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Accessory wiring
« on: March 12, 2005, 01:52:35 AM »
Accessory wiring
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 I have a number of accessories (including a StarCom communications system, CD player, and a GPS), in which I would like to hard-wire the power leads to my 2000 1200S so that that these items only operate with the ignition ON (so as not to drain the battery if I forget to turn them off).

I would appreciate any suggestions on how to best accomplish this, with a minimum of splicing and dicing of the original wiring of the bike.

I had also thought of a dedicated set of wires coming somewhere off the ignition, etc., in which to splice the accessories. Is this feasible? I'm a novice at this kind of thing.
Bob
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lwaynemorris  
(8/3/04 12:44 am)
Aux. Circuit

 Look inside the right side of your fairing. There will be a cluster of 5 wires. Three are the leads attached to the headlight assembly. There should be 2 wires that are not connected to anything other than perhaps a plug. The brown wire (hot) and Black and white(grnd) are a souce for aux. power that is on the ignition circuit and will only be hot when the key is on. I have a 12VDC female plug connected on mine for the GPS. Should be a breeze to hookup. Most bikes have at least one or more aux. circuits for add on accessories.
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RA Bandit
(8/3/04 11:53 am)
Thanks

 Thank you Wayne. Do you or does anyone else know a good source (auto store, Radio Shack?) to find the male connector for this accessory plug?
Bob
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Red01SuziB12S
(8/3/04 7:15 pm)
Re: Thanks

 It is probably a Suzuki unique connector, but there's no reason you can't cut it off and install whatever connector you like to be more compatible with your accessories - or splice a piece of wire to it to route to a more convenient place.
Paul W
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lwaynemorris  
(8/3/04 8:14 pm)
Re: Thanks

 Like Paul said.
 
El Wayne
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Ray Nielsen
(8/3/04 10:35 pm)
Re: Accessory wiring

 The wire sizes for the mentioned connector are fairly small and won't handle a lot of current. Better to use these two wires to turn on a relay that switches current from a larger sized wire from the battery to the devices you want to power.

Radio Shack offers a 30Amp relay for a reasonable price, about $6 or so that will do the job. The coil draws only about 0.1 Amps and the contacts are rated for 30Amps.

A number 14 gauge wire from the battery through an in-line fuse should allow lots of current to the accessories.
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banditbikerider
(8/3/04 10:56 pm)
Aux wiring

 The accessories mentioned (Communicator, CD, GPS) shouldn't draw very much current so the existing wiring should be fine. If you want to use it for higher current items (like heated clothing) then the relay method would be best.
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RA Bandit
(8/3/04 11:24 pm)
Accessories

 Thanks everyone. I really appreciate your responses and advice.
Bob
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Victor five five
(8/24/04 4:38 am)
Re: Accessories

 An update.

i have successfully installed my heated hand grip kit and wondered for some time where to hook it into the power supply.
Wayne you are a marvel - I picked up the two spare wires you mentioned but I have to admit that it took a while to find them. On my B12 K1 this connection is under the tank at the rear end which is a little way from inside the RH side of the fairing, but at least you had me looking. I guess models differ from country to country.

As to the current rating for these wires which Ray talked about, I figured that they must be capable of holding the 12v 3 amp current for the heated hand grips and so far no problems

Thanks team
Marty
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Red01SuziB12S
(8/24/04 5:23 am)
Re: Accessories

 Sounds like you found the power lead for the carb heaters the UK models get.

Does your B12 have a little light bulb between the two headlights? Most markets don't, but I did notice a blank spot in there that could be used for a low watt daytime running light and that's probably what the unused lead is for on bikes that don't have this feature.

Paul W
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Paul
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