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34SF 02-10-2013 11:42 AM

Poor man's GPS solution
 
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I need a GPS in my vehicle; I usually don't care enough until it's late to memorize an address and there are few things in life as enjoyable as Jill nagging me to "Turn left on Center Street" every 7.34 seconds. At any rate, I didn't buy the 730N or the 430N, mostly due to cost and the requirement to stop to use functions. So...I started off with a Braketron bracket made for the 07-10 (I think) Jeep and not made for my vehicle as I was informed at zero dark thirty by Quadratech wanting to confirm my order (time zones folks, they're out there for a reason). I intended to use the bracket as a template to have a local sheet metal guy here bend me something that would work. After fooling around with it, I put some spacers on the radio mount screws and put the dash back together. Looked good enough and the wire that would hang down could be tied away. Put on the Garmin and went for a drive when I discovered that my new keenly engineered adaptation vibrated like a fat lady on one of those belt "exercisers" and as razor sharp as my vision is, there was no way I could keep up with that.

34SF 02-10-2013 11:55 AM

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After some research, I decided to do this: I used an extra Garmin mount and a suction mount disk. I took the rubber off the mount, filled it with JB Weld, and glued it to the disk. Then, using a disk sander, sanded down the profile to match and buffed it up a bit.

The back side of the disk has automotive adhesive on it and that got stuck to my dash directly behind the dash well.

Now, I NEED POWER! Further research revealed that the fancy "plug and play" adapter sold by a vendor is basically a splice, but it doesn't have a useable (for me) adapter for the power end. A trip to the local electronic chain store provided a power adapter with a battery clips. I cut off the clips after noting the wiring is marked with white text on the hot side.

After ripping off the entire dash (OK, four screws and some clips) I spliced into the existing dash mounted power line (picture) and ran the now extra power plug into the glove box. I also ran the GPS cord up the dash and to the GPS mount, using the foam windshield gasket thing to hide it. The traffic receiver sits just under the foam. After testing to ensure there were no problems, the splice was soldered and and heat wrapped. I also taped it a few inches from the joint to relieve stress because the part in the glove box is a moving element and threw a zip tie on for fun. Slapped everything back together and we're done. Total investment...$9.99 plus tax. Powers up and off with the ignition. Cooler still, it doesn't vibrate or take up space in the dash well.

Why did I do this instead of the $1000 Kenwood??? OK, the Kenwood is way more purty but having had several of the units in different vehicles, I will leave Kenwood to making stereos and Garmin to making GPS. My redneck way finder is a lot faster and has more functions than the integrated unit. Jill is still a nagging beyotch no matter how you do it.

RKracing 02-10-2013 11:55 AM

On our 2010 and our 2011, we had Jack or Jill as our choices in those Rubi's. I guess Jill got laid off due to her nagging. On both of our 2013 Rubi's we have a choice of Jack, Samantha and Michelle....:dance:...........Just saying.

ScottV63 02-10-2013 11:59 AM

Take a look at this:

Daystar KJ71039BK - Daystar Upper Dash Panel with GPS Mount for 11-13 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK - Quadratec



http://www.quadratec.com/Assets/Imag.../170098-lg.jpg

panthermark 02-10-2013 12:09 PM

Google maps
http://www.google.com/mobile/maps/images/c1.png

Moabite 02-10-2013 12:10 PM

A garmin trail GPS is FAR superior to any of the OEM nav units for off-road use...and a heckuvalot cheaper. The factory nav units are designed for city streets. Jack and Jill get confused in the wilderness. You took a better route than going 430 or 730...at least if you intend to take your jeep where it was designed to go.

I was on a rescue a few years ago where we picked up a guy who took a sub-compact rental car on a seriously rough 4WD trail. As we approached his location, we started seeing a trail of parts...bumpers, grill, fenders, hood, etc. When I reached him, the car was facing backwards in his direction of travel because reverse was the only gear left. His explanation? "The lady in the gps told me to go this way."

