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post #1 of 5 Old Jun 20th, 2007, 10:17 pm Thread Starter
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Do I really need that fuse?

I hope some of you that are more savvy with electronics than I can steer me in the right direction. I am going to install a Zumo 550 on my 05 LT. I would like to draw the power off of the Map Light rather than run the power from the battery. If the light is fused do I need the in line fuse that came with the wiring or am I safe shorting the lead and not putting the fuse back in line?

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post #2 of 5 Old Jun 20th, 2007, 11:38 pm
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While the map light is fused. I'ts probably at a much higher rating than the fuse for the GPS. So if the lead got shorted close to the unit or something inside the unit went to short, Chances are it would do much more damage before the map light fuse blew...Could potentially start a fire.. Maybe, A bit... It could happen..

I'd leave the fuse in place. Shouldn't be that much trouble to tie up the excess wire..


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LTO, I didn't want to cut the wire from the factory so I coiled the wire in to a doughnut shape , wrapped it in a plastic wire cover that I got from Radio Shack and tied it to the BMR shelf with nylon cable ties. It looks like what it is, but it I ever decide to in stall it @ an alternative location I have everything original.
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LTO, I didn't want to cut the wire from the factory so I coiled the wire in to a doughnut shape , wrapped it in a plastic wire cover that I got from Radio Shack and tied it to the BMR shelf with nylon cable ties. It looks like what it is, but it I ever decide to in stall it @ an alternative location I have everything original.
Man, I wouldn't sweat it. A good soldering gun and shrink wrap.

You wouldn't believe how many times I've removed a small mountain, yes, a small mountain, of wires from a bike....just to do service. From dealer installs no less. AND, they used Scotchlocks, which have no bidness being on a bike.

Now, if they were gonna use a Scotchlock, you'd think they'd at least cut the wire to size. Nope. Smash and stuff.



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ahhh heck, forget that "tie it to the bmr shelf" stuff...just stuff it into the space behind the maplight. Much cleaner.


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