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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 08-02-2011, 02:42 PM Thread Starter
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So Long Lil Nuvi...

Well my Garmin Nuvi 500 decided to jump out of its lil holder, bad move I had just passed a car and when I turned around, went back and picked it up, either piece was not worth savin... Oh, did save the battery though...lol...
You know these things have several parts, you get to see a lot of'em after a 85 mph bounce down the blacktop... So I thought I would get another 500 but the price was a lot higher than I remembered... +/-$375, ouch...
And with tires comin up and probably extended warranty, I believe that makes 3 ouches...lol... The way my mount sits I don't think I can go bigger than the 3.5" ones...
I may just get one of the cheaper 205s or 255s @ +/-$100...lol...
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post #2 of 29 (permalink) Old 08-02-2011, 03:50 PM
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That bites big time!I know it is a little late for that one but check out this link before you mount the next one.

http://www.gadgetjq.com/gps_tether.htm




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What kind of mount were you using for your GPS? I use a RAM mount. The Garmin, which rests in a shallow, form-fitting holder, clips in firmly on the top and bottom, that's it. I've gone through a few major potholes, and I've had no problems yet. This isn't the clearest picture, but a shot from the backside...


Here's a long-distance shot from the other side (I may have a better close-up shot on another computer)...


Of course, I have a modest model from the 200-series!

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Denny, I think I will drill the next one as the link suggests, I had a tether or cord safety but the metal tab I had epoxied onto the GPS body gave way when the wind snatched the GPS out of its mount... Don't know, it must have got hit or something and maybe knocked a bit out of one of the indents or something, I've never had it come off its bracket before...
EasyRector, I think I will probably get one of the 200 series, bad thing is I just gave one away about 2-3 mos. ago to my grandson...lol...
Oh well, no big deal I guess...
Thanks and have a good one...Old Dog...

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MicroTach +, Higher wider H-bars, GPS Mt., Mustach bar Hwy. pegs...
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I, too, have the RAM mount on my bike. Love it.

Here's a link to the thread I made on how to wire a GPS. It includes info on the GPS and the RAM mount:

https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=14496

Here's a closeup of the mount on my bike:


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Wow Old Dog, what a bummer. Hope you can find a good deal on a replacement.
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What kind of mount were you using for your GPS? I use a RAM mount. The Garmin, which rests in a shallow, form-fitting holder, clips in firmly on the top and bottom, that's it. I've gone through a few major potholes, and I've had no problems yet...
Charlie, I've got the same mount for my Nuvi 500 and it may be some of the best money I've spent for a motorcycle accessory. Holds on to the the Nuvi like fat kid with a bag of Cheetos.

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Well............
Not bad really, for a 80-85 mph bounce down the blacktop, however it did destroy it... The unit was all that took the ride, the Garmin clip and the safety tether stayed on the bike... Looks like my epoxy job failed on the metal clip to the unit, I'll try to drill the next one as in the link that Denny posted...



These things sure have some small torx screws, the smallest one I had was a T5 and that was what they are...



I guess I will go with the cheaper Nuvi 205 3.5" as it can be had at Amazon.com for $88 vs $377 for the Nuvi 500, but will check the local china-mart first...

PS-BTW my ball mount is pretty solid, nothing failed on it, only the Garmin unit clip...



Have a good one...Old Dog...

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Now on the Dark Side......
Girl's Bike 09 Sporty xl 1200 Custom...33k + & clickin......
Sportster Owner/Rider since age 72...lol... Rider since Simplex...???
09-xl1200 "C" Vivid Black, Cast wheels w/19" Frt., SE-Stage 1+, X14iEDs...
MicroTach +, Higher wider H-bars, GPS Mt., Mustach bar Hwy. pegs...
Viking Shock cutout Saddlebags, Rear Mt. Signal Lt. Kit, Fork Brace...
RoadKing Air Shocks, Mustang Seat, Progressive Fork Springs...

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Charlie, I've got the same mount for my Nuvi 500 and it may be some of the best money I've spent for a motorcycle accessory. Holds on to the the Nuvi like fat kid with a bag of Cheetos.

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I have the ram mount too but I got the medium aqua box for the Droid X. The mount and the box are as sold as they come.
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Lookin at the Ram mount, it still has the small clip at the top like the Garmin clip, although with the other bits bottom on the sides it does look stronger and like it would protect it at least from a lick much better... Is that top clip part stronger than the Garmin's...???
My reason for askin is that the Garmin clip is what let mine go...
Thanks and have a good one...Old Dog...

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Now on the Dark Side......
Girl's Bike 09 Sporty xl 1200 Custom...33k + & clickin......
Sportster Owner/Rider since age 72...lol... Rider since Simplex...???
09-xl1200 "C" Vivid Black, Cast wheels w/19" Frt., SE-Stage 1+, X14iEDs...
MicroTach +, Higher wider H-bars, GPS Mt., Mustach bar Hwy. pegs...
Viking Shock cutout Saddlebags, Rear Mt. Signal Lt. Kit, Fork Brace...
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