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post #1 of 8 Old 01-25-2008, 05:35 PM Thread Starter
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Farkling on the cheap: GPS permanent mount, electrified tank bag, fused harness, $100

So, to preface this, I'm a cheap and lazy bastard. :twisted:

I got a used Zumo for the holidays, so I wanted to figure out how to hook it up, and I also wanted power for my phone and ipod in my tankbag. All of the solutions out there seemed ridiculously expensive (70 bucks for a bracket for the Zumo from the windshield? you gotta be kiddin' me...powerlet setup for 50 bucks at least? blue seas fusebox, after all's said and done another70?) so I went around looking. First, I found an incredibly clean fuse harness on ebay, the guy makes them himself, and the quality is first rate. For 50 bucks you get a three fuse harness which is tiny,

and includes all the connectors you need, plus a relay that doesn't require cutting into the stock harness (a little connector under the tank).You can find his stuff here http://motors.search.ebay.com/_W0QQsassZdsmeclipse and if they're not listed, shoot him an email, and he'll sell you one.
As you'll see later, it's beautiful (I have no affiliation with this guy, BTW).
Next, the bracket for the GPS. I have a madstadt that the prior owner put on, and I had the old stock bracket laying around. So I cut it a bit, and attached the stock zumo RAM mount to it. (free, so far)


Then, I cut the stock power cable near the GPS mount (I don't feel like leaving the mount on the bike all the time) and spliced in a weatherproof connector (15 bucks from west marine)


I then attached the other part of the connector to my homemade strom mount, facing down (no water pooling in the terminals)

Onto the fused harness: Install was a breeze. On top of connecting the Zumo power cable (I cut off the inline fuse, and just moved the fuse from the zumo cable into the fuse harness) I also attached a direct line power cable to the battery for the 12v radioshack plug in my tankbag (15 bucks)


For a better resolution picture of the wiring go here http://picasaweb.google.com/alex.ru/...43825222892082


For a better resolution picture of the wiring go here http://picasaweb.google.com/alex.ru/...43825222892082
You don't have to, but I replaced the cable that comes with the radioshack line with a cable from my battery tender, it has a weatherproof cover. Make sure the fuses are the same.


So, what do we have in the end? GPS with a removable mount, two extra fused connections for future stuff, and a fully electrified tankbag (bonus- the radioshack triple 12v plug has a mini LED, so the interior of the tankbag is lit up) all for under 100 bucks. And about 2 hours of easy work.

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Well done! I've just book marked your link for future use. Thanks for passing along you leg work -- I love cheap farkles...
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Crazy R., that is Simply awesome! Finally I have a reason for keeping my stock bracket. You just saved me $75. You bananna slugs are ok in my book.
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thanks guys :-) I just try to spend my bike cash as frugally as possible, and although the motech and other stuff is very nice, I just can't bring myself to fork over that much. I'm not even talking about powerlet stuff, which seems to be always 200% of the price of the same thing elsewhere.

and yes, banana slugs ARE cool :-) Used to be one myself.
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Thanks...

With some modifications I used your idea for a permanent mount for my Garmin 2820. Great work!
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Hey Crazy R, I'll bet I'm cheaper than you. I was trying to figure out how to avoid having to fumble with my condo's garage door opener while driving off or coming home. I checked out the $ 150 bar-mounted HomeLink controllers (very cool) and then decided to foam tape the key fob-sized clicker I had to the top of my brake fluid reservoir. Fits perfect, works great, almost don't notice it. I can throw the savings into my "Greek Belly Pan" fund.

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With some modifications I used your idea for a permanent mount for my Garmin 2820. Great work!
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Hey Crazy R, I'll bet I'm cheaper than you. I was trying to figure out how to avoid having to fumble with my condo's garage door opener while driving off or coming home. I checked out the $ 150 bar-mounted HomeLink controllers (very cool) and then decided to foam tape the key fob-sized clicker I had to the top of my brake fluid reservoir. Fits perfect, works great, almost don't notice it. I can throw the savings into my "Greek Belly Pan" fund.

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that's pretty cheap... but wait till you see what else I'm working on :-)
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