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Hey, guys. Santa was very kind to me and brought me a Garmin Zumo 550 for Xmas. It's a brilliant little unit, I must say. Anywho, it's focus is for motorcycles (although works in cars just the same) and came with some motorcycle-specific mounting hardware and doodads. One in particular is a couple of wires to connect to a power supply of some sort. Now, I know next to nothing about electrical systems in general, so does anyone have any recommendations where I can put the power wires? There's the usual 1 red (pos) and 1 black (neg) wires with bare ends. Any words of wisdom would be wonderful! I'm really itching to get this baby installed and start cruising some nice routes without having to worry about battery life.
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I have a Zumo also and simply wired it directly to the battery. You can also run the wires into the headlight shell and use the accessory leads found in there. ( your manual will tell you which wires to look for)

I did not even use a fuse...the Zumo uses very little juice, and as it has it's own off/on switch, I like being able to use it when the bike is not running...hence the direct wiring.

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Hello Johnotto. There is a hot and a ground wire behind the headlight unit. I do not know the colors of them as for witch one is hot, a volt meter can do that for you. Then with two male connectors you can plug in and run wires up to the handlebars, there you can have a quick connection on the bars, when you need to use the GPS unit.

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Wow, how did I not think to connect it straight to the battery?! I'll probably end up doing that, assuming the wire is long enough.

Thanks for the tips.
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I would recommend going to one of the aux leads instead of straight to the battery. The aux leads will be fused. There is another aux lead (pos and ground) near the battery box behind the right hand side cover. Just get 2 male spade crimp-on connecters and you'll be set. They are yellow/black and white/blue. If you run straight to the battery I recommend using an in-line fuse and place the fuse as near the battery as you can.

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I should have mentioned that the wiring has an inline fuse already. Thanks for the concern, though.
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I think with any electronic equipment, it's a really good idea to have a fuse.
One little spike in the power supply and .... Pffffft.... there goes your toys.


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I would recommend going to one of the aux leads instead of straight to the battery. The aux leads will be fused. There is another aux lead (pos and ground) near the battery box behind the right hand side cover. Just get 2 male spade crimp-on connecters and you'll be set. They are yellow/black and white/blue. If you run straight to the battery I recommend using an in-line fuse and place the fuse as near the battery as you can.
The Zumo has it's own inline fuse...there is one it the "direct wire" cable, and there is one in the accessory plug (the ciggerette socket plug thing)

There is no reason to add more fuses. The unit uses at max, 15w @ 13.8 volts. So the 10 amp fuse in the accessory leads would be kinda useless anyway.


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I agree with both Hyper and KM as far as protecting the electronic equipment from spikes. I was more concerned with a direct short on the line (between the battery and any fuse) causing the wire to heat up and starting a fire or melting into any other wire it might be bundled with. If they have in-line fuses already then you should be good to go!

Having the in-line fuse as close to the battery as possible simply minimizes the exposure of the unfused wire.

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Wow, Even if you don't have a garmin zumo, the site is prety slick for mapped routes.
http://connect.garmin.com/zumo/
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