09 R1200RT USB in glovebox

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  1. BigKev72

    BigKev72 ANZAC

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    Hi all, I’m wanting to install a USB outlet in the glovebox of my RT. Has anyone got any pics of their install that they could post up? Is there one place in the glovebox that is better than others to drill due to water/dust proofing? Your input would be appreciated.


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  2. 18415

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    Are you looking to just charge your phone from inside the glovebox?
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    Yes


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    I had thought of just drilling the glovebox and running a cable through a grommet into the glovebox too, this would probably be easier.


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    Hmm. I charge mine from the handlebar. I have an 08 and that sounds interesting. But I would be worried about water finding its way in
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    Yep...that’s my worry too. I have a dual USB port attached to my handlebars right now but it pretty much requires me to be using a tank bag while I am riding and I rarely ever attach that huge frigging thing to the bike.


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    I've ran heated gear to this radio plate (aux lights now) and I know you can get a watertight USB plug to screw into it.

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    I can't stand tank bags. Get a RAM mount for your cell and charge it from your bars. And get the powerlet USB adapter for the BMW socket. Works great and cable isn't in the way.

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    Not really what I was going for. Really would like to be able to keep my iPhone in the glovebox and be able to charge it too when needed.


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    RAM mount would have to replace my gps in that location, so that’s a no go.


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    I see. Well shit. Sorry I can't help you out bud. Good luck and I'll be keeping a close eye on this thread!
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    This is the current gps/usb setup


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    Thanks. It is a booger sometimes helping folks out when they have pre-defined ideas of what they want haha.


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    I got this mount too from touratech but it's annoying. And not what your looking for.

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    Haha! I've been on the other side of the fence plenty of times!
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    It's possible to add other Ram balls, just saying. Sometime you might want to hang a Spot or X mount for the phone somewhere else up front.

    I always carry a portable air compressor for tire repairs so I always add a power point (cig lighter) somewhere on my bikes. On my RT I fished a duplex 12 gauge cable up through the grommet BMW supplies in the bottom of the glove box. It powers the 12v power point which just lays in the bottom of the box with enough coiled cable to be flexible. With adapters I can use the point to charge a phone, Sena, or run the compressor. I use a Powerlet to USB device in the OEM Powerlet in the left fairing. I use a phone nearly all the time on the bars for comm and tunes so that USB powers the phone 100% of time. Garmin GPS is hard wired power supply.
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    Sounds like I need to have another look in that glove box, I did not notice an existing grommet in there. That would take care of my needs immediately. I can just splice in to my hardwired gps for power and run in there to a dual usb plug that way. It would work well for charging my iPhone and Sena as needed too that way, with no drilling. Thanks for that!
    My compressor runs off of my battery tender connection and that’s towards the back of the bike.


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    Post pictures on how you do it if you can. I'd be interested in copying you. I also found this you might be interested in. $10.95 from Walmart. IMG_6019.JPG
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    I actually just pulled all the crap I had in my glovebox out, looked in the bottom of the glovebox and found that grommet. It’s pretty small but I’m going to try to stick an iPhone charging cable through it in the morning. If that works I will pick up a pass-through type grommet and pop it in there. That will take care of my needs. If it doesn’t then I know I can run a positive and negative loose wire through it and that will be the time to look at Wally World and grab that dual usb outlet. Probably fab up an enclosure that fills half that deep ass glovebox too.


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    I was snooping around the internet tonight and found a ready made solution. Not very cheap, but it might save quite a bit of work.

    http://www.powerlet.com/product/powerlet-low-profile-plug-to-apple-iphone-5-36-charging-cable/631

    I think I could remove the Bosch connector and thread the cable down through the hole in the bottom of the glovebox, reinstall the connector and run it to my power socket quite easily. That would give me switched power to that connector and be easy to install.


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