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Power where is the best place hook the zumo 550 wires to get power to the unit?

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Re: power

The best place is on the battery connectors, the battery works like a capacitor and whining sound from the dynamo/generator/voltage regulator is usually least close to the battery connectors. Dont forget to fuse it with the proper fuse, you won't be the first one to have a flaming bike if the wiring messes up!

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