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Old 03-18-2012, 12:57 PM   #1
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Garmin GPS Mount

My latest addition is a GPS mount for my Garmin. I bought a suction mount disk from Ebay ($3) and mounted under the power window switches. There is a slanted ledge that is a perfect fit for the disk. I then removed the power window switches and glove box and drilled a small hole for the power cord next to the mounting disk. The hole does not show. I added a always on power outlet behind the radio area below the dash and on the floor. I ran my power cord from the outlet and out through the hole next to the disk. I already had a suction cup mount that I use in my other car. I like the lower location because it is somewhat hidden and it is a "clean" install. Here are some pictures.
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Old 03-18-2012, 01:01 PM   #2
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Nice work.

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Old 03-18-2012, 01:06 PM   #3
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I have a Nuvi 650 and I suction mount it using the flat disck it came with just above the left vent above the radio. I think what you did was preety good, except for the fact you will have to take your eyes off the road to look at it. Just saying, not trying to be critical. I use mine geocaching and look at it constantly when I am in unfamilair areas.
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Old 03-18-2012, 01:35 PM   #4
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My TomTom's right in the line of sight on top of the dash--

I've gotta sand base to useit in my other vehicles-

Sorry for the night shot-



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Old 03-18-2012, 01:40 PM   #5
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lol, good idea, but to me that seems way too low...don't like the idea of having to look away from traffic and back up constantly. let me know how it ends up being for you in that area...interested to see how you like it. thanks!
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Old 03-18-2012, 01:57 PM   #6
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My Garmin Montana 600 mounts via suction on the windshield, and has a speaker, so if I want to use the NUVI function (street maps) I can listen to the Aussie fellow tell me where to go Pretty funny how they mispronounce street names....
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Old 03-18-2012, 02:02 PM   #7
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This is about the same place I have my mount in my Equinox. I only use when both my wife and I go on trips. Understand concerns about being low, but whoever is navigating in passenger seat watches the GPS. I can glance and see it. Just got use to it.
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Old 03-18-2012, 02:05 PM   #8
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I have a Garmin also and the only place it seems to access the satellites quickly is when it is mounted up on the windshield. In the TJ I could have it pretty much anywhere. Anyone know if it is Sat radio causing issues?
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Old 03-18-2012, 02:35 PM   #9
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This is about the same place I have my mount in my Equinox. I only use when both my wife and I go on trips. Understand concerns about being low, but whoever is navigating in passenger seat watches the GPS. I can glance and see it. Just got use to it.
I see. I mean it looks badass being down there, I agree it looks clean and out of the way, I just be concerned with constant glances down there. I don't like the voice all loud so I turn it down and prefer actually seeing the map where I am going. I like the idea though.
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Old 03-18-2012, 02:58 PM   #10
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A wiring suggestion...

Pick an electrical circuit that comes on when the key is on accessories or ignition and add the Garmin to it by using an add-a-circuit. The Garmin will now go on when one starts the jeep and go off when one shuts the engine off. For example, if one uses the radio circuit the Garmin will not shut off until the engine is off AND the door is opened. Check the jeep's user manual for the circuit you want to use. If one doesn't want the Garmin on when using one of these circuits then just shut it off with its own on/off switch. By the way, the Garmin will automatically go to the maps in a few seconds even if one doesn't specifically press the map button - a nice feature.

Incidentally, the add-a-circuit has its own fuse so one doesn't have to worry about what amperage the connection is made to. The add-a-circuit can be purchased at most automotive stores. All in all, it's a very neat connection!



Cooper Bussmann/ATC fuse tap converts one into two fusible circuits - 10 Amps maximum on added circuit (BP-HHA-RP) | Fuse and Accessories | AutoZone.com
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Old 03-18-2012, 03:56 PM   #11
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Nice report, thanks!!!.....but WAY too sanitary install for one of my own cobbled up projects....HAR!!!
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Old 03-18-2012, 04:32 PM   #12
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No trouble acquiring sat even setting in garage. Taking it on first trip Monday. Will see how it works.
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Old 03-18-2012, 04:41 PM   #13
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Not a bad spot, but doesn't it make accessing the climate controls a little difficult? I have my Garmin installed up on the windshield, dead center, as low as possible. That way I don't have to look down and take my eyes off the road, and either myself or my copilot can navigate.

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Old 03-18-2012, 06:02 PM   #14
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I stuck mine on the passenger side vent:



It is hard to see there so I'm thinking of moving it up to the windshield instead.
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I stuck mine on the passenger side vent:



It is hard to see there so I'm thinking of moving it up to the windshield instead.
lol, "you only get one vent...use it wisely"
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lol, "you only get one vent...use it wisely"
Ha right...no AC so I didn't think it would matter much

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