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Satellite Radio, Radar, GPS & Power Plug Socket Installed
« on: July 31, 2011, 11:47:00 pm »
Today I finally took some images of my GPS, Escort Solo S3, Mix-It2, XM Satellite Radio, and BMW Power Socket Install!!!  The bike in the following images is a 2010 Kawasaki Concours C-14.  I have also listed some of the pieces and parts used and or web sites where you can find more information if you need.  I work for an industrial gas company and I am in no way affiliated with or benefit from any of the products mentioned below.  I have been lurking here for awhile and just thought this info may help someone wanting to install the same on their bike. 

Final Product - Cockpit Shot


We will start with the Bracket that holds both the XM Satellite radio receiver and Mix-It amplifier.  The XM radio is attached via Velcro to the Mix-It and the Mix-It is attached via Velcro to the bracket.  This Kawi bracket is an OEM part # 017BRU0025 and is called a "GPS Navigation Bracket".


There are 3 wires you need to connect to the left side of XM Satellite radio, the POWER cord, the ANTENNA cord, and the SIGNAL OUT cord.  I mounted the XM antenna via Velcro to the top of the front brake reservoir.  (I used a lot of Velcro  ;D)  The power cord comes from the + side of the battery.  Just run the power wire behind plastic and have it come up under the big plastic cover on the tank.  Lastly is the SIGNAL OUT cable, this goes from the receiver to the Mix-It unit.  This was a custom made cable!  It is 6" long, 3/8" STEREO 90 degree angled males ends.    I had custom cables made because I wanted exact cable lengths and I also wanted 90 degree connections.  I had them made by Cables For Less http://www.cablesforless.com/?gclid=CPzZtNDbrKoCFRQg2godWXEuVQ  Tom is the guru and helped me out a ton.  Very clean install with correct cable length!!



What is a Mix-It?  It is an amplifier.  You will listen to your XM radio music thru your ear buds or speakers.  The XM radio does not have an amplifier, thus the Mix-It serves as this amplifier.  The other cool thing about the Mix-It is that it allows you to plug up to 4 devices into it and channels all 4 signals into your ear buds.  Yes, I can hear my radar detector beep (when it alerts) while listening to my XM radio and while getting turn by turn directions from my Garmin GPS.  (Note the Nuvi 205W does not speak, but more expensive Garmin GPS models do).  I had the choice to hard wire the Mix-It unit using DC power, but I elected to use it's battery power feature.  It uses a 9 volt battery and for me, it lasts about 1 month before I have to replace the batteries.  Go here for more Mix-It info http://www.mixitproducts.com/

I don't have any pictures of my custom made ear molded speakers, but I got them at Ear Inc. and you can find out more here  http://www.earinc.com/p2-music-competition.php    It's what the Formula 1 and NASCAR guys wear to block out the loud noises and pipe in the audio from the pits.  It's perfect for motorcycling.  Put them in your ears, slip on your helmet and done!  You are protecting your hearing, while listening to your ipod, XM radio, MP3 player, etc.  They are expensive, but they are comfortable and my are now 5yrs old with no issues.

The Garmin GPS install is cake.  I bought a RAM mount kit specifically for the Garmin.  It bolts onto the handle bar clamp and is very adjustable via it's ball-n-socket configuration.  I ordered both the Garmin Bracket (cradle that hold the Garmin GPS) and ball mount attached to the back of this bracket, directly from RAM Mount.   http://www.ram-mount.com/



The Garmin can run for about 6 hours on it's own battery supply.  After that I use the Garmin power cord and plug it into the stock Kawi power outlet that is on the right side of the dash, just in front of the throttle.

The radar detector is attached to the Clutch reservoir via.............Velcro!  Yep you guessed it. ;D  It does not wiggle, shake or move around in any way.  It even sits at the correct height to clear the dash and has perfect forward facing view for any oncoming radar.  The unit is an Escort Solo S3.  I bought it specifically for the battery power option.  Yes you can hard wire it to your DC power, but again, I was trying to make the cleanest possible install with the least about of wires and mess.  I can and do use wired power when I move the Solo 3 from the bike to my car.  It should be noted too that IMHO the battery powered radar detectors do not have the sensitivity of their hard wired or DC powered brothers.  I do also own the famed Escort Passport 8500 and it sees the cops about 1/2 mile before the Solo S3 does.  Oh well, I choose the Solo S3 for it's battery option, not sensitivity. 

You need to connect a 3/8" MONO into the output jack on the Solo S3 and plug the other STEREO end into the Mix-It.   My original connection was iffy and not perfect, signal was intermittent.  I originally made a 12" long, 90 degree angle, 3/8" STEREO males on both ends cable.  Wrong - You will need MONO on the Escort side since it's output is MONO and STEREO on the Mix-It side.  Again it was Tom at Cables For Less that figured this out.



