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post #1 of 33 Old 12-22-2013, 09:11 PM Thread Starter
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Fuse block questions

Hey all,

Searched, but wanted exact answers.

I don't want multiple stuff attached directly to battery, so am looking at a fuse block.

I know you can buy a pc-8 etc, centech, etc, but looking for something that's not 70$+...

The west marine 6 block for 30$ looks good, but wondering,from the more tech savy crew, what the difference between switchable and non switchable is?

Going to be running iphone power, heated grips, heated vest, etc...maybe aux lights...



Anyone with any insightful knowledge?

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.... heated grips, heated vest, etc...maybe aux lights..

Going to be running iphone power, heated grips, heated vest, etc...maybe aux lights...
Just remember that the Vstrom doesn't put out much power for all your proposed heated gear.
Just my 2 cents. I've no heated gear or extra lights and I just run electronics, phone and camera battery chargers via a dashboard panel. Mine is in-line fused separately, but wired directly right onto the battery.


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Hey all,

Searched, but wanted exact answers.

I don't want multiple stuff attached directly to battery, so am looking at a fuse block.

I know you can buy a pc-8 etc, centech, etc, but looking for something that's not 70$+...

The west marine 6 block for 30$ looks good, but wondering,from the more tech savy crew, what the difference between switchable and non switchable is?

Going to be running iphone power, heated grips, heated vest, etc...maybe aux lights...



Anyone with any insightful knowledge?

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You can run a lower cost Blue Sea ATC fuse block, its a bit larger than the better options. You can add a relay to anything for switched power, any auto parts store will have a relay. Personally, I prefer a fuse block that's always on. I'm not finished with my set up yet, but I'm using a Blue Sea box just to spread out the connections.

I just run a SAE cord to a 3 way CIG adapter into my tank bag for charging electronics while riding. I run my GPS off the bike's harness, its a Garmin 60 so the AA batteries power it while the bike is off. I run heated gear with the controller on my belt, so it draws nothing when I get off the bike.

For my needs a simple Blue Sea box is fine. I got mine with extra fuses off Ebay for $30 shipped. I have used an always on Centech in the past on other bikes, but I have the room under the seat, so I went cheap on the DL1000. The little fuse blocks that cost more are much more compact, but if you have the room for the bulky Blue Sea...
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Switched means that it is energized only when the ignition is on. Non switched means that it is always energized.

Be sure the fuse block is either covered, or invent an insulated cover for it. You want a suitable sized fuse for the positive leg of each circuit, and run the negative side back to the battery negative post, or a negative bus, not back to the frame.

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Making sure all you leads go back to the battery is sound advice. Not relying on frame ground will insure proper operation of your accessories.
Some the prices on prepared fuse blocks seem high until you consider the cost of buying the parts and time of assembly.
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So what size fuse in between the battery and the fuse block? I have put Blue Sea fuse blocks on a lot of my cars through the years and always used a 100A breaker in between. What size for a motorcycle?

Also, what size wires from the battery to the block? Again for the car I used 2 awg. Thanks.

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I fitted a A$5 (about US$4) Chinese fuse block from eBay.


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30A is plenty for the fuse to the fuse block. The main fuse on the bike is 30A.

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So what size fuse in between the battery and the fuse block? I have put Blue Sea fuse blocks on a lot of my cars through the years and always used a 100A breaker in between. What size for a motorcycle?

Also, what size wires from the battery to the block? Again for the car I used 2 awg. Thanks.
Look at the rating on the device and NEVER fuse it for higher. As I recall my Blue Seas block is rated for 60 amps total however I only have about 25 amps of maximum load on it so I fused mine for 30 amps.

A 100 amp breaker on a 12 volt system is 1200 watts, or about 9.6 times the amount available on a V-Strom and nearly twice the ampacity of the fuse block. A really, really bad idea.

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30A is plenty for the fuse to the fuse block. The main fuse on the bike is 30A.
Thanks Greywolf, any suggestions on what size wire to run from the battery to the fuse block on a motorcycle?
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