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Looking for a technical write up on how to install an accessory plug - like the cigarette lighter type in your car. Would want it for charging my cell phone, GPS and the like.

If anybody can detail how to do this, the brand of plug they used, tips to keep it dry, and photo's of where they mounted it, I'd appreciate it!
 

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I will make a how-to for that :)
i dont know the brand of the plug I used but all the other info is available.
ill write it up asap
 
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Thanks :)
Any photo's of your location would be handy, but no worries otherwise.
 

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This should be interesting... I for sure will be waiting for this one.
 

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ok I just took the pics, but i have lots of explaining in it 'cause i have it already installed :D
I can describe 2 different ways to install it (straight from the battery/from parking lights)
 
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Sure, if you have time, maybe describe both? I'm sure some people would think one way is better than another?

Nobody else on this site has installed a plug?

Thanks again, I'm looking forward to installing my own.
 

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allrigghty, here goes:

WARNING![/color] Make sure that your equipment wont break when they get more than 12v, propably 13-15v on freeway.
(when connecting straight to your battery in this example 1) my gps's charger for example says that it it suitable for current from 12 to 24V, so its safe for me to use this method.

1.st way of doing the mod:
(taking the power from your battery)

what you need:

-soldering iron and all stuff related to that(you are going to solder some wires together ;)
-pliers
-3 metres of "double"wire(make sure its thick enough for your equipment you are going to use)
so about 6 metres in total.
-a fuse box(picture 1 below)
-a fuse into the box(I checked what my gps's current was from the gps car plug thingy, 2A in this case)
remember not to use too big fuse(like 10A or 30A), if something happens your bike will be toasted. and in the worst case your house will be too. again: this applies to too thin wire too.
-THE PLUG! :) you can get it from almost any electronics-related store, mine is from Biltema i think. (picture 2 below)
-some electric? tape to cover your wires and connections.
-something to drink :)
-little patience.

(little more equipment is propably needed, read these instructions fully before proceeding)

-take off your seat
-remove both cables from your battery.
you want to connect all the things like in the pic 3 below
and get the plug somewhere in the front of your bike i assume.
I did it like in pic 4.

hope this helps :) (im just now writing the next way of making connections, connecting your plug to your parking lights.)



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2nd way:

you need all the same accessories as in the first post, but not so much wire.
(and maybe you can leave the fuse,fuse box and the switch out).

connecting your power plug to your parking lights.
(your equipment will have currency something like 11.5-12.5V if your regulator works :)

-take off your seat
-put your seat back on your bike(I felt like not to backspace :/)
-remove the little plastic cover under your front light(near the place), so you can get better
access to your parking light bulb and to work more freely.
-remove the rubber thing that keeps dust out from your parking light(it is right under the front light)
and pull out the parking light bulb.
-ok now you want to know, which one of those 2 wires coming to your parking light, is + and -.
use a digital multimeter to find it out ;)
then take your pliers and (if you want to do like i did do like this: remove gently some of the rubber covering those wires, and then
solder one wire to each parking light wire(2 pieces) DO NOT cut those parking light wires.(its lot easier that way).
when you're done, tape your connections up and place your plug to some nice place.
and of course solder those 2 wires' other ends to your plug. (again, find out which is + and - like in my previous post)

other way to connect your wires to the parking light is that you cut the original wires and use some special connectors and like..
i haven't done it so its kinda difficult to explain here. :)

-now put the rubber thing(also the bulb) and the plastic cover back and you're done!

use the common sense doing all this stuff, everyone can make mistakes :D

hey correct me if i'm wrong in that there only is about 12V in the parking light, ALSO when the bike is running.


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Hey Illusion
You are doing some great work for us. Much appreciated!
I just wonder if you have a macro focus on your camera for future "close-ups".
 

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thanks :D
actually i have macro funcion on it, now when i looked to its instructions i noticed it ;D
next pics will be much more sharper! ;)
 
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Thanks for the write up. I'll give it a more thorough read later when I have time, but it looks like just what I need to install my plug! I'm almost happy in a way to have 3 months off from riding so I can do all the work I kept thinking about during the past season.
 

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I installed a 12-volt adapter somewhat like this one


http://www.globaltrucker.com/products/RoadPro_12_Volt_Clip_On_Battery_Platinum_Series_Cigarette_Lighter_Adapter-3103-3.html

I JB Welded some Velcro under the right front fairing and onto the plug outlet. I can just reach under and pull it out to change plugs between my GPS or cell phone - and then just shove it back into place. It's out of sight, protected from rain, and hasn't detached - even while riding down a very rough dirt/rock road.
The alligator clips go directly to the battery - with the wires routed along side the bike's wiring harness - being careful to watch for areas of potential chaffing. I leave the negative clip always connected and disconnect the positive clip when not in use and clip it to the battery mount bar on the right side of the battery for safe storage. These clips have rubber protectors covering the full length of the clips, so the chances of shorting it are greatly reduced.

It works great. I have yet needed to charge my cell phone, but it has greatly increased the usefulness of my GPS while on long trips. The GPS otherwise would last only a couple of hours.

[pictures if anyone asks]
 

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Whenever I first saw this thread I was wondering if anyone has went to a marine store and got a marine grade outlet. Something that would be partially water proof just in case it did get wet.

Maybe an idea for anyone who is going to do this in the future.
 

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highender said:
I installed a 12-volt adapter somewhat like this one


http://www.globaltrucker.com/products/RoadPro_12_Volt_Clip_On_Battery_Platinum_Series_Cigarette_Lighter_Adapter-3103-3.html

I JB Welded some Velcro under the right front fairing and onto the plug outlet. I can just reach under and pull it out to change plugs between my GPS or cell phone - and then just shove it back into place. It's out of sight, protected from rain, and hasn't detached - even while riding down a very rough dirt/rock road.
The alligator clips go directly to the battery - with the wires routed along side the bike's wiring harness - being careful to watch for areas of potential chaffing. I leave the negative clip always connected and disconnect the positive clip when not in use and clip it to the battery mount bar on the right side of the battery for safe storage. These clips have rubber protectors covering the full length of the clips, so the chances of shorting it are greatly reduced.

It works great. I have yet needed to charge my cell phone, but it has greatly increased the usefulness of my GPS while on long trips. The GPS otherwise would last only a couple of hours.

[pictures if anyone asks]
id love some pics :)
 

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I am seriously about to do one on my KLR this weekend.

IDK if all would apply to the EX500, but I can video it and post if everyone would like.
 

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water proof wont make a difference, its open. Your chassis is like the black wire here, do you care if that gets wet?
 
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water proof wont make a difference, its open. Your chassis is like the black wire here, do you care if that gets wet?
It makes a big difference if enough water (and it doesn't take a lot) to create a short between the hot and neutral within the receptacle . . . where they are bare and near each other. Yes, the frame of a neutrally grounded vehicle is like the black wire. It makes no difference if the neutral, or the frame of the bike gets wet . . . it's not going to short to itself. That's why I leave the neutral alligator clip connected when I am done riding for the day.
 
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