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post #1 of 9 Old 02-12-2011, 11:48 AM Thread Starter
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GPS & Wiring question

Looking at adding a powerplug for tire pump and GPS

Eastern Beaver has some good stuff, but would like member feedback on options

Do a need a relay or is wire with fuse OK?
Standard plug or 'BMW style'?

As far as GPS goes - looking for something 'mid-price' 200-300 bucks as this is my first one (car or bike). Eastern Beaver has good luck with Garmin Nuvi 550. What mid priced options have you all tried out there?

Looking to go to Big Bend in a couple of weeks - dont necessarily need everything by then, but.....maybe

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post #2 of 9 Old 02-12-2011, 12:10 PM
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Have you seen Richland rick's stuff?

Rick's Auxillary Shelf

Scrolll down to the small shelf he makes. it is perfect. He will drill whatever holes you want in it and it bolts on perfect. No drilling.

I put a 12v cig plug in mine and the switch to my grip heaters. looks factory.
popped the seat off, and the 1 bolt covers just below the tank to run my power to the battery with a fused line. bought the adapter and line from powerlet.

i also bought one of his fork braces. 10 min install.

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I can't say enough about Eastern Beaver products/serivce/support. Don't be put off by Jim's location. I received a shipment from him in 9 days over Christmas period and I live in Eastern Canada.

With power for GPS and tire pump, I have only used a fused lead directly to the battery, but maybe I've just been lucky, but haven't had any issues.

Whereas you live in the States, any GPS or tire pump you will but will no doubt have the standard cigarette lighter plug, so you should proabably stick to that.

As far as actual GPS units go, I think there is a lot to be said for Walmart/Staples $149. If you get 2 years out of it, by not riding in the rain too much it might be cheaper that a $600 unit with features you won't use. After your 2nd or 3rd cheapy, the $149 might be down to $50. Just my opinion, no shortage of those.

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BTW, i had "BMW" (aka powerlet style) plugs on last two bikes. tried 12v cig this time.

Some folks have both. had an adapter for 12v cig with the powerlet style last time. if you use Rick's shelf, he can easily drill you holes for both.

Powerlet also makes a double plate that mounts on the side of the bike.

Gps.... Right now i'm using the wifes 255 Nuvi. Cheap and mounted up great with ram stuff. easy to use, but will not let you add maps or co-ords.
I see a 550 in my future.

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I'd like to add my very positive comments about Richland Ricks products. I bought his mirror extenders, GPS mount, and fork brace. Positively fabulous machining and everything fit perfectly. I check his page monthly to see if he's adding anything that I even vaguely want. It's great stuff.
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My 2 cents...... I have a 12v outlet (weather proof cig socket type) that's mounted on my home made dash. It's hot wired to the battery via small fuse. I like this hot because if I'm getting fuel I still want the GPS to run and not shut down. I also have another 12V socket under the seat that gets its power from a switched fuseblock through a relay. This would be for compressor or other higher amp use.

I have a powerlet on the right fairing panel for a heated jacket linen. Also powered through the fuseblock is a USB outlet and a SAE connector.

As for GPS, I use a Nuvi in a ram aquabox. There's also a thread last week about a 15 buck water resistant case that'll work very well. I have one on the way from ebay.

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I have a EB powerlet socket above my left foot peg. It's a standard kit Jim sells. It's there to power my air compressor and perhaps a heated bib. During the winter it's hooked up to my battery charger. Something I've added to the control area of my Strom is a USB power port,($20, Canadian Tire) direct to the battery. I plan to use it to power my Nuvi 550 GPS, and recharge my camera and MP3 player. A lot of small electronics charge off of a USB port these days.
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I've added to the control area of my Strom is a USB power port,($20, Canadian Tire) direct to the battery. I plan to use it to power my Nuvi 550 GPS, and recharge my camera and MP3 player. A lot of small electronics charge off of a USB port these days.
That's on my list, and it might actually happen this winter. I was hoping to run it into my topcase to charge things back there. I think Powerlet sells a gland or connection to get the wire through the topcase plastic. You just got me thinking about this again.

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I would recommend a relay controlled fuse block and wiring harness adapter from eastern beaver. rarely is it that this will be the last accessories that you add. themountguys.com have weather proof cases and power converters for gps' that can be hard wired instead of moving the automotive 12v adapter everytime you want to use the gps on the bike. add the 12v socket also, most marine shops will have a decent weather proof socket on the shelf for around $5.

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