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I want to wire my Etrex into my bike, and I am looking for a site to help me. Anyone know of one, or has anyone done it? Thanks.

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I wired my etrex in a week or two ago. I ran wires directly from the batteries, under the tank, and to the accessory plug mounted on my handlebars by zip ties. I put an in line fuse just after the batt that I got at an auto pars store. I used one of the mini plug in fuses. Be sure you put it in the hot wire. Its really simple.

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Did you use one of the Garmin cigarrette lighter plugs? Did it have a built in voltage regulator, or did you need to make your own? I just decided to do this, so I don't know much about it yet.

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I got an accessory plug fronm the auto parts. I had thecigg lighter adaptor from garmin that goes into a cigg lighter to power the GPS. This has a built in fuse. but I recommend an in line fuse anyway. Basically I crimped on the loop connectors and put them on where the batt cables connect. I ran the ground wire to the accessory plug, and the hot wire I ran from batt, to in line fuse to plug. Hope this helps. BTY I took off my tank and ran the wires under the tank. I basicly followed the other wires.

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Terminology can be confusing. The Etrex needs a voltage adapter. The voltage adapter is part of the cigarette lighter adapter cable you buy from Garmin or other source. The adapter cable plugs into a cigarette lighter. So, for a motorcycle, you install a cigarette lighter plug, then plug in the adapter cable, then connect that to the GPS. At the time I was looking (18 months ago) I could not find a direct hard wire adapter cable that had the voltage adapter and did not need to be plugged into a cigarette lighter. They may be available now. Anyway, I made my own. I bought a standard cigarette lighter adapter cable, took the cable apart, got the voltage adapter, and built my own cable I could wire direct to the battery. I don't like cigarette lighter plugs on a motorcycle.

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I did what noble did and but put the coverter in a small Radio Shack 'hobby box' behind the headlight to keep it dry. The cigarette lighter / socket combo just doesn't work without goofy cr@p like taping / zip-tying it in place. Vibration is not it's friend.

For a fuse, I used a blade-type that's enclosed in a rubber-sealed enclosure.

Hard-wiring rocks ! I love my Etrex Vista for the bike but the battery useage was hideous.

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Did you use one of the Garmin cigarrette lighter plugs? Did it have a built in voltage regulator, or did you need to make your own? I just decided to do this, so I don't know much about it yet.

I got a stainless acc. plug socket from West Marine on advice

from another TT'er. I also chose to mount it behind the headlight cowl.

If you have a marine store near you, they are around $10. Not sure if you

really need stainless, I figured it would at least keep it looking good and rust free.

I like the plug VS hardwired so I can charge my cell phone too.

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