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post #1 of 7 Old 07-15-2013, 04:23 PM Thread Starter
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using Posi-taps?

I've made a couple of other posts on the forum, I am new to wrenching, but want to get better at all this stuff with my new to me Strom, so the anxiety begins..lol
I am installing my Zumo 660 on a SW Motech mount above the dash. I want constant power, so I was just going to run it back to the battery (the line is fused). I will need to crimp or solder some terminal rings on, or I thought maybe I could just use a positap that I have and tap into hot and ground. Stupid idea?
Thoughts?
I have looked at the PC8 that everyone talks about, but the bike already had a 12v outlet direct to battery, and I will add a battery tender and SAE for jacket direct to battery, so no need for the PC8 as the GPS will be the last.
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My opinion (some will agree, some will not) is stay away from the positaps. They are big and ugly.

My advise: Clean a small part of insulation (~1/8 inch) from the donor wire. Wrap your accessory wire around the bare spot you created on the donor wire; apply solder to that connection, wrap with electrical tape. The connection looks cleaner, is easy to undo, and does much less damage to the donor wire.

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My opinion (some will agree, some will not) is stay away from the positaps. They are big and ugly.

My advise: Clean a small part of insulation (~1/8 inch) from the donor wire. Wrap your accessory wire around the bare spot you created on the donor wire; apply solder to that connection, wrap with electrical tape. The connection looks cleaner, is easy to undo, and does much less damage to the donor wire.

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I agree but not due to looks. Taps are a failure point just waiting to happen. Just please remember to disconnect the battery before doing any soldering.

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Posi-Taps, unlike Scotch Locks, are good connectors. They have a couple of advantages over soldering. One is they are cleaner to remove. The other is important on wiring that moves like the wires from the handlebar switches. Moving wires like to break at the end of the solder connection. That being said, I would add terminal rings if going to the battery.

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Thanks guys. The previous owner had hooked up the 12v by doing the small slice into the ground by the battery post, and the hot. Not sure why he did this right by the terminla post, seems to me having a terminal connector would be easier.
I myself, not a big fan of removing the insulation from a wire probably becuase the eyes get older, and the nerves get less.lol I would probably cut the wire lol.

Guess posi taps are just me being lazy. For constant power, why would a person not connect direct to terminals if the line is fused? seems easiest?

My son should still live near me, he was good at this stuff lol
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I'm not a fan of hacking into the harness in any way, build and auxiliary power supply, one connection to battery for all accessories, use relay to power up when bike is on so you don't have accidental drains for fergitting to shut something off

trigger wire can connect with male plug into switched power lead in dealer test plug

no need to hack, no need to compromise insulation of any wires in harness



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I'm not a fan of hacking into the harness in any way, build and auxiliary power supply, one connection to battery for all accessories, use relay to power up when bike is on so you don't have accidental drains for fergitting to shut something off

trigger wire can connect with male plug into switched power lead in dealer test plug

no need to hack, no need to compromise insulation of any wires in harness
Thats sounds good, whatever you said..lol.. I can see where it would be nice to have a PC8 or comparable like you mention. I could only get three terminal connectors onto the posts. They were too short to get all 4 (GPS, Tender, Heated Jacket, 12v outlet).

But I did get my GPS installed and working. Seems if someone says it is a 5 minute install it would be 45 minutes for me..1 hour job, 6 hours for me lol.

And I must admit that all this plastic may give a nice look, but is a pain for working on bike. I was able to lift the tank a couple of inches only by not having to take anything off except the black side panels.Just enough to fish a wire back to battery.

To hook up something like you mention above, where do you tap into wires, must be behind all that plastic I assume.

Look forward to learning lots on here, doubt I'll be able to contribute much.

Anyone have any idea what size bolt is in the terminal post? I didn't want to drive to store again to get a longer bolt, so I just hooked the 3 things up.
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