640 noob's first mod

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by sherpa, Dec 12, 2005.

  1. sherpa

    sherpa ...Robert

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    I just got this 05 640...been able to put a grand sum total of 150 miles on it so far. These guys really liked it.

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    It must be about 4 years ago that a friend gave me my first GPS...a Garmin V...I have a 276C now. I'll admit it...it's hard to leave home on the bike without one now. So this was obviously the first place to start with setting up my new ride.

    I wanted the GPS to tuck into the front fairing nice and close...there was just enough room. First thing to do was secure a base to the bike.

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    The rearward of the two bolts connects to a small bracket I made which attaches to the bikes frame. Both this bracket and the base in the pic above are cut out of 1/8" aluminum plate

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    Next thing to do was attach the Touratech cradle to my base. I also added a diagonal brace to the setup. The stock flip up GPS attenna wasn't gonna work with how tight I wanted to get this thing into the fairing pocket. I went with the remote auto antenna on a little shelf I added behind the GPS.

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    The Touratech cradle I use is actually the one Touratech sells for the 176. I like it's flat design better than the triangular one they sell for the 276.

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    Fit's in there nice and custom like.

    I also added another bracket to the Touratech cradle. You can see it on the left side of the GPS in the pic above. The latching bar on the Touratech cradle doesn't do much for holding in that left side of the GPS. I've had my GPS come loose and almost fall out a couple of times...not good. On a recent trip out to see Gary Emig I saw this mod on his bike...he's had the same thing happen to his 276C. I know a good idea when I see it...all credit goes to Gary for this little bracket mod. Here's the bracket I made.

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    The knob came from Lowes, and I drilled and tapped a hole into the side of the Touratech cradle. I epoxied an additional piece of 3/16" thick aluminum to the inside of the cradle, inorder to get some more threads in there. You can see the additional piece in this pic.

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    Like I said, I've only ridden 150 miles, but the GPS seems rock solid so far...and it's mounting location puts it in my field of view better than the install I have on my GS. I'm happy with this install.

    Next thing to do is add an additional fuse block to power up some heated grips and my heated vest...:vardy ...plus hard wire the GPS.

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  2. rapiti

    rapiti IOR Veteran

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    Looks good! Thanks for sharing a nicely executed mod.
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  3. PASSMORE

    PASSMORE Just the last name...

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    Nicely done :thumb

    I have been thinking about re-doing my dash as well with the thought of having everything tucked in...

    How does the sat ant. receive while covered by the fairing?
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  4. Loadedagain

    Loadedagain making chips

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    looks cool sherpa... nice werk.
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  5. ChrisC

    ChrisC Amal sex?

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    Ditto, good stuff....

    Now, get after that "fudge packer" front fender. :cry
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  6. creeper

    creeper Still alive...

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    Hell of a nice job sherpa. Much more stylish than the roadbook rack most of us have. :thumb
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  7. braaap!

    braaap! Long timer

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    very tidy Sherpa!

    I'd be very interested to hear about the reception from the remote receiver too!
    and how much does the tourtech mount 'flonk' around when mobile?

    just got my 276 and wacked it on the bike using the oem dash bracket plus a bit of aluminium (aluminum?) just to road test....

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    these units are pretty robust.... or how long will this last before all those clever chinese inside go on strike?





    8yo niece's comment.... '' that's cool, a TV!''
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  8. Trevor S

    Trevor S Cap'n Flatulence !

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    Nice looking job.. This external antenna screamed at me as "not going to work", I presume it does ? What's the Sat reception like ? How many Sats compared to the flip up antenna ?

    Garmin mapping is pretty much useless where I ride, plus my Pocket PC gives me many more options.. Here's my GPS dash mod

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=1786613&postcount=1
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  9. Nom de Guerre

    Nom de Guerre Long timer

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    Sherpa,

    That's a great job you did on mounting that 276. I'm going to be adding one of those to my bike in the near future. One of Santa's Elves told me I may be getting one soon. :beer
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    Schweet setup. :tb
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  11. creeper

    creeper Still alive...

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    Would that be the cute one you sleep with? :evil
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  12. G.Kennedy

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    Hiya LC4 ... gettin nervous !!! we'll miss you on OMR ride this weekend.

