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post #1 of 21 Old Mar 25th, 2019, 2:54 pm Thread Starter
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Cool Garmin 595lm mounted in factory spot R1200RTW

After looking around to see what was involved in mounting the Garmin Zumo in the factory spot, I couldn't find much info so I am sharing what worked for me.



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Picked up some M4 x 0.7 x 45mm stainless screws and cut a 2" x 2.5" x 3/4" spacer block from a piece of 3/4"" clear acrylic scrap that was on hand. Sanded it with 220 grit and painted it a close color, drilled holes in it and mounted to original dash holes after filing them down a bit.






There is enough space behind the GPS to poke a finger up behind it to activate the release as long as your fingers are long enough.



I drilled a hole in the top of the right cubby to insert the audio input, output and mic connectors from the Garmin and sealed the hole with silicone.




Also ran the Garmin USB to the left handlebar since I would most likely store my phone in the SW motech tank bag or left dash storage compartment and could run the USB cable from there.


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post #2 of 21 Old Mar 25th, 2019, 9:13 pm
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post #3 of 21 Old Mar 29th, 2019, 8:26 am
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I plan on doing something similar, except using 1" nylon stand-offs. Did your bike already have the factory GPS-prep kit? Where did you access power for the GPS mount? I was hoping to tap into the harness for the factory kit... I'll probably route the USB and audio in jacks the same way that you did; I never used the other connections when it was mounted to my Street Glide.
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I plan on doing something similar, except using 1" nylon stand-offs. Did your bike already have the factory GPS-prep kit? Where did you access power for the GPS mount? I was hoping to tap into the harness for the factory kit... I'll probably route the USB and audio in jacks the same way that you did; I never used the other connections when it was mounted to my Street Glide.
Your idea of using 1" standoffs would work great.
I did have the GPS prep kit on my bike and used the power feed from that to power the Garmin. Wonder if the connector is there and not used on a bike without the prep kit?

I cut the harness from the factory cradle to reuse the connector, soldered and heat shrunk the wires.

This is the connector and I used the red & black wires.


This shows the final install after soldering the wires. This is also the original location of the harness.


One other note is that I ran the new power cord with the attached fuse along the lower inside left of the fairing and tucked it behind a clip that is already there. This will make the fuse accessible if needed without removing body parts :-)
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Thanks for the update. I'll probably start on my upgrade in a few days when it's raining out. How much of the plastic did you end up removing to gain access? I was hoping to get away with minimal chances of breaking something...
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It was relatively easy and you don’t need to remove much. Take off the windshield, then the top of the dash removes easily, the speaker surrounds and speakers and then you have good access to do what you need.
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It was relatively easy and you don’t need to remove much. Take off the windshield, then the top of the dash removes easily, the speaker surrounds and speakers and then you have good access to do what you need.
I finally got around to installing the Zumo 590 mount into my RT dash. The 1 inch stand-offs worked out fine, though it is a little tough to hit the release button with short fingers. There isn't ANY extra space at the top of the mount for the eject tab to extend. I ended up ordering a BMW repair plug instead of cutting off the original connector, just in case I wanted to return the bike to stock in the future (or get a Nav VI). There isn't a whole lot of room to stuff the excess cable/wiring that comes with the Zumo mount. I'm still debating running the USB and Audio In jacks to the handlebar like you did... less wire to cram behind the dash.
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Re: Garmin 595lm mounted in factory spot R1200RTW

Great stuff, I mounted my 665 with very little trouble. But have been thinking of going to the 590 and was wondering how you guys do it.
The 590 is a little wider and deeper.
As always great info on this site

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Re: Garmin 595lm mounted in factory spot R1200RTW

Wow, after seeing all this work and 'adapting', the factory kit suddenly looks so appealing and value for money!
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Wow, after seeing all this work and 'adapting', the factory kit suddenly looks so appealing and value for money!
Seems a lot of work, why not just sell the old unit and buy a Nav that just slots in.
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Seems a lot of work, why not just sell the old unit and buy a Nav that just slots in.


My other question is why do folks opt for these units when Waze, and other cellular mapping services updates driving conditions live as they happen?