Dusthol 02-10-2013 12:20 PM

The google maps on the phone only works if u have service. Out in the boonies my phone won't work. I like the dash pod thing.

34SF 02-10-2013 12:28 PM

These were some of my unspoken points:
-The tray shown above is $20 shipped; you still have a cord hanging out if you use the dash power supply, and you've lost tray space.
-The Garmin power adapter is a mini USB. For driving on the street, Jill gets to sit up there (I for one, don't want Jack telling me what to do) and when we're off road, one of the other Garmin products will take power from the mini USB and I should be able to get/make an adapter for the 17mm ball.

panthermark 02-10-2013 01:09 PM

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Originally Posted by Dusthol (Post 3347860)
The google maps on the phone only works if u have service. Out in the boonies my phone won't work. I like the dash pod thing.

Good point....

Sjeupie 02-10-2013 03:10 PM

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Originally Posted by Carver001 (Post 3347895)
-The Garmin power adapter is a mini USB. For driving on the street, Jill gets to sit up there (I for one, don't want Jack telling me what to do) and when we're off road, one of the other Garmin products will take power from the mini USB and I should be able to get/make an adapter for the 17mm ball.

I don't understand what you're trying to say here...:hide:

MattK 02-10-2013 03:15 PM

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Originally Posted by Sjeupie (Post 3348457)
I don't understand what you're trying to say here...:hide:

He has a street Garmin GPS device for when he's on the road. He will then switch it out to another Garmin device for off-roading that has trail and terrain maps.

ScottV63 02-10-2013 04:03 PM

I use my smartphone and google maps/navigation in the states, but when I go to Canada, data use cost big bucks so that is not an option. The GPS holder on the dash kit above is a great option. Not stuck on the windshield and a little closer to me so I can read the thing. I got a cheap phone holder clip that will take the place of the GPS and fits the dash kit.

panthermark 02-10-2013 05:27 PM

My wife has Tom-Tom....so that (and our smartphones) is the reason why I passed on nav. On a long road trip, we can take the Tom-Tom with us, and throw it in the underseat lockbox when we arrive where we need to be.

SilverSport 02-10-2013 06:19 PM

A poor man's GPS: a road map. LOL


Sorry, I couldn't resist.

34SF 02-12-2013 01:55 AM

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Originally Posted by SilverSport (Post 3349210)
A poor man's GPS: a road map. LOL


Sorry, I couldn't resist.

Your words and manor give view to your youth, young soldier. In time you will find a man's oft repeated ability to expertly read a map, navigate by the stars, or even dead reckoning in a moonless night are of little consequence in the face of the ruthless power of the...ANTI-NAVIGATOR, or as I say in polite circles, the wife. It is only the GPS which she will not question and I suspect they share an unnatural bond of the kind not known to the male of the species.

bloodfart 02-12-2013 02:59 AM

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Originally Posted by Dusthol
The google maps on the phone only works if u have service. Out in the boonies my phone won't work. I like the dash pod thing.

That's why you download Google Earth too. It caches whatever area of the map that you go over (when you have an internet connection), and only loses eat when you yourself clear it. I scan out on the ipad the area we want to explore at the highest resolution possible, then the built in gps does the rest. It's perfect and costs $0

bloodfart 02-12-2013 03:01 AM

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Originally Posted by ScottV63
I use my smartphone and google maps/navigation in the states, but when I go to Canada, data use cost big bucks so that is not an option. The GPS holder on the dash kit above is a great option. Not stuck on the windshield and a little closer to me so I can read the thing. I got a cheap phone holder clip that will take the place of the GPS and fits the dash kit.

You need Google Earth. Preload the maps over wifi and you're set every time

flyinion 02-12-2013 03:34 AM

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Originally Posted by Dusthol (Post 3347860)
The google maps on the phone only works if u have service. Out in the boonies my phone won't work. I like the dash pod thing.