Lastly is the Power Socket I installed.  This serves 2 main functions:  It powers my Electric Vest on the cold days and it charges my battery when my bike is parked in the garage.  I use the Battery Tender Jr.  The Power Socket  can be purchased at most motorcycle supply stores and only has 2 wires to the battery, a red on the + and a black on the -.  The challenging part is figuring the location and then actually making the hole in the fairing to install it.  I determined the best location for me was what you see in the photos below.  Left side, just under the left handle bar.  There is room behind the fairing for the wires and most important, the electric vest cord reach from my left side and waist level made this location perfect.  It's so easy now to jump on the bike, plug in the vest and go.  Very easy to trickle charge the battery too.  No more removing the covers to the battery and no dangling pig-tale wires coming from beneath the fairing.



To make the hole for the install I started with a 1/8th-inch drill bit.  then got a little bigger, say a 1/4-inch.  From there I used a Dremel Tool to SLOWLY remove fairing material to the precise diameter of the power socket.  Presto, put the socket thru the hole, connect the wires (positive or red wire connects to the center post and the black or negative wire connects to the outside post, tighten the washer nut behind it and it's done.



Hope this helps those who have been wanting to install these devices!  You can ask me questions or clarifications, I tried to be as clear and concise as I could be.


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« Last Edit: August 01, 2011, 01:56:56 pm by Thedugger »
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Re: Satellite Radio, Radar, GPS, Power Plug Installed
« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2011, 11:50:06 pm »
Where did you put the Jacuzzi?  :))

Only messing with you. But it does look like a lot of stuff!  :)

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Re: Satellite Radio, Radar, GPS, Power Plug Installed
« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2011, 12:48:16 am »
LOL, Jacuzzi is at the hotel at the end of a long ride.  These modifications really help when it comes to comfort and long distance touring. 

I am working on a tool box for the rear deck.  I should be complete and will post pics in about 2 weeks.
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Re: Satellite Radio, Radar, GPS, Power Plug Installed
« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2011, 12:51:31 am »
Nice install. Is the Delphi XM waterproof? I am debating using my phone, my zumo, or a unit like the Delphi for xm radio while I ride. The Zumo antenna is a little pricy, but no worries in the rain. I am not sure which way to go at this point. How is reception with the Delphi? Any dead spots or is it usually clear? Thanks for your post.

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Re: Satellite Radio, Radar, GPS, Power Plug Installed
« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2011, 12:56:29 am »
Delphi XM is NOT water or weather proof.  I will cover it with a lunch baggie and secure with zip tie if it starts raining.  The antenna is weatherproof, no issues with it yet.  As far as reception, it is awesome.  When blasting thru heavily forested woods, it sometimes has the signal cutting in and out.  Pretty rare though.

Same deal related to weather proofing the Escort radar detector.  I use the clear plastic lunch baggie trick for it if it starts raining.
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Re: Satellite Radio, Radar, GPS, Power Plug Installed
« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2011, 02:58:18 am »
Wow!!!  :-\

That is one sweet setup TD, nicely done!!!  :bravo_2:
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Re: Satellite Radio, Radar, GPS, Power Plug Installed
« Reply #6 on: August 01, 2011, 07:30:00 am »
Now that is doing it the way it should be done, kudos!
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Re: Satellite Radio, Radar, GPS & Power Plug Socket Installed
« Reply #7 on: August 03, 2011, 01:26:41 am »
 :beerchug:  Thanks!  It was a fun project.

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Re: Satellite Radio, Radar, GPS & Power Plug Socket Installed
« Reply #8 on: August 23, 2011, 02:49:51 pm »
Very nice setup.  What do you do when it rains? :)
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Re: Satellite Radio, Radar, GPS & Power Plug Socket Installed
« Reply #9 on: August 23, 2011, 03:10:44 pm »
If it rains I simply cover the satellite radio and Mixit with a small ziplock baggie and cinch with either a zip tie or rubber band.  I do the same for the radar detector. 
When I am on a road where I can keep moving, the C-14 offers enough protection that my electronics don't get wet.
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Re: Satellite Radio, Radar, GPS & Power Plug Socket Installed
« Reply #10 on: August 23, 2011, 11:24:10 pm »
Doug - this is one of the best, and most informative "how to" posts I have seen.  Really well done, with excellent photos (in focus and sharp) and very good description of just what you did.  This is very helpful - especially to a new owner who is just now ready to begin "farkling."  You must have a controller that you keep on your jacket or tankbag for the heated jacket thermostat.  I was thinking about installing the dual permanent mounted controllers this time - did you give that any thought??   I guess I would need to drill at least two holes, (one for the jacket plug, and one for the glove plug) to be able to accomplish it.  Was it hard stringing the wire from the battery over to the left side??  How hard is it to get the plastic off (and back on again???)  Did you have to remove the tank???

I have an autocom for my communications - which handles the radar detector, the Zumo GPS and Satellite radio.  I am thinking of installing a Fuze Block fuse box for all the wiring connections.  But, I guess I am going to have to remove the plastic for installing both of those items

I just wanted to complement you on a 1st class posting of how you did your install.  Really helpful to see someone else's very neat install.  Great job and thanks for sharing!!!

