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post #1 of 17 Old May 23rd, 2007, 5:23 am Thread Starter
 
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Direct Wiring a ZUMO?

I purchased the ZUMO 550 and now I am looking to wire it on the bike. Versus wiring to the dash lamp light can I go directly to the battery terminal with the red and back wires since there is an inline fuse?
Probably a dumb question but this is new to me.
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post #2 of 17 Old May 23rd, 2007, 5:46 am
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Not a dumb question. There should be no problem wiring it directly to the battery since it has the inline fuse. The only thing is that the zumo will always be on even with the bike ignition turned off. This is not a bad thing as long as you remember to 1. remove the unit when leaving the bike or 2. turn off the unit when you turn off the bike to avoid draining the bike's battery.

I ultimatly wired mine up to a switched power source so the Zumo comes on and goes off with the ignition. It has a cool feature that detects if 12VDC is lost and asks if you would like to continue on battery power or turn the unit off . If you do not select anything the Zumo will turn off automatically after 25 secs.

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After having a couple of fellow run their batteries down by leaving auxillary lights on, I will not hook a GPS to a non-switched source. You never know when you're going to walk away from the bike for longer than you planned. JM2CW

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So as long as I turn off the ZUMO when the bike is turned off it really won't still be drawing off the bikes battery as long as the battery on the Zumo is maintaining a full charge; correct? Thus should not drain the bikes battery?
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Dewman,

I "think" that as long as the Zumo is off that it will not draw from your battery, but you may want to double check that by contacting Garmin.

You may want to read this thread and this thread to see the advantages/disadvantages to connecting directly to the battery.

For piece of mind, I connected mine to a switched power source under the seat.

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My gut feeling tells me there should not be any power drain with it turned off, but I just can't say for sure.

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While the Zumo may not be physically powered on, the cradle will still have power running to it and the contacts at the base will be live. If you get water across the contacts with the Zumo removed or when inserting the Zumo if you line up the base wrong, you may end up damaging the base or the Zumo. In my mind, it is not worth it. Hook the power up to a switched source.

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Do it Properly

Rather than screw around, do it properly. Basically, get a fuse distribution system and have it powered off a relay that is turned on by a switched circuit (eg light).
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Re: Direct Wiring a ZUMO?

I am in the same situation. On my (new to me) 2000 1200LT I have installed a BMR Co-Pilot shelf and adjustable bracket to hold my BMW Motorrad Zumo 550, with a Touratech locking device for my peace of mind (God, am I a name-dropper or what?). Now I need an elegant way to power the Zumo on a switched circuit. I would prefer to not spend half a day removing tupperware but I will do what is necessary to do it right. Please give me your suggestions. I read about the under-seat option but would really appreciate someone pointing me to the best thread or telling me what they did.

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Re: Direct Wiring a ZUMO?

Pop out the map light at the top of the dash. Many a GPS has been powered there. And it is right under your BMR shelf. If you file a half round hole in the opening the cable will fit in nicely.

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Re: Direct Wiring a ZUMO?

Thank you, sir!

Now to prove my ignorance:
1. Will I connect the GPS to the maplight and have the connection be inside the maplight housing?
2. If so, will I still have the maplight (I don't think I would ever need it if I have a flashlight). 3. And if I hide the connection inside the space and still have the light, will I also still have the switch and need to turn it on (and, therefore, the light) to power the GPS?

Part of me thinks I could figure this out for myself once I got in there, but at this stage I would rather ask the stupid questions and learn.

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Re: Direct Wiring a ZUMO?

I have a BMR Co-pilot with a locking Touratech mount. My is powered off of a Centech AP2 Fuse panel wiht a relay , also. Valentine 1, and Aux. LED lights and frony socket. do yourselef a favor and install the an aux fuse panel.

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Re: Direct Wiring a ZUMO?

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Thank you, sir!