If you know where you're going in advance, plug the info into the Navigation app and you can set it to cache the entire route. Note, this works for sure on Android phones. I don't know about the newly released Navigation app that Google finally gave the iPhone guys a few weeks back.

panthermark 02-12-2013 07:50 AM

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Originally Posted by SilverSport (Post 3349210)
A poor man's GPS: a road map. LOL


Sorry, I couldn't resist.

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Originally Posted by Carver001 (Post 3356377)
Your words and manor give view to your youth, young soldier. In time you will find a man's oft repeated ability to expertly read a map, navigate by the stars, or even dead reckoning in a moonless night are of little consequence in the face of the ruthless power of the...ANTI-NAVIGATOR, or as I say in polite circles, the wife. It is only the GPS which she will not question and I suspect they share an unnatural bond of the kind not known to the male of the species.

I always have my Atlas with me. My wife gets so mad that I use the Atlas instead her GPS....whatever...
I have an Atlas in each of my vehicles (hers too, but she does not use it)
I also keep several state maps in the the saddlebags of my motorcycle, along with a good old fashioned compass.

With that said, GPS does have its advantages in terms of looking for a specific address or location.....or quickly find other items along the way.

Moabite 02-12-2013 09:22 AM

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Originally Posted by SilverSport (Post 3349210)
A poor man's GPS: a road map. LOL


Sorry, I couldn't resist.

Actually, a map is the smart man's gps...coupled with a compass. No one should rely solely on a mechanical device (gps, cell phone, etc.) for navigation...especially on a backcountry trail. Those things have a nasty habit of running out of battery power or simply failing altogether.

The ability to use a map and compass is more important than the ability to turn on a gps. A good map and compass should always be with you on the trail. You should know how to determine a bearing to an object in the field, how to set the compass to follow a certain bearing, and how to transfer either of those to or from a map. Being able to determine your location on a map through triangulation is also a very valuable skill. Knowing where you are usually gives you a good idea of where you need to go.

And there is something to be said for being able to navigate by the stars. The sun is a star. When trying to talk lost people off of a trail, we often tell them to drive toward the sun, moon, etc. Of course, we usually need to have a rough idea of where they are. It didn't help much when a lost person called in once and all he could tell us about his location was that he was "right under the Big Dipper."

Dew 02-12-2013 09:39 AM

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Originally Posted by Moabite (Post 3357365)
The sun is a star.

No its not!
http://pic.epicfail.com/wp-content/u...-is-a-star.jpg

I always keep a roadmap in all my vehicles. Probably end up using them once or twice a year if even that. I guess its a habit I picked up from my dad who always had a Thomas guide in all his vehicles.

Dammit 02-12-2013 09:48 AM

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Originally Posted by Moabite (Post 3357365)
Actually, a map is the smart man's gps...coupled with a compass. No one should rely solely on a mechanical device (gps, cell phone, etc.) for navigation...especially on a backcountry trail. Those things have a nasty habit of running out of battery power or simply failing altogether.

The ability to use a map and compass is more important than the ability to turn on a gps. A good map and compass should always be with you on the trail. You should know how to determine a bearing to an object in the field, how to set the compass to follow a certain bearing, and how to transfer either of those to or from a map. Being able to determine your location on a map through triangulation is also a very valuable skill. Knowing where you are usually gives you a good idea of where you need to go.

And there is something to be said for being able to navigate by the stars. The sun is a star. When trying to talk lost people off of a trail, we often tell them to drive toward the sun, moon, etc. Of course, we usually need to have a rough idea of where they are. It didn't help much when a lost person called in once and all he could tell us about his location was that he was "right under the Big Dipper."

You mean the compass in the speedo bucket, right? That's easy...:D

Moabite 02-12-2013 09:49 AM

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Originally Posted by Dew (Post 3357434)
No its not!
http://pic.epicfail.com/wp-content/u...-is-a-star.jpg

I always keep a roadmap in all my vehicles. Probably end up using them once or twice a year if even that. I guess its a habit I picked up from my dad who always had a Thomas guide in all his vehicles.

