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post #1 of 19 Old 05-20-2008, 01:09 AM Thread Starter
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hey anyone know the best/cheapest way to go about wiring in some factory-looking 12v car plugs onto the v-strom? ive seen some kits for $30-40 can't remember where.
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hey anyone know the best/cheapest way to go about wiring in some factory-looking 12v car plugs onto the v-strom? ive seen some kits for $30-40 can't remember where.
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I was at Canadian Tire a few days ago a picked up a portable 12 volt socket ($6). It has 2 good sized alligator clamps that connect to the battery and a short cord connected to a 12 volt socket. I was looking for a way to power my compressor without having to permanently mount a 12 volt socket. It's a quick and simple solution if you only want power occasionally. I suppose you could also wire it to a fuse block and have a more permanent set up.


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hey anyone know the best/cheapest way to go about wiring in some factory-looking 12v car plugs onto the v-strom? ive seen some kits for $30-40 can't remember where.
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The best bet is to use a marine grade outlet like this or something equivelant
http://www.partsexpress.com/pe/showd...number=265-274

If it is not waterproof, it is not useful on a bike.

Run some cable to the desired location and install the socket, put an inline waterproof fuse in the positve side of the cable, real close to the battery positive terminal and Bob's your uncle.

That is the easiest and cheapest, it is safe as well. But to do it properly you should think about a fuse block, like the Blue Seas or Fuzeblocks and add a relay. Do a search for these on this forum or VSRI.

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Powerlet have a V-Strom kit that includes everything you need if you want to take the easy route.

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Go to Canadian Tire (or a similar store) and get yourself a waterproof outlet and an inline fuse holder, and wire it to the battery...


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I did a bunch of electricals on the cheap, check this out

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I started with a socket that I got from wal-mart for like 7 bucks, and wired it to the OEM heated grip plug that sits behind the radiator. Since then, I got the same fuseblock as crazy got, and hooked up another outlet, and a stebel air horn. Here are some crappy pics I snapped off during my lunch break with the camera on my phone.



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My Strom one is mounted to one of the cable clips on the handlebars using a longer bolt and a large nut as a spacer, and a 1" metal wire loom as a bracket. I used a $7 NAPA lighter which is not sold as waterproof but has been waterproof.

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My KLX uses the same lighter (different cap, I lost the other one), but is mounted to the crossbar using a 1" metal wire loom and a 1/2" metal wire loom:


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I have theCanadian Tire Waterproof cap and works fine for two years now. Also carry the "Bell" socket with the alligator clips, very versatile for any number of things. One thing I learned along the way is that I put a light coating of dialectric grease on the inside of the socket every couple of years -very light coating and it stops the corrosion that occurs in high humidity / rain with these units (I have same on my Lund as well)

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