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Re: Satellite Radio, Radar, GPS & Power Plug Socket Installed
« Reply #11 on: August 24, 2011, 01:07:51 am »
Interesting set-up and similar to mine in a lot of aspects.  (What no SPOT 2 tracker?).  Velcro and RAM mounts hold just about any gadget, IMO.  Though I question your decision to rely on the device batteries for power (except the XM).  I would think this is a perfect set-up for a Fuzeblock (or like product).  That way you will never be stranded.

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Re: Satellite Radio, Radar, GPS & Power Plug Socket Installed
« Reply #12 on: August 24, 2011, 01:10:00 am »
Phil,

Thanks!  I tried to make it as clean and as simple as I could.  The vest I use is an Aerostich electric vest that can be purchased with a thermostat, but I did not buy the thermostat.  I use the thumb switch that comes with the vest.  The switch is lighted and is incorporated into the cord.  It is simply on or off.  Generally when it's cold enough for me to wear the vest, I turn it on and leave it on.  If I should ever got too warm, I just turn it off for a while.

It was not terrible to run the wires from the socket to the battery.  There was enough room to fish the wires under the plastic cover on the tank and then down to the battery on the right side.  I did have to remove some of the plastic around the small glove box on the left, but did not remove the side panel nor did I remove the tank.

I installed a fuse box on a previous bike, but since I just needed power for the socket and XM radio, I ran the wires direct to the battery.  I did however run an inline fuse on the power socket wire.

Make sure you measure twice and cut once!!!!  It's a bit nerve racking to drill through pristine plastic, but looks great once everything is installed.  Have fun, ride safe!
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Re: Satellite Radio, Radar, GPS & Power Plug Socket Installed
« Reply #13 on: October 03, 2011, 06:13:56 am »
My 2011 manual specifiies connectors for an outlet under the rear of the seat. There are two unused connectors there, but just to the left of where the manual says they should be looking towards the rear of the bike. Are these connectors pre made for an additional outlet that can be mounted for passenger electric vest use?
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« Reply #14 on: October 03, 2011, 08:05:34 am »
My 2011 manual specifiies connectors for an outlet under the rear of the seat. There are two unused connectors there, but just to the left of where the manual says they should be looking towards the rear of the bike. Are these connectors pre made for an additional outlet that can be mounted for passenger electric vest use?


Those are for testing. Do not connect to them. The under seat auxiliary wires are back near the tail light under a black boot. You have to move a few things out of the way to actually get to them. And again, I wouldn't use them for heated gear. But that's your decision.

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« Reply #15 on: October 03, 2011, 09:40:15 pm »
 Where did you get the tank pads?   Thanks for the post well done.

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Re: Satellite Radio, Radar, GPS, Power Plug Installed
« Reply #16 on: October 05, 2011, 08:19:22 am »
....I am working on a tool box for the rear deck.  I should be complete and will post pics in about 2 weeks.

Very, very well done. I'm looking forward to seeing the tool box.

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Re: Satellite Radio, Radar, GPS & Power Plug Socket Installed
« Reply #17 on: October 11, 2011, 02:38:33 pm »
great pics and info  my problem  i have a tom tom one xl  used in my truck, plenty of  mounts out there for my 09 14, but where do i get an adaptor for this  gps  it has the  slide in plate on  the rear which works  great  with  the suction cup adaptor   thank you

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Re: Satellite Radio, Radar, GPS & Power Plug Socket Installed
« Reply #18 on: October 18, 2011, 12:27:23 am »
3Greens - I'm not sure if Tom Tom makes specific mounts.  I was lucky that Ram Mount made a Garmin specific mount for my 205W.  You should check with Ram Mount, maybe they have one for your GPS.
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Re: Satellite Radio, Radar, GPS & Power Plug Socket Installed
« Reply #19 on: October 23, 2011, 11:22:22 am »
Very well done, Doug ...

I have a similar set up on my bike, but not as "clean" as yours. 

And, excellent photogs and clear write up for us that can't.  Kudos !
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« Reply #20 on: October 25, 2011, 12:41:53 am »
Thanks Bagger!   :beerchug:  Glad you liked it, hopefully it helps others wanting to do the same.

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Re: Satellite Radio, Radar, GPS, Power Plug Installed
« Reply #21 on: January 01, 2012, 05:32:12 pm »
LOL, Jacuzzi is at the hotel at the end of a long ride.  These modifications really help when it comes to comfort and long distance touring. 

I am working on a tool box for the rear deck.  I should be complete and will post pics in about 2 weeks.

Great post, thanks for a great write up. Did you ever post the toolbox set up?
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« Reply #22 on: January 01, 2012, 05:39:22 pm »
i have a tom tom one xl  used in my truck, plenty of  mounts out there for my 09 14, but where do i get an adaptor for this  gps  it has the  slide in plate on  the rear which works  great  with  the suction cup adaptor


Check GPSCity - they have a cradle that works wwith any RAM Mount

http://www.gpscity.com/gps-mount/tomtom/one-xl

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