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post #1 of 10 Old 06-30-2016, 01:38 PM Thread Starter
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Where to plug Voltmeter into

I have the 2015 Vstrom and I installed a handlebar tray with holes for both voltmeter and 12v accessory plug. I ran the wires for the 12v directly to the battery. I do not know or see where to install the vltmeter to. I saw some old thread where the guy showed pictures of certain connections but the 2015 (glee or vee, i don't know what mine is called) did not look the same as the picture. That must have been older picture for the accessories and the other thing. If some one could show me by pictures where and how to hook this up, sure would appreciate it. Thanks

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I'm assuming you have a 650 (since the 1000 has meter and socket built in), and is nicknamed Glee, although as a middle-aged man I find it hard to use that word. (I'm just now getting somewhat comfortable with "lol".)

There are two connectors down inside the fairing that are easily accessible for switched power. "Heated grip" connector on the left, and "Aux connector" on the right. Eastern Beaver makes adapter cables for both. See this thread for detailed information:

https://www.stromtrooper.com/dl650a-2...-location.html

Either of these will have a small voltage drop from battery voltage, if you don't mind that. You can take measurements to see exactly what this is. Personally, I'm not really interested in the exact voltage, just unusual changes from the norm.

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I connected my Voltmeter to the switched Aux power using the eastern beaver adapter. The difference between voltage that far from battery, versus connecting the same Voltmeter direct to battery, was either .6 or .8 volts, I forget which. As an earlier reply noted, the important thing is to know what yours usually reads, and be alert to changes from that value.

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You could connect the +ve to the orange wire on the horn as this is a good switched live
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You could connect the +ve to the orange wire on the horn as this is a good switched live
One advantage of connecting here is the horn is connected with common spade terminals, so you can get one of those double spade adapter doo-hickeys and just plug your new wire on with no splicing. (Sorry to use such technical language.)

You do have to be careful what you plug there; since the horn is electro-mechanical, it generates a lot of electrical "hash" which might damage sensitive electronics, or at least confuse them. Not sure how sensitive a voltmeter would be to this.

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Surely any interface would only occur when you operate the horn?
Another advantage of connecting here is it's reasonably direct from the battery - main fuse then ignition switch.
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Thank you all but on my 650 2015, I still cannnot fing the aux line on the right side of bike. Maybe mine don't have one. My luck

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Surely any interface would only occur when you operate the horn?
Another advantage of connecting here is it's reasonably direct from the battery - main fuse then ignition switch.
Yes, the only possibility of interference would be when you operate the horn. The concern would be that high voltage spikes off the "buzzer" might destroy some electronic components. Not saying it will happen, just that it could.

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Thank you all but on my 650 2015, I still cannnot fing the aux line on the right side of bike. Maybe mine don't have one. My luck
Should be there...can't imagine they would have changed that since it has basically been the same bike otherwise since 2012. Get a bright light and look around down in the fairing. It is probably taped up to the wiring harness with black tape and hard to see. Did you find the connector on the left side?

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Thank you all but on my 650 2015, I still cannnot fing the aux line on the right side of bike. Maybe mine don't have one. My luck
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Thank you all but on my 650 2015, I still cannnot fing the aux line on the right side of bike. Maybe mine don't have one. My luck
Yes, that must me it... they forgot to install yours on the assembly line.. It's there, you're just not looking hard enough....

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