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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old Oct 22nd, 2010, 9:54 am Thread Starter
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Heated gear ... accessory plugs or direct to battery?

How much juice can the accessory plugs on my GT handle? Should I get one of these?

Or should I run a separate line straight to the battery?

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old Oct 22nd, 2010, 10:25 am
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Run straight to the battery using the fused harness supplied with the heated gear, or else add a fuse box and run through that.

The factory socket is CANbus limited to 5 amps, which isn't enough for a full heated jacket, much less socks, pants, gloves, etc.

Some folks have added another BMW-style socket down next to the factory one, which is wired direct to the battery. This works well too, and there are pre-wired kits available, maintaining that "factory look". Although you'd still need an adapter plug like you pictured if you go this route.

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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old Oct 22nd, 2010, 2:17 pm
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Direct ot Battery

I got about 5 miles on my then new GT in late October here in Chicago when the GPS, XM, radar and all my electric gear went dead. And I was leaving on 3 day trip... When I got home I ordered two Powerlet harnesses and wired the outlets directly to the battery. Now my wife and I are toasty without having to worry about the Canbus.

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