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Old 06-06-2013, 04:25 PM   #1
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how to tether a zumo 550?

I am not sure if this has been covered before or not, if so please send a link.
I don't trust the 2 pins that hold the zumo 550 in its cradle, somebody put a strip of velcro over latch so you can hold it in closed position but thats not enough. This is on a v-strom, just want to add a tether as a backup plan so if i hit a really big bump my zumo does not bounce down the road. ideas?
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Old 06-06-2013, 04:45 PM   #2
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I am not sure if this has been covered before or not, if so please send a link.
I don't trust the 2 pins that hold the zumo 550 in its cradle, somebody put a strip of velcro over latch so you can hold it in closed position but thats not enough. This is on a v-strom, just want to add a tether as a backup plan so if i hit a really big bump my zumo does not bounce down the road. ideas?
I can tell you I had mine on a KLR for 3 years with no problems with the latching mechanism on the cradle. I even got T-boned in an inner section and the Zumo stayed in it's cradle and didn't receive any injuries, which is more than I can say for the KLR and me.

I have since moved it to my RT where it's been for a couple years. I now have an intermittent touchscreen issue but I will replace that.
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Old 06-06-2013, 05:54 PM   #3
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rider just lost his last weekend on a ride, I want to keep it.
just a leash on it will work, how?
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Old 06-07-2013, 07:03 AM   #4
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I have replaced the garmin security screw with a thumbscrew so I actually use it all the time. I've never had the mount open and I don't see how the 550 can come out without breaking the pins off. And I've had some good impacts in the dirt.
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Old 06-08-2013, 06:56 PM   #5
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Been using mine with the seurity screw. I don't have a thumbscrew setup as I use it on the road, and don't worry when I'm in for lunch or quick stops. So far no problems.
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Old 06-17-2013, 10:25 AM   #6
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I don't fear the mount failing; the problem is me dropping the GPS as I mount or remove it!

Buy an adhesive pad eye. Here is where I bought mine; 1-0105-02 - Accessory Kit - $1.99 each: http://www.gearkeeper.com/gkaccess.html Scroll to bottom of page. Since shipping was additional, I bought a dozen or so for my friends, too.

Plan on where to attach it to the GPS, so that it doesn't interfere with your bike or auto mount. On my Zumo 665, it is attached to the battery cover. Clean the location with alcohol. I remove the split ring and instead, I loop directly through the pad eye one of those lanyards that come with LED flashlights. When I mount the GPS on a bike, I first slip the lanyard over the mirror stanchion. This has prevented fumblefingers from dropping the GPS many times.

I reuse those pad eyes by cutting a small piece of 3M adhesive to fit, which is very strong yet removable.

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Old 06-17-2013, 11:08 AM   #7
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I have replaced the garmin security screw with a thumbscrew so I actually use it all the time.
What he said^
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