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post #1 of 16 Old 03-23-2014, 04:55 PM Thread Starter
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Wiring Weekend

Another V-strom Rite Of Passage completed this weekend: I installed the Eastern Beaver headlight relay and the PC8 fuse box. Many thanks to Greywolf for his help.

I built a little platform with a wiring loom for the PC8, so I could run wires underneath the fusebox and save on some space inside the tool tray. It all worked out well, and since nothing exploded when I turned the ignition on, it appears to be a success. The headlights definitely seem brighter.

I made the 12 volt outlet mounts on the handlebar clamps out of some scrap aluminum angle I had in my garage. Please excuse the mismatched bolts; I used what I had until my order from McMaster-Carr gets here.

I've attached some photos, in case anyone wants to adapt my ideas to their own use.
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post #2 of 16 Old 03-23-2014, 09:03 PM
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nice job

well you did a nice clean job on your installation.Good job. I also did wiring on sat. i installed pc-8,h4 headlight wiring,2 10 watt have to install lights on fork tubes and still have to install and wire up led hand guards so i know the time it takes.
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I made the 12 volt outlet mounts on the handlebar clamps out of some scrap aluminum angle I had in my garage.
That outlet mount is nifty. Thanks for the idea.

What is the manufacturer and part number for that "ALL WEATHER" 12V socket? Does it look like it will resist water incursion when in use?
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That outlet mount is nifty. Thanks for the idea.

What is the manufacturer and part number for that "ALL WEATHER" 12V socket? Does it look like it will resist water incursion when in use?
You're welcome. I saw a similar thing on Twisted Throttle's website, and I figured I could make them myself for a lot less than twenty bucks each.

The power outlet is made by Custom Accessories Inc. I got it from O'Reilly Auto Parts (part number 10749), $12.49 each. It looks like it will be really weather resistant; the cover has a very strong spring to keep it closed, and there is a rubber gasket inside the cover that seals against the body of the outlet. The point where the wires enter the outlet is sealed with something similar to shrink tubing. It would probably leak if it was submerged, but I think it will be fine in a hard rain.

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well you did a nice clean job on your installation.Good job. I also did wiring on sat. i installed pc-8,h4 headlight wiring,2 10 watt have to install lights on fork tubes and still have to install and wire up led hand guards so i know the time it takes.
Thanks Adam. Yeah, it was definitely time consuming. I took the tank off so I could run all the wires inside the frame for a clean install, so it definitely wasn't a quick process.

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Very cool! Looks well done.

I also have a lot of electrical to do when I pick up my bike.

I am installing the back-off xp using the eastern beaver adapter

a scorpio i900 alarm (using a factory harness which appears it will go between the eastern beaver backup xp cable and the factory harness)

HID head lights (going to try to put the slim digital balasts behind the dash cluster)

OEM 12v accessory outlet kit

I will have my work cut out for me!
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Thanks Adam. Yeah, it was definitely time consuming. I took the tank off so I could run all the wires inside the frame for a clean install, so it definitely wasn't a quick process.

I didn't take my tank off to run my wires like that. The PC-8 looks great, but way to expensive, $10.00 I got a fuse panel/block that works just the same. To each his own.


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I didn't take my tank off to run my wires like that. The PC-8 looks great, but way to expensive, $10.00 I got a fuse panel/block that works just the same. To each his own.


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I had to change the air filter. The tank was off anyway, so it was a good time to do the wiring job too.

I always save money where I can, and I build a lot of my own stuff for the bike; however, I sprung for the PC8 because for me it was the most compact and neatest installation for a power distribution box.

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Your voltmeter install

That's a real nice install of your PC8! Might do something similar. I noticed your voltmeter in your photo of the 12V outlets and, if you have time, I'd really be interested in more pics zeroing in on how you mounted/ installed it .

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Thanks Willy. The voltmeter came from Amazon (Amazon.com: Waterproof 12V Red LED Digital Car/Auto Voltmeter Motorcycle Battery Monitor: Automotive), and is supposed to be waterproof.

I have an aversion to cutting holes in the bike's fairing, so I made a mount for the voltmeter that attaches to a bolt on the upper left of the console. The mount is a simple plastic box with an aluminum mounting bracket glued to the rear with JB Weld. The voltmeter slides inside the box, with the wires routed out the right side of the box. The wires are covered in shrink tubing and routed back through the bike frame to the PC8. The mount was bolted to the upper left of the console using one of the existing bolt holes in the fairing ( I did have to buy a slightly longer bolt than the stock one). The rear of the box is removable (you can see the screws in the photo) just in case I ever needed to get at the wiring on the rear of the voltmeter.

The aluminum mounting bracket was angled slightly upward so I can look down and see the numbers, but otherwise it will be out of my field of vision when I'm riding (I figured constantly changing bright red numbers would be distracting if I could see them all the time). If I end up not liking the voltmeter on the bike, I can just cut the wires and remove it.
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