Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: SoCal Ventura County
Eastern Beaver PC8 Kit vs. DIY Installation
Moral of this story is read AND follow the instructions on the Eastern Beaver site if you bought the PC8 "Kit", i.e. with pre-cut wires, relay, etc.
I dutifully searched the forum for ideas on how to install/mount my PC8. This lead me to several posts that confused me into thinking I could/should use the black rear brake light connector for control voltage to operate the relay for the switched circuits -- because after all it was so easily available and we all like "easy". It's obvious this won't work with the PC8 Kit because the Kit comes with a white two conductor connector and the black brake light connector has six conductors (five are wired on my bike).
Eastern Beaver does sell adapters that tap into the black rear brake light connector for other uses and possibly you could take control voltage from one of the leads (I didn't research it enough to know if this is true). But if you have the "Kit" stay the course and tap into the white rear brake switch connector under the coolant tank located up front under the rear of the fuel tank. Simply take off the two bolts holding the coolant reservoir in place to allow it to rotate enough to aid you in disconnecting the white connector and connecting the Kit's connectors into place. A long hemostatic clamp I found on a fishing trip helped me disconnect the connector as my hands didn't fit into the cramped space.
I hope this helps others to avoid the self-imposed confusion I had after searching PC8 related posts on the forum.
Here's a picture of my installation. You can see the black rear brake connector just above and behind the PC8.
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