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post #1 of 14 Old Dec 27th, 2005, 10:19 pm Thread Starter
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Any mounting ideas for Autocom/Gerbings leads?

I like things to be as neat and tidy as possible and now that I have my Gerbings wired into the battery, I have my Autocom lead and now the Gerbings wire coming out by the left side lift handle. I have been trying to figure out a place and a way to mount them into the body panels, so I can just plug in the leads coming from from clothes and Autocom.

I can see problems from the rain if they are not protected in some way. Also, I am unsure without being able to take the leads apart, how I would secure them in their mounting holes. I have a few ideas, but I know somebody on this board probably has done this, and has a better way of doing it then I can think of.

Would love to get some ideas and photos if possible.

Thanks in advance, Gene Sweeney
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Yeah, I feel the same way about leads dangling from under the seat. I've hesitated to replace my comm system with one of the better after market units because of it. There was a post a while back about modifying a panel mount Din connector to accept the desired connector body. Don't remember if a factory or after market panel mount was used. Given that I have a tech back ground I would try to use the original BMW connectors and modify or splice the wiring as needed. Not sure where I'd hide the all the input connectors, still pondering that one.
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There was a post a while back about modifying a panel mount Din connector to accept the desired connector body.
Vernon's idea is in the HoW (f.5).
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Vernon's installation was beautiful, however I want to mount below the seat are where the leads are now, so I can take his idea and possibly adapt the location. This may solve the Autocom issue, but still trying to come up with one for the Gerbings.

Still hunting for ideas!

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My Gerbings lead comes out from the front edge of the seat - works perfect for me. When not using, it gets tucked under the seat. Same with the Autocom lead - when the bike is sitting, it lays unnoticed along side the seat. W's leads come up between the seats (which is where she wanted them) - again, when not used, they are tucked away (have to raise the seat to change the rear shock loading anyway

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Gene - each set of my Widder gear has a BMW plug, which I just plug it into the bike's auxiliary power socket. I upgraded the two sockets on the front left side of the top case with heavier gauge wire, as the stock wire is only good for 5A IIRC (60W).
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Gene,

I have what I consider a permanent set-up for my Gerbing equipment. I've used this for about two years (Seattle never really gets that warm). I'll post some pics this evening.
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Vernon's installation was beautiful, however I want to mount below the seat are where the leads are now, so I can take his idea and possibly adapt the location. This may solve the Autocom issue, but still trying to come up with one for the Gerbings.

Still hunting for ideas!

Gene
Here are some pictures of my Gerbing installation. Wouldn't be easy to steal without ruining the heatroller harness. If I want to hide during the summer, I just lift the seat and stick the Heatroller on the inside of the left upper fairing (velcro - 8th wonder of the world). The controller is just under my left thigh for easy access.
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Very nice Joe! I approached mine a little different and should have it finished this weekend once I get the "box" painted. Will post pictures as well after done.

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Cable tie

How about this.. in white or black http://cableorganizer.com/adhesive-cord-clip/

Put where you want it, cheap, easy to get off if you want to install new one in different location.

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http://cableorganizer.com/wire-clips/

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My .02 worth. I have the dual controller in the leather dual controller case clipped to the handle of my chicane tank bag. The power wire runs under the front of the seat and connects to the Gerbings specific power lead which connects to my auxillary fuse block. The business end of the power controller is then shortened with zip ties and I connect these power leads to my pants and jacket liner with the Gerbings coiled cords. In this way I can plug in while standing and mount the bike, the wires are managed because they are coiled and in the spring I can unclip my controller and stow it in a box somewhere. The knobs are conveniently located next to my left thigh and are easily adjusted.
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Well here is step one of my efforts to "clean-up" the Autocom and Gerbing leads hanging from under the seat. Step two will now be the controller for the Gerbing!

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Looking good. Can't wait to see step two. Please post the pics when your done.
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Howdy..

I dont really have any comments about the Gerbings - temps where i live only dip to 20 deg C in winter, so no need...

BUT

I do have an Autocomm fitted. By using an extension cable, my rider outlet runs forward from under the rear seat, and emerges through the rubber boot inside the fuel filler cap, under the flap. When not in use, the cable is completely hidden and protected from the weather by the flap. When in use, I uncoil the cable from around the fuel filler, run it out from under the flap and plug in. Keeps the cables in a forward position, away from legs, and does not interfere with the bars in any way.

You will need to take a round file and make a small semi-circular slot (say 4mm diameter) in the filler flap at the trailing edge, so as not to place undue pressure on the cable. Not noticeable at all, and can be replaced if required when you move on to your next LT.

The pillion cable emerges from behind the rear seat, through the gap between the upper and lower cushions. Can be just tucked away when not in use, again out of the weather. I chose the L/H side for this, but not for any particular reason.

Nett result: easy access, no cables in snaggable (new word) positions, out of the weather, nothing to see when bike parked or Autocomm not in use.

I can put together some pix if this proves of interest.

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