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Zumo Security Screw

As Zumo users know, in order to firmly secure the Zumo to the bike, you have to screw it into the mount using a special tool. Some people have suggested to replace the this silly screw with something else to make removing the Zumo while out and about a little easier.

I'm sure this can be found elsewhere, but this guy Kevin from the ST Owners forums is selling them for $7.50 including shipping. He sounds like a good guy. I ordered three and they should be here by the end of the week.

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Re: Zumo Security Screw

Doesn't that kill the security aspect of the screw?
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Doesn't that kill the security aspect of the screw?
Yeah, so what. I have them on my GPS (2x20 series) as well. I'm not foolish enough to leave my GPS on an unattened motorcycle either as anyone that wants it can just rip it off the mount without too much trouble anyway.

I bought mine direct from the manufacturer at:

http://www.boelis.nl/index_bestanden...ityscrewEN.htm

as I didn't know anyone selling them locally.

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Doesn't that kill the security aspect of the screw?
Security bits and/or tools can be bought at just about any hardware store in the country. So much for "security". If someone really wants your GPS and you're dumb enough to leave it unattended ... it's GONE.
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I bought those replacement screws. Very handy. It takes no time to put the GPS in your pocket.

I'm also thinking of replacing the wing nut on the GPS mount with a regular nut, just to make it a tad more difficult for someone to remove the mount. Currently, they could loosen it and cut the antenna wire and be off with my XM puck. Not a real advance in security, but just a step to make it a little more difficult.

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Re: Zumo Security Screw

I'm relatively to the GPS 'thing', so maybe I'm missing something.

If you are are going to unclamp the GPS and take it with you or lock it up, why use the security screw at all? Is the security screw only intended to be used to 'secure' the GPS to the mount, or is it required to (literally) secure the GPS to the mount while underway? It's certainly too inconvenient to use on a regular basis as an anti-theft device. I've never used mine.

Let me know what I'm missing here...

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Re: Zumo Security Screw

It's meant to secure the Zumo to the mount so that the mount doesn't accidently pop open.

It's not meant to make it theft proof. But, in the event you hit a pot hole or a hard bump, the clamp has a backup.

Otherwise, your $600 GPS will go bouncy bouncy on the tarmac. NOT NICE!!!!

You can simply use Garmin's security screw. It will do the same thing. But, if you want to secure the GPS in the trunk or take it with you, you have use that silly little tool. With this knob, it renders this tool irrelevant.

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You can simply use Garmin's security screw. It will do the same thing. But, if you want to secure the GPS in the trunk or take it with you, you have use that silly little tool. With this knob, it renders this tool irrelevant.
Yep, and let's not forget that the Garmin tool has a tendency to drop part of it right down the steering assembly when trying to remove the screw. How do I know this? When I bought my LT the salesman was showing me how to use the tool and he dropped the cover right in the motorcycle. It's still there as far as I know. Seems anything that falls in to the LT's internals stays there.

When I took off all the plastic, I still oculdn't find it. Or a couple of scres/bolts I dropped under the seat. I don't know where they went as they did not fall out on my driveway. I've always wondered if they fell out on thehighway. Or just in to the LT black hole.

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It's meant to secure the Zumo to the mount so that the mount doesn't accidently pop open.

It's not meant to make it theft proof. But, in the event you hit a pot hole or a hard bump, the clamp has a backup.

Otherwise, your $600 GPS will go bouncy bouncy on the tarmac. NOT NICE!!!!

You can simply use Garmin's security screw. It will do the same thing. But, if you want to secure the GPS in the trunk or take it with you, you have use that silly little tool. With this knob, it renders this tool irrelevant.
Perfect, just what I need to know. Thanks, Rob.

I didn't consider that the clamp might pop open while going down the road. I'll be getting me one of the replacement-type screws.

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Re: Zumo Security Screw

Hey Howard

Glad to see you posting, so tell us, how do you like the ZUMO? I'm still holding out, or is it the fact that I have this great LARGE PRINT ROAD ATLAS THAT IS EASY TO READ.

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Hey Howard

Glad to see you posting, so tell us, how do you like the ZUMO? I'm still holding out, or is it the fact that I have this great LARGE PRINT ROAD ATLAS THAT IS EASY TO READ.

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Hi Glen,

Did I go somewhere?

I like the Zumo. Use it all the time on the bike, and if we're not on the bike I transfer it to the car. The car mount included with the Zumo 550 makes that easy. It is very, very useful when you're on the road looking for a hotel or need gas ASAP.

I think the Garmin 376/476 models have some advantages over the Zumo, but they're all good!

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Re: Zumo Security Screw

Just ordered one of these replacement screws.

I just used the Zumo 550 for the trip to/from CCR. At first, I didn't like it as much as my 2720. But after a while, I got used to the quirks, and a few limitations. The advancements in the 550 blow the 2720 away, but it did take a few days to adjust.

I miss the map that shows what satellites are locked and the signal status page.


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