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Here are some pictures from my install of a Garmin Nuvi 760 into a 2003 Volvo V70 2.4T. In addition to maps and navigation, it has an 8GB SD memory card for MP3s, and serves as a hands free Bluetooth solution for my cell phone. I used the new MII-Lite from Sensolutions (the iMiV people) to tie into the audio system (HU-613). <p>Album here...<br><A HREF="http://picasaweb.google.com/mjfinch/GarminInstall?feat=directlink" TARGET="_blank">http://picasaweb.google.com/mj...tlink</A><p><IMG SRC="http://lh5.ggpht.com/_LbpSxwgerDQ/SkrxSn4skSI/AAAAAAAAE0E/uXTjLbBahEY/s512/P6300001.JPG" BORDER="0"><br><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by timewstr at 7:58 PM 7-23-2009</i>
 

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Re: Garmin Nuvi 760 Install (timewstr)

Nice install, I like how you utilized the cubby hole.
 

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Re: Garmin Nuvi 760 Install (850arrrsaylikepirate)

I really think this is the perfect spot to mount a GPS. Even better than the OEM garmin kit from Volvo. It doesn't block the air vents at all, its within easy reach, and the only part of my car I had to modify is the cubby, and that runs about $25.<p>Around town, where I don't need navigation, its still great to have a touchscreen MP3 player and bluetooth phone. In the morning I pop out the SD card, stick it in the computer, download my custom NPR podcasts, and then I have the mornings news on demand.<p>I can hardly remember life before this. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Garmin Nuvi 760 Install (timewstr)

That is a nice setup, I'll have to consider this when I'm ready to get a GPS unit. I have a pop-out cup holder in the place where your cubby is, but it's broken. I thought about ordering a cubby to replace it, but I can't figure out how to get the darn thing out!? <p>As for daily NPR podcasts.. I hear ya! I use Juice to download programs while I sleep, what's cool is that it fires a vbscript that deletes yesterday's programs, and copies the new programs to my phone (which is charging on a usb cable). On days that I forget to attach my phone, I really miss the convenience!
 

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Very nice job! Just out of curiosity… did you consider mounting it to the left side of that cubby for better visibility of the radio and controls? Or would it be too close to the wiper arm and/or steering wheel?<p>I have the cup holder there but have considered getting some sort of shallow mounting bracket and screwing it to the front of the cup holder so that I can still use it for drinks. Only problem would be the cable. My guess is that when the holder is out, the nav unit will be too close to the wheel.<br>
 

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I mounted it as far to the right as possible because otherwise I couldn't see the left edge of the screen from where I sit. The steering wheel was blocking my view. Also it gets too close the the wiper arm, and I would bump it when I pulled out the keys.<p>Since I listen to music, phone, and navigation through the Garmin I really just turn the stereo on, off, and adjust the volume, thats about it. The only stereo buttons that are blocked by the Garmin are Dolby tape settings, Active Sound Control, and 2 other buttons I never push.<p>The cubby is inexpensive and the dealers usually have them in stock.<p>Bender, to power the Garmin I used the automobile power adapter that came with it. It has the integrated FM traffic receiver in it.<br><IMG SRC="http://www.gpsmagazine.com/assets/review-nuvi660/IMG_3461.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><br>I bought a female lighter adapter like this... <br><IMG SRC="http://ep.yimg.com/ca/I/sundancesolar_2062_3582150" BORDER="0"> <p><br>Then I plugged the Garmin power adapter into the female plug, and those wires into the switched 12V line in the Y-Power harness adapter that powers the MII-Lite (iMiV).<br><IMG SRC="http://www.imiv.ca/cms/typo3temp/pics/e5f8261d2a.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>That whole mess of wires is zip tied up on the inside of the trim above the gas pedal. There really is quite a bit of room up there. Since it is powered off the switched line it comes on and off with the car.<p>mcahren, to get the cup holder out you have to remove the entire radio, they are mounted together. These directions can show you how to remove the radio.<p><A HREF="http://vccs.volvocars.se/accessories/ii/Details.aspx?uid=5cef8fd4-d2b7-4090-ad87-8ab94a393466" TARGET="_blank">http://vccs.volvocars.se/acces...93466</A> <BR><BR>
<i>Modified by timewstr at 10:30 PM 8-12-2009</i>
 

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Cool.<p>Looks like you had to splice the lighter adapter to the Y harness. Do you have to worry about polarity? If so, are the positive/negative wires on both units obvious?
 

