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Old 03-26-2011, 05:22 PM
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Last week I decided to order some farkles:
1. Stebel Horn Kit
2. MadStad bracket
3. GPS RAM Parts
4. Strombone (GPS Mount) that connects to the MadStad

Though some of the GPS parts (RAM Cradle for Nuvi 360) still haven't arrived I decided to go ahead and install the farkles I did get.

I was a bit concerned about damaging something (I almost always do something wrong..) but what the heck - it's now or never..

The MadStad bracket went well until I tried to stick some rubber stamps onto the steel fairing..it held for 2 seconds then fell into the fairing (a hole without a bottom so it seems). Checked another rubber stamp - they were all dry..
Quite annoying - I was thinking to myself S**T, I managed to ruin another installation.
Wrote an email to PWD and asked for new and better rubber stamps.
While I was going back to the bike, looking at it disappointed, I was thinking of Black Lab's modification thread...(for real I, I swear!)
If the 'stock' rubber stamps are no good, it is not going to cause me not to finish the farkle installation.
I found white Ikea stamps that I bought last year to put under furniture so they don't scratch the wood floor.


They happened to be the same size and almost the same thickness of the original black rubber ones..wow - that was a funny coincidence.
The glue on them was fresh and strong.
Mean while Gary from PWD sent an email and said that he'll send me new pads - Great service from PWD, even though the product was faulty on MadStad behalf IMO.

Anyway, the bracket was easy to install.

Then I tried to install the Strombone.
Here's a tip of my experience:4 Install the strombone piece BEFORE you install MadStad piece. Otherwise it is extremely hard if not impossible to properly screw it.
Because I installed MadStad first, I had to uninstall it, install Strombone and reinstall Madstad again.


The strombone is super high quality piece - it looks like it was taken out of a space shuttle. Madstad is not bad, but not the same level of materials/work - the paint is already scratching off a bit only after a few minutes of usage. It is not smooth to operate - it works, but kind of 'stuck' (yes I released the screws top and bottom - the bracket is what it is)

Next was the Stebel - Surprisingly that was very easy to install.

So now I just need to connect the cradle, get the EB 3CS and hook it up, and then wire up the 3CS to the cradle. Shouldn't be to hard.

I feel happy of being able to accomplish this. I know it is no where near the complexity of stuff people are doing here (did I mention BlackLab?..) but still ..

Thank you all for the help and tips (other threads and emails).

Here is White Pearl, now farkled with a L-O-U-D freaking high pitch horn, mad stad, strombone and GPS mount!

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Old 03-26-2011, 06:37 PM
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Looks great. The tip on the Ikea tabs is clever. I had lost one too
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Old 03-28-2011, 08:01 PM
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Looks great. The tip on the Ikea tabs is clever. I had lost one too
Thanks.

I just discovered that my Nuvi GPS is also GEC!!
GEC = Garage Entertainment Center...

Nothing like working on the bike while listening to Heart Breaker (Led Zeppelin)!!



So the RAM Nuvi cradle is obviously installed now, and it works great.
A bit wider than needed, but it looks pretty robust.
Now I have to wire the GPS via a 12V cigar socket. I am going to cut the original 12V Nuvi charger, and put it under the seat.
In the beginning I was considering a switched charging solution, but an unswitched solution for GPS is much better IMO (plus now that I have MP3 playing I wouldn't want it to stop..)

I also installed the Battery Tender Jr. SAE connector, which came with an extra a crocodile harness.
I have no use for that harness, but it does have an inline fuse holder which is going to be salvaged and re-used for the GPS wire.

My next and last farkle would be a Top Case with Break Lights, using the rear tail connector. I would probably need some EB stuff, but for now I managed to do just fine without it.
But that is going to wait for a while - nice to have at this point.
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