Garmin Zumo 590 Cradle butchery - The How-To

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  1. jahonen

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    Using the KISS method I just cut the cable short, connected the 12 volt wires to a 2 pin SAE connector, then taped everything up.
    All the wires other than the 12 volt wires are still in the connector harness. They are dead headed and don't do anything.
    Easy Peazy
    Now I can use the cradle on each of my bikes as they are all wired with fused 12 volt powered SAE connectors
    Photo is a zumo 660 cradle. The zumo 590 looks the same.

    zumo 660 cradle connector.jpg

    Doug
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    now, if we can find a way to hack the UI to make the user hostile software design more logical in arrangement...
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    I have followed a similar thread on StromTroopers with all the same issues and thought I would share my experience here as well.

    The short of it is after looking at all the various versions of surgery I was prepared to do the same until I discovered I didn't have a Torx T5 and didn't care to wait while ordering one or ride all over creation looking for one. So I had a good look at the Octopus and it was worth a try to install with the full harness attached. So plan 2. I took electrical tape and wrapped all the loose ends to the USB lead. I used a piece of coat hanger as an electrical fish and fed the USB receptacle from the center of the fairing nose. Amazingly it all pulled right through. So I coiled its tentacles and zip tied them in a nice neat slim oval package and flipped it over into the void between the headlights. Then I soldered the power leads to the same place/leads I had used for the Zumo 550. The cradle bolted right up to the 4 hole pattern of the SW Motech bracket I had the Zumo 550 bolted to for the last 8 years including on my 2006 Wee Strom. Performed some surgery on my steel fabricated bracket for my thermometer and the Zumo 590lm fit right in.

    In it's new home and working great.

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