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Upgrading my 05 DL 1000 to a 2014 DL1000 and am looking for ideas of where to mount my farkle switches.

I have the need for three multi position switches and a USB charger. 2 on/ on/ off switches (One for Aux lights/fog lights) the other for ( GPS/ USB/Volt meter). and 1 on /off/on (for heated grips hi low)

Started out with one of these.

Amazon B07MMDGKMJ

Then changed the switches out.
Amazon B00X5MNWX2
Amazon B074C7LBD5
Found this Box to keep everything waterproof
Amazon B005T7SBHS

5 Possible locations

1. Above the dashboard using the Givi FB 3114 Windshield Mount
2. On the dashboard by relocating or eliminating the adjustable windshield springs. ( what a bad design by Suzuki) PN 94631-31J01-291
3. On the handlebars by mounting a 6.5 inch X 3" plate over the handle bar mount.
4. Center Gas Tank Cover. (In the front) PN 44191-31J00-YKV
5. 2 on each side of the Cowling PN 94430-31J01

What has everyone done to address this issue? Please post up pictures.

Would also like to share this double bus fuse block that has room over the negative bus to mount a couple of relays. Fits nicely under the seat in one neat package.
Amazon B07CLWBSNJ
 

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Well being new to this forum (in the number of posts that have contributed to the forum) you may want to do a little research before trashing it. Google is your friend. There are as many solutions to what you want to do as there are members. You can't really expect people to go out take the time to take pictures and then write up what they done to do the design for you. Ask specific and relevant questions and you will get relevant answers.

And introduce yourself and fill in your info about your ride.
 

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I came up with a little shelf to acommodate those kinds of things, but it hasn't ben real popular because it woudl be obsurred by a tank bag. It would be a realtively easy DIY project if you have a home shop.

Here is what we do for the other models.

https://www.adventuretech.biz/auxiliary-shelves-main-page.html

And here is a pic of the one designed for a 2014+ DL1000.



When I make them the holes are CNC machined for the specific components the rider wants to mount. Here are two powerlets and signal dynamics voltage monitor.
 

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Well being new to this forum (in the number of posts that have contributed to the forum) you may want to do a little research before trashing it. Google is your friend. There are as many solutions to what you want to do as there are members. You can't really expect people to go out take the time to take pictures and then write up what they done to do the design for you. Ask specific and relevant questions and you will get relevant answers.

And introduce yourself and fill in your info about your ride.
I apologize if I came across pushy. I have over 60,000 miles on a Vstrom and spend my time in the seat rather than on the keyboard. I have done extensive research and shared Suzuki part numbers as well as Amazon part numbers in an effort to facilitate a meaningful conversation on this topic. Google Search has failed me in exploring switch mount options on this forum.. A picture is indeed worth a thousand words . Once I get to ten post I will be allowed to even share links that I was unable to post to this thread. Again sorry for wasting your bandwidth.
 

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I came up with a little shelf to acommodate those kinds of things, but it hasn't ben real popular because it woudl be obsurred by a tank bag. It would be a realtively easy DIY project if you have a home shop.

Here is what we do for the other models.



And here is a pic of the one designed for a 2014+ DL1000.



When I make them the holes are CNC machined for the specific components the rider wants to mount. Here are two powerlets and signal dynamics voltage monitor.
Thanks for sharing this. I am seriously considering modifying this design by mounting the base plate over top the Handlebars using longer bolts and stand offs. The Aluminum waterproof box ( BUD Industries CU-476 Aluminum Econobox, 6" Length x 3-1/4" Width x 2" Height,ASIN: B005T7SBHS) would fit there nicely but would not be aesthetically appealing as mounting directly into the bike. Thanks for sharing.
 

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Just wanted to update everyone on my progress toward installing my Auxilary Switch.

Armor 6 Ulefone https://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItemVersion&item=362578603593&view=all&tid=1042694492023
Givi Windshield Mount https://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItemVersion&item=273848655020&view=all&tid=2161614388017
Wireless Charger Mount https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07QZJV672/ref=crt_ewc_img_dp_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A2D9PQUS74EBVP


The wireless charger was wired in parallel with the auxiliary plug via a quick connect. The Givi mount was modified with a piece of 1/4 by 1-inch aluminum flat bar to mount the wireless charger solidly. A 256 gig sim card was added to the Media Center (phone)/ GPS for road Jam. The next phase is to incorporate the Blue tooth Controller for all the different electrical farkles.
1. Fog lights
2. Running lights
3 Heated Grips
 

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TBH if I was you I'd use steel instead of the aluminium. It is a bit heavier but steel will bend and if anything tear slowly whereas cheap aluminum alloy will simply crack and snap.

