USB cable to hard wire bike cable possible?

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  1. Rcrx21

    Rcrx21 06 KTM 950SM, 04 WR250F

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    Is it possible to just cut off the USB plug and find a red and black wire to tie into my electrical system on the bike?
    Can it be that simple?
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  2. Hill Climber

    Hill Climber Been here awhile

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    I think Garmin has some proprietary wiring within the cable... you will probably be able to charge the GPS but functions will be disabled. Kind of like when you plug your unit into a computer.
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  3. Rcrx21

    Rcrx21 06 KTM 950SM, 04 WR250F

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    I only want it to power the unit on the bike so I guess i will give it a try as I have more than one cable. I can also leave enough that I can put it back if I need to.
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  4. Dolly Sod

    Dolly Sod I want to do right, but not right now

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    USB cables don't typically put out 12volts. More like 5 Volts.

    I think you will let the smoke out of anything that you plug that into.
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  5. kwthom

    kwthom Retiree apprentice - willing to learn

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  6. Rcrx21

    Rcrx21 06 KTM 950SM, 04 WR250F

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    so what i need to do is take apart a power socket cable and use one of those instead because that should have the step down built in.
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    pckopp Aged Adventurer

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    ramz Professional Trail Rider Supporter

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  9. kwthom

    kwthom Retiree apprentice - willing to learn

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    No, just wire input for the converter direct to battery.

    What @ramz is showing is just a more 'professional' version of what I did.
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  10. Rcrx21

    Rcrx21 06 KTM 950SM, 04 WR250F

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  11. Retired and lovin it

    Retired and lovin it Been here awhile

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    $13 and an SAE cable and your good I bought this for charging my Android phone. Has on/off switch and weather proof cap just buy the fused SAE cable with battery eyelet ends and easy peasy solution.
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  12. ramz

    ramz Professional Trail Rider Supporter

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    "Has on/off switch"

    I bought the one with the on/off switch also. It turns off the power to the end of the line which includes whatever you have connected. It does NOT turn off power to the 12v-to-5v converter part of the circuit. If they had only put the switch in the right place.....

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  13. 9Realms

    9Realms Drawn in by the complex plot

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    Not quite plug and play, but I have good luck with these on the past several bikes. Has worked with any of the Nuvi rigs I have owned.
    Tap into an existing fuse that's switched with the key, some zip ties, done. It steps 12 volts down to the 5 volts you need.

    $15 and free shipping from ebay

    I like some of the other ideas too and bookmarked them! :clap

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  14. DCrider

    DCrider Live from THE Hill

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    Many say the angled USB is the way to go for best connection and to prevent damaging the gps or phone port.
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