Ninja 300 Phone Mount for Smartphones and GPS

Last updated on December 10th, 2018

This is simply going to be a quick guide on how to make a Ninja 300 phone mount holder for the 2012-2017 Kawasaki Ninja 300. Or a Kawasaki Ninja 250. We’ll do so via threading the steering stem bolt. For a more comprehensive guide, see my other Sport bike Smartphone Ram Mount How-ToThe goal is to be able to mount a smartphone holder centered directly on the handlebar. All while keeping it as OEM-looking as possible. Let’s begin.
Project Specs:

Difficulty: Easy
Tool Requirements: Basic
Time: 1 Hour
Cost: 10$

This is how the finished Ninja 300 phone mount looks. A nicely centered, versatile, secure smartphone mount.
This is how the finished Ninja 300 phone mount looks. A nicely centered, versatile, secure smartphone mount.

This is just one of the upgrades I’ve done to this bike. If you want to see other interesting parts I’ve installed, check out my Ninja 300 Mods list. In it, there are plenty of upgrades and accessories I’ve tested out that help make this awesome bike even better. Most are “bolt-on” and take just minutes to fit to the N300.

DIY Phone Mount Motorcycle Fitment

  • 2013-2017 Kawasaki Ninja 300
  • 2008-2012 Kawasaki Ninja 250
  • For the Kawasaki Ninja 400, use this phone mount

What you’ll need

Given that we will be tapping a shallow, blind hole, we need a complete tap set like this, which includes a bottoming tap.
Given that we will be tapping a shallow, blind hole, we need a complete tap set like this, which includes a bottoming tap.

Parts & Supplies

  • Ram Mount 1-Inch Ball with 1/4-Inch 20 Male Threaded Post – This is the standard ball for most Ram Mount attachments. It’s the main item needed for this Ninja 300 phone mount. If you need a cheap phone mount for it, consider this budget X-grip smartphone holder/charger.
  • OEM or Aftermarket Steering Stem Bolt – This is what we’ll be threading for the Ram Mount post. You can use the OEM Steering Stem Bolt, or do it to an aftermarket bolt like the one above if you don’t want to risk the original part.
  • 1/4-20 Tap Set – We will need all three tap types for this job (Taper, Bottoming and Plug).
  • Tap Wrench – I personally prefer the ratcheting variety since it’s quicker. You should use whatever you have at hand.
  • Drill or Drill Press
  • 13/64″ or 3/16″ or 5mm Drill Bit – These are the suitable drill sizes for a 1/4-20 thread, erring towards a tighter fit.
  • Center Punch – To keep the drill bit from slipping.
  • Red Threadlocker – For this use, high-strength red threadlocker is preferable to blue threadlocker.
  • Tape – To mark the drill depth.
  • 22mm Socket – To remove the steering stem bolt. It’s not exactly a standard sized, so before assuming your socket set already has one, check first.

Kawasaki Ninja 300 Phone Mount – Step by Step

Step 1 – Remove the steering stem bolt

This is the original Steering Stem Bolt on the Kawasaki Ninja 300.
This is the original Steering Stem Bolt on the Kawasaki Ninja 300.

The first step is to remove the Steering Stem Bolt. It’s a large hex bolt, so you’ll need either a wrench or a 22mm socket – preferably the latter to avoid rounding the bolt.

Step 2 – Put it in the vice

Ninja 300 Phone Mount for Smartphones and GPS - Put the bolt in the vice

Put it in a vice so we can work with it properly. Don’t grab it too hard to avoid deforming the threads. And preferably, put it in some v-jaws for cylindrical parts like above so it doesn’t slide.

Step 3 – Mark the center of the steering stem bolt

Now we want to mark the center of the steering stem bolt.

Use a ruler aligned with the hex corners to mark along the center of the bolt with the Center Punch‘s sharp tip. Make two or three lines to find the center, and then center punch it.

Step 4 – Drill the pilot hole

Given how important getting the center right is, we will be drilling a pilot hole first to guide the main drill bit. I was going to do this in the drill press, but I decided to go with a hand drill instead since that is what most people reading this would be using.

Any small drill bit is fine. Since the bolt head is concave, the drill bit will naturally tend to center itself. Don’t drill too deep. About a centimeter or less is as far as you need to drill.

Step 5 – Drill the main hole

To correctly use the tap, we need to make a hole slightly smaller than the threads. The correct drill bit for a 1/4-20 thread is 13/64″, but since I wanted an extra tight thread I went with a 5mm drill bit.

I used a piece of tape to mark how deep I wanted the hole. Any unnecessary material removed is simply weakening the bolt, so we should make the hole only as shallow as needed.

The bolt is steel, so use a slow speed and a lot of pressure. You know you’re drilling at the right RPMs and pressure when you’re getting a thin, long metal spiral instead of splinter-like chips.

Step 6 – Add oil

Add some lube to make the tap's job easier.
Add some lube to make the tap’s job easier.

To help the tap make the hole easier, add some lube. Any lube. Tapping Oil made specifically for the job is best, but hardly necessary. Even used motor oil will do.

Step 7 – Start tapping

Go slow, and reverse wherever the tap binds up.
Go slow, and reverse wherever the tap binds up.

First use the most tapered tap and go slowly. When the tap binds, go back a rotation and then continue forward again. It is extremely important to make sure the tap is straight. Keep tapping until the tap can’t go forward anymore.

Step 8 – Blow out the chips

Blow out any chips that might be stuck at the bottom of the hole every time you remove the tap.
Blow out any chips that might be stuck at the bottom of the hole every time you remove the tap.

Since the hole is blind, we’ll have to blow out the chips so they don’t keep the tap from reaching the bottom. Engage your safety squints and blow the chips out.

Step 9 – Use the plug tap

After the taper tap has been used, try the plug tap.
After the taper tap has been used, try the plug tap.

Once we can’t proceed any further with the taper tap, use the Plug Tap. Just repeat the same steps as before.

I moved the bolt to the bottom side of the vise to grip the head and avoid the bolt slipping or damaging the threads under the pressure of the vise’s jaws.

Step 10 – Use the bottoming tap

Ninja 300 Phone Mount for Smartphones and GPS - Use the bottoming tap

Now it’s finally the Bottoming Tap’s turn. With this tap you’ll be able to just almost thread the hole until the bottom. Make sure to blow out the hole before concluding you can’t tap any further.

Admire your work…and then install it

Perfect! Now we have a tapped hole where we can thread the Ram Mount Post. Let’s proceed to installing it.

To install the steering stem bolt again, we only have to screw it back on. The correct torque for the Steering Stem Bolt is 44 N·m / 2.0 kgf·m / 32 ft·lb, which is “pretty tight, but don’t over-do it”. Just set the right value on your torque wrench. No threadlocker is recommended per the manual.

Once the Steering Stem Bolt is properly torqued down, it’s time to assemble the Ninja 300 phone mount. We need to screw in the Ram Mount Ball. Ideally, red threadlocker should be used if you won’t be removing the steering stem bolt in the near future. If not, blue threadlocker is also an option if you already have it at hand, but be aware that the ball might come loose sooner rather than later.

You’re done

And there we go, your Ninja 300 phone mount is done! Now we just need the right attachment for it. Ram Mount is a system so you’ll have to choose what components you like best – Check my other Motorcycle smartphone mount DIY for more info on that. The most universal option is Ram Mount’s X-Grip Phone Holder. If you want a cheaper clone with an integrated charger, consider this phone holder/charger instead.

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