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gps mount removal

I'm not going to get a gps and would like to remove the gps mount(07 k12lt) from the tank, how do you remove the gps mount from the tank without breaking anything.
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I don't think you'll like what will be left, but.... going strictly by memory.


Remove the GPS ( torx screw at the top)
You'll see 4 screws holding the GPS bracket in
(there are 4 small nuts in the back of the bracket)
with that bracket removed the plastic cover lifts straight up
and you'll see what's left and why it's not such a good idea.


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with that bracket removed the plastic cover lifts straight up
and you'll see what's left and why it's not such a good idea.
A big gaping hole!!! I nicely covered mine with nice 2 1/4" BMW roundel - $10.00 at the dealer - (see below).
The remaining issue however is that you still need to remove, tuck in, or cut the cable (bad idea if you will re-sell the bike later on). Removing said cable requires taking out the stingray... Quite a bit of work.
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I'm not going to get a gps and would like to remove the gps mount(07 k12lt) from the tank, how do you remove the gps mount from the tank without breaking anything.
Don't remove it, use it for something else. PDA, MP3 player, map holder or whatever.

OR..... You could just surprise yourself with how useful a GPS unit can be, even if you are proficient in finding your way about. I found in fog, that the GPS was useful to help me find turns that were lost in the poor visibility with plenty of notice. Also, the ETA facility is handy, plus accurate spped reading, either in MPH or funny money for when I go to France.
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I just don't like where BMW things the best place for the GPS is. Even for a quick glance it's too far down from where you want be going down the road in my opinion. If it were me I'd still be moving it somewhere closer to the bottom of the windshield. Just me.

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I just don't like where BMW things the best place for the GPS is. Even for a quick glance it's too far down from where you want be going down the road in my opinion. If it were me I'd still be moving it somewhere closer to the bottom of the windshield. Just me.
Fair comment and I am not disagreeing with you. However, in practice I find I don't want to look at the screen very often and it would be an annoyance if it were in direct line of sight, especially at night. Then there is the cabling and fixing issue to solve. I am happy with the OEM position overall.

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With gps on the stingray you can easily get to it to use it. At windshield it might be out of reach requiring more body movement to do something simple. I have never thougt that it was to far down to look at. As I can still see the road out of my perfial vision. Its probley not as bad as trying to look at a radio in a cage. As stated earlier you dont want to look at that much anyways. When I use it in my work truck it is mounted much higher and I will catch myself looking at longer then should is probably safe. Plus it grabs my attention by being in line of sight when the screen moves.
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A big gaping hole!!! I nicely covered mine with nice 2 1/4" BMW roundel - $10.00 at the dealer - (see below).
The remaining issue however is that you still need to remove, tuck in, or cut the cable (bad idea if you will re-sell the bike later on). Removing said cable requires taking out the stingray... Quite a bit of work.
Very clever and nice looking solution.
RE: the cable I had to replace mine $95. ouch
RE: GPS placement I agree the placement of the earlier units (just below the windshield)
was easier to glance at, the trade of it was harder to reach,
requiring a lean forward and full arm length stretch (I'm 6')
that takes your eyes of the road as much or maybe more than the stingray mount.


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Why don't you want the GPS? It is excellent and you can use it in your cage, too. IMHO, it is worth every penny.

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