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post #1 of 12 Old 05-04-2013, 04:00 AM Thread Starter
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Eastern Beaver PC8 Install Questions

Hi Guys,

I have been dragging my feet on the install of my nice new PC8 but tomorrow is the day. I just wanted to ask some dumb arse questions before I begin.

1) Fixing the PC8 to the plastic battery tray: The kit came with some screws that look like they will have no trouble going through the plastic tray. I assume their purpose is to secure the PC8 to the tray? If so, I guess it is safe to presume that I don't need to worry about anything beneath the tray (wires, hoses...) getting punctured by the screws? Failing that I guess it's gonna have to be double sided tape? None of the photos on EB's install page show what is actually holding the fuseblock in place.

2) Wiring: What "gauge" wiring should I run to my devices? I will be running separate pairs of wires for the following: Datel volt meter, cigarette socket for GPS and another for phone, cigarette socket for electric air pump.

3) More wiring q's: Can I just run the same gauge wiring to everything, using the thickest gauge needed for my devices. i.e. is it true that I only need to be worried about running wiring that is too thin, rather than worrying about running wires that are too thick, seeing as the fuses will protect against excessive current draw?

Any help is appreciated.

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The PC8 is a generic item, not bike specific. Location is user selected too. I wouldn't like the pointed screws sticking through the tray. If the bike isn't lowered, they shouldn't cause a problem though. I've used 3M duo lock in the past. The problem with that is a large amount makes it almost impossible the separate again and a small amount breaks the adhesive bond to the plastic. Simply attaching the wiring holds it in place pretty well if the wires are bundled and zip tied. The trick with Duo Lock or double sided foam tape is cleaning the plastic with alcohol and leaving the installation alone for a couple of days before wiring to allow the adhesive to properly set.

You want 10 or 12ga from the battery to the relay and PC8. 14ga is good for a loud horn like the Stebel. 16ga will handle just about everything else easily.

The only problem with thicker than necessary wiring is its bulk. It's fine electrically.

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Thanks for the reply GW. I am a little uneasy having pointy screws sticking into my bike's nether regions. I'll look into the adhesive option.

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Your timing is perfect for me. A friend and I are wiring the PC8 into our Glees tomorrow as well as wiring some accessories. Thanks for the pointer. I am also looking to pick up some VOX shrink tubing to run over my accessory wiring so that I can safely and cleanly install along the frame rail to the triple clamp area. I think the general advise is secure the wiring every 6 or so inches to reduce vibration and eventual wear. Also leaving enough play at the terminal end where movement occurs. Turning the bars both direction for clearance etc. Pulling the tanks off as well. Will read related post on this first. Thanks again for all the quality advise on these matters.

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I use Radio Shack split cable tubing to protect wiring.




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I used velco to hold my PC-8 in the tray behind the battery. But as Greywolf noted if you use the right amount it may never come loose, even when you want it to.

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1) I used velcro so I can quicky remove it to add more accs...

2) Wire guage depends on current required to run the particular accessory... e.g. a cell phone or GPS can easily use 18 - 20g where as a tire compressor might use 16g or so...

3) 16g would probably run everything you could possibly want to add to the PC8fuse panel ... But having the PC8 full of 16g wire can be a bit tight between contacts....

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Here's how I did mine. Only used three button head screws because the fourth got into the hump in the tray and wouldn't sit flat. It's hard to see but there's a nut under the nylon spacer that holds it all to the tray.

Makes for a solid installation that's still really easy to remove.





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I use Radio Shack split cable tubing to protect wiring.



Holy Cow! What all do you have wired up under your seat?

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Holy Cow! What all do you have wired up under your seat?
I have the following electrical additions. Rostra cruise control, Datel voltmeter, Warm & Safe dual heated gear-controller wired through a relay to be turned off when the brake lights are on, HotGrips with Grip Puppies, single headlight cutoff switch, relay and PC8 fuse block, Stebel horn, garage door opener, cigarette lighter type socket, earbuds with jacks wired to bike for Garmin Zumo 550, VVME.com HID headlights with relay and SpeedoDRD speedometer corrector.

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