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post #1 of 6 Old 12-19-2011, 04:16 PM Thread Starter
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Fan Wire Switch Protection

Has anybody taken any steps to protect their fan wire switch?

I stripped down the KLR and have started a thorough inspection of the electrical system. This wire just bothers me, a pretty fragile connection at the switch and just flopping around next to the cylinder.

Perhaps it's not a concern, but I think somebody on here had theirs melted by the cylinder.

I've got the HT nerf bars bracket there I could use to solidify it a little but am not sure about attaching the wire to it. If the bar got shifted, it could rip the wires loose from the switch.

Anybody taken any kind of action on this wire or am I worrying about nothing?

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Anybody taken any kind of action on this wire or am I worrying about nothing?
The latter, I think, but . . . zip-tie, armor with split-spiral loom, etc., if you must!

Another unsupported wire, albeit somewhat heavier in gauge, is the positive battery connection to the starter relay.
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The latter, I think, but . . . zip-tie, armor with split-spiral loom, etc., if you must!

Another unsupported wire, albeit somewhat heavier in gauge, is the positive battery connection to the starter relay.
Thanks for the heads-up on the wire going to the starter relay, LoneRider.

While I'm on the subject of wiring, I've never used dielectric grease before. What is the proper application in connectors: sparing or slather it on?



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From what I know about dielectric grease is that it prevents the flow of electricity and waterproofs. So do not use it on the inside of connectors. But with the plug connected you can push it in the back to prevent stuff like dirt and water from getting into the connector. if your looking to create a better connection they make specific solutions or oils that clean the metal of the connectors and evaporates away and promotes a good contact.


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A most misunderstood compound; many think of dielectric grease as a CONDUCTOR, when in fact, the stuff has the properties of a NON-CONDUCTOR.

Dielectric grease helps prevent corrosion and contamination of existing metal-to-metal electrical connections, without providing alternate current paths.

So, planalp, don't think copious quantities would likely hurt anything, but--may not be entirely necessary to maintain reliable, low-resistance connections. A continuous, visible film oughta do it, IMHO.

My opinion only, corrections and clarifications welcomed! (Think I once looked up "dielectric," and had my notion corroborated, either correctly or incorrectly.)
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Thanks for the info, guys. I've never used the stuff and couldn't find much on its use.

I don't even know if it's necessary, but figured it wouldn't hurt anything while I had easy access to all my connectors.

I'm thinking maybe just brushing it on lightly as you guys suggested with one of those little paintbrushes used for plastic modeling, crafts, etc. would do the trick. My wife has an endless supply of those.

Seems like it would also be good stuff to protect car battery terminals from corrosion.



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