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post #1 of 7 Old 04-01-2011, 09:37 PM Thread Starter
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Question GPS and Gilsson bare wire

My nuvi 550 showed up today and I ordered the Gilsson bare wire to hard wire it. After reading some threads questioning the quality of Gilsson so I opened it up and was also questioning the quality. Some suggested siliconing the coil to the board as they tend to break because of vibration. There is also a 1 amp glass fuse in the box which would mean removing the gas tank to change the fuse if needed. Overall I thought that it was cheaply made at a not so cheap price.

I then found this at the local Canadian Tire and online at http://order.waytekwire.com/productd...20/%20CHARGER/ and wondered if this is a better option as you just need a USB cord instead of the Gilsson or the big ugly car charger.

Anyone with expertise in this field see any reason why this would not work?

I bought the GPS from Garmin GPS & Accessories, RAM Mounts, Lowrance GPS, TomTom GPS at GPS City Canada in Calgary. For $9.95 shipping I had it in my hands the next day. GGGGreat service. Now just waiting for the Strombone mount to show up.
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Assuming that the fuse on the board is electrically located in the supply voltage line, you could always replace the fuse on the board with a piece of wire and then add another inline fuse holder in a convenient location. The fuse will protect the circuit regardless of where it is physically located as long as it's on the supply lead.

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There are many paths to wiring accessories...but never put a fuse holder under the gas tank. Locate it where you have easy access, like under the seat or in the cowl area.
As far as a power harness for the Nuvi, I installed the Garmin bare wire kit over a year ago and I have had no issues...not even a blown fuse. I would recommend using a fuse holder that matches the spare fuses you cary for the other bike systems and I would not use glass fuses on a motorcycle. Don't cheap out on the wiring harness connector, it'll come back to bite you when you don't need a hassle.

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There are many paths to wiring accessories...but never put a fuse holder under the gas tank. Locate it where you have easy access, like under the seat or in the cowl area.
As far as a power harness for the Nuvi, I installed the Garmin bare wire kit over a year ago and I have had no issues...not even a blown fuse. I would recommend using a fuse holder that matches the spare fuses you cary for the other bike systems and I would not use glass fuses on a motorcycle. Don't cheap out on the wiring harness connector, it'll come back to bite you when you don't need a hassle.
I'm don't like having the fuse under the tank either but that is where it ended up after feeding the wire up to the GPS. I was thinking after that I should cut the wire and solder in some extensions or use Scraigs suggestion as the fuse is on the board. Right now it is wired into my Blue Sea box under the seat. I would really like to use the USB power connecter on the PWD shelf. A clean and neat install.
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If you are already wired to a Blue Sea fuse box you don't need an in-line fuse.

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post #6 of 7 Old 04-03-2011, 08:28 PM
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I have a USB power socket (from Crappy Tire) on a shelf I copied from Richland Rick. It powers my new Nuvi 550 and will also charge up my MP3 player and my pocket camera. It's wired to a Eastern Beaver PC8 on the un-switched side. I went to order a waterproof USB power connector from 3BR Powersports, but they don't ship to Canada. I'll wait and have one delivered to a package holding service in Niagara Falls NY, and pick it up on the way to the Blue Ridge Parkway in May. (with a few other toys)
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post #7 of 7 Old 04-03-2011, 08:52 PM Thread Starter
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check out this link for the waterproof connector. BurnsMoto - Motorcycle USB Weatherproof Power Socket Rubber Seal - TAPP CAPP™
I'm also thinking to put a connector in my tank bag to charge my cell phone, etc. It's much more multipurpose and neater then the Gilsson.
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