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5 years 3 months ago #17354 by L5wolvesf
L5wolvesf created the topic: GPS question
Being the “cheap” bastard that I am I’m trying to figure out an inexpensive option for GPS in our 11 car. So I am wondering if anyone has considered or used the GPS unit that came out of a newer vehicle. Something we can pull out of a wrecking yard vehicle.

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5 years 3 months ago - 5 years 3 months ago #17359 by ronjon
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Most of the off road GPS' are somewhat shock and water resistant. Ours has been soaked in water, pelted by hail and snow and caked with silt and mud. Not sure one out of a C Class Mercedes could handle that.

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5 years 3 months ago #17360 by Squirly1776
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Does the c class mercedes gps have a memory card slot to load course info?


Going out to check mine out, will let you know later...............

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5 years 3 months ago #17363 by DaveCo11
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what do you need GPS for anyway?? wasted noney

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5 years 3 months ago #17364 by ronjon
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DaveCo11 wrote: what do you need GPS for anyway?? wasted money


That explains why no one uses them.

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5 years 3 months ago - 5 years 3 months ago #17371 by Mr. Bill
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DaveCo11 wrote: what do you need GPS for anyway?? wasted noney



I believe that it is called "pre-running"......IMHO...I also believe that some people are far to reliant on modern technology.....for whatever reason.....juz' my $0.02

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5 years 3 months ago #17373 by L5wolvesf
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DaveCo11 wrote: what do you need GPS for anyway??


One of our goals is running the Baja 1k, so we are considering GPS for an really long races we do.

Thank you,
Larry

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5 years 3 months ago - 5 years 3 months ago #17374 by ronjon
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L5wolvesf wrote: One of our goals is running the Baja 1k, so we are considering GPS for an really long races we do.


If you're doing the 1000, you definitely want a ruggedized GPS because you'll be spending a lot of time driving at night. In addition, you can buy an SD chip from PCI that has a more accurate course than the free one provided by SCORE and they've annotated it, which is handy for knowing where hazards are before you plow into them.

You can find used Lowrances on eBay, but I've heard multiple stories of Lowrances short circuiting after several years of use, requiring you to reboot them constantly. This happened to us and Lowrance sent us a new, advanced unit for $200. But it took about three weeks for them to analyze the unit, tell us it was kaput, and ship us the replacement.

Also the newer units update something like 10 times a second vs. once per second. That might not sound like a big deal, but if you're doing 50 mph in the dark and coming up on a fork and you're waiting for the GPS to update and tell you which way to go, you'll appreciate the difference.

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5 years 3 months ago #17375 by DaveCo11
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I have won 9 Baja 1000 races without GPS, and raced everywhere else with out it. To me GPS makes things to easy, I think they should be banned. To many dummies try to drive by gps and that is how some have got hurt! It certainly does not take a GPS to race the 1000, good luck
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3 years 5 months ago #19481 by M.E.A.D. Racing
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ronjon,
Do you still mount your GPS on the upper right corner of the Passenger Roll Cage area, or have you moved it to a new location!
We did not have gps back when I used to race and my co-pilot wants to have one to keep track of the avg mile per hour.
I appreciate all your input ronjon,
after three years of a financial challenged build and watching and cheering you on we are close to getting out there to meet your team,

Chuck Mead
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3 years 5 months ago - 3 years 5 months ago #19482 by ronjon
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The team moved it down so the GPS screen is in front of the dashbord on the co-driver side. He/she has to look down a little to monitor it, but it's tilted up.

Congrats on the progress on the car. Perhaps we'll cross paths one of these days.

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3 years 5 months ago #19485 by Weasel
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You can't download race files to them. So basically worthless.

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3 years 5 months ago #19486 by M.E.A.D. Racing
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I download my waypoints/routes to my Rytheon System on my boat for Catalina Island!!!!
Is the issue that the system you have will not download or that there is no pre-run routes/waypoints available from the race organization!
Please chime in, if the organizations do not supply downloads then there is no reason to spend the money!!!

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3 years 5 months ago #19490 by michaelbrenner
michaelbrenner replied the topic: GPS question
PCI normally has the GPS file at the SNORE races. It comes in handy sometimes. My codrivers normally only call out turns if we are going fast or can't see markers. Two times at night races it saved us going the wrong way down another trail. Don't think of it as a necessity though.

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2 years 6 months ago #19950 by DirtDgr
DirtDgr replied the topic: GPS question
Just recently purchased our GPS unit after three years racing.

I was in the "its a waste of money" crowd. Raced dirt bikes for years. Don't need no stinking GPS!

But after several times of practically sitting at a stand still in blinding dust, creeping along in high speed sections with my wife or son in the car, the possibly of having a TT hit me(they ALL have GPS and use it to go faster in the dust like it or not) made me change my mind.

At the very least I will be able to creep along a little quicker knowing roughly where the course is going in the blinding zero visibility dust. But instead of 5mph and cringing waiting for the hit, I will be able to have a little extra help getting through it a little quicker.

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