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post #1 of 15 Old Aug 16th, 2006, 4:06 pm Thread Starter
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Anyone have experience with this model GPS? I like this one specifically because it also includes an XM receiver. Big question: how do I make it waterproof for bike use?

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It's already waterproof for bike use. Check the specs on the 2600 and 2700 series units at www.garmin.com.

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Just installed one yesterday on the LT which was already prewired for gps. bought the clamp from Garman and plugged it in, bam!! works like a charm without even plugging in a audio wire from the gps audio out to the aux input on the comm system. bought a mount with the wiring harness for the GS, but have not tried the audio out to a headset yet. I think I'm going to like it but if I don't, take it back to Costco where I got it for $699=ship and tax.
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I've had one for a couple of months now. I really like it as I had a GPS V before and it was a real pain loading the maps.

The only downside is that it does not come with the map CD so that you can load routes and calculate routes on the PC as I did before on my GPS V. When I queired Garmin about it they said they would ship me a disc. However, I still haven't recieved one. This is not to be confused with the disc that has the USB drivers on it so that you can load MP3 file or audio books.

I also wish the volume output was a little higher as I can't hear music or the GPS feedback very well. I even bought a little audio booster from Radio Shack, it helped but not enough. All in all, its a great unit though.

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Regarding the volume, isn't there a Volume control screen like on the 2610? On the 2610 you press the speak button twice and a window opens up with a visual "slider" that you touch to adjust volume. If you've already tried that I'd like to know for my information.

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Anyone have experience with this model GPS? I like this one specifically because it also includes an XM receiver. Big question: how do I make it waterproof for bike use?
I've had mine for about 3 months. XM radio works great. I mounted my XM antenna beside the antenna on the bike. I made a home-made steel bracket. I had to use the extension cable to run inside the tupperware up to the GPS mount. (I had purchased the BMW with the optional GPS prep mount.

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Regarding the volume, isn't there a Volume control screen like on the 2610? On the 2610 you press the speak button twice and a window opens up with a visual "slider" that you touch to adjust volume. If you've already tried that I'd like to know for my information.
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The volume was great, almost excessive on the LT set to "line out.
On my GS when I pluged into the audio out on the left side of the unit my volume and voice commands were weak. I went to menu, settings, general, audio, ouput, selected head phones instead of line out and it was clear as a bell. have my speed adjustment set on "high" as it is too load at stop or low speed. On thje GS today at slab speed mine was set on 60 or 70 and was plenty load.
If you have not tried this it may be your problem.
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Garmin 2730 install / volume control

My 2730 has been installed since spring 06. Great sound. You have 3 different volume controls available. I keep voice set at 100%. I have to reduce the 2730 XM feed to 80% so it is not too loud. Download the manual from Garmin.com if you want to see better pictures and info regarding volume control. My antenna solution is shown in photo. I located it on a mount that fits into the hole in the brake lever mount. This was done to keep a clear line of sight to the sky. (Note: I'm having trouble attaching my photos that show my 2730 and antenna installation.)

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See attached photos of my installation and the volume control screen (excessive file size prevented previous attempts at uploading pix). The mount I use for the antenna is a ZTechnik Spider Accessory Mount.

I would stick with the standard mounting location. I think anything else will obscure the windscreen or other instruments. If you eventually want to restore the bike to original (no holes) condition, the small panel under the GPS could not be too expensive to replace.
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Garming 2730 - Traffic question

Waiting for my Garmin to ship to me, and have a question about it that a friend pointed out today.

He noticed on GPS city's web site today that it mentioned the FM antenna receiver for traffic alerts.

I was under the impression that if you activated XM traffic you didn't need the other antenna adapter.

Is this correct?

Also - what do people think of the XM traffic and weather service? How well does it work across the country?? Does it have good coverage - or ony in major cities etc?
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The hockey puck antenna brings in both XM and Traffic/weather. You sill have to subscribe to each service. You can get a bundled price that is cheaper than subscribing to each service individually. I bought the combined service but I have not really benefited from Traffic yet. Check the coverage map. You will find it only covers major metro areas.

If you bought a cut rate unit that did not come with an antenna you will have to order one ($200+). See my pix post to see what the antenna looks like.
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the fm and xm are two entirley different traffic systems , it is one or the other.
When you activate the xm unit just ask for navtraffic , an additional $3.99 per month. This btw, must be done via phone not online.
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Some of Garmin's units have Traffic Network as part of the unit. This is not tied to the XM radio, but to a FM network in some cities. It will also autoroute you around some of the back ups.

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Some of Garmin's units have Traffic Network as part of the unit. This is not tied to the XM radio, but to a FM network in some cities. It will also autoroute you around some of the back ups.
On the 2730 you have to get an adapter that you unplug your FM antennae and then plug this in and plug you FM antennae into it.

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On the 2730 you have to get an adapter that you unplug your FM antennae and then plug this in and plug you FM antennae into it.
Better than having to pay for an XM subscription.

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