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post #1 of 14 Old 09-16-2018, 02:36 PM Thread Starter
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Garmin Amps mount with power cable connect

I am busy of adding GPS and USB charging points to my KLR. I do not want to connect them straight to the battery so they drain it if left on accidentally. How do I have to connect them so they only work when the ignition is on?
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post #2 of 14 Old 09-17-2018, 04:40 AM
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BROWN wire is SWITCHED + 12 VDC; WHITE wire is constant + 12 VDC.

Tap into BROWN for your stated purpose/application.
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BROWN wire is SWITCHED + 12 VDC; WHITE wire is constant + 12 VDC.

Tap into BROWN for your stated purpose/application.
Thank you very much! Where would be the best place to look for that brown wire under the seat? Sorry for all the questions but electrics are one of my many weak points...
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ANY PLACE you find a BROWN wire is O.K.

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post #5 of 14 Old 09-17-2018, 01:09 PM
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Wow... good to know D... Brown is power!!!
I did not know that!

Gen1 has 2 female connectors at the headlight for a running-type-light in Europe. It is unused in 'Merica. They are located at the headlight cluster and are already set up to receive 2 male bullet connectors (I thiiiiiiiiink 18-22 but might even be smaller). It is also switched O/O with Ignition.
Dunno if Gen.2 has the same...
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Agree with you, KLRCraig; "City Lights' connection would be ideal for the purposes mentioned; if the connections existed.

Generation 2 has no, "City Lights" connection, to the best of my knowledge and belief. OP says his bike's practically brand new; assumed Generation 2.
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Both gen1 and gen2 KLRs have a brown wire going to the fuses under the seat. That wire is only hot when the key is on.

I think you could connect to the headlight fuse wire on the opposite end from the brown wire without overloading the fuse. Or connect to the brown wire and add a fuse to your charging circuit.

The brown wire also comes off the ignition switch and runs up to the engine stop switch on both gen1 and gen2.

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Both gen1 and gen2 KLRs have a brown wire going to the fuses under the seat. That wire is only hot when the key is on.

I think you could connect to the headlight fuse wire on the opposite end from the brown wire without overloading the fuse. Or connect to the brown wire and add a fuse to your charging circuit.

The brown wire also comes off the ignition switch and runs up to the engine stop switch on both gen1 and gen2.
Thats exactly where I connected the power supply to the Garmin: brown wire under the seat.

Thanks again for a ll the info and guidance.
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Agree with you, KLRCraig; "City Lights' connection would be ideal for the purposes mentioned; if the connections existed.

Generation 2 has no, "City Lights" connection, to the best of my knowledge and belief. OP says his bike's practically brand new; assumed Generation 2.
My KLR is a 2007 Gen 1. It is only new ish to me...
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Key on power is ok to use but I found it aggravating. It shut off my GPS every time I stopped. That made me have to enter in my destination again. I ended up using a electronic timer that kept the GPS hot for 30 minutes after "key off". The one I used isn't made anymore but if you search DELAY RELAY, you should be able to find something if that would help you.
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