Originally Posted by larrykay
How did you hookup the power to this unit ? I have a Nuvi and I have been using it with the built in battery, but, now that I am taking longer rides, I need auxilary power. Where did you tap into the electrics ?
The dealer installed my AutoCom. They used some AutoCom switch for the Can-Bus that turns on and off with the key. I tapped into it for the Zumo and it works well. Wish I had known about the plug from Chicago sooner as it took me a day to figure out how to get switched-power. The older BMW Navigator II+ I removed had that plug (on the GT), but it had 4 wires and was too funky to wire into easily without a bunch of cutting and splicing into unknown wires.
On the mount, I used the GadgetGuy.com setup. The left arm extension holds the Escort over the left clutch area, the Zumo rests in the middle (main bar down and the mount inverted upwards). The top of the Zumo matches the curve of the lower part of the dash and I can still see all
gauges and buttons with it there. The Garmin GXM-30 XM radio antenna rests on another GadgetGuy.com extension over the right brake cylinder. I put an extension jack for the earphones up beneath the Zumo. All of it is pumped through the AutoCom under the back seat. It's all buttoned together with stainless hex-head fasteners and some chrome cover caps. It would take a little time to steal the entire setup over the RAM-ball mount (ugh!).
So far I am pretty pleased with the Zumo and XM radio setup. I had hopes of it having some sort of Bass & Treble control as most Mp3 players have but it doesn't. It also won't accept a 4gig SD card (yet). I was surprised it allows cover art with the Mp3 files and you can enlarge the cover art as well (press the mp3 cover-art image twice).
I do wish the Zumo had an "altitude" readout though (I can access that through the unit's log later though). Dunno why they left it off the display. Aside, I wish Garmin had some sort of temperature display and would log temperature into the track log, but that is just my wish.
I will say the new Zumo is very fast to acquire from a dead run and even faster to recalculate over the older Navigator II+ (Garmin 2610). I turn a corner and it already is on top of it; the older Navigator would eventually get around to it.
If I could figure out how to post a picture of the setup I would.