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Hello.....need alittle electrical help.

Hooked up my Sirius radio this morning. The only thing left is + power.
I found a fuse box w/ two fuses that are unused in a box in front of the battery. One is a 10 and the other a 15. The wires go under the box.

How do I get to them ?

Is this a good idea ? Why are there two fuses not being used ?

If it's a possible connection, is it hooked up so the ignition turns it on ?

I looked around and didn't find info on this. Maybe a little guide towards a related link would be good.

Thanks for any info.

Vinny
 

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Hello Equador. I don't know the exact answer about the two fuses. You might be able to find out by downloading a manual and studying the electrical schematic.

You will find some manuals in .pdf format at http://www.calsci.com/motorcycleinfo/VStrom.html. Scroll down to the "general" section. I printed schematics in a tiled form and taped them together for a readable size.

For your purpose, I don't think it matters if you print a schematic for a 650 or a 1000. Most wire colors will be the same.

I am using the connector normally intended for heated grips to power a cigarette lighter outlet. I then plug my GPS and/or XM radio into that outlet. It's not for everyone, but it works well enough for me.

Just remember that the V-strom wiring is isolated from the aluminum frame. You must not use the frame as a ground.

Good luck.
 

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I am using the connector normally intended for heated grips to power a cigarette lighter outlet. I then plug my GPS and/or XM radio into that outlet. It's not for everyone, but it works well enough for me.

I found out about this "heated grips connector" thru you and some posts that I can't find anymore.:confused:
Where is this " connector " . It sounds like the perfect solution for me.

Thanks.
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In google, I typed "grip connector site:stromtrooper.com" and found many posts related to that connector. This one has some photos: http://www.stromtrooper.com/forums/showthread.php?p=324553

Mikefryman is correct though, it's proximity to the engine electrics seems to induce a high-pitched whine that is noticeable when I'm stopped. I had blamed it on a cheap pre-amp that I use. That said, Mike's use of the tail light power is a reasonable choice. I still recommend finding the negative wire from that same area.

It's been written about many times in this forum, but aluminum and steel have different molecular structures. When in contact with each other in the presense of moisture, the aluminum transfers electrons to the steel. If it's allowed to happen, oxidation (corrosion) occurs on the aluminum, sometimes burrowing deep into the metal.

The process is greatly accellerated if an electrical current passes between them. By grounding accessories to the frame, we are making that aluminum-steel junction part of the electrical system and inviting the aluminum to further sacrifice itself in the process. Suzuki engineers knew this and took steps to isolate the frame from the electrical system by providing a wired return (ground) for every component.

Search the web for terms like Dissimilar Metal, Galvanic Corrosion or Corrosion Potential Charts for further information.
 

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Tilt the radiator out, look up under the bike on the left side. It will be there.
I had engine noise from that plug in. I know that the radio does not draw much power. I tapped into the tail light power wire. Ground to the frame. Power only when the key is on.
No problems. :D
Mike

http://easternbeaver.com/Main/Bike_Specific/VStrom/body_vstrom.html#heatedgripadaptor
Ok . Thanks for the info. So I wont go for the heated grip option. For the tail light , I suppose that I'll take out the rear rack to get to it ?

I'm still perplexed about the fuse box in front of the battery that has two empty (10 & 15) fuses. Seems like that should be usefull.:confused:

Getting off work now. I'll go have a look around.

Thanks.
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radio volume

how do you listen to the radio [sirius] ? i tryed plugging in ear buds but not much volume , my radio has no volume knob . does one use a small fm radio with ear buds?
 

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Here's a followup question--is there a earplug/earbud speaker that will effectively eliminate road noise yet still sound good under a helmet? My only previous experience was with helmet speakers years ago. The sound quality was terrible--volume had to be high to drown out road noise. Got rid of them after trying them for an hour.

I use earplugs most always--I wish I had xm on long trips, but only if sound quality is good-to-great.
 

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Here's a followup question--is there a earplug/earbud speaker that will effectively eliminate road noise yet still sound good under a helmet? My only previous experience was with helmet speakers years ago. The sound quality was terrible--volume had to be high to drown out road noise. Got rid of them after trying them for an hour.

I use earplugs most always--I wish I had xm on long trips, but only if sound quality is good-to-great.
As far as a set of earphones that block out road noise, try a set of Sony Fontopia earphones. I have been using the ones with the earloop attachment for several years now (aids in getting your helmet on without yanking the buds from your ears) and absolutely love them. Since these are an In the ear variety, they help in blocking out road and wind noise...not all of it, but more than standard ear buds. Check ebay. Sometimes you can pick up a pair for $20-30!
 

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how do you listen to the radio [sirius] ? i tryed plugging in ear buds but not much volume , my radio has no volume knob . does one use a small fm radio with ear buds?
I use a small ipod with a radio option and make sure the volume on the Sirius is turned up, in the menu section on the radio had a volume control..

I have also find a way to mount the antenna to a top box with no drilling and easy to remove. I went to HD and bought a 2 pack of magnets. I put the magnet under the box and it holds the antenna to the top box's.
 

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a couple things, first off the newer sirius radios work off of 5v not 12 so a direct wire wont work, also I needed to hook up a little amp to make the sound actually listable at a good level.
 

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your amp, how did u do this? I want to know about wireing. I have some helmet speakers how do you connect them to the amp
 
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