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After some trial and error with my setup, I'm moving to a dedicated GPS unit with my BV350 as it's showing to be the most reliable solution for navigation and other controls vs. using my phone.

I have a Garmin Zumo XT that I just got - and it does come with some wiring so you can hook it up to the battery. I'm wondering if I might be able to simplify the wiring process here quite a bit and tap into one of the 12v lines within the dash, like the low/high beam switch. I've seen a video of Robot doing this with a set of heated grips:
It also makes me feel a little bit better about phantom power draw given that if it's tapped into one of the wires that draws no power when the bike is off then I won't have to worry about anything draining the battery.

Has anyone done this kind of wiring setup with a GPS unit? How has it worked out if so?
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Yes ..and it works great. Need to remember to take it off when I stop in areas with people around.
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It was done at the dealer because I was reluctant to take apart the fairing by myself. I did the prep, such as drilling the hole for the wire. Best I can recall I think they tapped into the headlight wire. Here are some pics...
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Jebarrett wrote:
It was done at the dealer because I was reluctant to take apart the fairing by myself. I did the prep, such as drilling the hole for the wire. Best I can recall I think they tapped into the headlight wire. Here are some pics...
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Thank you very much!! I decided to go this route too. I'll post a pic shortly as well. Initial tests look great but I'm going to ride around and make sure it's all peachy.
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All done and it works fantastic!

Used a small dremel attachment to get a cleaning for the wire to go through the housing behind the headlight access. Works perfectly!
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Nicely done!
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I wired my Zumo XT on my GTS to the headlight, specifically the Hi Beam. On the GTS, it's the purple wire on the H4 connector.

I used Positap connectors which are easy to use and weather resistant, although I wrapped the connection with electrical tape as well. I've used this connection for 25k+ miles on my old GTS with zero issues and just repeated this on my 07 GTS this past weekend.
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