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When I bought my car, they were doing a promo and shipping a Garmin GPS with it.

Thing is, the GPS came with a nice mount, fixed to the dashboard. This was great, because it meant no wires going about.

However, that GPS stopped picking up any signal, so I had to buy another one. Found a good deal on a different Garmin and now I'm left with a problem.

The new Garmins have a different mount, and the power supply is simply Mini-USB, rather than the old bespoke multiple-pin mount.

My question to you clever people is: What would be the best way of making use of the old mount setup (wires connected to power, etc), with the new GPS?

Here are 2 pictures of my old fixed mount: enter image description here enter image description here

Current device is similar to this: enter image description here

I really want to avoid getting cables through the dashboard and having a glass sucker mount :/

Any help will be much appreciated.



Just had a better look at the dock I had in the car and luckily it has the same ball the new GPS uses, so I can at least use the old dock with the new holder.

Problem now is just the cabling.

Please see:

enter image description here enter image description here

You can see part of the dock now has the right holder and I've removed the pointless old cable.

My theory now (knowing nothing about electronics) is that I could fit the power cable of the new GPS into the dashboard, with the traffic antenna and everything. Then I'd just have to cut the power section where it now ends on the car lighter adapter, and power it through the cable in the pictures above, or wherever its now drawing power from.

Does this make sense?

Thank you!

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Check this mount:… The Ram mount website will help you find what you need. – Gabriel Mongeon Aug 16 '13 at 15:58
Hi Gabriel. I'm confused by that! I can see it could fit in the current holes I have on my dashboard, but then what? Can't particularly see how it'd fix the wiring :X Cheers – Andre Aug 16 '13 at 17:08
Andre, forget what I said before. I just saw on Garmin that you can buy a permanent base with all the wiring necessary. And is compatible with the Nuvi 40 you have pictured:… – Gabriel Mongeon Aug 16 '13 at 17:15
That one does work in fact, I just wouldn't be able to use the traffic service, which would be a shame. I've managed to hack my dock a little bit. Let me post an update – Andre Aug 16 '13 at 19:20
Yes, it make sense. Do it, answer your own question with detailed step to reproduce it and off you go. – Gabriel Mongeon Aug 16 '13 at 20:05

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