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Old 08-13-2009, 12:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Bay Area folks... Has anyone here found a solution to mount their Fastrak toll tag in a way that doesn't involve sticking velcro tape to the windshield? Right now it lives in the driver side door pocket and we just hold it up to the windshield when crossing the toll plaza. Just looking for some ideas... it needs to remain portable because it's registered for all three of our cars.
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I found the best place to put mine. I wish I could take a pic now, but if you want one later let me know...

I put 4 small velcro squares in it's 4 corners and mounted it on the inside-top of the dash cubby. It works 100% of the time when I flip up the top (even though it's on the under-side).

I found out by accident when I left it in the cubby on accident one day and it beeped when I went through. It tends to work about 65% of the time with the lid closed, but with the lid up it works 100%.

I like the location because (a) no one can see it and (b) it doesn't take up valuable space in the cubby since it's on the under-side of the lid. And for your situation, if you need to take it for another car you can just pull it off it's velcro.
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Hmmm... I like the idea of it being completely invisible. Any issues with heat buildup inside the dash cubby on hot days?
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here in washington state we use the good to go pass it also attaches to the windshield
but there is another option
a Licensplate frame that uses the same technology

any way to find out if CA or other states offer that Option?
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You know what happens to me.. At times I drive my fathers car and forget he has fastrack... I get up to the window and the guy looks at me like I am crazy... I look at him with cash in my hand and he says you have fastrack.. I say huh???? Turns out it is in my dads glove box.... it reads it... Try and see if the dash compartment will allow the transponder to be read. Just a thought. I wouldn't like having that thing stuck on my window either.
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Honestly I like just using the window mounting. Back in the day we just put the velcro on each of the cars and then just put it in any car. The forester has a nice big spot behind the rearview mirror that works perfectly and can't be seen by the driver. When I had my windshield first replaced I just left it in the eyeglass holder on the roof and never had a problem with it reading.
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Mount it behind the grille? :P Jk will never hear it beep that way.
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Honestly I like just using the window mounting. Back in the day we just put the velcro on each of the cars and then just put it in any car. The forester has a nice big spot behind the rearview mirror that works perfectly and can't be seen by the driver. When I had my windshield first replaced I just left it in the eyeglass holder on the roof and never had a problem with it reading.
Yours must be a lot smaller. The Fastrak tag is like 4"x4" - I couldn't even fit it behind the mirror, and there's no way to fit it in the sunglass holder, unfortunately.
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You know what happens to me.. At times I drive my fathers car and forget he has fastrack... I get up to the window and the guy looks at me like I am crazy... I look at him with cash in my hand and he says you have fastrack.. I say huh???? Turns out it is in my dads glove box.... it reads it... Try and see if the dash compartment will allow the transponder to be read. Just a thought. I wouldn't like having that thing stuck on my window either.
Heck, if it doesn't need line of sight to be read, I just might leave it in the doorpocket!
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I am going to say it doesn't..... Even if it doesn't read it, they will take a photo of the license plate and charge your account...:) Happens all the time at mi work.
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Question: I'm in the same boat, but why even bother carrying the fastrak? If it doesn't go off, they'll just take a pic of your plate, and if your car is registered, it'll charge you appropriately, no?
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Yours must be a lot smaller. The Fastrak tag is like 4"x4" - I couldn't even fit it behind the mirror, and there's no way to fit it in the sunglass holder, unfortunately.
My Fastrak is roughly 3"x4", and fits quite well behind the mirror (yeah, I use the velcro mounts). Sure, I can see a little bit of it if I try, but from where I sit, it's possible to hide it completely... (2010 Forester 2.5X).
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I stick my Fastrak in the storage compartment in the dash, above the clock. I put it velcro side down, and it grips the carpet material so it doesn't slide around during turns. I keep the storage compartment closed and it works every time. It has even worked at higher speeds (Fastrak Express on the Benecia bridge). I like this because it is not visible to the public, and the sun doesn't beat down directly on it. Plus, no ugly velcro strips on the windshield. It does take up space in the cubby, but I don't keep anything else there besides my sunglasses (they don't fit in the sunglass holder).
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I keep mine in the door pocket and hold it up when I pass. You're supposed to keep fixed to the window in a visible area.

I had a friend get pulled over for "toll evasion" by CHP because the chippy couldn't see his transponder.
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Hmmm... I like the idea of it being completely invisible. Any issues with heat buildup inside the dash cubby on hot days?
I have had it there for a few months now and about a week after I first put it on, I opened the cubby and found that the velcro stickies that were stuck to the underside of the flap came off (the glue didn't hold). So I put it back (same pieces) and this time really pushed them firmly on, one at a time. It's been about a month and a half and no issues.

After I wrote my idea yesterday I drove over the bay bridge as I do a lot, opened the flap and was going 35/40 through the plaza and it didn't go off But they always look up my plate with no issues. Whenever I go 25ish it always picks it up. But I wanted to beat someone else through to a merging lane
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