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post #1 of 8 Old 03-03-2012, 01:21 PM Thread Starter
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Heated Gear, GPS, & Voltmeter ???

I had a couple of finger reattached after a mishap with a snowblower, so it looks like heated gloves are going to be a must from now on. My 08 Wee is bone stock as far as the wiring is concerned. If I am going to add wiring for gloves, I may as well wire it for a heated jacket liner and GPS while I am at it. I thought a voltmeter would also be a good idea. I do not have much experience with electronics, but I am able to read and follow instructions.

My goal:
Gerbing heated liner and G3 gloves plugged into two panel mounted ports on the plastic panel near my left thigh. They would be controlled by a Gerbing Permanent Dual-Temp Controller mounted on a Richland Rick's Auxillary Shelf. This would be powered by switched circuit.

Garmin Zumo 660 powered by an unswitched circuit. I probably wouldn't use a fraction of the gizmos that this unit is capable of, but it seems like the most up-to-date version of a motorcycle specific GPS.

Datel or Koso digital voltmeter mounted on the Rick's Shelf powered by a switched circuit.

The gloves are going to be my #1 priority, but I want everything in place when I decide to purchase the heated liner and GPS. I apologize for so many questions, but I really want to do this right the first time.

Questions:
Will I need a Battery Tender if I am riding with heated gear? These fingers are very sensitive to the cold and I will probably be commuting (5-10 minutes) at least 4 months out of the year with heated gloves. I rarely ride in Dec-Feb.

Will an Eastern Beaver 3CS with one circuit unswitched be enough if I don't need a Battery tender or should I get the PC-8?

Are there any disadvantages to the V Strom version that uses the rear brakelight connector vs tapping into the switched connector under the tank?

How will I know which size of fuse to use for each circuit?

If I purchase the gloves first, they include a Y-Harness. Does this harness run up under my jacket and down the sleeves? Does it stay in the jacket between the jacket and insulated liner or will I have to reinstall it everytime I pull the wires out when I take the jacket off. Would I be better off buying the heated liner and the gloves at the same time to save the hassel of the Y-Harness?

The wires for the Garmin Zumo 660 appear to be connected to the cradle. Is there a socket on the back of the GPS that plugs into the cradle? What should I do with the cables that I am not using? Can I run them back under the seat and zip tie them out of the way until I want to use them some day?

Datel or Koso voltmeter? Judging from the instructions, it looks like the Datel is mounted in a hole cut in the panel and the Koso is mounted with velcro.

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post #2 of 8 Old 03-07-2012, 10:10 PM
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i mounted my datel with velcro. works fine

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I have a similar set up. Get the PC8, you will not regret it. The PC3 will be quite limiting and for a few extra bucks, you can have an 8 which allow you to expand in the future. If you are ordering from eastern beaver, check out the H4 relay.

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Does the H4 relay make more watts available or does it just make the headlights brighter?

The temps hit the mid 60's the other day and I got impatient and ordered the 3CS before you posted the PC-8 recommendation.

I am now considering an unswitched Powerlet socket on the Rick's shelf. Eastern Beaver makes a Powerlet cord for the Zumo cradle, and I believe I could also use the Powerlet socket for a Battery Tender or an air compressor.

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Headlight relays keep the stock headlight wiring from self destructing over time and get about one additional volt to the lights instead of heat to the wiring.

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My goal:
Gerbing heated liner and G3 gloves plugged into two panel mounted ports on the plastic panel near my left thigh. They would be controlled by a Gerbing Permanent Dual-Temp Controller mounted on a Richland Rick's Auxillary Shelf. This would be powered by switched circuit.

The gloves are going to be my #1 priority, but I want everything in place when I decide to purchase the heated liner and GPS. I apologize for so many questions, but I really want to do this right the first time.

Questions:

If I purchase the gloves first, they include a Y-Harness. Does this harness run up under my jacket and down the sleeves? Does it stay in the jacket between the jacket and insulated liner or will I have to reinstall it everytime I pull the wires out when I take the jacket off. Would I be better off buying the heated liner and the gloves at the same time to save the hassel of the Y-Harness?
The Y-harness stays inside your jacket. However, I'd recommend getting a jacket liner at the same time as the gloves. Then the gloves plug directly into the liner sleeves, making the Y-harness redundant.

Also, give the new G5 gloves a look. They have heat in the palms which the G3 gloves do not. I've got the G3's and, while they're okay, I prefer the older classic gloves that Gerbings no longer makes (better insulated but bulkier). If I were to buy another pair, it would be the G5's. I think they're about $20 more.

I run my supply wires out between the seat and gas tank. I've never bothered to install jacks. This way, the plug-in is close to your jacket liner port and remains flexible.

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The Y-harness stays inside your jacket. However, I'd recommend getting a jacket liner at the same time as the gloves. Then the gloves plug directly into the liner sleeves, making the Y-harness redundant.

Also, give the new G5 gloves a look. They have heat in the palms which the G3 gloves do not. I've got the G3's and, while they're okay, I prefer the older classic gloves that Gerbings no longer makes (better insulated but bulkier). If I were to buy another pair, it would be the G5's. I think they're about $20 more.

I run my supply wires out between the seat and gas tank. I've never bothered to install jacks. This way, the plug-in is close to your jacket liner port and remains flexible.

I will probably order a liner when I decide on which gloves to get. I tried on the G3's at the motorcycle show; now I wish I had looked at the liners and G5's when I was there. Running the wire through the notch at the front of the seat looks a lot easier and more convenient than installing permanent jacks. Thanks for the advise!

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I will probably order a liner when I decide on which gloves to get. I tried on the G3's at the motorcycle show; now I wish I had looked at the liners and G5's when I was there. Running the wire through the notch at the front of the seat looks a lot easier and more convenient than installing permanent jacks. Thanks for the advise!
If you really want to go fancy, just buy a Gerbings jacket. The liner zips in. I've got the old Cascade jacket. Their newer stuff looks even better. I've got the XE pants. Here's a link to the XE jacket (pricey, but if you ride a lot in the cold and wet like I do, worth it):
Gerbing's Heated Clothing // Heated eXtreme Element Jacket

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