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ZUMO 660 Dim Display

I've been using a Nuvi 1390 for years on a FLHX, & past year on my FLTRU with great display illumination. However, I wanted weatherproof & ability to set a multi point route. After spending $540 for a new Road Tech 660 and going through the head ache of wiring in the new GPS, I find the display is really too dim for daytime viewing?! Saturday was dry yet overcast, so I needed check out the new GPS. During an overcast day with NO sunglasses, I could barely see the display! Incredible, at 100%, the display on this model designed for motorcycle use was so dim that it is useless! I've turned in a RMA request to Garmin, I hope this is an isolated issue.

Anybody else had this problem? Or have a viable solution?
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I have the RT550 with the same issue there is a fix at a reasonable cost here

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DIM DISPLAY - not to be confused with Glare...

The ride was during a cloudy day. Glare was not the problem. Illumination is the issue. I had a NUVI 1390 ($130) located in the same spot without a visor, and had no problems.
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Probably not the answer you want to hear but, I use the Zumo 660 and find it plenty bright. I use the Iron Aces mount and I do have some sun-glare mid day but never a problem with overcast or at night.
not sure how you have it mounted, can you adjust the viewing angle??? Just my .02.

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The secret is to mount it so that you are looking at it from a right angle (90 degrees) Same goes for any LCD screen devices. If the sun is directly behind me, I get a little wash out, but I can still read them.

Here's a shot of my 660 and my Power Vision. They are both mounted so I see them straight on and no angle. For the Power Vision, I fabricated a standoff to change the angle.













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I have mine mounted to the handlebars with a RAM mount. No brightness issues unless the sun is directly behind me. I had an actual Garmin unit and sold it/purchased a RT unit when I got the Glide. I find that the RT has a little better display than the actual Garmin unit.


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Found the Problem...

False Alarm!

The Zumo 660 offers a Motorcycle Mode when the device is first turned on. Ridden the bike three times and I never saw this. 100% illumination in vehicle mode is not as brilliant as 60% in Motorcycle Mode!
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Their is setting in the menu for brightness display, Please refer to your manuel.
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Their is setting in the menu for brightness display, Please refer to your manuel.
Really? "Incredible, at 100%, the display on this model designed for motorcycle use was so dim that it is useless!"

The issue is the GPS has two modes, #1 for motorcycle, #2 for car. The mode is identified by the icon displayed at the top center. The device will guess which vehicle it is in, giving you .2 of a second to confirm or deny. Afterward, you have to go into settings to change the vehicle mode. Motorcycle mode is brighter than car mode.
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The secret is to mount it so that you are looking at it from a right angle (90 degrees) Same goes for any LCD screen devices. If the sun is directly behind me, I get a little wash out, but I can still read them.

Here's a shot of my 660 and my Power Vision. They are both mounted so I see them straight on and no angle. For the Power Vision, I fabricated a standoff to change the angle.





Love how you have yours mounted dead center. I am a Road Glide wannabe and have my 660 mounted on the HD handlebar mount of my Road King. With my apes it brings it right into my face.

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Really? "Incredible, at 100%, the display on this model designed for motorcycle use was so dim that it is useless!"

The issue is the GPS has two modes, #1 for motorcycle, #2 for car. The mode is identified by the icon displayed at the top center. The device will guess which vehicle it is in, giving you .2 of a second to confirm or deny. Afterward, you have to go into settings to change the vehicle mode. Motorcycle mode is brighter than car mode.
Just call Garmin. Options in this order for tech support. 1, 2, 1, 2. Their number is (913) 397-8200 (programmed into my cellO. They are very good to work with. I have 4 of their units, the latest an HD cage unit. If you have a problem they will take care of it.

Hold on a second. You paid $540 for a 660? That tells me you either bought it used or refurbished as it sells for $650. You MAY get help from Garmin but reminds me of 2 of my life's most important philosophies.
I am too poor to buy cheap chit.
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