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Offline Almightys

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starcom wiring replacement
« on: March 14, 2012, 01:26:31 pm »
So the previous owner of my bike ran the wires in some strange places. The consequence is that the shield has rubbed off and is shorting the thing out during rides rendering it useless. I was gooing to pick up some new cables and re reun this weekend.
My question is this: Are these just standard audio cable with 3.5 jack?
I looked on website and the cable prices were a bit shocking considering what you can go get at you local electronics store.
Anyone have experience with this?

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Re: starcom wiring replacement
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2012, 05:01:47 pm »
Generally speaking you want the Isolated cables if your going to connect a powered device, ie GPS or MP3 player.

I'm sure you google and find isolated cables from another source, I don't know.
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Re: starcom wiring replacement
« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2012, 05:29:26 pm »
The audio cables Starcom supplies are ground isolated to remove any electrical noise. You can use any stardard stereo (3 wire) audio cables that you want but you might pick up some noise from the alternator or ignition. I have used both types on a Starcom1 Digital with mixed results; the cables that run forward to my Zumo will pick up an alternator whine unless isolated but a non- isolated cable for my wife's music input works fine. It is probably a matter of location; the cables to the Zumo go past the ignition system and most of the bike's electrical system while the audio cable she uses is entirely in the back of the bike, and does not run near any ignition or power carrying wiring.

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So the previous owner of my bike ran the wires in some strange places. The consequence is that the shield has rubbed off and is shorting the thing out during rides rendering it useless. I was gooing to pick up some new cables and re reun this weekend.
My question is this: Are these just standard audio cable with 3.5 jack?
I looked on website and the cable prices were a bit shocking considering what you can go get at you local electronics store.
Anyone have experience with this?
KiPass keeping you up at night? Has the low fuel warning burned your retinas? Find peace, harmony and the answer to these problems. www.incontrolne.com

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Re: starcom wiring replacement
« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2012, 05:34:20 pm »
Brian, does your wife charge her music player on the bike while using it?

While there can be electrical noise as you suggest, the key difference is you Zumo is powered by the bike, if you powered the music player you would need a isolated cable as well.

I have them for my GPS and Phone (acts as MP3 player/Radio) without you get the engine buzz because both are powered.
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Re: starcom wiring replacement
« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2012, 08:52:09 pm »
No, and you are right about the ground path through the power line. The Zumo is of course powered up from the bike but my wife's Iphone runs on internal battery only. At least so far, I do have USB power on the bike but have not yet gotten one of Apple's proprietary adapters and so far, the phone's batteries have lasted as long as she has been on the bike. When we do go for relatively long rides she usually charges the phone during a stop.

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Brian, does your wife charge her music player on the bike while using it?

While there can be electrical noise as you suggest, the key difference is you Zumo is powered by the bike, if you powered the music player you would need a isolated cable as well.

I have them for my GPS and Phone (acts as MP3 player/Radio) without you get the engine buzz because both are powered.
KiPass keeping you up at night? Has the low fuel warning burned your retinas? Find peace, harmony and the answer to these problems. www.incontrolne.com