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Old 11-26-2012, 09:57 PM   #1
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So, I have a 2012 XC with a Vic heated seat, Vic grip heaters, a Kury LED license plate light and a RF Amp with speaker upgrade (5.25 Polks). Additionally I have a trunk that goes on sometimes with it's own speakers pulling from the amp.

I'd like to add HID lights (right away) and possibly even running lights down the road (next year).

My question is how many electrical accessories will my system handle? Am I close to overloading it?

I don't know how to figure this out and have searched as best I can but can't come up with a thread that addresses it. A friend of mine said that the XC has a "bad ass" alternator and that I shouldn't worry about it.

What do you think?

Thanks!!!
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According to Total Motorcycle Cross Country review the charging system puts out 48 amps which is around 576-624 watts. Pretty respectable for a motorcycle charging system. The same site states the Harley Ultra Classic puts out just slightly more at 50 amps (585W @ 13V, 2000 RPM, 650W max power @13V)

My guess (and yes it is a guess) is that you don't have anything to worry about. However, you could get a battery meter so you can monitor your charging system.



If the battery meter shows 12 volts then you are about at the max draw on your system. If it shows more then you have additional power available. If it shows less then you are starting to draw more power than you charging system can handle and the battery is being drained.
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Old 11-27-2012, 12:56 PM   #3
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According to Total Motorcycle Cross Country review the charging system puts out 48 amps which is around 576-624 watts. Pretty respectable for a motorcycle charging system. The same site states the Harley Ultra Classic puts out just slightly more at 50 amps (585W @ 13V, 2000 RPM, 650W max power @13V)

My guess (and yes it is a guess) is that you don't have anything to worry about. However, you could get a battery meter so you can monitor your charging system.



If the battery meter shows 12 volts then you are about at the max draw on your system. If it shows more then you have additional power available. If it shows less then you are starting to draw more power than you charging system can handle and the battery is being drained.
Thanks a lot for the help! Is my stock ammeter different than the battery meter you showed me here? The one I have seems to always be at about 14 and I haven't noticed that it goes lower when I turn on my heaters and such so I'm probably fine...

Again, thanks!
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...I'd like to add HID lights (right away) and possibly even running lights down the road (next year)....
The HIDs use less current than the stock halogens, so you won't be using more but rather you will be saving some energy there.
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The HIDs use less current than the stock halogens, so you won't be using more but rather you will be saving some energy there.
Very cool! Thanks!
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