Best way to wire a GPS...???

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by WhiteNoize, Dec 13, 2007.

  1. WhiteNoize

    WhiteNoize Go NADS!

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    I'm sure there is a thread in here about the best way to properly hard-wire your GPS to your ride, but I searched and couldn't find one with specifics - can anyone out there lead me in the right direction?

    MUCH APPRECIATED!!!!!!
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  2. Boatman

    Boatman Upward and onward!!

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    First off,, do you have a unit or one in mind.

    Most gpsr's have an accessory hardwire cord you can purchase. I suggest wiring directly to the battery. This will allow you to use the unit without turning on the ignition. The gpsr's don't use all that much juice and so there is little chance of draining the battery if you forget to turn it off.
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  3. ISDTBower

    ISDTBower Been here awhile

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    I run a marine lighter socket behind the # plate. Fused. Plug anything in. GPS. Cell phone. hair dryer, computer, etc. That allows me to take anything off....
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  4. richc

    richc Long timer

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    I run mine off the battery. I built an easy to disconnect socket pair for unhooking it (276c) from the bike.
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  5. DangerMoney

    DangerMoney Loud Helmets Save Lives

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    Agreed. I have Battery Tenders on all my bikes which come with a harness that is attached directly to the battery and are terminated by SAE connectors. I attached an SAE connector to my GPSR's power cord and plug it into the Battery Tender harness when riding. Since the GPS is never powered off when riding I get a nice continuous track log as side benefit which shows how much time I spent at each stop. When I stop riding for the day on a trip I take the GPS off the bike so there's no chance of draining the bike's battery. When at home I plug the Battery Tender into its harness.
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  6. ramz

    ramz Professional Trail Rider

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    You could also install something from here:
    Powerlet Products

    They offer a variety of connection methods.
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  7. RiverRat

    RiverRat Endless Chores

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    Yeah the 2 pin trailer or SAE works great never gets loose and is cheap. I have a full line of devices that i have soldered this connector to (air compressor, cig lighter socket, gps, radio, etc)
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  8. Loud Al

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    I hardwired mine to an Aux fuse box under the seat. It is always on the bike and works great.
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  9. vetterestorer

    vetterestorer Adventurer

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    Beware if your GPS has rechargable batteries. Most of the cigarette lighter adapters that come with these units have a IC chip in them to keep the batteries from going overvoltage/overcurrent. So, it would be best to use a marine assessory socket with the adapter instead of cutting the adapter off and hardwiring to the battery.
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