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post #1 of 6 Old Sep 5th, 2011, 6:18 pm Thread Starter
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Looking for hot wire under seat

Great seeing all of you who were at CCR again. Hope to see next year in Duluth.

In case you're interested, you can add a 24" LED strip to run directly off the rear turn signals. However, you cannot add a 48" strip (like I use on the trunk for a taillight) directly to the taillight circuit (CanBus shuts down). I had to use a small relay and ran a wire to the battery.

Has anyone accessed a wire that is turned on with the ignition under the seat? What would be great is a wire that has a great enough load that it wouldn't mind having an LED strip added to the circuit. If you have, can you please describe how to get to the wire?

I only had Jim Montie's GTL for a few hours in my garage, so I didnt' have time to really investigate the wiring. Plus, not being my own bike, I didn't what to destroy anything--he still needed to head back to Florida.

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Re: Looking for hot wire under seat

I used the red wire on the bike side of the topcase plug. It is a rather large circular plug that is obvious by following the top case wire to it. I have connected my relay trigger wire of a 3 circuit fuse block as well as my P3 lights to it. I have had no problems.

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I use the same red wire to trigger the relay. Anything that uses more power than a relay trigger will upset the Canbus.


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Re: Looking for hot wire under seat

Thanks guys--that's what I was looking for. I did check power in that connector, with the top case removed. I found a hot wire, but when I connected the top case again, that wire was not hot??? I'm not sure which color it was, but I'm pretty sure it wasn't red. I'll try using the red wire and see what happens.

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Re: Looking for hot wire under seat

Why not use something along the lines of a Centech fuse block? You can get them with switched and unswitched outlets. Connects directly to the battery and there's no splicing into the wiring harness.

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Re: Looking for hot wire under seat

Matt,

This is for my trunk light kit--trying to adapt it to the GTL. The idea is to keep costs down so I don't have to raise the price of the kit.Even adding a small relay adds cost.

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