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Fuse panels & connections question

I recently brought home a new '04 K12RS and am working on adding all of my accessories. I was working through different ways of making the connections and noticed that there appears to be an empty fuse panel connection area between the 2 existing fuse panels. Does anyone know if the 2 terminals can be used to make connections for accessories?
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Originally Posted by Razel
Actually, it depends. The way they figure out the fuse size is based on two things...wire size for that particular circuit (don't want to melt the wire, and they are prone to using smaller wire size when they can get away with it) and over-all load. By the second one I mean that they'll drop the amperage of one fuse if they add another circuit, so that they don't overload the main wire coming into the fuse block (again, they like to use the smallest wire size they can). So, by using a 33% larger fuse, you might cause the wire feeding the accessory plug to get warm(er), or if you have all the other circuits engaged, you might be pushing the limits on the wire feeding the fuseblock.

I think your best option is to connect the Gerbing wiring setup you got for connecting to the battery, and leave the accessory plug for charging your cell phone.
I believe that a more common approach for powering accesories is to take power directly from the battery and lead it to a new fuseblock, of which several are available. If you want that power switched with the key then that can be done with a gadget from Touratech. I've dug up URLs for a few electrical devices and can supply them if you like.

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Congrats on your new addition.

If your like most of us, in time, you will have numerous gadgets added to the bike.
I wanted a clean install from the start and purchased this unit and placed it under my seat attached to the wheel well with the four self taping screws which are included.


Clean & simple for most everything you will end up adding to the bike.

Just my 2 cents worth.

As you can see in the pix, I also added a 50 amp relay.
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Hey ten/10/X/etc,

If memory serves me (no Iron Chef pun intended), that is possibly for one (or many) of the following:
-heated seat
-windshield motor
-cruise control

I would go with flyboys suggestion for the fuse block. That one is a bit pricy, but it looks nice and clean. Mine was a home made fuseblock from Radio Shack, but it's not as "clean" looking.

Good luck!

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Please supply the list of parts required to make a separate fuse block (probably the Centech) powered with the key.
I have an Autocom that is already wired to the bike. I have added a Roady 2 XM Radio Receiver wired to the bike. Now, I want to add my Garmin 2610 GPS and clean everything up. The fuse block looks like the way to go but it needs to be powered with the key. Also, it would be helpful if a separate switch could be used with the GPS power lead so it is not powered when the GPS unit is not in place. I have heard of electrical shorting when the Garmin connector makes inadvertent contact with metal.

I appreciate the help!

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David, all I can supply are links to the sites for several gadgets I've come across while thinking about how to configure my own electronics.

Fuse blocks can be had from Bluesea http://www.bluesea.com/product.asp?P...63&l1=7463&l2=

and Centec http://www.centechwire.com/catalog/panels/ap1.shtml

These devices from Touratech switch your power: http://www.touratech-usa.com/shop/bm...76F2B2EFD7440E

The Touratech bits work with the CanBus system but I haven't had much luck in learning about it. Does anyone know if the CanBus system is described in the electrical books I've seen at my dealer? When did BMW go to it?

I'm also looking at this amplifier: http://www.tesseractcorp.com/

If anyone knows anything about the Tesseract I'l love to hear it.

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Blue Sea fuse blocks

You can also do the BlueSea fuse block. Have used them on my LT (avctually had two units with six fuse holders each). http://www.bluesea.com/dept.asp?d_id=6996 or one of their retailers www.westmarine.com
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