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Hi,

I am setting up a Nav system on my 400. I have solved the power-plug clearance and the where-am-I-gonna-mount-this-thing questions. I am leaning towards mounting the unit on the dash plastic to the far right. I appear to have enough clearance when turning but if not I will take the reservoir+ball mount approach.

For power I am trying to figure out how to run the wire from inside the (closed) lower glove box to the Nav unit. It seems like a clean solution is to drill a hole somewhere in the glovebox interior to run the power wire thru and use a grommet and sealant to seal it. The challenge is where to drill to minimize 1) the danger of moisture getting into the glove box, 2) the loss of useable storage space, and 3) doing some damage to something behind the globebox.

Have other folks done this and where has this worked well and not so well?
Thanks,
Pete
 

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To power my Garmin GPS, I did not use the cigarette lighter plug.
I bought a 12v adapter that taps in to a switched 12v wire, & hid
the 12v-to-5v box in the dash near the ignition switch.
The GPS unit power wire is routed up through
the handlebar covers to my RAM mount.
The 12v-to-5v adapter I bought off Ebay...about US$14.00.
 

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Duster said:
To power my Garmin GPS, I did not use the cigarette lighter plug.
I bought a 12v adapter that taps in to a switched 12v wire, & hid
the 12v-to-5v box in the dash near the ignition switch.
The GPS unit power wire is routed up through
the handlebar covers to my RAM mount.
The 12v-to-5v adapter I bought off Ebay...about US$14.00.
Duster,

I wish I were more electronics-literate. So are you suggesting that wiring directly into a switched 12V line would turn the Nav unit off when the key goes off? that sounds great - as one of the obvious fears is killing the battery.

Can you suggest how I might find a switched 12V line?

Also my Nav system uses micro-USB for power. Isn't that 12 volts? So do I need the 12V-to-5V box you refer to?

Pete
 

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To the best of my knowledge, none of the major-name GPS units
actually run on 12 volts..usually either 5v or 6v. The power cord
with the lighter plug on the end has the proper stepdown circuit
for each GPS unit built into the plug.
I have a Garmin 265...so I looked on Ebay for GPS accessories...
found a 12v to 5v converter listed for my Garmin model.
I removed the cover under the handlebars that goes around
the ignition switch...the one you remove to get to the coolant
reservoir. I tapped into the electrical wires that go to the
cigarette lighter plug in the glovebox...it is switched OFF
when the key is turned off.
The power converter box itself is in a zip-lock sandwich baggie,
& taped up to keep dry, with the wires coming out one corner.
My electrical connections are soldered...you may not have the
tools to do that. The mini-plug that fits the GPS itself is routed
as described above.
DO NOT CONNECT 12 VOLTS DIRECTLY TO A GPS UNIT
ALL THE SMOKE WILL COME OUT, & IT WILL NO LONGER WORK.
 

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I use a Garmin Nuvi 350 and for the power,,, I took the 12v power plug,,, opened it up,,, soldered power wires to the circuit board and sealed it back up with some silicone and all is good.... I attached the power wires to the power outlet plug and ran the wire up the handlebar covers... all is well...
 
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