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HELP! ZUMO 550 Wiring

Guys, my ZUMU arrives next week and I have spent quite a bit of time trolling through previous threads on wiring instructions.

I have seen the pics and obtained the part No. from a thread but my local BMW dealer has said its not a genuine part number and quoted me $180 for the NAV3 accessory loom!

I have seen pics where owners seem to have installed an accessory connector box behind the battery but I dont know if that still requires the $180 loom. Other than wiring straight to the battery, what are my options.

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I got a Touratech Canbus Helper for about $40, which provides 4-5 fused protected power and ground outlets. I run power to my Zumo from that, as well as my J&M Integratr IV, Autoswitch, and the relay for my Motolights. This box was designed for the R12GS but works perfectly on the GT. For switched power you can tap into on of the running lights on the front; it won't throw a fault in the system.

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Maybe too late for you but the easiest way is to order the BMW Zumo online. You pay a little more but get a plug-and-play solution for wiring that takes you 3 minutes since it comes prewired to plug into the accessory socket by the battery. Then when you move on to the next bike, 3 minutes to unplug and onto the new one.
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Maybe too late for you but the easiest way is to order the BMW Zumo online. You pay a little more but get a plug-and-play solution for wiring that takes you 3 minutes since it comes prewired to plug into the accessory socket by the battery. Then when you move on to the next bike, 3 minutes to unplug and onto the new one.
Your right its too late but the BMW ZUMO is not on sale here. They are still only selling the NAV3.
There isnt much knowledge at my dealership and my service manager told me yesterday that their techs wont fit non BMW GPS any more because of too many problems. When I told him that the ZUMO was sold as BMW kit in the northern hemisphere he just looked at me with that "I didnt know that so it cant be true and whats more I dont care" look that BMW service managers seem to specialise in.

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Interesting that you are asking about Zumo wiring options. I know you said you are looking for options other than wiring directly to the battery, but this is what I accomplished yesterday. I wired mine to the battery.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/

Hopefully this link will work. Start at image 0905 and work your way up.

ps. I know the bike is dirty! I've been riding it, not posing it! 3000 miles in 3 months.
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you don't need anything, will find all in the box, wiring for car and bike, even a ram mount and oem garmin craddle. you can use the ram mount or order the bmw part and place it in the center of the handlebars as most of us did. wire it on the back of the 12v plug and will have it closed when ignition off. it even has a fuse on that wire.


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There is no reason you cannot power directly from the battery with the power cord supplied with the Zumo. It has a built in inline fuse so no fuse box is required. It would not be switched power and is on all of the time but if you turn the Zumo off when getting off the bike for extended periods of time you would be fine.

The BMW accessory plug adapter is nice to use for switched power, but there are benefits to direct wire as well. If switched power is important to you your dealer should be able to track down the accessory plug without too much trouble. However, if you are just running a Zumo and do not care about it turning on and off with the key you really do not need the BMW accessory plug.

I have run several bikes with power for the GPS coming right from the batter and it is very simple and effective with no negative effects on the bike. On the GT it is especially easy because the battery is so close to where you would mount the Zumo and have a very short run from the battery to the GPS.

Positive wire to positive wire terminal, negative to negative and you are in business.

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