If you occupy the space over the dash why don't you just make a shelf, move the phone a bit to the right and to its left make a small box/support where you could mount ATV type switches up high - large and easy to use with a glove.
switches like so: https://www.amazon.com/Qiilu-Rocker-Toggle-Circuit-Waterproof/dp/B076JCM479/

I don't know what kind of heated gear controller you use but if it can be fitted to a flat surface you can make it work with a box too. This would also allow you to organize and run together all the cabling.
 

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TBH if I was you I'd use steel instead of the aluminium. It is a bit heavier but steel will bend and if anything tear slowly whereas cheap aluminum alloy will simply crack and snap.

If you occupy the space over the dash why don't you just make a shelf, move the phone a bit to the right and to its left make a small box/support where you could mount ATV type switches up high - large and easy to use with a glove.
switches like so: https://www.amazon.com/Qiilu-Rocker-Toggle-Circuit-Waterproof/dp/B076JCM479/

I don't know what kind of heated gear controller you use but if it can be fitted to a flat surface you can make it work with a box too. This would also allow you to organize and run together all the cabling.
Thanks for the suggestions. I will definitely consider some stainless steel stock if the light Aluminum becomes problematic.
Do you have any suggestions on rocker switch locations that you posted? That is the switch I used on my 2005 DL 1000 Vstrom. It had plenty of room to mount switches.
 

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Do you have any suggestions on rocker switch locations that you posted? That is the switch I used on my 2005 DL 1000 Vstrom. It had plenty of room to mount switches.
Always fun to plan these things. I know that your current plan is to mount your switches in a single location. You might consider having your auxiliary lights switch on the handlebar so that you can flip them on / off with your left thumb. Modern aux lights are pretty bright for oncoming traffic. The switch I use is nestled in between the switch box and mirror stanchion. It has a activation light and is made of aluminum. (Amazon)

As for the dash realestate, there are two flat spots on the lower face of each side. There is not a lot of depth behind them but they are a good spot to mount a "project box". There are a ton of size choices, as you know. I use the black nylon ones for switches, etc. I mount them with the "back side" facing out for easy access, later. Don't know if you have already picked out your heated grips. I chose the Oxford not just because they are good but the control box is just right to velcro to that area on the left side of the dash.

Lastly, for my heated gear, I have mounted the switching into the plastic body panel that runs along the side of the bike below the seat. Again on the left side. I find it to be very natural to reach while I'm riding. And because I run that gear directly from the battery, it is a very short run of wire.

Not the same as your plan but hope it helps.
 

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TI will definitely consider some stainless steel stock if the light Aluminum becomes problematic. Do you have any suggestions on rocker switch locations that you posted?
Not every aluminium will give you problems but there are different alloys and some are more brittle than others. The ones you find at Home Depot are on the more crack prone side from my experience. I had some semi-soft saddlebags guards/supports on a cruiser way way back and have experienced that.

I'd consider @richlandrick/Adventuretech shelf https://www.adventuretech.biz/over-the-dash-shelf.html and ask him or add yourself a little bit of vertical lip on the left hand side to put these in. Could be over or underneath as there seems to be quite a bit space there.
https://www.stromtrooper.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=253275&thumb=1

Alternatively you could match paint and attach using self taping screws an aluminum electrical box on top of the shelf and keep all your cables enclosed if you wish. At this point it's pretty much up to your imagination and amount of work you want to put into it.
 

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Yes, I have often thought that a row of switches and gauges/meters mounted beneath the over the dash shelf would be easy to read, easy to access, but most importantly look really cool.

It would be easy to do with some thin 90 degree alum angle.

Rounder1 wants an OTDS for his gen 1 DL650 and lives nearby. I might work one up for him. Heck, I might make one for myself. I just need to add more stuff that needs switches.

Actually this would be a really good solution for the 2017+ DL650s as well.
 
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