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Offline Speedijim

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GPS use better less expensive garmin ZUMO XT with bmw mount
« on: October 14, 2020, 07:53:23 PM »
If you have the BMW GPS mount on your ride and want to use the better & less expensive Garmin ZUMO XT with that mount.
Here is how I did it.

1. remove the 4 bolts holding the GPS quick connect.
2. set the quick connect (wired part) out of the way
3. Take the main part with locking mechanism to your workbench & cut it into 3 pieces as shown left of & above mounting holes
    Ignore the long cut on the far left (that was plan A that didn't work out)



4. Now you can mount the ZUMO XT quick connect to the 4 hole piece from old mount.   I reversed the black part that mounts to handlebars.




5. Wire the ZUMO XT to your battery
6. wire tie the BMW quick connect & wire out of the way.



That is it..     It is very stable!

 The tilt is adjustable - You can see it very well over a tank bag - It doesn't block the digital display


« Last Edit: October 14, 2020, 07:56:15 PM by Speedijim »

Offline SnoDrtRider

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Re: GPS use better less expensive garmin ZUMO XT with bmw mount
« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2020, 01:58:59 AM »
Does it work with the Wonder Wheel and TFT?
I don't know where we are... but I have been lost here before...

Online Matty589

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Re: GPS use better less expensive garmin ZUMO XT with bmw mount
« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2020, 11:28:37 AM »
No, it doesn't. Which is the main reason BMW sells so many Nav devices :)
IMHO the nav mount on the handlebars is stupid and dangerous. No idea why they don't mount it above the TFT like on the 1250. Probably a smaller screen area or to "differentiate" the models. At least there are a number of options to do this.

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Re: GPS use better less expensive garmin ZUMO XT with bmw mount
« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2020, 06:31:10 PM »
ZUMO XT FEATURES:   PRELOADED OFF-ROAD MAPS - GARMIN ADVENTUROUS ROUTING - TRACK RECORDING -
BIRDSEYE SATELLITE IMAGERY - SEND AND RECEIVE GPX FILES

Offline Yorks_Rider

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Re: GPS use better less expensive garmin ZUMO XT with bmw mount
« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2020, 12:27:47 PM »
I think the only reason why the navi mount is on the handle bars is because the standard F750GS windscreen is too short to cover one mounted above the TFT. I agree it is a stupid and dangerous place to put it.
It seems BMW is moving towards even larger TFT screens which will then have the full navi map function (not just arrows) working from the BMW connect app. So I think the days of a separate navi are likely to be numbered. However, This will be introduced in the RT and GS models first.