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    The cigarette lighter style plug for my Garmin Nuvi keeps coming unplugged from vibration as I ride down the road. These dumb things are dependent on a friction fit against a spring connection ... traditional but dumb design. I know I could cut the plug off the Garmin and wire it into the 'Wing through an SAE connection but I hesitate cutting off the molded on plug. Is there some nifty way to make a minor adjustment in the plug fitting so that the thing will stay plugged in until I want to unplug it ??? Only thing I can think of is to stuff the Goldwing pocket where the cigarette plug receptacle is full of "stuff".

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    Quote Originally Posted by cgent View Post
    The cigarette lighter style plug for my Garmin Nuvi keeps coming unplugged from vibration as I ride down the road. These dumb things are dependent on a friction fit against a spring connection ... traditional but dumb design. I know I could cut the plug off the Garmin and wire it into the 'Wing through an SAE connection but I hesitate cutting off the molded on plug. Is there some nifty way to make a minor adjustment in the plug fitting so that the thing will stay plugged in until I want to unplug it ??? Only thing I can think of is to stuff the Goldwing pocket where the cigarette plug receptacle is full of "stuff".

    Any ideas ???
    Tom, I'm not an electrician by any means, but can you do that without an in-line converter? I had considered the same thing at one time, but was lead to believe this is the case.
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    I'm thinking of something as simple as a rubber band to hold the plug in place ...
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    Try a small piece of stick on velcro around the plug body.
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    Get something like this and just hard wire the damn thing.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/GA-NHWC2-Gar...item3cbca099a1
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    I realize this is not what you ask but thought it is worth mentioning. I would be careful cutting the plug off and hard wiring. If I am not mistaken, most if not all Nuvis operate on 5volts and is reduced in the plug. This is what I use. http://www.gpscity.com/gilsson-18-pi...wer-cable.html
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    Isnt cig plug have slots in it on side of it take n bend in so it grabs harder

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    Three things come to mind.
    • The first is getting a receptacle that holds the plug better. In my truck, it has two outlets, one is a 12v socket, the other is a cig lighter, and the GARMIN comes loose if plugged into the outlet. consider getting a different socket.
    • The second is something like what PEDRO66 shows, which is a USB outlet. Only problem with most GARMINS is that they cannot use this without a special cord made to operate/charge a GARMIN through the USB port. They will usually think that you're plugged into the computer, and you cant do anything on the GPS
    • The third is to go to(not affiliated with) http://www.thegpsstore.com/Default.a...m_medium=email or something like that, and they have a 12v lighter powercord that's made to operate GARMINS through the USB port without problems, and I have found that this one is small and light enough that it stays plugged in the socket and won't work it's way loose.....but, if you use the GPS as an MP3 player, this thing isn't filtered as well as the GARMIN plug, and you get alternator whine in the audio
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    Take the plug apart and toss the plastic casing.

    Heat shrink or tape the "guts" to protect em from misc crap.

    You will have two wires soldered to the plug's contact "pads". Cut the pads off and discard. Wire those leads to your power supply and you're done.

    This can be placed under the pocket so you do not lose any space and no longer have the disconnect problem. I have done this on 8 bikes for friends plus my own bikes.

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    Tom, I had the same trouble. I crosscut a couple of deep scratches in the friction metal strips on the plug.....enough to leave a slightly rough edge. We rode about 370 miles and it never came out. I suppose at some point I will have to rough it up again but it has worked for a while..........
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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Fire View Post
    Take the plug apart and toss the plastic casing.

    Heat shrink or tape the "guts" to protect em from misc crap.

    You will have two wires soldered to the plug's contact "pads". Cut the pads off and discard. Wire those leads to your power supply and you're done.

    This can be placed under the pocket so you do not lose any space and no longer have the disconnect problem. I have done this on 8 bikes for friends plus my own bikes.
    DJ this ones a little harder to do than the pics of the passenger headset plug you posted the other day but, if you get a chance some pics of this mod might be helpful too. Thanks.
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    oh boy... okay....

    um.... Might be faster to send a PM to TexasWolf69. Her's was wrapped in clear electrical tape.

    Let me see what I can do but give me a day or two and I will just do a project review.

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    Try bending the long power spring clip (on the plug) out to get more friction.
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