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post #1 of 7 Old Jun 23rd, 2011, 5:40 pm Thread Starter
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I have a 2002 LTe which came with the (I believe) factory installed GPS. Display unit is marked "BMW Motorcycles Navigator" but I understand it's really a Street Pilot III unit. A four socket connector plugs into the back of the unit and two of the sockets are supposed to carrry the +/- 12 VDC to the unit. I checked the plug with the key on and I'm not getting any voltage to the unit - so it's running on only batteries and doesn't last long that way. So far I can't find details where a fuse might be for this power line (if that even is the issue) - so hoped someone may have already gone thru this who could point me in the right direction.

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post #2 of 7 Old Jun 23rd, 2011, 6:58 pm
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Re: GPS Power

Hi Chuck,

I had that same unit on my K1200LT and I think that there is a fuse on the power line going to the battery. It might be a little difficult to locate. There might also be one in the back of the GPS. I just can't remember.



I did a quick Google search and was able to locate a users manual that is still available, if you don't have one. It shows installation.

http://www.garmin.com/manuals/Street...nersManual.pdf

Personally, I finally got rid on my SPIII several years ago because the processor was so slow. It just took too long to recalculate.

There are several newer models that will interface on your mount and it is easy to run new power directly to the battery.

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post #3 of 7 Old Jun 26th, 2011, 3:35 pm Thread Starter
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Re: GPS Power

Thanks Dan for your message. Looks like I'll eventually have to strip the bike down to follow the power wire to hopefully locate an in-line fuse. There wasn't anything on the back of the GPS itself.

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Re: GPS Power

Are you sure it's running on batteries when the bike is running? Just to confirm, you can go into the menu and it should tell you if it's on battery or external power. Mine also tells me when I turn the bike off that it's now on battery power and will turn off in 30 seconds unless I push a button. It may also depend on where it's mounted as to how easy it is to find the fuse. The previous owner of my bike had moved it up to the top of the dash on a shelf. If it's up there it may be less tedious to get too.

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post #5 of 7 Old Jun 28th, 2011, 4:27 pm Thread Starter
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Re: GPS Power

Chris - Yes, I checked the menu screen and it doesn't show that I'm running on 12V bike power - plus again I checked the wiring harness plug with the key on - no voltage. Looks like I just have to dig into the bike to find what fuse might be there. Doesn't stop me from riding!!

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Just had to suggest it was all. Like the guy I knew with his Nav I (SPIII) and couldn't get any audio from it to the headsets. We was getting frustrated. Then at breakfast his wife reached for the audio cable and asked "Isn't this supposed to be plugged in?" I just might know who that guy is, just might.

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Re: GPS Power

Thanks Chris for your email and advise - and I love your humor! Thanks again

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