Now to prove my ignorance:
1. Will I connect the GPS to the maplight and have the connection be inside the maplight housing?
2. If so, will I still have the maplight (I don't think I would ever need it if I have a flashlight). 3. And if I hide the connection inside the space and still have the light, will I also still have the switch and need to turn it on (and, therefore, the light) to power the GPS?

Part of me thinks I could figure this out for myself once I got in there, but at this stage I would rather ask the stupid questions and learn.

Thanks again,

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Once you figure out how to get it out you will see all. There is a small cutout on the left side and a small screw driver is your friend here. Push back the hidden tab towards the light and she will pop out. Then just tap into the brown (ground) and violet/black wire (+). Then file an opening for the cable on the side of the opening and pop the light back in. This is switched power so when the key is off the GPS is off. the excess cable can be neatly stowed behind the light.

If you intend to install many other accessories then follow the recommendation for a good fuse panel addition as it makes it much nicer for the installs.

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Re: Direct Wiring a ZUMO?

Some great instructions for wiring to maplight in this thread :

The map light has three male .250" connectors.
Only two of the male connectors on the map light are used.
The map light switch is a three postion off-off-on switch
The map light is only powered when the key is in the accessory or on postion.

Go to your local auto parts store and buy along with a crimp tool if you need it:


A few .250" insulated crimp-on male connectors for say -16 gauge wire. usually the red crimp on connectors are for smaller gauge wire.


A few Female .250 insulated crimp-on connectors for say -16 guage wire.


Some 16 gauge automotive hook-up wire in red

Some 16 guage automotive wire in some other color (black-conventional ground or brown -bmw's color for ground)

Mark the map light with which terminal you remove the purple striped wire (12v+) and which terminal you remove the brown solid wire (12v- or ground).


Strip 2 pieces of -16 red gauge wire approx 4" long on both ends.


Insert one both pieces of wire in to one Male crimp-on connector and crimp, check that the crimp holds.


On the other two ends crimp on each wire a Female crimp on connector.


You now have your 12V+ Y connector.


Do the same for your ground wire Y connector.


Take the Existing BMW wire that supplied the
maplight. Insert the Male connector of your new red Y connector into the exisiting Positive 12v+.

Do the same with your new ground Y connector.


Take the exsiting garmin red wire and crimp-on a male connector.


Do the same with the Garmin Black (ground) connector.


Now you can connect your garmin 12V+ to one of the red females on your Y connector


Connect the garmin black 12V- to one of the ground (black or brown as the case may be) to the female of your new y connector.


You now take the last remaining female y 12v+ connector and attach it the male you marked as the purple striped on your exsiting map light.


Do the same for the ground 12v-on your
maplight.

Your done. It actually take less time to make the Y connectors and attach them than it does to read this instruction.


Hope this helps.


Confirm that your
maplight works ad you have power with key in accessory or on position. You can also use a voltmeter to check your wiring, and that you have not blown a fuse.


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Re: Direct Wiring a ZUMO?

Thank you, John and Chris!! I very much appreciate the help!

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Re: Direct Wiring a ZUMO?

Well, thanks to John and Chris -- and this great forum -- I believe I successfully wired the Zumo to the maplight (and everything is very neat with the excess wire hidden in the dash behind the maplight). I wanted to prove to myself that the unit was getting the bike's power through the connection I made but when I toggled through the Zumo menus I could not find any proof of being on LT power (the Zumo battery was fully charged before I started with the vertical power indicator bars full and green), so I will try an experiment on my next ride and switch off the bike's battery power at the maplight until the vertical green power status bars diminish and then turn on the power and see if they build.

Again, thank you all.

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Re: Direct Wiring a ZUMO?

what comes around, goes around....

Just don't let a dealer decide to change out the wiring to a "more suitable" power source, without asking... as I had happen to me. Idiots decided it wasn't safe (after being powered that way for several years) since its the "thinnest wire on the bike", so they re-routed to the always-live front powerlet... and killed the battery in the process.
Cost them another battery and another day in the shop to re-route it again back to the switched rear powerlet. As I said... Idiots.... won't touch the bike again.

Enjoy your newly powered GPS!
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