VIDEO: DIY GoPro Clamp Gooseneck Extension

Rex DelRey DeGuzman of LiveLiveNow.com explains how to extend the gooseneck of your GoPro Jaws clamp mount.
Rex DelRey DeGuzman/LiveLiveNow.com
VIDEO: DIY GoPro Clamp Gooseneck Extension

I love my GoPro Jaws: Flex Clamp. It’s a solid mount that many of us use because of it’s super versatile. You can clamp it on to objects ranging in size from 0.25″ to 2″ (0.6cm to 5cm) in diameter. Also, the rubber pull strap let’s you clamp it securely onto random things.

I have been using the Jaws with my GarminVIRB for a fixed angle to film at night. Immediately, I wanted it to be longer so it could be taller and I could really adjust the angle on the fly with one hand. I took a look at the gooseneck and researched Loc-Line and found some extensions and a tool to clamp the segments of the flex hose together.

Materials You Will Need To Build Your Clamp Mount

1 or 2 feet segment of 3/4″ ID Loc-Line. It costs $8.53 per foot and you can purchase it at modularhose.com.

Loc-Line Assembly Pliers for 3/4″. It costs $14.33 and I would recommend getting it. It can be achieved without it, but it’s a pain. You may accidentally hit yourself in the face. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

I also ordered some generic gooseneck clamps from Amazon to test against the original GoPro gooseneck. I really love modular products and I was testing to see if this is something we want to put together and offer to you guys. The generic ones are not as tight in the connections between the segments. I also ordered generic extension segments and tried to mix and match it with the Loc-Line hose segments and they didn’t fit well together.

Overall, the original GoPro Jaws and the original Loc-Line segments worked the best. This setup is a great all around mount especially with the longer gooseneck. Literally, you can bring this every where with you and you can easily find and object to clamp it on to and film.

The longer your GoPro's clamp mount neck is, the better angles you can get.

Things To Remember

1. Depending on what you plan on mounting, you should test different lengths to see at what point it starts to tip over. The shorter you go, the more sturdy it is. The Jaws has a 6 inch segment, not including the clamp. Each segment is around 1 inch. So figure out what you are trying to mount and test it out.

Go as tall as you need, but no more – this will ensure the maximum “sturdiness”. I use mine with the ZoomLight GoPro Mountable Flashlight and the GarminVIRB XE. Together they weight around 13 ounces and I could extend it to around 18 inches total – which is adding a one foot segment. If you are mounting just one camera, you could go up to a total of 2 to 3 feet without worrying about it tipping over.

2. The main thing to be aware of is that the segments CAN pop off. It takes some force, but you can do it with your bare hands by bending the hose. So just be aware and if are bending the gooseneck and you bump into something hard, it could pop off. Also, be sure to tether the clamp if you are filming underwater shots.

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