Mount GPS above cluster on 990 Adventure

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by knuckledonkey, May 21, 2009.

  1. knuckledonkey

    knuckledonkey Crikey!

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    I really like the RAM mounts, but all their site shows is the bar mount solution.

    I want to mount my Zumo above the clocks, behind the windscreen. I've seen it in pictures, but am not sure how to do it.

    Tips?
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  2. Steverino

    Steverino Arrogant Horse's Ass #1

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  3. cpmodem

    cpmodem Orange Caveman

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  4. azkiwi

    azkiwi message in a bottle

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    I have a Lowrance XOG which came supplied with a plastic bracket. I also provided some reinforcement underneath and it has held up just fine.
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  5. knuckledonkey

    knuckledonkey Crikey!

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    But all requires drilling into the cover, I assume?
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  6. Wolfhound

    Wolfhound Been here awhile

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  7. Helmet Head

    Helmet Head Have bike, will travel...

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    I just got the basic RAM ball mount with a diamond plate base and bolted it to the top of the dash:

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    I use one of these double ball-socket arms as it's easy to adjust in all directions:

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    This is the view from the rider's position:

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  8. godtfred

    godtfred Adventurer

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    The Touratech holders are rock solid and takes many gps models including the zumo, it comes in aluminum and black versions, with or without lock. They are rubber mounted to reduce vibration:
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    Here it shows a GPS mounted, unfortunately they did not have a picture of your zumo model on the site.
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    There are two mounts, Touratech's non adjustable version and KTM's adjustable version:
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    KTM's:
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    I have KTM's version with a rubber mounted holder for my 276 Garmin GPS, its the unlockable version as it makes the GPS sit a bit lower, but still makes all readouts visible even tough I'm medium-tall.

    Installation is super easy. There are picture as well as text instructions following the product showing how to do it. You remove the tanks/side panels, as well as the front wind screen (all you need to do is remember what bolts you took out of where), you can see all bolts you need to remove on the outside of the bike. When they are off, you mount the lower part to the front "sub-frame" in existing holes, then you drill holes through the top panel (can't remember the size) and mount the top part through. Attatch everything again... Simple and quick. I used perhaps 45 minutes (and I'm no mechanic.)
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  9. sunsurfnride

    sunsurfnride Been here awhile

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    +1 on the Touratech, just installed in on my 990.
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  10. BobbyC

    BobbyC n00b

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    This is the Touratech mount. KTM sells it but it's made by TT.

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  11. godtfred

    godtfred Adventurer

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    I thought touratech stopped making that one under their own brand name... could not find it on the TT site anymore (but could obviously be wrong!)
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  12. BobbyC

    BobbyC n00b

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    Touratech 950/990 adapter


    :thumb
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  13. crashmaster

    crashmaster ow, my balls!

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    I have the touratech mount. It works well but the unit shakes so bad in the dirt that you cant really read it. However, thats probably a good thing because if it didnt have that kind of suspension on the mount itself the Zumo cradle would be toast from off road riding in short order.
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  14. BobbyC

    BobbyC n00b

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    You need to be up on your pegs if it's shaking your gps that badly. :ricky

    Did you install the rubber feet under the mount?
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  15. nunzo

    nunzo nunzo

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    This may sound weird but....1)I have my zumo mounted to the dash behind the shield on my 08 990. I installed a reinforced piece of aluminum mounted to the headlight frame assembly when I had the bike apart. This brace definitelysecures the dash due to weight and vibration. 2) I used a Ram mount with rubber between the base of the mount and the dask.

    The weird thing is that when i am tooling around in gear (NOT 1st GEAR) and my revs get to around 2800-3000 the vibration of the zumo mandates a downshift to the next lower gear and at 3000 rpm or higher, the unit has no vibration is as smooth as glass (kind of).

    I assume others expereince a smoother ride at higher revs and by keeping the bike in the 4000-6000 range.
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  16. yawningfungus

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    Unfortunately what you are experiencing here is the natural resonance of the bracket setup you have and it is being excited by the vibration created by the engine. What you can do to aviod it is probably try a less rubbery bit of rubber if that makes sense, this should stiffen it up and help the problem.
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  17. woodside

    woodside Been here awhile

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    Same as some of the others, RAM mounted to the dash. Lowrance XOG, I'm happy with how it works.

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  18. mysterio

    mysterio Eventually an Adventurer.

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    Damned Touratech mount costs half as much as the Zumo does here in Oz:puke1
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  19. crashmaster

    crashmaster ow, my balls!

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    Ha! Basically what is shaking is the suspension of the TT mount itself, on rocky two track or washboard road of course. I do think its a good thing for the longevity of the plastic zumo cradle though.

    rubber feet under the mount?:scratch Not quite sure what you are referring to, you mean the metal part that bolts onto the dash?

    Here's a pic of my setup with the TT mount and hardware.

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  20. BobbyC

    BobbyC n00b

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    My TT mounts cost more than my upgraded 2720 ($200 vs. $110) :lol3

    The TT adapter attaches at the front and there are 2 rubber bumpers toward the back, on the bottom. When I first installed the mount, I thought it vibrated too much until I looked at it again (and the instructions) and installed the rubber feet. Now it rarely, if ever, vibrates enough that its unuseable.
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