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post #1 of 16 Old 07-10-2019, 10:31 AM Thread Starter
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EB Handlebar wiring extensions

Could someone please talk to me about the Eastern Beaver handlebar wiring extensions? Have you installed them? What all did you need, and how much work was involved?

I put 3.5" Rox risers on my 2007 Vee a while ago. At the same time I put on +2" Galfer clutch and brake hoses, which was OK because the originals were ..well, original, meaning over 12 years old.

The electrical bundles were just barely long enough to still reach the handlebars, but there is almost NO slack, and it's begun to really annoy me over the last few months. For one thing, it's made my steering bearing upgrade painful.

I've looked at Eastern Beaver's stuff but I'm not 100% sure whether I need the "horn" extension as well as the "left" and "right" extensions. I have an aftermarket horn (Stebel), and it looks like there's only one wiring bundle coming from the left side of the handlebars.

I emailed the EB guy to ask but, I wouldn't be surprised if I got an answer something like "can't say, I'd need to see your bike."

I will be ordering a relay headlight harness from EB at the same time as the extensions. I have LED headlamps so I don't "need" the relay harness per se, but it's still a good upgrade to the factory wiring.

Previous owner wired in the Stebel, so I may have no choice but to perform exploratory surgery to see what's what.

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Wow,3 1/2 inches. You must have Tyrannosaurs arms or really long legs. I've gotten a couple EB products and they are well made so if there are wiring extensions for the moving of the handlebars I's guess they would work well.
The risers I got are much less, by half, the adjustment you got. Yup the original wires and brake lines are pretty much without slack.
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Not really, I have a boringly average inseam for a tall dude, long torso if anything. I used to have 2" Rox risers, angled back 15-20. That was pretty comfortable.

Those risers no longer worked once I installed a Scott's steering damper. I had to angle them forward to have room for the Scott's, which meant I was reaching forward for the bars, which was terribly uncomfortable.

I was forced to use 3.5" Rox risers. Only way to clear the Scott's and still be able to angle the bars back.

Bars are not a huge amount higher than they were with the 2" risers. The added height is nice for standing-on-pegs riding, and isn't a problem when on pavement.

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I have installed the EB extensions. They give you about 8" extra length. I highly recommend doing this instead of pulling on the wires. To install just remove the side panels and unbolt the radiator. Then you can unsnap the plastic radiator cover and push the factory clips out which will allow you to install the extensions. Put some dielectric grease on the connections when you snap them back together. I also ordered a few zip ties from EB that have the attachment point so I could secure the cables in the orig location. If you haven't done the brake and clutch cables do them so so you don't pull on them either.
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That doesn't sound so bad. I was not looking forward to taking the fuel tank off yet again.

So you do need the Horn extension no matter what? It looks like only one cable coming off the left handlebar, but that could be just a sleeve that bundles two cables together.

I was planning to order a bunch of cable anchors/ties from EB while I'm at it. Can use them in other projects, and have been unable to find anything as good from domestic sources.

Thanks!

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Got a reply from Jim @ EB. Yes, I do need the horn extension.

For the heated grips plug, I realized that EB does already offer an adapter (with the proper plug). However it comes with a 36" wire which seems vast overkill for going from near the radiator (usual location of factory heated grips power plug) to the area of the handlebars. I guess Jim's thought is that it's a bad idea to pull heated grips power through the main harness - better to tap from a fuse panel or directly off the battery. I haven't had any problems using the heated grips plug up front, and even the Oxfords only draw up to 4A, so I'll pass.

I think what I'll do next winter is salvage the wiring from my existing heated grips. They may be Suzuki factory grips. They don't work very well and they are plugged into the factory heated grips plug. I can cut off the grips-side plug and graft it on to the Oxford's wires.

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EB stuff ordered. That website is dangerous! It's like a toystore for the electrical hobbyist. All sorts of stuff not otherwise obtainable in the US, and higher-quality versions of some things than I can find on Amazon etc.
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EB stuff ordered. That website is dangerous! It's like a toystore for the electrical hobbyist. All sorts of stuff not otherwise obtainable in the US, and higher-quality versions of some things than I can find on Amazon etc.
does anyone make extensions for the Vee2
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yep

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You want the "New DL1000s" link.

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When you spend so excessively, one of the benefits is your order gets airmailed (EMS). Mine left the EB shop yesterday, and should be on an airplane today.

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