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Post by GRAPEAPE94 » Wed Mar 09, 2011 4:52 pm

I am getting set to mount a Garmin GPS on my '06 Wing and am not sure of the best way to provide power to it. I will be using a Texalent mount so that it will be directly in frount of me as my XM radio is on the left and my cup holder is on the right. I am already using the accessory plug to provide the 5 volts for the radio so do I go directly to the fuse block and if so should I add noise suppression?

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Post by jinx » Sat Mar 12, 2011 9:37 am

You could get a y connector for the accessory connector behind the left pocket. If your XM radio can use a usb cable than you could get
a 12vdc to dual usb adapter on ebay for $10.00 . item # 220747090707.
I use the usb adapters for all my electronics. I run my nuvi 265, Blueant f4, phone, and anything else I can with the
USB adaper. I also use a flat retractable usb cable when possible. item # 110646352794

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Post by WingAdmin » Sat Mar 12, 2011 8:54 pm

All the XM radios I have run from 6 volts, not 5, so they won't be powered by a USB cable, unfortunately. I took one of their 12 volt to 6 volt auto plugs, disassembled it, encapsulated the circuit board inside in a tiny enclosure, wired a quick-disconnect plug on it, and from there wired it right into the bike's power.

For my GPS, I cheated - I got a female 12 volt auto socket from Wal-Mart, wired it in place inside the fairing, the plugged the GPS's adapter into it. I then used wire ties and tape to ensure it stayed in place and did not vibrate loose. It's been in there for several years now, so it seems to be working well.

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Post by 2008retiredplb » Fri Mar 18, 2011 9:35 am

I have a Garmin Zumo 550 that I installed. Before installing it I added the Electrical Connection GL1800 Accessory Fuse Block Power Plate, Wingstuff Item #: EC02206 and the Electrical Connection Motorcycle Master Ground Block, Wingstuff Item #: EC02207. Then all my accessories are connected to these so I am protected in case of a short in the wiring. It made adding lights and stuff much easier to wire so you don't have multiple connections on the battery posts to give you trouble down the road.
I also wired my battery tender plug through it so it also is protecting the bikes wiring harness when charging over the winter. These fit very well along the battery and are easy to get at when needed. Fuse block is mounted to the rear of the battery case and grounding block is mounted in front of the bikes fuse block.
I wanted the left hand pocket power outlet for my iPod and phone charger.

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