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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old Jul 12th, 2006, 11:10 am Thread Starter
 
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Gerbings wiring installation

I know it's a bit early to be talking about heated gear but if anyone is contemplating using Gerbings heated wear and is reluctant to power it through the cranky canbus/accessory socket, I just installed their harness directly to my battery and I wanted to tell you that although the wire they provide seems short (they were probably more used to an underseat battery) I figured out a perfect and elegant solution. I was so pleased I forgot to take pictures but if you're interested I could shoot some next time I take the plastic off to service my air filter. Just ask.
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old Jul 12th, 2006, 1:20 pm
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I hooked my harness directly to the battery also, but I would be interested in seeing how you did yours.

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gerbings wiring

Well, that's enough interest for me - I'll take some shots and post 'em as soon as I can.
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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old Jul 18th, 2006, 11:42 pm
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My jacket needed 6.8 amps, 1.8 more than the outlet would supply. Over 5 amps and it shuts off. I tried to find out if the computer could be reset to allow more amps but no one knew how to do that. So, I too wired it directly to the battery as my Sirius radio is also. Works great.
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I have the Gerbings jacket liner (77 watts), gloves (22 watts/pair), pants (44 watts), and socks (22 watts/pair), for a total of 165 watts.

The K1200S alternator is 580 watts at 42 amps, and the battery capacity is 14 amp-hours.

Does anybody know what the sustainable power drain is, assuming direct wiring to the battery? Just trying to figure out how much of my Gerbings stuff I can connect. Yes, it's hot now, just looking ahead to the winter
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Gerbing power drain

You can hook it all up and have no issues as long as the bike is running. If you shut the bike off. It could drain the battery over time. But is you shut it off, you are getting off anyway right?

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can you tell or show me how you wired the harness and where you left the plugs?
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post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old Oct 27th, 2006, 10:23 pm
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I used the Gerbing Battery Harness: http://www.gerbing.com/acc/accprod.html#batharness

Just removed the black battery cover on top of the gas tank, unscrewed the battery terminals and put the screws back through the eyelets on the Gerbing harness. I then routed the wires around the left and right sides of the battery. The connector I left sticking out slightly at the top of the black battery cover.

There are better ways to route it, such as below the seat near the current accessory plug location. I might do that in the future, but I did a few test rides and it doesn't interfere with anything in the current location.

I'll try to post some pictures tomorrow.
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thanks for the info

i just ordered the armored jacket & pants/gloves/socks for my k12s too. i appreciate the feedback on the & would love to hear how others wired up the sysem.
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post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old Oct 28th, 2006, 10:42 pm
 
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I went straight to the battery using the Warm & Safe wiring. Routed the wires behind the upper panel and stubbed the connector out next to the lower edge of the upper panel where the torx screw fastens the panel.
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