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Old 11-15-2012, 12:21 PM
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I have a Sedici heated liner 83 watts, Oxford heated grips 50 watts plus with the high beams plus with the brake light on I still have 14V @ idle going to the battery. BUT this was not always the the case. With the OEM R/R I would have 12V or less, and with only a 9 mile commute @ 35 miles an hour I would have to use a charger to maintain my battery. BUT now with the Mosfet R/R I have the 14V @ idle and 14.5V @ anything above idle with all the $hit lit, and I do not have to use a charger to maintain the battery.
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Old 11-15-2012, 12:40 PM
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Thank you for that detailed explanation of everything. I have a 15-20 minute communte (30-35 is traffic sucks) and in that time I guess I didn't think my battery would recover enough with it falling below 12v which now is 12.7v from PTRider post.
I guess I might need to look into the Mosfet R/R at some point if I install more heated gear or lighting.
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Old 11-15-2012, 05:12 PM
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Something doesn't look right with that wiring.

Pins 85-86 are the relay coil
Pins 30-87/87a are the contacts.



You show the brake light wire being cut and connected to each end of the coil. That's incorrect. You need to take terminal 85 to ground (frame) and tap into the brake light wire for terminal 86.

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Old 11-15-2012, 05:48 PM
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Black/white is ground. White/black is brake light hot. The brake light label on the ground to 86 might be misleading as any black/white ground may be used and ground is not mentioned but the color codes are correct.
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Old 11-15-2012, 09:23 PM
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Another reason for not adding a volt meter to my bike...
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Ultimately, the only time I would worry about this, is when I know the battery is on its last legs. Then I probably would not use the heated gear and would keep the revs up at stop lights.
Without a volt meter, how are you gonna know if "the battery is on its last legs"? ... or for that matter, any electrical problem before it's too late?

Having a volt meter and knowing what you're seeing can save being stranded.
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Old 11-16-2012, 02:51 AM
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Black/white is ground. White/black is brake light hot. The brake light label on the ground to 86 might be misleading as any black/white ground may be used and ground is not mentioned but the color codes are correct.
Aha! That's why I was misled.
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Old 11-16-2012, 10:24 AM
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Without a volt meter, how are you gonna know if "the battery is on its last legs"? ... or for that matter, any electrical problem before it's too late?
When the bike doesn't start in the morning or when it is cranking slowly. Usually, when a battery is failing, there are plenty of early signs. I haven't had a vehicle with a volt meter on it since the 70's and I have not found that I need one.

BTW, I don't keep my bikes on a battery tender all the time. I want to know what the true state of the battery is. When the bikes are parked for the winter I periodically (about once a month) charge them with digital automotive charger, but I don't charge them constantly.

I don't load the vehicle with electrical gadgets. I only recently purchased a heated vest, and chose one with a low current draw.

I've only had one premature battery failure. It was a new battery under warranty and one cell apparently became discontected. In that case a volt meter would not have helped in any way other than diagnosis after the fact. The bike went from starting fine to not starting at all with no warning.

P.S. This discussion reminds me of a similar one on Oilhead forums. Guys with RTs caught in traffic watched their oil temp gauges climb to 5 bars and had heart attacks. Yet there was no evidence to suggest that any oilhead boxer motor had ever seized from over heating due to accessive idling (although the RTs occasionally melted some plastic around the exhaust headers). My R1100R had the same motor but no oil temp gauge, so I had no cause for concern. I do know that if I had the temp gauge, I'd probably be fixated on it like everyone else. Sometimes gauges are just extra cause for needless worry in situations where you can't do anything about it anyway.
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