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GPS wiring

Looking for advice on hard wiring a Zumo 660 to my 1600 Nomad (2006).

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Mine is a different bike but the idea is universal. There are many variations on how you can do this, of which this is but one. I have an old Garmin that I can also use in the car. On the bike, I use a RAM GPS mount attached to my handlebar. I don't know where you intend to put yours but it doesn't matter really.

So the GPS unit end of the setup naturally ends at the RAM mount and is zip-tied a couple of times to the handlebars to keep the wire in place. After allowing for some slack so the wires can handle the side-to-side movement of the handlebars when turning the bike, I routed the wire down the steering head and underneath the gas tank. The tank had to come off on my bike so I could run the wire along the left-side frame. A few more zip-ties keep the wire snug along the frame.

Anyway, since my GPS setup uses the original "car purposed" cigarette lighter type plug in, I needed to get (Walmart) a cigarette lighter style plug. I also got a battery pig tail, attached it to the battery and ran that wire down into the left-side cover. Of course, more zip ties secure the wire. My cigarette lighter kit did not end in a plug that would directly connect to the battery tender plug so I snipped off the end and soldered on an end that would plug directly into the battery tender.

Now, on my particular Garmin plug there is that red light that you can see in the picture below. While this does let me know that it is electrically on, it also keeps a power drain on my battery. I can keep it attached for about three weeks before the battery needs charging again. Yours may be different. So when I know I want to use the GPS I take off my left side cover and plug the thing in. When I am done using it, sometime in the next week I'll remember to pop off the cover again and unplug the thing. Again, yours may be a better deal where it doesn't continually use power.

On the one pic you can see the GPS power cord (with the single red light) plugged into the Walmart cigarette light plug, which is attached to the frame using black electrical tape. (In this pic the GPS cord has yet to be run upward and under the tank but is just hanging there.) The white wire coming from the cigarette receptacle goes off to the right where it is spliced into a wire with a battery tender style plug.

The other pic just shows the tender attached to the battery at the positive terminal, (up is forward in this pic) then runs forward and across, then back rearward along the left frame (zip tied) and finally down into the left side cover area.

As a project it was easy to do with the fuel tank removal/replacement being the biggest pain in the butt. The rest was simple.
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i dont know about the 1600 nomad and zumo 660 but i have a zumo 360 on a 2012 nomad mounted to handle bar with ram mount which came with gps and connected to accessory outlet in headlight shell of which there are two set up for bullet connectors

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Originally Posted by 905Mikelaf View Post
Looking for advice on hard wiring a Zumo 660 to my 1600 Nomad (2006).
Hi Mike

I was on here years ago as CustomRider. I could not for the life of me get my login to work...or recover my password. So, I am new (for the second time) to the forum. Years ago, I did a nice write up on GPS install. It should be similar enough for you.

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