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post #1 of 41 Old 06-29-2012, 03:08 PM Thread Starter
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Wiring an over the dash GPS

Hi everyone,

I've got a new Garmin 350LM and an SW Motech mount. I've been trying to decide how to the run the power cable to the unit.

Are people drilling holes or is there an ideal place to hide the cable so that it is hidden in the dash area?

I've got the wiring itself covered - it's just running the cable in a nice looking way to the GPS on the dash.

Thoughts? Could find anything specific in search...

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I drilled a small hole in the dash immediately below the lip at top of dash. I too have the SW Motech GPS mount. Which could be a little stiffer for rough road use.....

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Plan A
The recessed dash screws have very small rain wateer drain holes. slightly enlarge one of those and run the wire through that. No stressing out on making new holes in your unblemished dash.

Plan B
Price out the dash panel bits and put a small hole in the part that is the cheapest to replace and cosmeticaly acceptable.

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You can take a rubber cover off an unused windscreen mounting hole.

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Are you wiring back to your battery/fusebox area, or do you have a power socket installed somewhere?

When I mounted my zumo 660 on the Motech mount, I routed the cable down behind the windscreen and thru one of the big holes at the bottom of the windscreen mounts. Those holes exit down behind the fairing, near the headlights. From there, it was a simple matter or tie-wrapping the GPS power cable along that big electrical cable that goes aft to the battery area.

Here's a picture - can you see the cable?


You can just see it as it disappears into the hole below the windscreen mount. (I have the Madstad brackets, in case yours looks different - the windscreen is removed in this picture)
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You can just see it as it disappears into the hole below the windscreen mount. (I have the Madstad brackets, in case yours looks different - the windscreen is removed in this picture)
The OP has a Glee. Note the forum name. It doesn't have such a method available.

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All very helpful thanks!

The windshield mount holes would have been a great idea but the plug doesn't fit.

I'm in the garage now so I will post pics of the results tonight.

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Cut the plug off, put the wire through, splice the wires back together and make the length a precise fit.

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Cut the plug off, put the wire through, splice the wires back together and make the length a precise fit.
I could but I am hesitant because I am not sure if I will keep this GPS. I've got 30 days to decide.

It's the new Garmin 350LM and I'm likely one of the first people to try it. The power cable is different as it has a 5 volt converter as the unit is USB powered. It is also missing a key feature - mobile phone Bluetooth. But I will try it with my Scala G9 before I decide. Overall the screen is bright and the navigation appears good.

I finished the install and will post up pics later.

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