Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Londonderry, NH
Garmin Nuvi Mount and wiring
I finnaly finished mounting my Garmin Nuvi I got last summer. I had been running the cord over the tank down to my side panel where I had a cig adapter.
I mounted the unit to the handle bar mount using a plastic soap box from a local camping supply store for about $2. The box is almost the perfect siz for the GPS. Cut the box in half and added some velcro to the inside to hold the GPS in and used two large ty-wraps and some double stick foam tape to hold it to the bar mount. Cut an access slot in the box for the power cord.
Mounted the power cord to the top of the battery and used the battery clamp to ty-wrap the cigarette adapter on. I snaked the cord up under the tank and wrapped it with that plastic spiral wire wrap, so it doesn't chaf. The cig adapter I got a the autoparts store for $5 or $6. It was one of those splitters that you plug into the car dash and you get two cig plugs. Just cut the cord and spliced in the wiring. One under the seat and the other near the side panel so I can plug my cell phone charger in.
Since the accessory leads are hot all the time I mounted a switch up inside the toolbox so I can shut off the GPS supply when I'm not using it. I also covered the switch with electrical tape to keep out any water that might drip in from between the seat and the tool box.
Next step is to replace the soap box, looks ok with the GPS in, but a little ratty when it's out. I'm also going to add a little visor to shade the GPS a bit better.