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post #1 of 6 Old Jun 24th, 2008, 7:26 pm Thread Starter
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XM workaround?

My neighbor bought a BMW Zumo from his dealer and has been using it for a couple of months. He then bought an XM antenna to hook up to the Zumo. You know the rest of the story... Of course, his dealer won't let him return it since he's had it for more than 30 days!

My question is, has anyone figured out a workaround to allow the BMW version of the Zumo to access XM?

I can think of several things worth trying but why reinvent the wheel?

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Re: XM workaround?

I suspect the only way you are going to get it to work is to install a standalone XM radio. I've yet to see anyone get a 2820 or Zumo to work with XM. Not even sure if the hardware is installed on the BMW version. It sure would make economical sense to have the machines that build it not install the components on the circuit board in the first place.

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Does your friend want to sell his XM antenna? I assume it is the Garmin 30 hockey puck?

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I suspect the only way you are going to get it to work is to install a standalone XM radio. I've yet to see anyone get a 2820 or Zumo to work with XM. Not even sure if the hardware is installed on the BMW version. It sure would make economical sense to have the machines that build it not install the components on the circuit board in the first place.
XM works very well with the Zumo (as does the phone) - just not with the BMW branded unit. 'Lectric' Larry a/k/a Farkle Furgason has set up a couple of them for folks that liked his system. The trick seems to be with the proper cables and AutoCom AVI.

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My question is, has anyone figured out a workaround to allow the BMW version of the Zumo to access XM?

I can think of several things worth trying but why reinvent the wheel?

Cheers!
Garmin only 'dumbed down' the BMW version at BMW's request, because of BMW's exclusive contract with Sirius. As far as I know all the hardware is still in the BMW version. Unless someone hacks the software, you are out of luck. If the merger between Sirius and XM goes through there might be future Garmin/BMW units with XM enabled, but tht process will take a while.

My solution was to use a Pioneer INNO on each bike. I have a cradle on the bikes and move the INNO from bike to bike. The Inno costs about the same as a Garmin puck, but gives you several advantages:
  • Can record and store 10-50 hours of XM programming or up to 1GB of MP3 files
  • Has volume controls that are easily glove operable
  • Can be used indoors with your home stereo system
  • Can be used portably using built in batteries and satellite antenna

It is not waterproof, so you have to cover it with a baggie in the rain.

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Re: XM workaround?

I have a HD Ultra with the ZUMO 550/XM mount on the bike. I'm waiting on my new 12RT. My dealer tells me that I can use the BMW Zumo mount with my generic Zumo with XM.
The dealer told me that the BMW unit doesn't support XM, but the mount has the mini USB port for the XM antenna. Since my Zumo has the software to support XM, he says it should work.
Your friend might want to sell his BMW Zumo through one of the BMW boards then get another BMW Zumo mount and a new generic Zumo to use with his XM.

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