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post #1 of 15 Old 09-20-2006, 04:05 PM Thread Starter
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Advice Needed - Dash Shelf, Radar Detector, 12V Power Outlet

I am planning a trip, long distance, and need some advice. I would like a radar detector setup for my 2005 DL650, so far this is what I came up with.

Pat Walsh dash shelf, Valentine 1 radar detector, and weather tight 12V outlet from Wal Mart. I was planning to drill a hole in one of the black closeout panels either side of the instrument cluster for the 12V outlet. Mount the dash shelf, locate the radar unit.

I want the radar unit to be easily removeable (I.E. not hard wired / hard mounted) because I want to use it in the car and be able to lock it in the bags.

Dash shelf needs to be big enough for the Val1, and I think there are a couple dash shelf designs out there. What's best for radar detector mounting?

Any advice on the dash shelf, radar use, and 12V outlet would be greatly appreciated.

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12V outlet

A couple of the guys up here in Calgary have mount the 12V outlet in the guide loop for the brake cable thus removing the need to drill holes. It looks and works that good that I purchase all the parts to do the same this weekend. If you are interested in the setup I will send pictures once I have installed mine.
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I have the Pat Walsh shelf and it works quite well. I haven't mounted anything on it yet, but I like being able to throw my gloves up on it I can get you some dimensions if you need them.

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I just installed the Pat Walsh shelf, as well as a power outlet and a temp/volt/clock thingy. I want to get a radar detector next when money allows

Look at http://images.snurkle.net/DL1000K6 down at the bottom, I have a bunch of somewhat blurry photos of the final product. I got a water resistant 12V outlet, and used double sided foam tape to stick it under the shelf. With the temp gauge mounted at the front edge, you can't really see any wires, so it hides pretty well. The whole thing does not block any lights or gauges when you are riding. I thought it worked out pretty well.

Personally, I really want to go the stealth route with the radar detector. One less thing I'd have to worry about carrying in with me, and less likely to stick out if I did get pulled over. Cops around here tend to stick ya with the big fine if they find you have a detector. Granted it's never speeding that I get pulled over for, but... :twisted:
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Get a Powerlet socket, they come pre made up for v-strom, also I went with a Solo Escort cordless detector velcro to the Suzuki dash no wires uses 2 AA batteries lasts 4 or 5 days on all day, can be converted to hard wire if necessary.
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I have the Pat Walsh shelf and it works quite well. I haven't mounted anything on it yet, but I like being able to throw my gloves up on it I can get you some dimensions if you need them.
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Get a Powerlet socket, they come pre made up for v-strom, also I went with a Solo Escort cordless detector velcro to the Suzuki dash no wires uses 2 AA batteries lasts 4 or 5 days on all day, can be converted to hard wire if necessary.
Is a powerlet outlet premade for the strom the same as a bmw outlet?
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I have the Pat Walsh shelf and it works quite well. I haven't mounted anything on it yet, but I like being able to throw my gloves up on it I can get you some dimensions if you need them.
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Note that the shelf doesn't include the tubing around the edge of the shelf. That is just 1/8" vacuum hose from an auto supply shop that I split down one side and slipped over the edge of the shelf. It isn't glued, just the friction of the tube holds it just fine.

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Did you bolt your shelf such that it sits on the outside of the fairing, or such that the legs stick down between the fairing and the inside plastic? I did the latter, but then I discovered that the directions said to put it on the outside (I think...)

It seems to work, but pushes the corners of the fairing out a tad.
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Did you bolt your shelf such that it sits on the outside of the fairing, or such that the legs stick down between the fairing and the inside plastic? I did the latter, but then I discovered that the directions said to put it on the outside (I think...)

It seems to work, but pushes the corners of the fairing out a tad.
I did mine the same way, it's between the fairing and inner plastic. I also noticed that the corners of the fairing pushed out just a tad, but after a while I forgot about it and it didn't bother me anymore

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