BMW power connector for regular Zumo 550

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  1. SCflyer

    SCflyer Long timer

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    I'd like to try to connect this with the BMW style plug in at the front power supply (07 GSA) and was wondering if anyone can recommend a place to get one. I called my dealer and asked about trying to get the female connector by itself (looks like I can just connect it to the included power cable) and they didn't know what I meant. They were busy though.

    Any suggestions?
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  2. astro

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    I just took a look at the BMW 550 GPS unit this morning. Dealer just got one in this week and doesn't know much about GPSs.

    The curious thing for me was that although the BMW power plug had 4 pins ( I assume that two were for power and two for audio or other) where it plugged into the base unit, the BMW connector end only had two wires running into it.

    Not sure how audio connection occurs then ?? Bluetooth?
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  3. dtop1

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    I have an '07GS and wanted to do the same thing and determined that I couldn't. Evidently the BMW connector on the bike recognizes the BMW GPS then puts voltage to the hot lead. I checked pin voltages on the plug and they were low or non-existent so I went directly to the battery. I also tried sticking wires into the power connectors on the plug and connecting them to my Zumo 550 and it got no power. Dan
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  4. rideLD

    rideLD The further the better!

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    I'm a little confused at the other replies. :confused

    The R1200GS's all have a GPS power lead that is zip tied to the steering head. Its pretty well hidden. There you have 12 volt key switched power. The power cable for the new BMW Zumo will plug right into it. This leaves 2 questions for me. Is the BMW Zumo mount the same as the Garmin Zumo mount? If so the BMW Zumo power cable will work just fine the Garmin Zumo. The other question is if BMW will even sell the BMW Zumo power cable separately? I can tell you that the BMW cable for the NAV 3 was $128. Of course you can easily just strip off the connector and wire your existing Garmin Zumo hard wire power cord into the BMW GPS power at the steering head.

    Hope that makes sense.:D
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  5. dtop1

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    The Zumo motorcycle power cable is just 2 wires and a fuse on the hot side, no plug. The plug zip-tied to the steering head is the one that I couldn't get power from. Dan
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  6. SCflyer

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    I looked back at the photos mastiffdog2 had posted of his BMW Zumo and I swear it looks to me like there's only 2 wires coming from the power plug that goes to the bike (red and black). If it's just power that can be hardwired into as mentioned in another thread and here, I don't understand why the BMW Zumo cable wouldn't work? :huh I'm not saying that dtop1 is wrong but it just seems like it should work. I'll ask mastiff to put the picture/part # here and we'll see what we can see.
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  7. CDS

    CDS Been here awhile

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    I hooked my Zumo 550 up this weekend using this method. First call your dealer and order this plug below. It will cost you about $25 dollars. It is called a repair connector. This connector will keep you from having to cut the plug off of the wiring harness by your steering column. It will plug directly into the power supply. It is important to only use wire #1=Brown(Ground) & wire #3=Hot. Just plug wire #2 off.

    Part #PN is 83300413585
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    This is what it looks like connected to the factory power supply. This plug is not powered all the time. There is a 30/40 second delay before it shuts down after you switch the ignition off.
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  8. SCflyer

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    Not to sound like a stupy:confused (anybody listen to John Boy and Billy:lol3 ) but is there a wire labeled #3 or color coded (red) perhaps to denote the "hot" wire? Can't tell from the photo. But thanks for info. Alot cheaper and exact solution I/we were looking for!:clap
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  9. CDS

    CDS Been here awhile

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    The wire is numbered and the connector/repair plug, has numbers on the outside and on the inside where the pins connect with the factory plug. #1=ground #3=(Hot)
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  10. groop

    groop So much to ponder

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    First post here, so bear with me. I used this same set-up last weekend on my '07 GS1200 with the Zumo 550 and found it very easy. The adapter plug was $23 from the dealer. The part number listed in the thread is correct. The yellow leads are labeled and #1 is ground and #3 is hot. The CANBUS lead is on the left side of the steering head, under a few wraps of electrical tape. Remove the cover and plug it right in. I read elsewhere that BMW originally placed this plug on the right side of the steering tube in earlier models so keep that in mind. The whole mounting, soldering process took less than an hour.
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  11. SCflyer

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    Thanks to all for the help. I've got one on hold for me and the Z should be here by the end of the week:evil
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  12. DustyJacket

    DustyJacket Been here awhile

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    Woo-hoo!
    I just finished adding that $24 part to power my old Magellan Meridian Color GPS - works like a champ. Power shuts off 60 seconds afte the ignition, though. But, so did the Canbus powerlet I was using.

    Thanks for the info! My RT is cleaner looking with hidden wiring.
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  13. PhilSpace

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    It works, I'm using the bmw "repair pigtail" to connect to the GPS connector on my GT and the wife's F800.

    If you don't have one, the other option is to go to powerlet.com - they have some good stuff, I'm using their combination handlebar mount for a ram ball/BMW power connector on the F800 - it rocks.
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  14. AngryScot

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    Saw this on a different thread frm philspace :clap. Since I am a wuss with wiring anyone got suggestions for wiring the plug to an sae connector so I can remove the gps and mount and just cap the sae connector when not in use?
    Pics would be awesome!
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  15. sheikyabooty

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    [I have hardwire my276c to the battery, but the power is always on even when the bike is switched off, so I have to disconnect it everytime i turn the bike off. Is there anything I can do about it, maybe there is something similar to what the zumo has?
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  16. dtop1

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    Yes, you can get the same connector and connect your 276 to the power and ground wires. Dan
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  17. m0to

    m0to Under the Big Hard Sun

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    The new mount isn't the same one that comes with the Zumo. Its pretty cool, and pretty pricey. I said what the hell and bought one anyway. It was $137 for the mount and the new barclamp bolts. But its a way cleaner install than the RAM mount and puts it right above the barclamps. I'll probably set it up all up this weekend and take a picture.
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  18. PhilSpace

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    Do you have a picture or a link? I just went to the Garmin website and they still only show the old one.

    TNX
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  19. m0to

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    I'll post some pics before/while/after mounting this week.
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