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post #1 of 23 Old 07-17-2008, 09:05 AM Thread Starter
 
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cigarette lighter for car adapter

does anyone know how to rig up a cigarette lighter car adapter to the klr somewhere? i have a gps system, but on ling trips the batteries always run out on me. i hate carrying a stockpile of batteries in my backpack. any help would be appreciated. long live the klr!
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post #2 of 23 Old 07-17-2008, 09:34 AM
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Any auto parts store will have lighter sockets. I think I saw one with a handlebar clamp not too long ago at PepBoys.

There are two open power supply wires under the instruments. They're switched and fused, so just locate them, hook up and mount your socket.

The alternative I chose was to run in independent circuit directly from the battery (so it's constant on) with a little heavier gauge (12 I think) wire. I also wired out an SAE connector direct from the battery to hook up a trickle charger or air pump or ???. This connector is under the left side cover and easily acessible.

There's a number of posts on this if you search.
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post #3 of 23 Old 07-17-2008, 10:17 AM
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For the switched wire, I used the city light leads behind the fairing. These are Brown/White - Black/Yellow leads.

Use bullet or snap connects for 14-16 gauge wire, using the males only to connect to these wires which are loose behind the fairing.

This will switch the relay on and off with the ignition.

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thanks guys for your help, i will be working on this tonight!!!!!!
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post #5 of 23 Old 07-17-2008, 10:52 AM
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One caution - watch polarity as you wire your socket. Could fry your gps.
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post #6 of 23 Old 11-23-2009, 01:05 PM
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Is there a reason I cannot simply wire the positive wire of the power adapter to the positive terminal on the battery and the negative wire to the negative terminal (or to the frame)? I don't have the tools, the experience, or maybe even the patience to try to take everything off around the light to get to these two power supply wires under the instruments.
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post #7 of 23 Old 11-23-2009, 03:26 PM
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Is there a reason I cannot simply wire the positive wire of the power adapter to the positive terminal on the battery and the negative wire to the negative terminal (or to the frame)? I don't have the tools, the experience, or maybe even the patience to try to take everything off around the light to get to these two power supply wires under the instruments.
Yes you can do that. Just make sure you put a fuse on the positive wire.
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post #8 of 23 Old 11-29-2009, 08:54 PM
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And....you can rest assure that anything you plug into your "cigarette lighter" adapter....will eventually vibrate loose if you use that adapter to adapt something while riding.

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post #9 of 23 Old 11-29-2009, 10:34 PM
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Rainier Tom - I appreciate your comment - I am open for suggestions - please remember I don't have the expertise nor any special tools other than straight long screw drivers and cresent wrenches to take everything apart.
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post #10 of 23 Old 12-09-2009, 09:15 PM
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The BMW...AKA...Powerlet adapters are the way to go. They won't vibrate loose.

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