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Old 04-17-2012, 08:58 AM   #16
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I don't think the issue with being close together has to do with the GPS affecting xm reception. If your using the magnetic base with the antenna the magnets affect the GPS compass
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Old 04-17-2012, 07:20 PM   #17
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I'm not using the magnetic base, the interference from the GPS is minor, but its there. It even says it'll affect it in the manual. Maybe its in my head, but since moving my antenna near the unit, my XM is always short a bar.

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Old 01-08-2013, 07:54 PM   #18
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Bluetooth steps on XM radio reception.

I have a Zumo 665 with the GXM XM antenna mounted above it on the clutch side of the handlebar of my F800GS. When using plug in head phones I've enjoyed 3 solid bars almost all the time.... This christmas I "up-graded" to a Scala Cardo Rider Q2 Pro bluetooth headset. It sync'ed up with the Zumo fine enough but now XM radio is 1 bar at best and drops out frequently....

Anyone else with similar experience? I've searched the web and haven't found any real solutions. I have moved the puck antenna to the other side of the handlebar without much effect.
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Old 01-09-2013, 07:30 AM   #19
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When I had my antenna mounted fairly close to the gps unit I had blue tooth issues (Shuberth) and ended up mounting the antenna on my top case at the rear of the bike and that improved things.
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Old 01-09-2013, 04:46 PM   #20
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I'm running a GXM 30 with the Zumo 550, so things could be different with this unit than the GXM 40. When I was running my XM antenna on the small shelf above the instrument cluster I started getting an ABS fault light. Not sure what was causing it, but once I moved the XM antenna the fault disappeared and all was good. Just wanted to mention so it could be kept in mind if anyone receives an ABS fault.



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Old 01-09-2013, 06:04 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by Snarky View Post
This is true, I've tested it and it does seem to affect the signal a bit. But it's not that bad, it drops the XM signal by about a bar.

When I had my Versys I mounted the GXM 40 on the the passenger grab handle on a techmount on my alu-rack and ran the USB cable to the rear.

On my GS and threw caution to the wind and mounted the antenna to the GPS mount using a bracket.

I'm still fine tuning the adjustment of both the bracket and the mount, but I would like to think that the steel bracket the GXM40 is screwed into, helps shield the XM signal from interference from the Zumo 665 itself. It blocks the bottom of the entire antenna with a steel plate directly between it and the Garmin.
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Old 01-09-2013, 06:46 PM   #22
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I have a Zumo 550, my XM puck is attached to the top of the brake fluid reservoir with heavy duty velcro. No reception issues.

I have seen the puck mounted on top of the beak, I didn't care for the look.
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Old 01-10-2013, 02:59 PM   #23
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I mounted this GXM 30 antenna on a piece of 1/4" aluminum. I countersunk a hole for a (6mm i believe) bolt that fits where the luggage rack mounted. Nice and tidy with hardly any wires showing... You'll probably need an extension cable since to route the wires this far! Fits nicely right behind my Givi 46L trunk mounted on a GSessories plate in place of the rear seat.
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