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post #1 of 19 Old 03-07-2007, 10:46 PM Thread Starter
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Garmin 2730 install on Pat Walsh Shelf

Installed my Garmin 2730 finally tonight on a Pat Walsh Radar Shelf. Took some pics of the install.

First off I decided to beef up the shelf since Pat did not design these for a GPS. I found this bracket in a spare parts drawer (pretty sure it is an old rack bracket).

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I then screwed the plate on the bottom of the shelf. I thought have the slots on the front in case I wanted to mount something to the front of the shelf.



I purchased a Pro Fit LoBoy mount to mount the the Garmin mount to the shelf. I really only need the L bracket shown in the photo below.



Screwed it all together and checked at the table to make sure it was OK.



Now I mounted the shelf to the bike.





Then I wired it up and put everything together.






The weather sux here so I can give her a test run yet to know if I will be happy with this solution. I can definetly say I am happy with the looks. Will post an update when I can give it trial run.

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post #2 of 19 Old 03-07-2007, 10:53 PM
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Looks great!

I did something similar with my 60Cx and a RAM mount, but I need to beef up the shelf like you did to eliminate a bit of bounce from the shelf flexing.

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Looks good!

I just received my 2730 yesterday.....after using a GPS V for a few years, this new one is sweeeeet! Now I can do away with the Pioneer Inno for XM on the road, AND the Ipod.

I'll be mounting mine up via the RAM kit.

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Hope the mount works for you. I had my 2820 mounted on the same shelf and never could get rid of the vibrations. I had a stiffener mounted underneath it as well and that helped but not enough. Finally stuffed a big rubber bushing between the shelf and dashboard and even that wasn't enough.

I loved the positioning of the GPS though. Right in front of my eyes where it needs to be.

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Yeah I really like the position. If I have a bad vibration issue I am going to try to fabricate a bar that will be bolted under the front of the shelf, and then connected to the plastic above/behind the instrument cluster. I am hoping I will have enough aluminum left after I get my side soft luggage support built (next project hopefully over the weekend).

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Well I got a really good run in yesterday and it was my first chance to give the GPS a run through. Shelf works great. Placement is in a great position as I can quickly look down and still have a good view ahead. XM worked great only dropping out under some high mountains on Rt340 leaving Harpers Ferry.

However I was extremely disappointed in the FM Transmitter. To put it nicely, it sucks. I bought a Walkman radio, set it to a clear channel and the GPS too, and even though the radio is about 4 feet from the GPS, it is horrible. If you set the radio to Local, you can't even get a signal, and DX it still has static. I was able to hear it but it wasn't great. Will probably hardwire a headphone cable to plug directly into the GPS.

There is some vibration in the shelf, but I didn't have any issues with it. I may try and build a center support and brace above/behind the instrument panel, but haven't decided if I will do this yet.

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Garmin 2730

Good looking setup! I am comaparing the 2730, the 550 Zumo, and the Quest 2, any comments on those units? Also, is the 2730 waterproof? I have not seen any comments on that, but I assume so.

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The 2730 is indeed waterproof.

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2730

Just ordered a 2730. I would have liked the 478 but alas, the wallet/wife spoke! Anyway, I will be using a ram mount on my bars. I have an old streetpilot mounted there and it works good for me. Just peeks over my tank bag. My question is, Anybody feel the need for a sunshade with thier 2730? Also, where did you get your cradles and hard wires? I have used Cyclegadgets in the past with good luck, but they do seem a lil high. Thanks,Chris
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Got my Garmin 2610 (used for the 2730) Motorcycle kit off of eBay. $36 shipped. Kit has the Garmin Mount, and the hardwire.

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