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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Nov 29th, 2008, 3:19 pm Thread Starter
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Zumo550 Xm Antenna

Anyone have any alternatives to the costly Garmin XM antenna for the zumo550? While were at it may as well discuss antenna placement on a 2008K1200GT, any advice-ideas welcome.
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The xm ant for the zumo is the only ant/receiver that works for the zumo. you can find them on the web for less.
the location of the ant sometimes depends on where you put the zumo. there is a long cord with it, so you can put it almost anywhere. a clear look to the sky is best, but some people put it under the fairing. On my KS, i velcroed it to the clutch cylinder.

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If you want to hide the XM antenna you can pull the windscreen and the 2 panels under it and place the antenna/receiver there. Search the forum for pictures of this, I know I saw it and I did it myself. I was able to secure the small round mount plate that comes with the antenna/receiver to a large bolt that is under there just by enlarging one of the small holes in the antenna mount a bit. The smallest plastic panel comes out with 2 torx screws and, and the lower one has 4 torx's and I had to pull the circlips that hold the mechanism that raises the windshield.

You can then run the cable up from under the instrument panel and lead it to your Zumo location, securing it with wire ties for a neat secure job.

It takes less time to do this than to describe it. Really.

The XM works fine with it hidden there and you don't have to worry about some clown stealing it when you leave the bike out, of course I would not do this if I needed to use the XM in the car too as it would not be readily accessible.

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