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Should I have dealer install GPS / sat nav kit?
« on: March 04, 2014, 02:47:08 am »
I have placed my order for a 2014 TTSE. As part of the order I have to tell the dealer whether or not I want them to install the GPS kit, power accessory cable, and 3.5 mm audio cable. I will be using a Garmin GPS 550.

The dealer want $322 to install the GPS kit and the cables. I realize that there are a number of posts on how to do this but my question is:

- how difficult is this actually to do? Electrical skills .... no problem; mechanical though ???
- should I just tell them to go ahead or do it myself?

$322 over the price of the kit is a lot of fuel.

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Re: Should I have dealer install GPS / sat nav kit?
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2014, 03:09:23 am »
*Originally Posted by nakerr [+]
I have placed my order for a 2014 TTSE. As part of the order I have to tell the dealer whether or not I want them to install the GPS kit, power accessory cable, and 3.5 mm audio cable. I will be using a Garmin GPS 550.

The dealer want $322 to install the GPS kit and the cables. I realize that there are a number of posts on how to do this but my question is:

- how difficult is this actually to do? Electrical skills .... no problem; mechanical though ???
- should I just tell them to go ahead or do it myself?

$322 over the price of the kit is a lot of fuel.

Cheers,
First step is to think about other stuff you might want to add. Such as crash bars, which gives a place to mount freeway pegs as well as dual horns and such. Then the fairing will have to come off and you can then do all these things at once.

I think some here have managed to run the GPS cables without taking the fairing off, just the console on the left side. I had several jobs to do at once, so I removed the fairing using Coconut's excellent instructions here in the first message.

I cannot say either job is difficult, but is time consuming the first time. So it comes down to, do you want to pay somebody else to remove bolts and plastic, or just do it yourself? If you do the job yourself, you will learn a lot about the bike. But I know it's difficult to even think about taking a brand new shinny TTSE apart as soon as you get it home.

OTOH, I don't think $322.00 is a bad price for the time it takes to complete the job for the first time. You also need to remove the windshield and work under that area to run the cables.

I managed to do it. So can you. But I won't say it's a fast simple job. It will take some time, but not that difficult, IMO. I have done many worse jobs, just never such a job on a brand new vehicle  before my TTSE.

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Re: Should I have dealer install GPS / sat nav kit?
« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2014, 03:18:14 am »
It's not a hard job at all, took less than an hour.

Mind you I mounted the GPS on the LHS switch gear.

Hooked up the GPS supply into the bikes GPS feed.
Cost me about $4.00 for an audio extension cable.
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Re: Should I have dealer install GPS / sat nav kit?
« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2014, 09:24:56 am »
Hi nakerr,

I agree with all the comments made so far ....
( especially the one about the "Excellent instructions for removing the Fairing"  !  :164: ).

..... but a word of warning before you commit too far ....
If you buy the Triumph CNC machined GPS bracket,
which installs above the front of the instrument panel,
note that it is designed ONLY for the Garmin Zumo 660 ( and possibly the 200 ),
which measures 5.3"W x 3.3"H x .9"D (13.5 x 8.4 x 2.3 cm)
so the 550 at 4.8"W x 3.9"H x 1.6"D (12.2 x 9.9 x 4.1 cm) 
that you are intending to use may not fit there,
or may need some modification for it to fit,
and the different size compared to the 660 may cause problems
of restricting view of the instruments etc.

I would think the difference in height will be most important,
and although the 550 is only 0.6" (1.5cm) taller,
that does not take into account any difference in the mounting position
for the cradle & bracket at the rear of the unit. Sorry, but I don't have those details for you to compare.

« Last Edit: June 14, 2014, 09:30:33 am by Coconut »

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Re: Should I have dealer install GPS / sat nav kit?
« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2014, 12:46:44 pm »
I use the 550 and to make it fit better made a small plate that lifted the GPS above the instrument display. The bottom holes on the GPS then fit into the top holes on the triumph mount. I do think that the price you have been quoted for fitting is very expensive. You are spending a lot of money with the dealer, mine fitted it for free as part of the deal.

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Re: Should I have dealer install GPS / sat nav kit?
« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2014, 06:03:36 am »
*Originally Posted by johnbut [+]
I use the 550 and to make it fit better made a small plate that lifted the GPS above the instrument display. The bottom holes on the GPS then fit into the top holes on the triumph mount. I do think that the price you have been quoted for fitting is very expensive. You are spending a lot of money with the dealer, mine fitted it for free as part of the deal.

I am going to also use the Zumo 550 on mine as well. By chance do you have a picture of how yours looks with the plate you made?
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Re: Should I have dealer install GPS / sat nav kit?
« Reply #6 on: March 08, 2014, 09:20:20 am »
Sorry bike at triumph for updates. Will take a photo when it comes back next week.

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Re: Should I have dealer install GPS / sat nav kit?
« Reply #7 on: March 08, 2014, 02:53:13 pm »
Thank you, that would be great, I would really appreciate it. I am going to be installing mine within the next two weeks or so. Gotta get ready for a trip through Utah in April :047:
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