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post #1 of 16 Old 05-31-2014, 09:08 AM Thread Starter
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Garmin Zumo 590LM

Good morning friends,
I must bought a Zumo four my KLR.
I will use this thread to document my installation and to give yuppie all a way to give me advice along the way.
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post #2 of 16 Old 05-31-2014, 09:11 AM Thread Starter
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Well, the auto check spelling replaced several words for me.
Of course, the program guessed wrong on several words.
I just brought the GPS.
I like reading your comments and advice, so chime in with your advice.
Jack
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post #3 of 16 Old 06-01-2014, 10:17 PM Thread Starter
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I went by my local Kawasaki dealership and spoke with the shop manager. Candidly he stated that you can find anything on YouTube. He wasn't aware of any KLRs from his dealership with a Zumo.
I know that there was a great guy in Shawnee who had a Garmin on his KLR. Heck, I almost bought his bike, but then found my KLR. A year later, I am adding the Zumo.
So if any you who have wired in a GPS...please let me know what I should watch out for.
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post #4 of 16 Old 06-02-2014, 08:24 AM
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Your best bet is to buy a RAM mount and wire in a 12v cigarette type outlet on your KLR. Ram mount has an excellent wizard on their website that will tell you exactly what you need to buy. You can buy it directly from them or at GPS City or places like that.

I've been using one for years.

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post #5 of 16 Old 06-02-2014, 08:39 AM Thread Starter
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4Ever,
The cool part about Garmin it's that they included three different RAM mounts with the GPS, including the handle bar mount.
Now I can mount it on the bike and in the Jeep.
Thanks for the suggestion. I have seen two other mounts and they all are RAMs.
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+1 on the RAM stuff. Used it on a ST1300 when we had one.
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post #7 of 16 Old 06-02-2014, 12:37 PM Thread Starter
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4Ever,
I had a chance to look at the Ram link you sent.
Great resource.
Thanks
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post #8 of 16 Old 06-12-2014, 08:42 AM Thread Starter
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I love this group of guys and the great feedback from everyone. I am mounting the Zumo this weekend and plan to do my first YouTube video of the process.
If any of you have experience on making YouTube video, lend me your advice. I will also see if I can start a thread showing a step by step of my installation.

Let me know what you think and what to watch out for!
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post #9 of 16 Old 06-12-2014, 09:04 AM Thread Starter
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Digging around the forum I found some posts on the wiring for the GPS and some incredible posts from Tom Schmitz. He has a series of posts for creating a bus bar.
I think I will work from his book on the wiring for the GPS and the Horn I bought to add to the bike.
My hat is off to Tom for sharing this great info!
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post #10 of 16 Old 06-12-2014, 09:13 AM Thread Starter
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The more I dig into this forum the more I find. Snakeeyes has installed the Seibel Air Horn, that I am installing, but broke the horn into two parts. Great idea.
This simple little install might take a couple of days to learn everything you all are sharing.
With patience, (to read all the posts), I should have an excellent install of both the GPS and the Air Horn!
What a great forum!
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