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post #1 of 19 Old 12-02-2009, 08:55 PM Thread Starter
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Wiring GPS quickly

Going to pick up my '08 V on Saturday. Then it's a 500+ mile shake down trip back home on Saturday evening and Sunday.

For my GPS I already have a RAM handlebar mount from another bike. Also have a USB power cable with plenty of length to get up to the bars. Have a fused coax connector lead that I'll hook up to the battery. Run a Y connector so I can power the GPS and my heated gear.

Is it possible to quickly conceal the GPS power lead under the tank/plastics with zipties?

I don't want the lead running straight back over the tank, even just to get it home. Have to believe that it would just scuff the paint by the time my ride home ended.

Once I get it back here I'll do a proper job of running the wire.

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Don't know how the hell I ended up posting in the Mods and Performance forum. Move this sucker to where it belongs if ya can.
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I don't know if it will work on a DL1000 but when I first got my DL650 I ran a power wire along the left side of the bike without lifting the tank. I first wrapped it in one of those spiral wire protectors and fished that through.It worked fine for quite a while and only changed it once I realized how easy it was to take off the gas tank.

On another note, if your GPS has a battery it is hard to imagine it won't last for a day.

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You know what? You're right. I can stop and pick up new ones along the way if need be.

One less thing to worry about.
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This is for after u get home mind you, but loads of wiring kits specific for the DL. Including kits for adding cigerate/powerlet connectors. Mind you any gps I know of her euses cigerate lighter, hence why I used them but powerlet is better for holding socket.
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Congratulations on the bike.

Just battery power would be great for the ride home, you don't mention what sort of GPS it is.

If however, you want a quick and dirty hack to keep your GPS alive, and it has some battery ability, you can positap the low beam headlight wire, especially if your run is during the daytime. When you get home just pull the tap and tape over it.

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Not to sound like a smart or anything, but do you know how to get home or are you unfamiliar with how to get out of where you bought the bike? I just ask because if your GPS does need a power supply and you can't wire it "quick-fix" like. You could go to Walmart and buy a hand held with a bar adaptor and use it to get home. Since they accept almost everything for return, you could just return it when you get home with some BS like "the wife bought me the same thing for my...".

Not the answer you were looking for, but it might be worth it if the batteries for the GPS you have are expensive or not AA!

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I'm good to go on the route and whatnot. Just a nice tool to use while riding for keeping track of mileage, times, speed, etc.

It's a Garmin Oregon 400T. I also use it for geocaching and just generally dicking around. Runs on 2 AA and I'll have one fully charged set of NIMH installed.

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This is for after u get home mind you, but loads of wiring kits specific for the DL. Including kits for adding cigerate/powerlet connectors. Mind you any gps I know of her euses cigerate lighter, hence why I used them but powerlet is better for holding socket.
Already have my list made out. At this point I'll probably wait until bringing it out for the new season.
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You can buy a water-resistant cigarette lighter plug receptacle for about $5-6.00 and wire that directly to your battery and plug your GPS power cord directly into that under the seat, and run your cord along the frame, under the tank.

You can use zip-ties to secure it to the frame and handlebars. You can find the cigarette lighter plugs in the electrical section of the auto parts dept; in most stores that carry them...I actually bought mine in a Meijer Dept. Store

This is how my NUVI is permanently wired on my Strom and CBR.

Big Caveat.......Make sure that you GPS is compatible with a 12V system if you decide to wire it directly to your battery and remove the cigarette lighter style end on the power cord. Some GPS units (Garmin NUVI, for example) run on 5V and will "fry" if you remove the OEM powercord plug and connect it directly to a 12V power source.

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