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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-13-2013, 11:05 PM Thread Starter
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Question Power cord for GPS into gauge cluster

I'm pretty happy with my GPS mounted on the Iron Aces mount, and adapted a ball swivel mount from Leader M/C acc. to it so I could angle it and reduce glare. Just got back from a 9 day Sturgis trip, was surprised at how much I enjoyed having a GPS. My issue is with the power cable, It's coming from the lighter/accessory port, wire tied and bundled to the bars with appropriate slack, and then run to the GPS. Frankly, it looks like shit. My idea is to have a feed coming from the gauge cluster and perhaps a three to four inch power cable right there to go to the GPS. And to make the cable removable when not in use. I'm sure we have some electronics guys out there, any ideas on connectors, how to make a short power cord, etc. My GPS uses a mini USB port to get its power feed. I believe the voltage has to be reduced to 5 volts at the input of the GPS. Any help would be appreciated.
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I have the Road Tech™ zūmo 665 mounted to the Iron Aces Mount and I have it connected to the accessory port under the seat.
This way I can turn it on with the Accessory Switch which is next to the Cruise Switch.
This works great for me.
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I also have connected under seat to accessory switch. I drilled small hole in the housing for the tachometer & speedometer, in the back where the 2 pieces come together and ran the wire out.


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I'm pretty happy with my GPS mounted on the Iron Aces mount, and adapted a ball swivel mount from Leader M/C acc. to it so I could angle it and reduce glare. Just got back from a 9 day Sturgis trip, was surprised at how much I enjoyed having a GPS. My issue is with the power cable, It's coming from the lighter/accessory port, wire tied and bundled to the bars with appropriate slack, and then run to the GPS. Frankly, it looks like shit. My idea is to have a feed coming from the gauge cluster and perhaps a three to four inch power cable right there to go to the GPS. And to make the cable removable when not in use. I'm sure we have some electronics guys out there, any ideas on connectors, how to make a short power cord, etc. My GPS uses a mini USB port to get its power feed. I believe the voltage has to be reduced to 5 volts at the input of the GPS. Any help would be appreciated.

Exactly what I did in preps for SWIII, and irt worked out pretty good after a bit of a stumble.

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Wired the Garmin cable to the accesory switch connecor under the seat, under the tank and up to the instrument cluster. Yes, made a small hole just above the speedo to run the wire out to the GPS.

Now, makes sure you put a big bunch of dielectric grease in the power cable plug, or you'll end up with a dead GPS like I did half way to SWIII.
The power cord was not intended to get the least bit damp, and as soon as it does the tiny little contacts will turn all green and fuzzy. Teh dielectric grease will prevent this.

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Hard wired it under my seat direct to my battery. I use the Iron Aces mount as well. When I attach my Garmin 660 it powers right up. Clean and simple. Removing your fuel tank is the toughest part and that's pretty easy. PM me if you decide to remove your tank and I will send you the tank removal instructions from the service manual.


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Thanks to all for the replies, I knew I could count on fellow shark riders for some good info. I have already ordered the Garmin wire loom from Amazon, will tie it into the accessory connection under the seat and run it out of the front of the instrument housing, will probably go to Radio Shack and find a rubber grommet for the exit point. A little silicone sealant for extra water proofing, and we should be in business. I've had my tank off before when I installed my J & M amp, so won't need any info on that. Again, thanks to all.

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I tapped into the cigarette lighter / power port under the fairing and added another power port. I was able to use the stock power adapter plugged into the power outlet and secured with tie-wraps. I ran the power cord through the fairing and out with the other wire harnesses. I used another tie-wrap to secure it to the clutch cable.

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Installed the Garmin cord last weekend as I intended to on my post on the 14th. One additional thing I did that worked out slick: I wrapped a small piece of stick on velcro on the cord near the end that goes into the GPS, and stuck the mating velcro down in front of the speedo/tach housing on the right front. When not using the GPS, I detach the cradle and ball mount assembly, and just route the short exposed GPS cable over to the velcro in front and attach it. Only thing left visible is the Iron Aces mount which looks fine. Cleans up the bike when I'm not needing the GPS. Thanks again for the ideas.
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Pictures of set up would be nice, thanks
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So I got a garmin 665. I'm planning to run XM with it so I will need to put an a XM antenna on top of the hk deck under the fairing. Where would be best wire to jump into wiring the 665 into to give it power. Plug into the cigarette lighter wire?


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