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post #1 of 13 Old 06-13-2007, 10:31 AM Thread Starter
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GPS Headphone cabling ideas?

I am going to add a GPS to my Wee located above the tach and speedo. I am looking for ideas for headphone (ear buds) cabling. I will not be using a tankbag all the time. I don't like the idea of having a headphone cable flapping in the wind while it is hooked to the GPS. Any good ideas to clean that up and be a little more stealth when using headphones. TIA

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The power for the Garmin 2xxx series (2610, 2730, 2820, etc.) has conductors for the ear phones. I cut the connector off and wired it with a longer piece of cable and connector and came out right in front of my seat. When I'm not using it I tuck it under the seat. When in use I let it come out right at the edge of the seat. I run the cable to the earbuds under my jacket and plug it in. Works great for me.

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Wish this request had come in earlier. I tried my earphones with my Garmin 2730 for the first time yesterday and did not like the flapping cable. Taking off tomorrow for 10 days so I'll figure out something tonight - probably some attachment to tank bag since that will be with me for this trip and then I'll check back for a better solution.

By the way, for my Etymotics ER6i phones, the Garmin connector is the wrong size. I have to come right out of the 2730 since that plug is the correct size.

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By the way, for my Etymotics ER6i phones, the Garmin connector is the wrong size. I have to come right out of the 2730 since that plug is the correct size.
Just as well you went that route if you are picky about sound. The ear plug connector on the Garmin power cable is not stereo, and stereo plugs don't work well when plugged into it.

I started out using that connector and just plugged into it. After a few minutes of use one side would drop out, then it would come back and the other side would drop out. I finally got disgusted and cut the connector off the power cable. When I did I found out that 2 of the four wires coming into it don't go anywhere (they just pulled out of the insulation) and that only left 2 for a "Tip and Ring" connection. It's basically a mono conncetion for an ear PLUG, not ear "Buds" or ear "Phones". The one on the side of the GPS is true stereo.

I'm not real picky about sound so I just wired the signal side of the mono wire to both sides of a stereo jack so I at least get sound in both ears

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Normally I run my lead through some "D" rings on the left side of my wolfman denali tank bag. Then the headset connection is right down near my left thigh/crotch area for ease of connecting. If I do not use the bag I ussually wrap it a few times around the handle bars between the handle bar mounts, this way its centered on the neck bearing and less likely to snag anything when I turn. My biggest concern is it getting snagged on something while riding like in the controls.
The bag works the best, its well hidden also due to the routing.

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I ran a headphone extension cable down through the fairing by threading it down the windshield mount area (tie wrap to the fairing and around the tank), then fished it down workings of the Tank, then finally brought it up to where the seat and the Tank meet and have it velcro'd to the tank. I can run the headphones through my jacket and connect them right there to the extension. You will see it if you are looking for it, but stealthy otherwise.

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The solution I found on my trip was to run the cable down the inside of the zipper flap (which closes with several velcro pieces) on my suit. That brought it out down by the seat. Then ran it along side my tank bag which kept it from flapping. I suspect it would work ok without the tank bag present but haven't tried it.

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Tim, I couldn't hear my zumo 550 over 50 mph so I added an Amplirider amp, mounted inside the fairing and then ran a 3 foot cord up to the tank and attached to my tank bag.
I know this doesn't answer you question for the times you don't use a tank bag, but you can run the cord down through the fairing and under the gas tank and up between the seat and tank.
If you find you need an amp and you decide on an Amplirider besure and tell Gary when you order it that it will be on a motorcycle. For mine he did a little extra work to make it vibration resistant, works great. If you want more info let me know by pm. Tom

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Run an audio extension cable back to the seat, velcro the end to the tank, and plug your phones in there.

Kinda like what did for the heated vest controller on my '05. You can dress it neater than I did.


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I used to run the wire from my ER6i's through the D-rings on the tankbag to the 2730. Two days ago received my Jabra A120S and BT320S kit, now I'm Bluetooth wireless! Works perfectly, and when I get off the bike for gas, etc. there is no unplugging involved....

A bit over $100. total. I'm a gadget geek!

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