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Rear View of Dash

Posi-Taps

Scotch Locks
There's been some talk about installing a GPS on the V85.
Some folks prefer to run the GPS wire under the tank and use the 12V connector
(often confused as a USB connector, but it's not) under the seat. This gets the job done, but there is a neater way.

Some people have done this, but I don't think it's been clearly illustrated.
Tap into the 12V wires feeding the USB port on the left hand side of the dashboard.

The job is very simple; no special tools or skills required.

Remove windscreen. 4 bolts.
Remove windscreen frame. 4 bolts.
Remove rear plastic cover of dashboard. 4 screws, 2 front, 2 rear.

Find the the wires feeding the USB port. Splice the GPS wire into them.
Positive to positive, negative to negative.
There's plenty of room to stuff excess wire and control boxes.
That's it!

Use a good quality wire connector. I suggest Posi-Tap connectors, as seen in the photos.
They're easy to use, no tools required, can be reversed, re-used, and provide a solid, reliable connection.
For you folks in North America, Posi-Taps can be ordered from Crutchfield.
Avoid at all costs 3M Scotch Lock connectors. They are junk and often lead to problems.

This method still allows use of the dashboard USB port, avoids having to remove the tank,
and frees up the connector under the seat for other uses.

Good luck.
This Tip courtesy of John Strothard from the Moto Guzzi V85 Facebook Group

 


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