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You do need to get the polarity right. I used my multimeter to figure it out. The purple was switched +12V and I can't remember the others. It wouldn't break anything if you just experimented until it worked right.<p>At first I had it plugged into the back of the 12V power socket in the dash but it introduced a wicked ground loop into the audio. It's much better if the Garmin and the MII-Lite share a common power source.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>timewstr</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I mounted it as far to the right as possible because otherwise I couldn't see the left edge of the screen from where I sit. The steering wheel was blocking my view. Also it gets too close the the wiper arm, and I would bump it when I pulled out the keys.<p>Since I listen to music, phone, and navigation through the Garmin I really just turn the stereo on, off, and adjust the volume, thats about it. The only stereo buttons that are blocked by the Garmin are Dolby tape settings, Active Sound Control, and 2 other buttons I never push.<p>The cubby is inexpensive and the dealers usually have them in stock.<p>Bender, to power the Garmin I used the automobile power adapter that came with it. It has the integrated FM traffic receiver in it.<br><IMG SRC="http://www.gpsmagazine.com/assets/review-nuvi660/IMG_3461.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><br>I bought a female lighter adapter like this... <br><IMG SRC="http://ep.yimg.com/ca/I/sundancesolar_2062_3582150" BORDER="0"> <p><br>Then I plugged the Garmin power adapter into the female plug, and those wires into the switched 12V line in the Y-Power harness adapter that powers the MII-Lite (iMiV).<br><IMG SRC="http://www.imiv.ca/cms/typo3temp/pics/e5f8261d2a.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>That whole mess of wires is zip tied up on the inside of the trim above the gas pedal. There really is quite a bit of room up there. Since it is powered off the switched line it comes on and off with the car.<p>mcahren, to get the cup holder out you have to remove the entire radio, they are mounted together. These directions can show you how to remove the radio.<p><A HREF="http://vccs.volvocars.se/accessories/ii/Details.aspx?uid=5cef8fd4-d2b7-4090-ad87-8ab94a393466" TARGET="_blank">http://vccs.volvocars.se/acces...93466</A> <p><br><i>Modified by timewstr at 10:30 PM 8-12-2009</i></TD></TR></TABLE><p>Awesome! Thanks!
 

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How did you deal with the traffic receiver antenna? Did you locate that above the gas pedal as well? What about signal reception?
 

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Yes the power adapter/receiver thing and the female lighter socket are all bundled and zip tied to the trim right above the gas pedal. It has easy access to the dash area and its pretty empty under there.<p>The traffic signal seems fine. Tucson has no traffic data, but I pick up Phoenix traffic signals daily. On my last road trip I got traffic signals in Phoenix, Denver, and Albuquerque no problem.<p>One big challenge with this install is that the Garmin cradle does not have an audio-out jack on it. I didn't want to have to plug a wire in the Garmin every single time I put it in the cradle. Turns out some smart people have figured out how to hack the circuit board in the cradle to get an audio-out plug. I had a friend who is an expert at soldering help me with this part. It is very detailed work.<p>GPS Passion Forrm.<br><A HREF="http://www.gpspassion.com/FORUMSEN/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=91718&whichpage=6" TARGET="_blank">http://www.gpspassion.com/FORU...age=6</A>
 

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Nice install. I actually used the cubby space in my XC to accommodate a closed-cell foam mount for my Nuvi 760. It’s hardwired to rear of the 12v aux socket and the entire assembly can be removed in a matter of seconds. <br><IMG SRC="http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b249/Batstar/P6250603.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Once the foam was carved and sanded to fit the cubby, I glued on a matching plastic face plate and attached a ProClip mount for the Nuvi cradle.<br><IMG SRC="http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b249/Batstar/IMG_4405.jpg" BORDER="0"><br>
 

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Glad to see you here Art! It was actually your pictures that inspired me to give this a shot. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>I tried the mini-cell version at first. It didn't work out for me because I couldn't see the left edge of the nuvi screen and it was driving me insane. With the pro-fit adapter I was able to mount it another 3/4" inch to the right, and that made the difference.<p><IMG SRC="http://lh3.ggpht.com/_LbpSxwgerDQ/So6aO7BdZxI/AAAAAAAAFHI/mGKQGiZnB8I/s640/P8210002-1.JPG" BORDER="0"><p><br>I even made custom saw to cut the foam. Tight Nichrome wire and a big power supply.<br><IMG SRC="http://lh6.ggpht.com/_LbpSxwgerDQ/So6bNDfvV9I/AAAAAAAAFHs/3ztfrstTn8E/s640/P6060006.JPG" BORDER="0"><p>
 

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Would using the 4x3 units rather then the 16x9 units prevent the buttons on the dash from being blocked? I've been looking at doing a similar install, my c320 is on it's last legs, the battery in it died recently.
 

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Its not so much the Garmin or the Cradle that's the problem, it's the power plug that goes into the cradle. And its not that those buttons are 100% blocked, you can still push them if needed. I have the HU-613 and its blocking these buttons...<p>10. Active Sound Control (ON or OFF) <br>11. Scan function<br>12. Dolby B Noise Reduction<br>13. Automatic presetting of radio stations<p>I never pushed these buttons <I>before</I> I had the Garmin so it didn't bother me to slightly block them. IMHO the benifits of the widescreen unit totally outway easy access to those buttons.<p>I scoured the web before I started looking for an alternate cradle or power connector that would connect from the bottom, or at a 90 degree angle or somthing. Nothing out there. I think all the nuvi cradles have the power in the same spot on the cradle now.<p><IMG SRC="http://lh3.ggpht.com/_LbpSxwgerDQ/SkrxTE0wq-I/AAAAAAAAE0I/tbJjMEHSMi8/s640/P6290009.JPG" BORDER="0">
 

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Actually all the new nuvi's don't have a powered mount. I had been thinking about something similar. I may need to pick up the 760 before they disappear entirely.<p>I don't plan on using the Garmin for music so I'm thinking about getting a separate speaker and mount it where the dash speaker would be.<p>DECISIONS!
 

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If you want to mount it in the center speaker location you might check out Volvo's OEM Nuvi 760 mount.<p><A HREF="http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=97288" TARGET="_blank">http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=97288</A><p><IMG SRC="http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o108/jrgoffin/gps9.jpg" BORDER="0">
 
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