Want to "Hard Wire" my electrical

 

I have decided to purchase either the Nuvi 660, or the Nuvi 760, just about ready to make the final jump. One of my concerns is it will be used 95% of the time in my daily driver.

I want to "hard wire" the unit directly into the fuse panel like I have done with my radar detector, so that I have a neat appearance, and get the power from a source which only comes on with the ignition switch on.

I have not been able to find any connections other than the type that plug into the lighter outlet. If I have to buy an extra cord and cut off the lighter adapter, I will do that.

Anyone know if there is a "hard wire" cord, or the color of the wires for Hot and Ground if I cut off the plug?

hard wire

skg247 wrote:

I have decided to purchase either the Nuvi 660, or the Nuvi 760, just about ready to make the final jump. One of my concerns is it will be used 95% of the time in my daily driver.

I want to "hard wire" the unit directly into the fuse panel like I have done with my radar detector, so that I have a neat appearance, and get the power from a source which only comes on with the ignition switch on.

I have not been able to find any connections other than the type that plug into the lighter outlet. If I have to buy an extra cord and cut off the lighter adapter, I will do that.

Anyone know if there is a "hard wire" cord, or the color of the wires for Hot and Ground if I cut off the plug?

98% of the time on a vehicle red is hot ang black is ground. in a house black is hot...

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nuvi 755t

Power cord set volts

the Power cord from the power outlet cuts the voltage from 12 to 5v . If you cut off the plug and hard wire it you will fry the nuvi...

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Dave_ Nuvi 660 , 760,1490LMT Wooster, Ohio

Thank you, this is what I

Thank you, this is what I wanted to know. I might have to hard wire the plug in line somewhere before the nuvi but after the fuse panel.

I understand the red and black wire colors. The power cords sometimes use silver wire and copper wire inside the all black outer cover over the wires, or one of the black outer wires will have a stripe on it, usually indicating ground.

Once I have the unit I will have to check it out.

Thanks

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Zecpull wrote:

the Power cord from the power outlet cuts the voltage from 12 to 5v . If you cut off the plug and hard wire it you will fry the nuvi...

You will also be cutting off the TMC Traffic receiver if you cut off the power cord cigarette lighter plug.

Bill

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nüvi 880 - nüvi 760 - nüvi 660 - StreetPilot 2620 - Portland, Oregon

I got one of those 12-volt

I got one of those 12-volt extension cords and cut off the male end and hard-wired it to the fuse-panel under the dash. I then took the female end and connected my Nuvi cord to it, and stuffed the extra up under the dash out of sight.

Now I have a neat and nicely-routed 'permanent' connection, but can also disconnect the Nuvi and its power-cord if needed at any time.

As the other posters said, be sure to check the polarity, the sockets and plugs should have the +12volts on the center-pin.
HTH

Aren't you asking to be robbed...

...by keeping everything in sight and never being able to remove the cradle easily? Assuming you still take the unit with you when you park somewhere, there will be enough sleazes out there who will say to themselves, 'Where there's a cradle there's a GPS...' and smash your window or whatever to go looking for it.

I don't know if my my sticking the cradle and its wiring on to the floor and tossing an open map or something on top of it, is much of a disguise, but it at least gets it off the dash and is that much further from prying, no-good eyes. i.e. A pretty wiring job doesn't mean much if your car is trashed. Think back to the last generation of electrical devices that were ripped out of cars - tape decks - which were neatly wired but still stolen all the time. I think you should obsess more about crime prevention and less about looks. That's my 2 cents.

Gotta go, hear hooves on the roof. I think it's an intruder.

GC

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Nuvi 350, GPS Map 76CX

DON'T!

There were lots of hot debates about the hard wiring and the general perception is DON'T!

Too many threads and too many reasons to be listed here...

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“There is always a solution; the only challenge is to find the best one”

Thanks again for the

Thanks again for the comments that are being written. I will search for the other posts about hard wiring.

Merry Christmas!

Don't Again

While I know that the clean look is a great incentive to hard wire the unit I would not. I just had a friend who had his drivers side window broken out. While the GPS was not in the card the would be theives tore his car up pretty good looking for it. About $850 in interior damage. It appears they got mad when the unit was not inside and tore things up.

"Here's your sign!!"

Hang a sign on the mount, saying:

"GPS is with owner, So is the 45 Magnum!!"

Or a sticker on the window that states

"This vehicle is equipped with several hidden camera's. Smile I just took your picture!"

Or my favorite:

"This vehicle is protected by a pet tarantula, please he only attacks people he doesn't know. So for your sake, say HI!"

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Rodney.. oditius.htc@gmail.com BMW Zumo 550 HTC Touch Pro - Garmin XT

My Setup

I hard wired a multi-outlet (3 outlets) to a spare switched fuse plug and mounted it under the dash. I have my Nuvi 660 and my XM sat radio plugged with their cords concealed. That leaves me the third outlet for various other chargers (cell phone, Skycaddie, etc.). The 660 itself is mounted on the dash with the adhesive disk. When I want to hide the Nuvi, I remove the mount and cover the disk with a non-skid dash pad.
Bob

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Bob: My toys: Nüvi 1390T, Droid X2, Nook Color (rooted), Motorola Xoom, Kindle 2, a Yo-Yo and a Slinky. Gotta have toys.