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post #1 of 8 Old Jul 6th, 2008, 3:12 pm Thread Starter
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Looking for pro and con info on the C550 Garmin. Currently have Street pilot 2610 with City Navigator North America v6 installed and mounted on a BMR shelf and am looking to replace it with the C550. The C550 is available at The Source (Radio Shack) for 265.00 Cnd. Can the C550 be adapted to mount on the BMR shelf? Can it be hard wired into the LT?

Am not interested in most of the features of either unit. (I need the KISS principle) Just need to be able to easily get good POI information as we travel and to be able to program routes from one point to the next, selecting preferred routes as compared to shortest, most direct, most travelled, toll free, etc.
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post #2 of 8 Old Jul 6th, 2008, 7:28 pm
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the only down side is that if you mount yours with the ball on the shelf the gps will droop. Find a way to fix that and you are fine.
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Is this unit waterproof?

I'd be tempted, but the Zumo and the Tom Tom Rider are soooo over priced.

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this site has some good bargains refurbished and new, you can get a refurb 2820 for 400.00 they are w/proof the "c" series are not w/proof

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Re: C550 garmin

Thanks to all for the information. I don't see the water proof question being a major concern. We are not big users of the electronic gadgetry found on most LT's. We have never used the radio, tried the intercom and it worked fine but we don't use it, and the CD player has never been used either. It's all just there. I am sure this is a carryover from our days on air head beemers as much as it is to not be distracted from the road in front of us and surroundings.

With a GPS mounted on the BMR shelf there is a degree of protection from the elements with the windshield anyway. For the times it wouldn't be in use it would be packed away in a pocket or other location out of the weather. When it is used to show a route as we progress it would be mounted on the BMR shelf, for other POI purposes it would be used when we are pulled off the road and stopped and likely not to be a water problem.

The big concern I have for the C550 right now is can it be hard wired into the bike to reduce battery drain when it is in use. Anyone out there know the answer to that?
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According to the Appendix of the Users Manual, the unit runs on 13.8V typical of any major car appliance. If there is no transformer built into the cable that comes with the unit, then I don't see any reason why it could not be hardwired into the bike.

BUT, I'm like others here, why would you want to put a non-waterproof unit on a bike? Trust me, you get more water behind the windshield than you realize riding in the rain and I can't see spending more money to replace a unit, because Garmin isn't going to warranty it for water damage.

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According to the Appendix of the Users Manual, the unit runs on 13.8V typical of any major car appliance. If there is no transformer built into the cable that comes with the unit, then I don't see any reason why it could not be hardwired into the bike.

BUT, I'm like others here, why would you want to put a non-waterproof unit on a bike? Trust me, you get more water behind the windshield than you realize riding in the rain and I can't see spending more money to replace a unit, because Garmin isn't going to warranty it for water damage.

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According to a local installer the Garmin operates at about 5 volts and has a voltage reducer between the 12v supply and the unit. They tell me they have hard wired the C550 by removing the chrome/nickel plating from the cigar lighter plug and soldering wires onto the plug and wiring directly into the 12 v. supply.

My experience with the windshield tells me it is kept out of the direct rain fall but would get some dampness. Would that be a killer for the electronics?
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Re: C550 garmin

I purchased a 2nd cig adapter and power cord , wired the cig adapter to my blue sea fuse box, connected the power cord, ran it up to the the shelf and there it sits until I need to use it. I have covered mine in plastic baggies when I have really needed it, but that has only been a couple of times. I useally always carry a back up paper map which is in the tank bag.

You could probably power it off your map light wiring if you dont have a fuse box.
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