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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old Aug 21st, 2012, 1:10 pm Thread Starter
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Need GPS mounting advice

Okay I've done searches and have read the old posts about GPS installs.

My situation.
GPS : Garmin Nuvi 2555LT

I would like to mount it so it can be removed easily (leaving the bike for lunch and such).

I have a ZTechnik (double articulated, no longer available) mirror mount on the right mirror hole for my V1.

So I thought I would go with this ZTechnik mirror mount.
http://www.bmwoffresno.com/eshopprod...RROR_MOUNT.htm

And also use this GPS mount from RAM:
http://www.rammount.com/CatalogResul...5/Default.aspx

I guess by screwing small bolts through the Ram diamond base and the ZTechnik mount.

Anyone have other options?
I'm not a fan of the shelf systems.

Thanks guys.
Mike
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My setup is pretty straight forward. I ride with my bars adjusted so that the Ram Mount U clamp can slip through the gap where the bars are adjusted. (Sorry I can't take a picture as my bike is not with me.) Just get the appropriate plate to attach your specific GPS. It takes me 30 seconds to attach or remove my GPS.

http://www.rammount.com/CatalogResul...5/Default.aspx

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Thanks.
I've seen the Ram mounts.

Any other choices/options out there that you all really recommend?

I've seen some offer up the stock BMW GPS mount but from the schematics/parts list it doesn't really show how it is attached. Anyone have pics?
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Thanks.
I've seen the Ram mounts.

Any other choices/options out there that you all really recommend?

I've seen some offer up the stock BMW GPS mount but from the schematics/parts list it doesn't really show how it is attached. Anyone have pics?

Ive got the BMW mount which I mounted my Tom Tom to, but then modified it with a Ram Mount as I found it a bit low and also angled up too much which made it impossible to see in sunlight, Ive also put a glare stomper on which helps a bit more





It looks like it obscures the clocks, but I can get it just right when Im on the bike and can see all the displays.

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So the BMW part bolts to the back of the bar adjuster and then has a 90degree for a flat almost horizontal surface?
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This guy has a lot of nice billet stuff and is what I use on the GT. GadgetGuy

With the extension bars, I have the Escort RD at the left end and a Sony Walkman MP3 player, Zumo 550 in the middle, and the XM antenna on the right end and a headphone amp (Ray Samuels Emmeline P-51 Mustang amp.). The Tecknic mirror mount holds the PCAS detector for the airplane in the right mirror hole. All the audio junk is fed to an AutoCom Pro-AVI mixer under the rear seat and up to a headphone jack (P-51 headphone amp) on the GatgetGuy rig.

For security I let the Scorpio Alarm under the drivers seat with proximity sensor and two-way pocket fob guard the stuff. Seems to work well. Have one on the S1000RR too.

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So the BMW part bolts to the back of the bar adjuster and then has a 90degree for a flat almost horizontal surface?

Yep, it replaces that plastic cover thats there, the angle of the sat nav plate is probably more like 30 - 45 degree maybe the BMW Navigator sits better on it than my Tom Tom

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OKay more advice please......

How to power this Garmin?

Meese has noted that I can wire into the BMW GPS circuit in the battery area.

Do I need a BMW 'plug/connetor' for this?

I would need another (not the cigarette lighter version included with the unit)......so what to get?

Just another of the same and cut the end off....and connect to the BMW connector?
https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?pID=112879

or a Garmin motorcycle wiring which is for their motorcycle versions not my car version.
https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?pID=113583


I'll get there with help...
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Mike,
If you look at my post here I ended up purchasing the Wunderlich GPS mount - worked out GREAT! I also have the RAM mount for my Garmin Nuvi 1490LMT so its a simple release to take the GPS with me.

http://www.k-bikes.com/forums/showth...ghlight=Garmin

When you install the Wunderlich mount there is a Powerlet plug on the right side you can wire directly to the battery (which I did. I then purchased this hardwire kit from eBay and cut it down to a manageable size to which I then soldered on a Powerlet plug.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/200531443615...#ht_2921wt_934

I'm VERY happy with the installation - looks factory to me, doesn't interfere with my tankbag and gets the GPS closer to my field of vision so I don't look away from the road (much) to see it.

I previously had my Nuvi installed on a RAM mount (ball and stem) using the BMW factory GPS plate but it was too far below my field of vision and had to be moved around when I wanted to access the gas tank since the tankbag had to be moved as well...

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Does that power wire you got on EBay work on all Garmins?
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