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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-28-2012, 09:57 AM Thread Starter
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Can't seem to find a threat on this topic. I have a 2012 XCT and want to ram mount my GPS to the left handle bar and connect to a switched power source. Does the XCT have accessory leads in place? (My RSV had an accessory lead under the seat.) Do I look under the seat? Fuel tank? Or should I pull the front of the fairing? I was thinking of going with the faring, but after reading the instructions thought that might be a bigger job than the seat and fuel tank. Just don't want to take things apart and discover no solution for my wiring. What do you all suggest as the easiest solution?
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I'm not sure if the three power outlets on the XCT are switched or not. I'm pretty sure they are not, but perhaps there is someone who may know for sure or if there is a switched power source available. Ride safe and often.

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No they are not switched. I know this won't help, but I did connect my garmin to the wiring that powers the power outlet on the left side of the fairing.

I found from my last bike switching my gps was more of a pain than it was worth. but that's just my opinion.

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Just curious why you want the power to the GPS switched? If you are leaving the GPS on the bike overnight or even a couple days it does not draw enough power to deplete your battery. If you are worried about the power cord when the GPS is not mounted, you could make a pretty simple boot for it to protect it from the elements.

Not flaming here, just curious why it is important to have a switched outlet.

I have a ram mount attached to the plastic filler piece under our windshield. When I mount the GPS it is dead center just above the instrument panel. For now (local 1 day rides) I am relying on my GPS battery. I have a spare power cable on order from Garmin and plan on tapping off the back side of the fairing power outlet and running it up and out thru that plastic filler piece.

Pulling the fairing outer is pretty straight forward, pull the headlight and then there are 6 or 8 screws to remove and off she comes exposing everything inside.

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I agree with LazyDawg, unswitched is the way to go. That way if you need to pull over and look at some options on a route, etc, you can do so with the engine switch off. But you can just pull the headlight out and find a power source in the faring to power a GPS - no problem.

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As to why I want it switched, that is just how I've done it in the past. All the other accessories on the bike and in my cars shut off with the switch, so I hadn't even thought of not switching. When I do pull over and shut the bike off, the GPS asks if I want to continue on battery power. So I don't see that as an issue.
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Outer front fairing is really easy to pull. I found an unused two wire switched connector inside fairing on my '12 XCT; which I simply pushed my bare zumo wires into and wrapped with electrical tape. Has worked fine 11,800 miles and 8 months.



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I have never had my GPS tied to a switched line. My main reason is that, when stopping for gas or a short break and you are on a route, you have to wait until the GPS reboots to get it back up and running.

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Outer front fairing is really easy to pull. I found an unused two wire switched connector inside fairing on my '12 XCT; which I simply pushed my bare zumo wires into and wrapped with electrical tape. Has worked fine 11,800 miles and 8 months.



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Any chance I will find the connector by just pulling the head light?
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Should not be a problem at all by just pulling the headlight.

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