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GPS install - where to route the power cable

I just received my Zumo 450. Before I go down and start tearing things apart, I was curious as to where I could safely route the power cable back to the battery. Does the tank have to be lifted to expose the existing wiring, or can it be accessed through one of the side covers? Thanks.
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Well...

...it depends on what you've got going on...
Do you have any other electrical added at the 'dash'?
You could always grab power from the heated grips plug, even if you're using it. That GPS can't draw much juice...

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I have a TomTom Rider2 and wired back to the battery junction plate I made under the seat. I have it mounted on the left handlebar, and ran the wires down and under the tank. There was no need to remove the tank. I taped the wires to a straightened out coat hanger to fish it under the tank. A few tie-straps and Bob's ur Uncle.

Dont worry about draw on the battery. I left my Rider on for almost 3 days and the bike started no problem.

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The bad thing about the heated grip connector for a power supply is that it will allow all electrical noise to be transmitted thru the Zumo. Quite a bit of electrical interference when using ear buds while listening to mp3's via the Zumo. A filter can be installed inline but I've found it better in the long run to just use a fuse block and use a filter for it. That way all power coming out of the fuse block is filtered. YMMV
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I've been going over this over problem in my mind lately. I'm thinking that the easy thing to do is use a couple of scotch locks and tie into horn lead for my heated grips so I can have a switched power supply. The other option I was considering is a little more work but still pretty simple. I bought a 12 volt cigarette lighter type connector at Canadian Tire that has the 12 volt connector at one end and two wires at the other end with an inline fuse. I was thinking about simply connecting this directly to the battery and having the inline fuse makes me feel comfortable about doing so. But I still really like the idea of the switched power supply at the horn lead from my heated grips connector.

I really don't need a fuse block because I have no plans for any more power accessories.

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....I really don't need a fuse block because I have no plans for any more power accessories...
Famous last words.

Get the fuse block....you'll end up with more goodies eventually. Getting the fuse block from day #1 means you won't have to go back and figure out the spaghetti later on.

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...I left my Rider on for almost 3 days and the bike started no problem...
A very interesting test...done on purpose, no doubt.

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Kosik,

Does your Zumo disc have the Mac logo on it? I want a 450 too but don't want an old stock unit w/o the Mac version software - it's only been out about a month. I wonder how long I'll have to wait.

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... I bought a 12 volt cigarette lighter type connector at Canadian Tire that has the 12 volt connector at one end and two wires at the other end with an inline fuse. I was thinking about simply connecting this directly to the battery and having the inline fuse makes me feel comfortable about doing so. But I still really like the idea of the switched power supply at the horn lead from my heated grips connector.

I really don't need a fuse block because I have no plans for any more power accessories.

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Regardless of whether you do a switched fuse block or not, I think it is a good idea to do the cigarette lighter thing anyway.

My GPS (A Garmin 60Cx) is plugged into the cigarette lighter. Having it not switched means that you don't have to worry about re-starting the GPS every time you turn off the bike and GPS units draw very little current so it will take quite a while to drain a battery anyway. It is not hard to remember to switch off the GPS when you are done with it.

It then gives you other benefits: you can use the plug to plug in an air pump when you want to adjust tire pressure. I have a battery maintainer that plugs into the lighter. I have a little digital voltmeter that plugs in there as well when I want to check voltages.

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Power points other than the heated grip harness

There are three - There's a white connector with a black cap on it in the same area as the heated grip connector. There's one behind the fairing - somewhere in the front left area - might be with all the headlight wires - can't quite remember, but I found it when I had the fairing off to install the grips. There is one somewhere behind the battery compartment. A wiring diagram will show the three power leads as unconnected wires. They are switched and fused.

I figure Suzuki designed them into the bike knowing what we owners would be adding to it. When I finally get around to wiring in my GPS rather than running it on batteries I'll use one of these powerpoints. Why add more wires and fuses?

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