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Wow, after seeing all this work and 'adapting', the factory kit suddenly looks so appealing and value for money!
Well, to be honest I only spent about 2 hours on the project, and the total cost (less the BMW connector) was less than $10 (I took the mount off my StreetGlide). I went this route for several reasons: first, I use the Zumo on multiple bikes, so I didn't want to have to re-adapt them for the Nav VI; second, I read several reviews on the Nav VI where people complained about how limited the control was from the Wonder Wheel; third, I prefer to use my GPS for phone and music integration... I find it easier than using my smart phone, and I don't really need traffic information where I ride; fourth, the Nav VI's $950 cost is more than I was willing to spend on something that didn't work any better than my Zumo 590.

Buying the RT pretty much depleted my funds, and I'd rather spend the $$ on a set of auxiliary lights. I'll admit, I almost pulled the trigger on the Nav VI several times, but adapting my Zumo was just too easy an option to pass up. I was pretty hesitant about the mod until I saw vertible's post and realized how simple it was to remove/access the parts.
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The 1 inch stand-offs worked out fine, though it is a little tough to hit the release button with short fingers.
I ended up ordering a BMW repair plug instead of cutting off the original connector, just in case I wanted to return the bike to stock in the future (or get a Nav VI).

Looks great and easier than what I did. Thought about getting a pigtail for the power, but didn't want to wait and don't anticipate going back to stock.
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Seems a lot of work, why not just sell the old unit and buy a Nav that just slots in.
In my case I use the Garmin 595 on a couple snowmobiles, razors, multiple bikes etc, they all already have mounts for the Garmin. I could have bought the Nuvi just for the RT, but like to have one unit with all my info to manage :-)
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i dont know about others, but i run 2 navs during my longer trips; my google maps from my phone, and also my garmin that is fitted in the gps slot.

and you are 100% correct, google maps are far better at giving out info in all aspects. but sometimes my phone service isnt up and running in some parts of the areas so i use the garmin as a back up...

i cant believe how spoiled i am now with directions.... thru out my college years, i always had a copy of "thomas guide" mapbook in my car....
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i dont know about others, but i run 2 navs during my longer trips; my google maps from my phone, and also my garmin that is fitted in the gps slot.

and you are 100% correct, google maps are far better at giving out info in all aspects. but sometimes my phone service isn't up and running in some parts of the areas so i use the garmin as a back up...
Totally agree and use Waze as my primary in my car. Mainly use the Garmin on bikes, RZR & snowmobile for it's weatherproof capability and it works with my gloves on (I know there are touch sensitive gloves now, but I have many pairs already that aren't). Also the Garmin works when there is no cell signal :-)
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Just mounted my zumo 595lm in the factory spot. I spaced it out , them modified the factory release to push on the zumo mount

Took the bezel off. Separated the 2 pieces. Drilled and put a machine screw through the button. Location is critical so it has full movement. Put a lock nut on the screw to create a fixed stud. Added a 2nd nut to create a base. Put a aluminum u channel machined to the correct length. Now I can release it using the factory button.

I always take it off when parked so lockable was not a concern.

I have a few pics. Was to far along to take detailed ones , but I think you can get the idea
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I finally got around to installing . . . . .
Can you tell me about these Ball Joints.
Where do you get them from?

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Where do you get them from?
They are called RAM mounts. Check out their website, also Amazon and a whole raft of other places.

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I got them from Amazon (via GPS City). They are the RAM-B-337U which has a 1/4"-20 female thread hex hole connected to a 1" rubber ball; price was $7.49 per ball. They are attached to 30mmx30mmx16mm Stainless Steel Right Angle Brackets which I also got from Amazon ($4.99 per 10). The bracket's holes are 4.2mm, so they needed to be drilled out to ľ" for the ball mount, and 8mm for the Wunderlich adapter or 10mm to go straight into the handlebar (via a spacer).

The ball mount also comes in a version with a 6mm internal thread, which GPS City sent to me by mistake (on two separate orders).

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Just mounted my zumo 595lm in the factory spot. I spaced it out , them modified the factory release to push on the zumo mount

Took the bezel off. Separated the 2 pieces. Drilled and put a machine screw through the button. Location is critical so it has full movement. Put a lock nut on the screw to create a fixed stud. Added a 2nd nut to create a base. Put a aluminum u channel machined to the correct length. Now I can release it using the factory button.

Great idea!! I may have to modify mine.
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