gps wiring - Kawasaki KLR 650 Forum
Gadgets & Gizmos Discussion on the latest "toys" to enhance the adventure.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 16 Old 08-11-2009, 03:18 PM Thread Starter
1st Gear
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Yuba City, Ca
Posts: 73
gps wiring

Got a couple of questions for you all. Want to mount a GPS on my bike. I've read some people use the aux wires that are in the fairing to wire the GPS directly.
1. Is this wire already fused?
2. Although I want to hard wire it directly I'd like to add some kind of quick disconnect so I can remove it when parked at work or somewhere. Anybody use SAE connectors? Any other suggestions?
I'd think it needs to be somewhat waterproof. Electrical stuff isn't my specialty so input is appreciated
Darren
DCardoza is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 16 Old 08-11-2009, 03:57 PM
5th Gear
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 4,700
The wires in the fairing are both fused and switched with your ignition. They're perfect for wiring in a GPS..
I wired mine directly since I disconnect it at the GPS. For what you're after, I'd recommend going to a male/female Powerlet style plug. http://www.powerletproducts.com/products

The nice thing about this is you can also make up an adapter from Powerlet to cigarette lighter plug to have a place to charge your phone, or whatever.. I use mine to run my air mattress blower, and charge cell phones, as well as run my electric vest, but my powerlet outlet is wired directly to the battery (fused) with 12 gauge wires..

But the smaller wires in the fairing would run most anything else you're after, short of the body toaster..
Paper is offline  
post #3 of 16 Old 08-11-2009, 06:01 PM
Moderator
 
klr4evr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Fort Sask , Alberta, Canada
Posts: 3,548
Garage
Send a message via Skype™ to klr4evr
Quote:
Originally Posted by DCardoza View Post
Got a couple of questions for you all. Want to mount a GPS on my bike. I've read some people use the aux wires that are in the fairing to wire the GPS directly.
1. Is this wire already fused?
2. Although I want to hard wire it directly I'd like to add some kind of quick disconnect so I can remove it when parked at work or somewhere. Anybody use SAE connectors? Any other suggestions?
I'd think it needs to be somewhat waterproof. Electrical stuff isn't my specialty so input is appreciated
Darren

Theoretically you aren't wiring the GPS directly to the bike's wiring system. You would be best served by wiring in a 12 volt power outlet into which you would plug an adaptor cord specific to your GPS. So as far as removing the GPS goes you just unplug it from the outlet and carry it with you when leaving the bike.

As to wiring the plug itself you could feed it off of the wires you find behind the fairing. Only drawback with this is that these wires are switched to the ignition. My GPS shuts down when it loose auxiliary power. I chose to wire my power plug direct from the battery so that it is on all the time. That way I can look at the GPS with the ignition off.

Also you will probably want to get a Ram Mount for the GPS. Which GPS do you use?

My Kaw Barn - 2004 KLR, 2006 Concours (sold), 1997 Bayou 400.

"It's a friggen motorcycle, it's not supposed to be comfortable, quiet or safe. The wind noise is supposed to hurt your ears, the seat should be hard and riding it should make you shit your pants every now and then. "

<--- Please fill in the 'Location' on your personal profile page. User CP/Edit Your Details

This information makes it much easier for other members to answer/comment on your posts.
klr4evr is offline  
 
post #4 of 16 Old 08-11-2009, 07:46 PM Thread Starter
1st Gear
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Yuba City, Ca
Posts: 73
don't have one yet. I have been looking for a decent one at a resonable price but didn't want to buy one and then have it laying around a month for me to figure out a way to wire it. I already have a 12V outlet that I mounted directly to my battery but I've heard that if you plug them into it that they can vibrate loose and they will shut down when power is lost.
DCardoza is offline  
post #5 of 16 Old 08-11-2009, 08:59 PM
1st Gear
 
rlbender01's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Stafford, VA
Posts: 20
Are there unused connections behind the faring that can be used, or do you have to splice to existing wiring? Any diagrams or photos that can be shared?

2003 KLR650

The destination is not important, just the ride there.
rlbender01 is offline  
post #6 of 16 Old 08-11-2009, 09:41 PM
5th Gear
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 4,700
Quote:
Originally Posted by rlbender01 View Post
Are there unused connections behind the faring that can be used, or do you have to splice to existing wiring? Any diagrams or photos that can be shared?
I don't know about the 08-09 models, but earlier models have extra wires behind the fairing.
Paper is offline  
post #7 of 16 Old 08-11-2009, 10:38 PM
Pretty in Pink, dunno why
 
Tom Schmitz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Redondo Beach
Posts: 7,972
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by Paper View Post
I don't know about the 08-09 models, but earlier models have extra wires behind the fairing.
DCardoza-

08+ models don't have the aux circuit, but it is easy to tap off of the instrument lighting circuits for light duty use such as the GPS, clock, temp gauge, etc. If you go that way it would be best to put a really small fuse (1-2A) in the line.

Paper's recommendation on the Powerlet is good - they will not vibrate out as they have a detent between the plug and socket. It's really worth the trouble to run a 14 or 16 gauge fused line up to the front from the battery to a Powerlet, as then you can easily have a 15A power source.

If you want that power source to be on only when the ignition is on, you can set up a relay that triggers off of the instrument cluster lighting.

Tom
Tom Schmitz is online now  
post #8 of 16 Old 09-08-2009, 01:44 PM
Guest
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 7
Running Powerlet is the way to go. Whitehorse Gear sells a Powerlet to Mini-USB adapter that allows you to disconnect and unplug. The Powerlet socket selected should be the covered type that seals out the elements when the plug is removed.
This is the complete kit from Powerlet (that includes the RAM Mount) that I used for my Garmin Nuvi 660. While not fully weatherproof it will suffice until I can afford a fully waterproof Zumo.
MantaRay67 is offline  
post #9 of 16 Old 09-12-2009, 05:34 PM
1st Gear
 
byker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Toronto Ontario
Posts: 72
You can tap into the rear brake light at its connection on the left side, rear, under the seat. This power source is switched.
byker is offline  
post #10 of 16 Old 10-12-2009, 07:03 PM
Guest
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 7
PowerLet & RAM Mount

Quote:
Originally Posted by MantaRay67 View Post
Running Powerlet is the way to go. Whitehorse Gear sells a Powerlet to Mini-USB adapter that allows you to disconnect and unplug. The Powerlet socket selected should be the covered type that seals out the elements when the plug is removed.
This is the complete kit from Powerlet (that includes the RAM Mount) that I used for my Garmin Nuvi 660. While not fully weatherproof it will suffice until I can afford a fully waterproof Zumo.
Finally got mine installed. Powerlet was amazing and UPS's me the corrrect connecting cable after I ordered the wrong one. Works great except the USB mini plug vibrates out of the GPS. I use one of my daughter's black hair ties to wrap the GPS in the RAM Mount and it holds the plug in quite nicely. Tested it today with 100 mile ride and it works fine.
MantaRay67 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Kawasaki KLR 650 Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
wiring up electronics ? divinsailor Gadgets & Gizmos 21 02-18-2010 11:30 PM
Wiring GPS ucatch33 Gadgets & Gizmos 4 02-25-2009 08:15 PM
08 wiring pinch points Dryfly 2008+ KLR650 Wrenching & Mod Questions 2 12-06-2008 12:50 AM
cigarette lighter wiring arts222 1987 to 2007 Wrenching & Mods 15 09-28-2008 05:31 PM
Wiring diagram for the '08?? Timbo KLR & Other Motorcycle Related Discussion 0 06-25-2007 02:18 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome