Hi Lost Rider, could you please clarify a couple of things for me.
I spoke to my BMW mechanic about this power outlet.
He scoured all of his literature and advised the following;
- He is not aware of this plug
- The schematics only show one accessories outlet, but doesn't differentiate this GPS one from the socket mounted on the LHS
- He says the one shown on the diagram is only rated at 5v
- The wiring colours shown are not the ones he remembers on earlier GPS plugs (GS bikes?)
- He said there was a problem on previous bikes where the power outlet did not automatically shut down after a few minutes; only until the battery was almost drained!
- The current BMW Garmin units use the automotive lighter socket style plug, not a 'hardwired' plug like you have shown
- I did want to get a compatible male plug for this outlet so I could keep the wiring stock (I can change to SAE connectors if required)
- He has known BMW to change items between models and not provide sufficient technical detail
I will be mounting a standard Garmin GPS. It has the lighter socket on the end of the lead, I will change this so I can wire directly in to a controlled outlet such as the one you have shown.
Thanks for your help on this.
Like bose said that GPS plug thats been on every BMW we've owned is switched with the ignition, is definitely 12v, ( I put a meter on mine before wiring in) it can be reached without removing the tank (my mistake, I didn't find it until I removed it) and turns off about 3 minutes after you kill the ignition.
Your BMW mechanic doesn't seem very knowledgable.
Here's a plug you could buy to keep the OEM GPS plug if you wanted:
Universal GPS Power Connector, BMW CAN-BUS System - Touratech-USA
I have a four button BMW mount coming that I hope will plug into the socket you mention. If not, will plug it into my PDM 60 that I will install. Removing the tank reminds me of my C which required the same. Any particular hints on removing the tank?
Taking the tank off:
The intake cover needs to come off, two bolts then slide it forward, there's a rubber grommet/tab thing that it slides in and out of. remove plastic mask on left side. Remove the two screws holding the plastic piece that the jump start wire lead is connected to , remove the silver brackets, cut the zip tie the holds some connector attached to the tank base, unplug it.
There's a bolt on the lower front of each side and a long one at the rear that secure the tank.
Gently lift tank and slide back, tip the front of the tank up, reach in and disconnect the two quick disconnects, and two electric plugs. The electrical plugs have tabs that need to be released with a little screwdriver. Would be much easier if you had someone to hold the tank up while you disconnected the fuel lines and plugs, I managed to do it without scratching the tank, next time I'll have help.
The tank will lift right off then.
The PDM 60 is an awesome product, have one on my Husaberg, if I decide to add any more electrics, that what I will use.
I didn't snap any pics of the removal, if you have time it probably would help others wanted to remove the tank.
Also, with the tank off I found a good hidden spot to zip tie the charcoal canister valve thingy: