Join Date: May 2008
Location: El Paso, Texas, USA
Locating rear brake connector
I have a 2005 Wee which I've had for four months and just finished installing a three circuit power block from Eastern Beaver. I got the complete 3 circuit V-Strom kit so it would be plug and play with no wire cutting.
I had a hell of a time finding the rear brake connector on my bike. I looked and looked. I took my laptop out to the garage and compared photos from the forum to my bike. I read and re-read the postings on this forum. I could not find the connector where others have found it. Many people said it was under the coolant expansion tank so I removed the left side (from the rider's point of view) L shaped black plastic piece and found the coolant tank but no connector. Finally it looked like I would have to remove or at least lift the fuel tank to find the connector. I didn't really want to do that because the tank is almost full. I removed the right side L shaped black plastic piece opposite the coolant expansion tank. I shined a flashlight under and behind the fuel tank and there, tightly under and against the rear tank brace, was the rear brake connector. The gap I was looking through was the only way it could be seen without lifting or removing the fuel tank. Then it was just a matter of slipping my hand in, disconnecting the connector, and plugging in the Eastern Beaver connector. A piece of cake.
From my research on this site, it appears that the brake connector can be in various places depending on the type of V-Strom: Wee or Vee, ABS or not, and model year. The general area, between the battery box and the engine, is the same, but the specific location varies. As I stated, my bike is a 2005 Wee without ABS. The easiest way to get to the rear brake connector on my bike is to remove the right, L shaped, black plastic piece and reach through the gap to under the rear fuel tank brace.
I cannot speak highly enough about Jim from Eastern Beaver. His products are first rate and he has been very helpful in showing me which of his products I need to install my Stebel horn, BackOff XP brake light adapter, and sockets. He has been quick to answer my questions. I'll definitely be doing business with him again.
2005 V-Strom DL650