My birthday is coming up so I have decided to treat myself to some beaver goodness for my 2008 Vee. After spending a week or so planning everything out I am still left with some questions which I am hoping some of you may be able to help with.
I was originally planning on getting the PC8 fuse block but I am now thinking it might be a bit of overkill for me. I may be able to get away with the 3 Circuit Solution (3CS) and save nearly 50% off the price of the PC8, or possibly not even need any kind of switched fuse block. Here are the devices I need to power and how I am thinking of powering them:
a) Oxford heated grips - I am thinking I could just connect these to the stock heated grip connector near the radiator (using the Eastern Beaver connector), but the Eastern Beaver website says "The factory heated grip connector is not the best place to supply power to heated grips
" which i find a little confusing seeing as thats exactly what its there for. Thoughts?
b) Datel Voltmeter - I am thinking I would connect this to the unswitched circuit of the 3CS and put a switch inline (inspired by Ozart's comments in this thread
). Would connecting the voltmeter to the stock heated grip connector be viable or would it be less accurate due to sharing the cabling with heated grips ?
c) Eastern Beaver H4 Headlight relay kit - I was going to hook this up to one of the switched circuits on the 3CS but then the thought occurred to me that it is switched anyway (relays powered by stock headlight wiring unless I am misunderstanding how they work?) so I may as well get the battery terminal version and connect it straight to the battery and save myself a switched terminal. Is my thinking correct?
d) Power Socket(s) - Wired to a switched circuit on the 3CS to power a pump to inflate tyres and possibly a handlebar mounted one for phone charging/GPS (though these are not needed right now).
So really, with this plan I could conceivably not need a 3CS for anything other than the power socket(s) unless I am overlooking something? In fact, if I just use the aligator clamps that come with most electic pumps and clamp it directly to the battery when I need to use it, I wouldnt need the 3CS either.
Heated grips and volt meter connected to stock heated grip connector, H4 headlight kit wired directly to battery and hook the pump up to the battery when needed. Sound about right?
Also, I am assuming the Eastern Beaver fuse blocks do not come with fuses and I would need to purchase these separately?
Do you guys smear your battery terminals with vaseline or is there something superior I should use?