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Garmin 60CSx RAMed and Hotwired

I installed a RAM mount for my Garmin 60CSx today. I had ordered a bare wire plug assembly with it, but they sent a 12V cigarette adapter instead. It was the same price, and turned out to be a good thing after all.

Plugged in the cigarette adapter, checked for pinout and voltages. The adapter is simply passing along 12V direct to the GPS -- expected, since the 60 series can take up to 32V or somesuch.

Snipped and stripped the wire, and was pleased to see red and black wires inside. Double checked the polarity anyway -- all was good. Twisted and tinned all the ends, and it was ready to go.




I have the AP-2 fusebox under the seat feeding two lines that terminate in insulated terminal blocks in the fairing; one is switched and the other always hot.




The GPS plug is connected to the always hot terminal. Two pieces of bicycle inner tube make nice overlapping connector boots, and a bit of dielectric grease should keep the moisture out. Doubled back and zip-tied for strain relief.



A touch of dielectric grease on the plug should keep the moisture out... I hope.



All done, and ready to find its way home!
 

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but they sent a 12V cigarette adapter instead.
Double checked the polarity anyway -- all was good.
I'm attempting to fit a marine grade accessory plug (cigarette lighter) to the bars of my wee, how do I know which pin is hot and which is earth? there are no markings on the socket.
From what I know about plug/pin standards the tip is usually hot and the outer (shield) is earth - is this the same in cigarette lighter fittings?
 

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From what I know about plug/pin standards the tip is usually hot and the outer (shield) is earth - is this the same in cigarette lighter fittings?
Where did you order the RAM mount from? And which one is it?

In North America at least, the tip of the cigarette lighter plug is definitely positive, and the shield negative. I snipped the cigarette lighter end off and hard-wired the cord to 12 volts.

Everything was ordered from GPS City in Calgary (they do business everywhere). Friendly and fast shipping via courier. They initially sent me the wrong cradle, but as soon as they were informed, they quickly had the proper cradle shipped with the utmost courtesy. No charge, of course, and they did not want the wrong cradle back.

The 60CSx handlebar kit (includes cradle): http://www.gpscity.ca/ramb149ga12

Cigarette plug adapter: http://www.gpscity.ca/item-garmin-cigarette-lighter-adapter/garcigadapt.htm

Quick release: http://www.gpscity.ca/item-ram-mount-ezy-mount-adapter/rap326.htm


Total of everything, including shipping: Just under $70 CDN.


I'd recommend the quick release. It's only ~$7.00 and is much faster and makes removal from the RAM arm much easier than popping the GPS unit out of its cradle, which may or may not have a weak neck (I've seen one broken, presumably from numerous install/remove cycles):

 
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