Well...I'm not sure if your answer is facetious or just ignorant. It looks like you posted a photo but all I see is a red X. The sun is, indeed, a star...just as every star that you see at night, if you see any, is a sun.

And typical roadmaps are worthless (except as kindling) out on a jeep trail. I almost always have a USGS topo map when in the backcountry. The same USGS topo maps are also in my GPS.

Moabite 02-12-2013 09:58 AM

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Originally Posted by Dammit (Post 3357479)
You mean the compass in the speedo bucket, right? That's easy...:D

When using that one, keep it pointed at about 75 degrees on the freeway...and somewhere around 5 degrees on the trails. If lost, please set it to 0 degrees until you figure out where you are.

panthermark 02-12-2013 11:20 AM

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Originally Posted by Moabite (Post 3357534)
When using that one, keep it pointed at about 75 degrees on the freeway...and somewhere around 5 degrees on the trails. If lost, please set it to 0 degrees until you figure out where you are.

75?
Keep that up for too long and your secondary compass will point you toward E (for east) instead of F (for forward).

ohioviper 02-12-2013 11:28 AM

Do any of the bigger screen (5") Garmin units allow you to load topo maps ?

Dammit 02-12-2013 11:31 AM

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Originally Posted by ohioviper (Post 3357982)
Do any of the bigger screen (5") Garmin units allow you to load topo maps ?

No idea. Are they touchscreen? I'm having a vision of my see-through compass sitting on my iphone while it tries to decide if I want the topo map bigger, smaller, or facebook... :crash:

Moabite 02-12-2013 11:34 AM

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Originally Posted by ohioviper (Post 3357982)
Do any of the bigger screen (5") Garmin units allow you to load topo maps ?

Check out the Garmin Montana 600. I've been teaching Land Navigation to one of the country's busiest Search and Rescue groups for more than 20 years and have used countless GPS units. The Montana 600 is now my dream GPS. You can download genuine USGS topo maps (the standard by which all other maps are judged) and detailed satellite imagery...and the screen is big. And yes, it is touchscreen.

Mine is set so that I see the USGS maps when zoomed out to wider angles...and the satellite image when zoomed in closer. It's easy to see trails, spurs, even individual rocks and trees, in the satellite images. And it's nice to see a daytime image when you are out on the trail at night...as we often are with SAR.

cyclone88 03-08-2013 07:46 AM

This is EXACTLY what I want to do...for the power routing part at least. I got that Daystar dash mount and want a cleaner way to get power to my phone. Looks like a new project for this weekend!

Emoto 03-08-2013 09:38 AM

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Originally Posted by Moabite (Post 3358026)
Check out the Garmin Montana 600. I've been teaching Land Navigation to one of the country's busiest Search and Rescue groups for more than 20 years and have used countless GPS units. The Montana 600 is now my dream GPS. You can download genuine USGS topo maps (the standard by which all other maps are judged) and detailed satellite imagery...and the screen is big. And yes, it is touchscreen.

Mine is set so that I see the USGS maps when zoomed out to wider angles...and the satellite image when zoomed in closer. It's easy to see trails, spurs, even individual rocks and trees, in the satellite images. And it's nice to see a daytime image when you are out on the trail at night...as we often are with SAR.

Another Montana owner here (650T) and it is a great unit. One of the features that should appeal to us Jeep owners that most car GPS units do not have is that the Montana is WATERPROOF. I wouldn't go diving with it, but having on on a motorcycle riding for hours in heavy rain is no problem.

For that matter, I think that any of the Garmin "motorcycle" units (really just hardened/waterproofed car units) such as the various "Zumo" models, should be given a close look by Jeep people. Having owned a couple of them, I can vouch for their usefulness. There are RAM mounts for dash or windshield.


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