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GPS Installation - Wiring

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I'm wanting to mount my Garvin GPS to my 2016 R3 using a Ram Mount method that has been discussed on this forum before. My question is about wiring. The plan as it stands is to install a 12v receptacle in trunk and wire it to the battery terminals under the seat, then connect the GPS to the receptacle using the stock 12v cable that came with the unit. My concern is that I won't have enough clearance under the plastic tank cover to route the cable around and hide it, while still being able to set the tank cover to be flush like it should be. Those cables can be pretty thick sometimes.

For those of you more familiar with these sort of endeavors, what are your thoughts on this? Do you think I can hide a cable under the tank cover no problem? Thanks guys.
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This is a hard one to answer without seeing the wires you are trying to route. The gas tank cover comes off pretty easily though so it won't take long to pop it off and see if you have enough space to accomplish what you're trying to do.
Pull the cowl and seat, the left and right upper fairing trims and then the cover comes off with just a few bolts. (also held in place with a few rubber grommets and plugs (remove the bolts, grab the sides and "pop" the cover off.
If you don't have enough room, just move the 12v hookup to the dash area and run a Battery Tender cable from the back to the front. Mine is hidden under the left side fairing and there was plenty of room for that.
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There should be plenty of room, there's lots of space between the tank cover and the tank
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This is a hard one to answer without seeing the wires you are trying to route. The gas tank cover comes off pretty easily though so it won't take long to pop it off and see if you have enough space to accomplish what you're trying to do.
Pull the cowl and seat, the left and right upper fairing trims and then the cover comes off with just a few bolts. (also held in place with a few rubber grommets and plugs (remove the bolts, grab the sides and "pop" the cover off.
If you don't have enough room, just move the 12v hookup to the dash area and run a Battery Tender cable from the back to the front. Mine is hidden under the left side fairing and there was plenty of room for that.
. I have so many additional wire leads attached to my battery (Scorpio alarm, battery tender, PC5, etc) I can barely screw the bolt into the nut-it catches on like 1 thread to hold it all down. Probably going to have to find some longer screws for the battery terminals. Anyway this thread has put the idea in my head to do what you suggested @AesonVirus-add a BT USB cable. Now I just mount my iPhone and have a Mophie juice pack on it for additional battery and carry a USB battery charger for extra juice. Was thinking of a direct power lead and also maybe getting a heated vest for those cold winter days. So anyway, point is, how did you mount it? It goes up the left side and pops out by the handle bars? Is the cable just sticking out or do you have it zip tied or velcro'd or something to that effect?
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.Now I just mount my iPhone and have a Mophie juice pack on it for additional battery and carry a USB battery charger for extra juice.
I didn't want to add a bunch of stuff to my bike and this is exactly what I did for my phone/sena battery. I grabbed a 10,000mAh IP67 (dustproof/sandproof water resistant for 1m up to 30mins?) to put in my bikes trunk (fits perfect) and I don't have to worry about it getting wet. Also has quick charge 2.0 so it can charge my phone **** quick if I take a stop for a few minutes - easier than having a cord all the time - love it.
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. I have so many additional wire leads attached to my battery (Scorpio alarm, battery tender, PC5, etc) I can barely screw the bolt into the nut-it catches on like 1 thread to hold it all down.
If you have that much going on in there, you may want to consider a power distribution module... essentially a second fuse box for all your add-ons.
Many options... this is just the first that popped up in a quick search
https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/...hwNhoC6Fvw_wcB

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. I have so many additional wire leads attached to my battery (Scorpio alarm, battery tender, PC5, etc) I can barely screw the bolt into the nut-it catches on like 1 thread to hold it all down.
If you have that much going on in there, you may want to consider a power distribution module... essentially a second fuse box for all your add-ons.
Many options... this is just the first that popped up in a quick search
https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/...hwNhoC6Fvw_wcB
That is actually a very good idea. Pricey at $129 amd I have to figure out where it'll go-the Scorpio, Dynojet PowerCdr5 and AutoTune modules take up a fair amount of real estate, so it's tight in there. If its viable, then I am going to try to install it and the cabling, and get a better battery to boot. Muchos Gracias.
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Thank you guys for the info. Finally think I got everything ordered that I need to do this. I wanted a dedicated GPS unit because I don't see myself really using my phone for directions while riding, and I don't plan to use it for anything else.

I'm concerned about battery pull if I used the 12v connection to the battery as I described earlier. Is this a less than optimal way to hook up a GPS? Am I pulling from the battery all the time, or just when the bike is powered on? I've also seen people wire the positive end to the lights, and the ground to the battery. I'm reluctant to splice into the electronics too much. Thoughts?
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You want to avoid hooking things up in a way that ends up with a constant draw on the battery. Even if you install a toggle switch, forget about it and risk having a dead battery... and that all ways seems to happen when it's the least convenient.
You're better off hooking it into the fuse box so there is only power going to it when the bike is running. That will avoid a constant draw on your battery.

A dedicated GPS is cool if you don't want to use your phone.
I like using my phone for GPS because it not only gives me the map if I need to glance at it but it also gives me verbal instructions through my Sena unit through Bluetooth. That keeps my eyes on the road and not down on my map all the time.

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Thanks for the info. I found a fairly simple tutorial on Youtube for doing the connections directly in the fuse box. Do I need to be concerned with crimped wires shorting out and messing things up in there? Is there a better way to do it than just simply inserting the wire into the fuse? I guess I'm just unconfident and aprehensive with anything electrical.
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