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Routing wires from underseat to handlebars?


Deek

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I installed a BlueSea fuse panel yesterday as I plan to add a Stebel and I want to run my XM radio off the fuse panel instead of using a power-outlet.

 

Wow; I looked up under the tank area to figure out where to route the wiring and can't see ANY place the wires will go. Rats. I really don't want to take off the fairing pieces unless it's absolutely necessary, which I doubt it is. So, any suggestion how to route the wires? Or if fairing pieces need come off what's the easiest solution involving the least number of pieces?

 

My temporary solution is to run XM power wiring up along side the tank bag rack forward then "jump" the 6-8 inches to the XM radio. Most of the wiring is covered by the rack and the tank bag. However, the wiring is more exposed than I like, so I want to get it tucked inside soon.

 

Thanks for your help!

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I first ran my wires under the tank for my orginal gps by just fishing them thru and thought myself pretty slick, by saving time and effort.

 

When I upgraded to my Zumo I wanted to route the wires along the backbone of the frame so I removed my tank.

 

Luckily i did as the original harness was almost chaffed thru to the point of shorting in some places, even though i was real careful fishing thru the harness.

 

Winter is upon us, I would recommned you take the time and just pop the plastic and tank off and route everything nice and tight and clean.

 

It will pay off in the long run.

 

Good luck on your project.

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The right side panel comes off with 4 screws making it easy to fish your wire(s) behind the right inner panel up to the instrument facia and then across to the bars following the stock loom. There is enough room to fish thru a plastic wire protector with the power lead(s) inside tie wrapping it to the frame rail.

Bill

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Learn to take the panels off. It’s not as daunting as it seems. Plus you will learn a bit more about your bike in the process. Plus it never hurts to do a little ‘look-see’ every once in awhile. You never know what problems you might head off by spotting something that just doesn’t look quite right.

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As others have mentioned, pull the tupperware to get a better look. It's quite easy to do.

 

Take a look along the frame to route your wires. With patience you can fish them under the tank. Try to keep them on the frame with the existing harness especially where they come up through the handlebars. Secure to the fork-bridge area and be certain there is enough slack for full steering movement without binding.

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Deek, it's really not hard to take the plastic off, and afterwards you'll have some extra torx screws in case of emergency...well, I always do, anyway.

 

I suggest going to an auto parts store and buying some plastic wire loom. Run your wiring through it, up under the tupperware, to prevent chafing of the insulation. Radio Shack will have it, too. Zip ties hold the loom in place.

 

EDIT: urk, I just noticed I'm repeating Hiway41's advice.

 

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I installed a BlueSea fuse panel yesterday as I plan to add a Stebel and I want to run my XM radio off the fuse panel instead of using a power-outlet.

 

Wow; I looked up under the tank area to figure out where to route the wiring and can't see ANY place the wires will go. Rats. I really don't want to take off the fairing pieces unless it's absolutely necessary, which I doubt it is. So, any suggestion how to route the wires? Or if fairing pieces need come off what's the easiest solution involving the least number of pieces?

 

My temporary solution is to run XM power wiring up along side the tank bag rack forward then "jump" the 6-8 inches to the XM radio. Most of the wiring is covered by the rack and the tank bag. However, the wiring is more exposed than I like, so I want to get it tucked inside soon.

 

Thanks for your help!

 

 

Deek, I have wired my personal R1200RT & (2) others for battery power to the handlebars for GPS non interrupted power function & on all 3 have had no problem fishing the wires along the L/H side of the tank using a stiff piece of mechanics wire..

 

I didn’t remove any Tupperware & just bent an end of the mechanics wire over on itself to form a nice smooth rounded end,, then pushed it through from the rear to the front about battery top high.. It usually takes a couple of tries but on all so far has gone through nice & easy..

 

I do case the power wires being pulled through in ¼” ID convoluted conduit (I use red convoluted tubing for any battery power circuit).. Seems to make a nice neat routing with no hang-ups or problems.. As the wire/conduit emerges from the front of the tank area start securing it using tie straps..

I do case the wire in black expandable casing as it starts to show & where it goes up along the L/H handlebar wire harness as that makes it look production & doesn’t look out of place like the convoluted tubing would..

 

 

Twisty

 

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............Winter is upon us, I would recommned you take the time and just pop the plastic and tank off and route everything nice and tight and clean.

 

It will pay off in the long run.

 

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I know, I know. But I am so very lazy and would rather ride that pop the TupperWare. :(

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The right side panel comes off with 4 screws making it easy to fish your wire(s) behind the right inner panel up to the instrument facia and then across to the bars following the stock loom. There is enough room to fish thru a plastic wire protector with the power lead(s) inside tie wrapping it to the frame rail.

Bill

 

That doesn't sound too bad. I'll take a closer look for those 4 screws you mention.

 

I always use those split corrugated plastic protectors; neatest thing since sliced bread and hopefully prevents wire chaffing.

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EDIT: urk, I just noticed I'm repeating Hiway41's advice.

 

Not to worry....sometimes I have to be told the same thing 3 or 4 times before it sinks in! :dopeslap:

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