A word on the garmin GPS's though....
The plug (inside the garmin) is soldered on with surface mount pads, not through hole. They are delicate and care should taken when plugging and unplugging in ackward angles (like mine). I would take it off everytime i would stop (even at restaurants and bars)and would use it when we would travel. Next time, I will just leave it on the bike!
On wiring... I used a 5 amp fuse and tapped into my headlight wiring. This is kind of a "no no" but it was SOLEY going to be used for the GPS. at 5 Amps, it will not overheat the stock wires and would blow the 5 amp fuse before blowing my headlight fuse..
Thank you! I was told these are the best. Local police use these on all their cruisers.
Originally Posted by Bear2123
Wish I could put mine on the risers like that. Mount is very sturdy and quite adjustable..
It was real easy, took of windshield to access. Notice the red hose to protect chrome and keep from slipping. Not very adjustable though, not sure if you can see, but its crammed in there, rubs the windshield a bit. There is not much adjustment, but its at the perfect angle!
Originally Posted by Bear2123
If you change units you only have to buy a new head mount and keep the rest.
YESS!! going through that now. Have to get a new GPS, but nice to find out I only have to pay $15.00 for a new cradle!
I stick my Garmin in the ashtray of the squad. No place else for it! Dash Cam, radar, 3 radios, light controls, and a toughbook. Big county. Last Fri. I did a detail in the SW corner from my residence in the NE corner. Took 90 minutes to get there. I'd really be lost answering calls out there without it.
Ram mouts are great though. Wish they made a good one for the car. I use the bean bag Garmin deal. Works OK except when really in a hurry.
UPDATE... I had used a velcro strap to hold the excess wire in a bundle, jamming it behind my garmin to hide it all. I was starting to put pressure on my plug (which eventually broke). I searched for a new plan. My GPS had traffic updates which were recieved through an antenna built into my power plug, so I didnt want to get the 12v hardwire kit... Well, It was a bit of a project but I was able to put my cigarette lighter plug in my "glove box" (the locking cover where the tool kit lurks) and route the wire along the frame (under the gas tank) up through the neck and out. Cable is perfect length! Most Garmins use the same connector even for traffic updates. Bought a garmin brand charger on ebay for 12.00 to have if I ever want to move the garmin to a rental or something. Now my garmin connector is fully broken and I have to get a new GPS, so I will have 3!!
Added bonus, The first day I did this, we were on a long trip and my phone battery was running low. So I unplugged my garmin and plugged in my phone and was able to fit it in there while I was charging it! when the garmin battery finally died, my phone was almost fully charged and I swapped back. Until I get a fairing, I will leave it this way.
I've had really bad luck with a cigarette lighter hookup and my current Garmin Nuvi 500. It does not keep contact, even when I tape the connection together. That same hookup works great in my car. The bike system has worked well with an older GPS and for my heated vest.
I think there is something about that Garmin adapter that it doesn't work on a motorcycle. Guess I'll hard wire it into the system this winter.
I feel stupid for not being able to sort this out, but have heard of similar problems from other riders and the newer Garmins.
I've got the 5" nuvi and as far as mounting, I used velcro right on the bar clamps and it is a perfect fit. Easy to see, no vibration to speak of and handy to pull off quickly when parked in a public place. I wired in a fused 12v waterproof receptacle right in front of the factory horn mount on an available screw and plug it in there.
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