GPS Wiring on F800GS

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  1. DolphinJohn

    DolphinJohn Caveman

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    I saw a post on (I think) f800.com about wiring a gps on F800GS.

    There is the option of using the canbus-routed plug on the top of the battery,
    or wiring directly to the battery using an in-line fuse.

    What do you FFs think?

    Mine's a 276c Garmin
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  2. cba191

    cba191 wanna buy a monkey?

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    i have the zumo 450 and went straight to the canbus plug. easy and quick. although i don't know why they have to make the cable 5' long and 90 bucks!
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  3. DolphinJohn

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    I think I saw where there is a plug I can attach to the wire I have.

    I'll have to see if I can find that thread again.

    Just wondering how most people are wiring their gps
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  4. DolphinJohn

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    My F800GS was uncrated and built today,

    I will drive to Ft. Lauderdale tomorrow morning and put 'er in the back 'a my truck and bring 'er home.

    No sleep for me tonight.
    :wings :rayof :beer
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  5. JRWooden

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    There are a bunch of options.... I think the most popular are:

    1) use a cable directly to the battery (with in-line fuse for safety)

    2) Get the ready-made cable that goes from the GPS plug under the faux gas tank that exists on the bike to the GPS

    3) Use a DIN to GPS cable to the DIN plug next to the ignition key

    4) Like #3 but get the DIN-to-USA-cigarette adapter and use the cable that comes with the unit.

    5) Get the special plug that mates to the factory GPS plug as a service part and make your own cable from there...
    The service part number (I beleive) is <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8"><meta name="ProgId" content="Word.Document"><meta name="Generator" content="Microsoft Word 12"><meta name="Originator" content="Microsoft Word 12"><link rel="File-List" href="file:///C:%5CDOCUME%7E1%5CADMINI%7E1%5CLOCALS%7E1%5CTemp%5Cmsohtmlclip1%5C01%5Cclip_filelist.xml"><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:RelyOnVML/> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--><link rel="themeData" href="file:///C:%5CDOCUME%7E1%5CADMINI%7E1%5CLOCALS%7E1%5CTemp%5Cmsohtmlclip1%5C01%5Cclip_themedata.thmx"><link rel="colorSchemeMapping" href="file:///C:%5CDOCUME%7E1%5CADMINI%7E1%5CLOCALS%7E1%5CTemp%5Cmsohtmlclip1%5C01%5Cclip_colorschememapping.xml"><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves/> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:punctuationKerning/> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> 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    Some details and pictures here:

    http://f800riders.org/forum/showthread.php?t=17000

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  6. DolphinJohn

    DolphinJohn Caveman

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    Thanks JR,

    I ended up finding the thread with the info and pics by twisticles.

    I picked up my bike today and just got back from my first ride.

    I don't think I'll ever ride my F650 again.:clap
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  7. Wolweseun

    Wolweseun Adventurer

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    I used the canbus plug wires
    I took a cigarette lighter adaptor and cut the adaptor off
    I then soldered the wires to the canbus plug and it is now permanantly on the bike
    The nice part of the canbus plug is that it still supplies power for a while after you have switched off.

    I still now have the plug available for other uses
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  8. Slappy McGee

    Slappy McGee Fatty Fat

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    I did the canbus repair plug (part number is on F800riders.org) patched to my zumo wire. Took about 2 days for my dealer to get in, and at $20 much cheaper than the TT option. If you can solder its a nice option and beats messing with relays, etc. in my mind (I went that route on my old F650 single). Easy as pie, switched, and gives you 1 minute of power after you turn the ignition off.
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  9. skyfish

    skyfish Adventurer

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    I also did the canbus plug method, ( BMW part number 83300413585). I soldered the repair plug to my Streetpilot power cable and shrink-tubed the new connector. Cable modification and installation on my F800GS only took an hour or so. Fairly easy and works great. The F800GS canbus system keeps the GPS powered up for 20 seconds after turning off the bike.
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  10. Dieselboy

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    I went to my sewing kit, pulled a needle, stuck it into the canbus plug and put a multimeter on it to find the wire I wanted. I then cut the needle to length and crimped it to a barrell connector at the end of a 16ga wire. Cost me nothing (I wasn't using that particular needle) and I didn't have to wait. Added shrink wrap and it was done. I put a couple of zip ties on it and the canbus just to keep it all seated. I even left the plug seated in its holder on top of the battery.
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