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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Nov 15th, 2006, 9:17 am Thread Starter
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Fuse block for accessories

I have an 06 KR that I would like to add a few accessories to. I am not keen on the 5 position fuse block I have seen here. Touratech I do like the size and that unused cables are not present, but I think the overall design for weather resistance could be improved. I also like that it has 5 power taps.

I think this style fuse block would be better in the long run for durability. Painless
I am looking at either of the top two fuse blocks on that page. One fuse in each is used for the device, so the remaining 3 or 7 are available for use. I am just not sure if 3 available fuses would be enough to run things cleanly. Iím sure that 3 will power everything if I double tab the fuses, but Iíd rather do things individual, clean and neat.

I donít have any accessories yet, but over the winter Iíd like to set things up. This is what I am thinking so far.

Autocom Active + (already shipped, will be here this week)
Audio Player (Ipod or sat radio, only one, not both)
Cell Phone (only needs power for long trips)

Depending on where I get stationed next, heated clothing
I can deal with the cold for one more winter, but if I get stationed in the frozen tundra again in 2008, Iíll purchase heated clothing (Jacket, gloves, etc)

So for the moment, it seems like 3 power taps would be fine, but I am thinking I should just grab the 7 tap and play it safe for future expansion.

Also, the Painless models offer switched and unswitched power. Can you see a need where I would ever want unswitched power?
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Unswitched power can run things like radios, gps, emergency lighting, cell phone outlet etc that 1)have an on/off switch and 2)you may have some use for when the ignition is off in emergencies (ie lost your key, ignition failure)

Even though the kits have the "ABILITY" to run switched power, you still will have to tap into "probably" the ignition circuit to switch it. really the only difference between a fuse box and these "Switched" boxes are the addition of a $2 relay and socket (depending on the brand of relay can be $50).

The touratech has a fuse limit of 15 amps. Probably not a problem. But each circuit is not fuse protected. If one accessory shorts, they all go. (may be a problem if you get heated clothing)
This unit is fully potted which is nice, but there's no cover and it has to mount vertical or downward? which may be difficult finding a good mounting spot because of its size.

The painless stuff I've used before. I like them but they're usually on the expensive side. The set up is less "finished" but with wire loom and electrical tape I'm sure it'll look fine. Smaller size too. Each circuit is fuse protected.

Edit- Don't overlook mounting positions. It's probably the hardest thing in installing these things. Remember to leave space for wiring as well.

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I have the 7-circuit Painless(left illustration on your attachment) on my '04 KRS. Purchased it from Summit Racing(#PRF-70207, $58.00). So far it has been bulletproof. I like the fact that it also comes with a 30Amp. auto-reset circuit breaker. It is a little large (about the size of 2 packs of regular cigarettes stacked up). I have mine mounted on the top of the left side radiator air deflector and exited the wires thru a grommeted hole in the air deflector. If you are familiar with my model, it fits behind the cruise controller and just under the cruise control cable. I haven't used all the fuses, currently running only the tankbag, heated vest, PIAA lights and radar detector.

The Touratech is a lot smaller.

Have you looked at the non-relay controlled Centech AP-1 fuse block?

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Here's a pic of the Painless 7 circuit sitting on top of the left radiator shroud.
I run an Autocom, power the tank bag, Motolights, Scorpio alarm, Escort, mp3, and Garmin 376c.
Not a lick of trouble, .... except getting it all put on.;}

Oh, and lest we forget the Stebel air horn.
I have spare circuits, as the Escort, and mp3 are fed from the tank bag.
I plan on a cigar plug at the front fairing brace when the tank bag isn't on.
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I had not seen that, thanks for the tip. Something like that would work well with an added relay. I like the lugless terminal strip.
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I've got one of these mounted on my K13GT. Nice and compact - fits on top of battery - easily accessible under the cover.


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