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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Sep 2nd, 2009, 6:14 pm Thread Starter
 
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Installing J&M CB - need help!

I am a newbie and am installing a handlebar mounted CB. The instructions say not to connect to the battery, of course. It would be convenient to connect to a 4 prong under the left side of the seat. Any idea which wire is power? Blue/white, Blue/black, Red/white, There is also Brown (ground I think?) BTW - what is that 4 prong for in the first place.

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old Sep 3rd, 2009, 7:46 pm Thread Starter
 
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Found out.

Wound up connecting to tail light power....works great
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Forgive me if I am wrong, but I thought that wiring pretty much anything to the tail light on the classic GT was a bad idea? I thought you would eventually get error readings from the ABS?

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Forgive me if I am wrong, but I thought that wiring pretty much anything to the tail light on the classic GT was a bad idea? I thought you would eventually get error readings from the ABS?
From what I've read, the problem has more to do with not drawing enough current through the brake light (replacement led tails) because the ABS does a check for a working bulb and the brake switch is used as part of the activation sensing.

I can't see a problem if he's connected into the parking light/tail unless the newer electrical systems are looking for over current on that circuit and might see the extra load as a short.

Personally I prefer to keep my addons separate by using a fused relay connected to the battery and only connect the relay coil to the parking light/tail. More farkles can get added later without overloading the bike loom or blowing fuses. Adding anything audio into the bike loom risks getting ignition and alternator pickup.



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I don't know if I would try to use a tail lamp wire for a CB radio.

A four watt radio uses what, 3 amps or so when transmitting? Small wires back there for 3 amps.

EVERY two way radio I have ever installed on/in vehicle has ALWAYS been directly wired to the battery.

J&M probably wants a "switched" power source, and I have done these types of installations as well, but I just use a relay on the switched power and the radio power still gets drawn directly from the battery.
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Works perfect so far

I have used the radio for the last week and a half with no problems and no noise. Also no ABS issues. So far....so good.
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