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post #1 of 17 Old 06-04-2011, 01:45 PM Thread Starter
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Wiring in a Voltmeter ???

I just did a car battery upgrade on my 07 V ( I have a sidecar installed) and I now want to add a voltmeter but I'm unsure on how to wire it in??.With the car battery it's now possible to run for a longer time with the bike NOT charging,which means I could get farther out in the sticks BEFORE the problem would be noticed,so I want a voltmeter to keep a eye on things.ANY help with this would be great..

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I pulled my voltage off my auxillary power supply, that way it shuts off and turns on with the bike. I don't see how your battery setup makes wireing the voltmeter any different than normal, connect it to a switched sircuit



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It's no different,I just have never done one before.

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I used the 'heated grips connector' for my voltage monitor. I did have to order the connector from Eastern Beaver. Once you find it you can access it from the left side of the bike with the side panel removed.

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Might want to check the specs on your voltmeter to see how much current it draws. Some are in the milliamp range. If that's the case, you can wire it direct (with fuse) to the battery. Yes, over a period of months, it can discharge the battery, but if the bike is sitting idle for months it should be on a trickle charger anyway. If you wire it into some other circuit, depending on the resistance in the circuit and the amount of current being drawn, the voltage indicated may be less than the actual battery voltage. Which is OK, as long as you remember that the reading is artificially low. If the idea of having the voltmeter always on bothers you, you can put a switch in the circuit.
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I'm running a Color LED setup. I have aux fuse box. I connected it to the box. The box is only hot with the key turned on.




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Thanks guys.
I'm installing a aux fuse box today so I will probably go to that.

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The final step will be using a good hand held meter connected to the battery for a comparison. My old setup had a small difference I adjusted for in my head. Going to heavier wire brought a match.

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I bought one of the color changing LED voltmeters from the guy that sells the MOSFET R/R's. I really like an "idiot" light for this function. I don't have the link to it in front of me. It should let you know when the system fails and maybe more importantly when you are drawing more than the system is producing. All without having to watch a gauge.

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At 13,000 miles I fried a stator,left me stranded on I 90 for HOURS !!.A bigger alt would be AWSOME !!,let me know how that go's !!.

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