How To Install Garmin Tread On 2022 BRP Can-Am Defender HD7

I decided it was time to install the mounting hardware so that I can start using my Garmin Tread while riding trails on my 2022 BRP Can-Am Defender HD7.

The Garmin tread comes with all the hardware you need to mount and wire the device to your PowerSport machine such as a side-by-side, UTV or ATV. Based on your machine build or installed accessories like a full windshield, you may need to get additional parts such as it was in my case.

Not All Parts Would Fit

That’s because the Garmin Tread provides a pipe clamp with a 1 inch RAM ball mount. This leads you to want to mount the device either on the left driver side or top roll bar. However, on the Can-Am Defender or other utility side-by-sides, you may not have a pipe or if you have an accessory such as a full windshield – then the provided clamp does no good. It will fit perfectly on the back roll bar for an action camera. That meant that I needed to adapt my install accordingly.

I ended up buying additional parts to complete the installation:

  1. Ram AMPS mount plate for 1-inch ball
  2. 4 3/4″ self-tapping screws
  3. 2 M6 screws

Then I looked up the instructions for Can-Am GPS mount kit which you can follow via and with the part number (715003325), you can view or print the instructions as a guide.

This installation will wire your Garmin Tread to the keyed power bus bar located behind the switch panel inside the cab so that you won’t be draining your battery if the device is still mounted.

The overall steps I followed to complete this install was fairly straightforward, simply take your time as you will be cutting and playing with the electrical.

Overall Steps

  1. Peel off the safety sticker on the dash to reveal the 4 dimples where you need to drill pilot holes for the RAM ball AMPS mount
  2. Pull off the front switch panel to reveal the front bus bar where you can hook up your power leads instead of fishing the wires to the front.
  3. Remove the 2 screws on your shifter cover so that you can fish your cable
  4. Cut a notch to accommodate the power cable on the shifter cover
  5. Terminate the leads of the provided power cable and leads
  6. Snap everything back together on the dash switch panel and screw in the shifter cover
  7. Start up your machine and verify that your GPS is powered.


Garmin Adds To Tread Lineup With Overland Editions

Announced during CES this week, Garmin will be releasing later this month two additional models to the Tread lineup focused on side by side and over landing.

The Garmin Tread SxS Edition will feature an 8 inch screen and the Garmin Tread Overlander XL will feature a 10 inch display.

These new models will feature the same features found in the Base Edition with the following features not found on the Base Edition:

  • InReach Built in (cannot pair to other devices such as inRead mini) – subscription required for inReach functions
  • 1.5 inch ball adapter with AMPS plate
  • 10 Hz multi-GNSS positioning
  • Preloaded private land parcels greater than 4 acres
  • Preloaded USFS roads & trails
  • Not compatible with the BC 40 wireless camera
  • Motorcycle features (Glove friendly touch screen)
  • RV Features for route planning
  • group radio built in (SxS edition)

The Tread smartphone app gets a big updates (available as of January 5 2022). You now have the following new features:

  • Have same Map layers as on the Tread device
  • Route planning this will sync to your device
  • Group ride mobile (use cell signal to track other Tread users on the Tread app) has the units being available on January 31, 2022. Usually we see a slight delay of a few weeks or a month.

Accessories for these new devices include a new group radio kit for the Overland edition, Garmin Powerswitch and external inReach & GPS antenna.

The price will not be cheap as the units will start at $1699.99 and $1949.99 CAD

You can check out the functions across all models in the Tread series here in our how-to section


Garmin Tread Base Edition – How To Tutorials

Originally released in the fall of 2020, Garmin has finally added a lower price option for the PowerSport focused Garmin Tread – Base Edition GPS device. The original offering included the group radio option, but oddly only was available in the US and not in Canada. This was a head scratcher for a device that is geared for ATV’s, Side by Side and Snowmobile users; it ignored the home country of one of the major PowerSport producers and customers.

With the Garmin Tread – Base Edition, we can finally get our hands on this device and see how it operates and compares to other devices such as the Montana 700.

Out of The Box Overview

Physically speaking, the Tread shares the same hardware as the Garmin Zumo XT but unlike being configured for motorcycle touring, the Tread is focused on navigating from the house to the trailhead and off-road riding.

The box contains the mounting equipment necessary to mount on a ATV or Side by Side, USB cable and coloured accent plates in neon green, red & black (blue comes already on the device).

My unit came completely discharged so I could not get the device booted up to get past the initial setup wizard. The unit also came in forced demo mode where you needed to travel a short distance before you can unlock it. While you can add wifi and pair bluetooth in demo mode, you can’t use wifi or update the device. Don’t expect to get this at the last minute, spend 20 min at home getting it setup before you leave. Expect to spend some time to get past this first time power on.

Also the smartphone pairing was the most painful I’ve ever had to do with a Garmin product. For some reason, the Tread emits two different bluetooth devices and if your phone does not find the right one first, then it messed up the process and you don’t fully realize the mistake until it is too late. Because I do tutorial video, I tend to reset a lot so I need to pair the device to my phone several times. It was very noticeable that this was not working well and expect to take several attempts to get it right.

Once you get past the pairing to the Garmin Tread smartphone app, there are some interesting features on the device. Mainly having Garmin Explore built-in. So no longer you need to have the Garmin Explore app on your phone and try to sync collections.

It does not have inReach embedded in the device, so you’ll need to pair to an inReach mini, GPSMAP 66i or a Montana 700i.

The Garmin Tread can only send data to another Tread device via bluetooth as it doesn’t have ANT+. This is a bit of a limitation as we have been very used to sharing items between many handheld devices over the years.

Pre-Loaded Maps and POI’s

The Tread comes with several map products: City Navigator North America, Garmin Topo Active PowerSport North & Central America, US Public Lands and several POI files from iOverlander, Ultimate Campgrounds, TripAdvisor, Power Sports Dealerships and Adventure Points.

Updating the maps via the device and wifi is handy but expect it to take a few hours while plugged into the USB power port.

Smartphone Needed For Extra Data

You’ll need your smartphone data in order for weather, traffic, music and notifications to appear on the Garmin Tread.

Garmin Tread Manual

You can download the Garmin Tread manual as a PDF file here.

Garmin Tread How To Videos

You’ll find below a playlist of short how-to videos on topics you’ll need to be familiar with in order to get the max out of the Garmin Forerunner 55.

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