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Hard wiring a portable GPS

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by n2glock, Dec 1, 2011.

  1. Dec 1, 2011 at 6:11 PM
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    n2glock

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    I'm looking at getting a portable Magellan or Garmin GPS unit and hard wiring it to my '11 Tacoma. I'm wondering if anyone on here has done so and what location did you choose to mount the unit. I wanna do something a little custom and I don't want visible wires. I was thinking about mounting a unit above the rear view mirror?
     
  2. Dec 1, 2011 at 6:14 PM
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    GoDeacsWFU23

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    Have you considered upgrading the stereo to one with navigation then you can kill two birds with one stone.
     
  3. Dec 1, 2011 at 6:21 PM
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    Ya, I've considered it as I had a Kenwood nav unit in my Dakota. I'd just hate to lose the factory Bluetooth.
     
  4. Dec 2, 2011 at 8:22 AM
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  5. Dec 2, 2011 at 9:39 AM
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    Hey, thanks for posting that. I'm looking at doing something along those lines.
     
  6. Dec 2, 2011 at 10:03 AM
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    I took the dash apart and tapped into the factory cig lighters, and ran an aux cig plug down under the dash and had it come out kinda near the e-brake. That way I could still use the garmin adapter, which I had to do because the traffic receive was built into the cable.

    Then I ran the wires up and had them come out right between the pillar and windshield. Ran the wire along the bottom of the windshield to the center where the gps is just suction mounted to the windshield.
     
  7. Dec 2, 2011 at 3:19 PM
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    Be careful cutting wires and wiring directly to the battery many GPS units are 5 volt and the voltage regulator is in the lighter plug. I removed the radio run the wire through the defrost vent grill to the GPS stuck to the glass. I took one of the blank switch plugs in the console out and ran the MP3 player wire in the center arm rest through it too.
     
  8. Dec 2, 2011 at 4:32 PM
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  9. Dec 3, 2011 at 1:44 AM
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    Rellik01

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    X2 Same setup works just fine
     
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