Monday, July 15 2013 [449 miles]
It’s time to figure out how and where I’m going to add my electrical add-ons. Part of that job is learning how to remove the plastic. It will be a journey. A slow one. Good thing I am not in a hurry. The bike doesn’t need to be back on the road until the weekend.
I pulled the battery tray part way out and looked for the fuses just so I’d know where to find them. The Rider’s Manual says, with respect to the battery, that there is a cap over the positive jump start lug. Not on my bike. I’ll ask about it at the 600 mile service
Time to get too it. The top bit of plastic comes off first. Five screws and then a friction fit around the gas cap assembly. I can already see that it’s going to be a lot more work to strip the plastic on this bike than the ‘05. The lower trip can be removed before or after the radiator shrouds. I did it each way on different sides of the bike.
Note the slot and key at the bottom of the upper side plastic. After removing the two screws at the rear the lower trim piece the piece must be pulled toward the rear then out to remove.
The radiator shroud is held on by 4 screws and a plastic clip thingy. Pushing the center of the clip (a removable piece) causes it to fly. I found the piece. Not sure how I’m going to re-attach as it looks like it needs to be inserted from the rear and the telelever arm is in the way. I’ll have to figure that out, later.
The upper side panels come off after removing a bunch of screws. All are visable. Once those panels are off you can see the hidden screws that hold the beak. I took it off, too. Finally I took off the black triangular side cover just to see what is underneath. It looks like a relay, perhaps the load shed (or starter?) relay.
I’m going to take power for the relay trigger from the low beam as I did on my ‘05. That way switched accessories won’t come on until after the bike starts. At first I was goint to tap into the power at the connector that feeds the entire headlamp assembly. However, I didn’t see an easy way to do that and keep the protective rubber cap for the connectore unless I started unwrapping the harness. I didn’t want to do that either. I did verify that the yellow wire in that connector feeds the low beam.
Oh look, headlight surgery. I removed the assembly and tapped the low beem feed directly. I drilled a small hole in the cap and fed the trigger wire outside then sealed the wire/hole with some black automotive RTV.
As long as I was in that area I installed the power converter for my GPS in an out of the way location. The feed to the GPS is coiled up and cable tied to the wiring to the left grip for now. The power will wind it’s way back to the rear of the bike with the relay trigger wire and the wiring for the fog lights.
The question is where am I going to route those wires. I pulled the radiator overflow reservoir and think I see enough room to snake the needed wires without getting in the way of anything and without having to remove the fuel tank. More tomorrow.
Tuesday, July 16 2013 [449 miles]
Today was a busy day… alas the chores had little to do with the GS. I did start to install the P3 lights. See this page.