    I like the way Sherpa has it tucked down in ... I have repeatedly hit my helmet visor on my GPS when the going gets rough uphill.
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  13. GunshipDriver

    GunshipDriver Adventure in Iraq '07!

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    05 Orange... drool...
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  14. sherpa

    sherpa ...Robert

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    Thanks for the kind words guys.

    The remote antenna.

    While I had the fairing off, I took it outside and placed the GPS under the fairing to test out the reception with both antennas. The plastic fairing interfers with satelight reception very little if at all. The remote antenna's packaging had some install info included, in which, there was a little blip about metal interfering with reception...evidently plastic is not a problem. Both antennas will actually pick up and lock onto 5 or 6 satelights while inside of my garage.

    If I had to put a number on it, I'd say the remote antenna is about 10% better at picking up and locking onto the satelights as the stock flip up antenna...not a lot in other words...it's mostly a space saving move.

    On thing to note though...the differences in the two antennas might turn out to be greater in a harder to lock on environment than my driveway....like in canyons.
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  15. sherpa

    sherpa ...Robert

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    Not sure what "flonk" means. :lol3 But if you're not familiar with the Touratech mount, let me try to explain...warning though...I've yet to master the English language.

    The mount is actually two pieces, separated by those big rubber dampeners you can see in the pics. The outer piece is attached to the bike, the inner piece floats on the rubber dampeners. The GPS sits in the inner piece, under the locking bar. The dampeners isolate the GPS from the high frequency vibes that single piston engines put out.

    If you talk with the people at Cycoactive they don't feel this mount is necessary on twins like the GS. When you're riding over washboard stuff and look down at the GPS it is actually bouncing (flonking :dunno) around in it's cradle quite a bit. According to Cycoactive this bouncing is not what damages the GPS...it is that constant high frequency vibration. That's the info they gave me anyway....your mileage may differ.
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  16. braaap!

    braaap! Long timer

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    ta Sherpa! I think I may have concocted that word or stole it....
    but you interpreted my meaning precisely, I fondled a TT cradle in store and was thinking that engine / road vibration would make the screen all but un-readable, lotsa movement on those dampers!

    My hard mount 'flonks' a little on a cold start up, but then settles whilst running, I have a large washer plate under the dash into which the mount plate is fastened... my thinking being, that the dash is mounted off those 3 rubber mounts... and together, the dash plastic act as isolation from the worst (most harmfull vibes)..... maybe?

    I'm going to try a remote antenna, as that would allow tucking the unit in, nice and tight like yours :D sweet!

    thanks for the info.
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  17. Nom de Guerre

    Nom de Guerre Long timer

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    Lucky for me, she's more like a Lord of the Ring's type of elf than a Santa type of elf.

    Wish I could do the ride with you guys. Have fun. I'm not feeling nervous yet...
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  18. Stobie

    Stobie Mr. Motivated

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    That looks hella better than any of the commercial mounts I've seen. Good stuff, Sherpa.

    One concern I might have would be this bracket:

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    It kinda bypasses the rubber mounts that support the IMO, making your instrument cluster semi-solid mounted, and might transmit some vibration from the subframe that could make the instruments a little wonky over time. You could modify the bracket's length and bend to accept one of those threaded rubber mounts like in the lower right corner of the pic, and still have everything rubber mounted. My semi-local KTM dealer had them in stock when I found a broken one on mine (my closest local dealer doesn't even stock oil filters).

    You're a good fabricator, dood. Those parts would look really sweet anodized.:evil
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  19. sherpa

    sherpa ...Robert

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    Stobie...two good ideas...thanks.

    I'll definitely look into the rubber isolation piece...I didn't think about the IMO at all. Hey, who's that dealer in our neck of the woods that had the little pieces...I need to order some filters and stuff anyway.

    Funny you should mention anodizing the parts, because I've been thinking about contacting you about doing just that...are you set up for doing the odd bit's and pieces? and willing to do something like this?
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  20. ktmnate

    ktmnate Long timer

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    That is very nice. Some very good ideas. Do you plan on marketing them?


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