07:35PM by Critterhunter.





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