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post #1 of 24 Old 06-13-2010, 08:10 PM Thread Starter
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I am considering a 12V adapter. Anyone have any advice on these? How are they to install?
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Check eBay. There is a guy there that sells dashboards with the plug and switches built in.

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Thanks, I'll check it out.
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I bought one from Walmart that had the cover for $6.00 removed the outlet and mounted in fairing

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Harbor Freight has one for $3.99 next to the trailer lights section.

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I have two on my bike. One is a conventional cigarette lighter up under the fairing, which is used for cell phone charging. The issue with this type is that the vibration tends to make keeping contact a challenge.

The second is a Powerlet adapter that is mounted near the center of the bike, by the rear shock. I'll post up a picture when I get to a computer. The advantage of the Powerlet connector is that it makes a more positive connection.the disadvantage is that it is a specialty connector and is considerably more expensive. Just the ticket for heated clothing and such, though.

In either case, run a good size wire, fused, off the battery up to wherever you want to mount the thing. 14 ga wire is probably adequate for anything the KLR will power.

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Handy place to put a power port. If your bike has the California emmissions, then you will have to remove it to have this space empty, as there is a vacuum switch mounted in this location.

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Tom that looks really good!
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I also have a 2008; My cigar lighter socket is under the left side of the fairing. It's actually bolted to the left side radiator cover. I have no pictures of that installation; may try to get some up in the near future.

That socket is pretty useless for anything but charging my cell phone when the bike is parked. I used to use it for my GPS but had to finally set up a hardwired powersupply, as the plug kept vibrating out of the socket. Could be I have a crap-ass socket. It came from either Orchard Supply or Kragen Auto, if I recall correctly.


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Heh, forgot I have a cheap camera on my phone.

Here's wehre it's located inside the left side of the fairing. What isn't visible in the photo is the rubber cap that goes over it (the one I forget to put on all the time) that keeps most of the water out of it. Actually, it stays pretty dry.



And here you can see the hardware that attacheds it.



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