Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Mauldin, SC, USA
Centech AP-1 fuse panel and relay kit installed
I was looking for a way to put my Heat-Troller thermostat on a switched circuit. I also wanted to properly wire in my heated seat (I have an early '99 that is not prewired).
I found some pretty good reports on the Eastern Beaver Company, which offers a "plug and play" relay and wiring kit with the Centech AP-1 fuse panel. I made some time this afternoon to install it.
I've had a good time learning how to install stuff on the LT. I've had a lot of success and learned a lot, but every now and again I have one of those "Doh!" forehead-slapping moments. This was one of those projects.
The biggest challenge was figuring out where to locate the fuse panel. I though it would fit behind the stock fuse boxes, but there was not enough clearance for the rear seat. I ended up locating it next to the frame rail on the right side under the rear seat.
I felt pretty sure of myself after finishing, so I put my gear on to go for a ride before testing the installation. I started the bike and turned the knob on the Heat-Troller but had no power. Take off gear, unpack tools, remove rear seat and get out the circuit tester; no power to the fuse block with the switch on. I checked the Posi-Lock tap (my new favorite gizmo) and found that the little spike on the tap did not pierce the wire. Re-did the tap, and still no go. I could hear the relay clicking when testing the connection so I re-checked all my connections, all OK.
Then I noticed the mini-fuse holder on the relay wiring harness. had I blown the fuse somehow? I opened the cap and found....no fuse! There were two in a ziplock bag but I assumed they were both spares. Stuck one in the holder and now I'm in business.
It's nice to have stuff working like it's supposed to. Bring on the next DIY project!