Got a new gps, the nuvi 660 that I had was starting to die and didn't have lifetime maps so it was painfully out of date. Too many streets around this area that didn't exist last year, much less 2009 when I got the thing.
I've been looking at getting something like a scanguage for a while to monitor more of whats going on. Ran across the garmin ecoroute HD thing, https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?pID=38354
looks pretty good. Did a little research and dropped the right hints. Sounds like santa will be bringing me one for xmas (and one for the cooper too). Not a bad solution except it doesn't work with my old 660. Just have to get a new 2460 instead. Picked it up for $140 on ebay manufacturer refurbished. Not bad at all.
The old setup,
And then theres this mess,
Theres a cigarette splitter plugged into the switched outlet under the vic. Plugged into that is the garmin power adapter and a cigarette to anderson powerpole adapter. The garmin cable then goes inside the dash and to the mount. The powerpole cable goes to a splitter wedged between the driver seat and the center console. Plugged into that are the cables for the 2m/440 radio and the power cable for the subwoofer which both run under the back seat floor mat to the back seat. Theres also a cable plugged into the splitter to charge my handheld radio.
It's a mess to say the least.
I figured while I was in the dash I might as well replace the light controller with the foglight one I got. Cleaned the contacts on it first, especially the slider for the interior brightness since I have problems with that on the original one. Popped it in and moved the relay for the switched outlet down to the foglight slot to test.
Now I just need to get another relay and find some fogs I like. Also fixed the problem with the interior dimming which is a nice plus.
Now on to the annoying part.
Moved the powerpole splitter to under the backseat. Radio and subwoofer connect directly to that (red and black wire in the picture). Cable runs from the splitter along the driver side door jams along with the audio feed to the sub (black cable audio, clear cable is power).
I tacked a short cable onto the blade connector of the switched cigarette jack. From there it goes to a powerpole connector for when I need one up front. Then the wire goes to a cigarette light socket for the garmin nuvi. The line going to the back seats is soldered to the socket as well.
The nuvi power supply and socket hide in the space behind the vic and the cable runs up to my mount point. Nice and clean. All hidden it looks like this.
If I ever put the knee guard back in you wouldn't be able to tell any of it was there. Not that I'm likely to do that, haven't had the thing in in ages.
Close up of where the wiring mess used to be.
And here it is all finished. The new nuvi 2460 uses the same ball mount as the old one, pops right in. Doesn't have the flip up antenna so I'll have to find another place to put my computer glasses when I'm driving. So nice to be able to see the tcase control markings for the first time ever.
This is just the beginning. I can't wait to get the suspension parts from kolak and get them put on. Having way too much fun with this.