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Old 09-24-2010, 08:29 PM   #1
fulltimeW.O.T.
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V1 hardwired.


V1 Concealed Display.


Ran V1's wire down the left pillar to the back of the Illumination Dimmer Switch (V1 plugs into Main Unit port on the adapter). This area is very easy to access by pulling off the plastic section of dashboard that is only visible when the door is open. It pulls right out with a tug and gives great access to a bunch of free space. Secure the Hardwire Power Adapter in there with zip ties. 12v is spliced into Purple wire on the back of Illumination Dim Control which feeds 12 V when key is put into ignition (I prefer this over ACC On because I can spy on the piggies when I am parked and just got the key in ignition). From that power adapters Accessory Port, I ran the wire thru the top of the steering column opening right up to the Concealed Display Unit in front of the odometer.


So far the unit has been incredible. Almost hard to believe how good it works. Still mesmerized by it.
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Old 01-26-2011, 02:23 PM   #2
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Hmm. I hardwired a Garmin Nuvi using the purple wire on the dim control switch and found two problems:

1. It only works when the headlights are switched to 'on' (which is okay because i always leave it like that, but not quite what I expected).
2. The connection seems really flakey. I wired the ground to the black wire coming off the same switch, and it would power the GPS sometimes, and other times not.

Further complicating matters is that the Nuvi doesn't seem to immediately tell me when it has or loses power.

I ended up re-doing my splice connectors, making sure the wires were bare enough and connected properly, and patched everything up.

... and then it stopped working again.

Any ideas? What did you use for ground? I'm wondering if perhaps I used a bad ground, or the circuit doesn't flow enough power (though that seems stupid, seems like it would blow the fuse instead).

Or maybe my Nuvi hardwire kit just sucks.
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Old 01-27-2011, 01:28 PM   #3
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Hmm. I hardwired a Garmin Nuvi using the purple wire on the dim control switch and found two problems:

1. It only works when the headlights are switched to 'on' (which is okay because i always leave it like that, but not quite what I expected).
2. The connection seems really flakey. I wired the ground to the black wire coming off the same switch, and it would power the GPS sometimes, and other times not.

Further complicating matters is that the Nuvi doesn't seem to immediately tell me when it has or loses power.

I ended up re-doing my splice connectors, making sure the wires were bare enough and connected properly, and patched everything up.

... and then it stopped working again.

Any ideas? What did you use for ground? I'm wondering if perhaps I used a bad ground, or the circuit doesn't flow enough power (though that seems stupid, seems like it would blow the fuse instead).

Or maybe my Nuvi hardwire kit just sucks.
i grounded to a chassis screw thats right near that switch. Just make sure to sand and use di-electric grease.
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