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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-23-2015, 07:04 AM Thread Starter
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I need a 12v switched line in the fairing to connect my GPS. Just thought I would ask here for a wire color/connection to save a little time. Thanks in advance for the help.
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Not sure of the wiring or accessory circuit on your bike.. But, for a dedicated GPS power source you could use a relay, which is basically a switch that turns power to the circuit on or off, when you turn your bike on and off.. The relay itself is cheap - about 3-5 bucks.



Connection 30 - Run power to your relay directly from the battery.

Connection 86 - Tap into a wire on your bike which runs hot only when the bike's key is turned to the on position (like a headlight wire)

Connection 85 - To any ground source on your bike

Connection 87 - This is your positive lead which feeds to your accessory fuse-block, or directly to your GPS

You don't need to wire the switch inline on Connection 86 unless you want the ability to turn power off to your GPS when your bike is running.

If you get a cheap multi-tester you can soon find a wire which runs hot only when your bike is turned on for Connection 86. Relays don't use any real amount of current to operate their switch, so, wouldn't overload any existing circuit by tapping into it for Connection 86 (that I am aware of at least). But my favorite wire to tap into, to trigger a relay's switch, is the headlight circuit, as there is usually no guessing to the current headroom or interference for doing so.

All this may be moot, as you may already have an accessory circuit that you can wire directly to, I would check your owner's or service manual.

If you feel you will want to add more accessories later on - you can buy and mount an additional fuse-block and run it off your accessory circuit or relayed power source.

The good thing about using an accessory circuit, or relayed power fed directly from the battery, is that you don't overload any other circuit on your bike.. Which would be bad.. Sometimes real bad.

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I need a 12v switched line in the fairing to connect my GPS. Just thought I would ask here for a wire color/connection to save a little time. Thanks in advance for the help.
There's usually an extra connector in the fairing for a fog/driving light connection. Also, sometimes there's an extra connector for the headlights; that is, my '12 XCT has a stock HID for the low beam, but there's an unused connector for a halogen headlight.

What year and model do you own (and you might want to include this info in your signature or avatar area)?

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Check out this thread:

https://www.victoryforums.com/showthread.php?t=88473

There is a very convenient plug that is unused (waiting for GPS hookup) where you can get power & ground. You can get the right connector and make your own plug or just use some pin wires (like from an electronics breadboard) to cobble things together.

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I need a 12v switched line in the fairing to connect my GPS. Just thought I would ask here for a wire color/connection to save a little time. Thanks in advance for the help.
I'm also looking for kind of the same thing but for heated grips that would probably draw more current than a GPS?

My thanks in advance!
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Thanks for the replies. I will look for the plug when I take the fairing off. I was just basically looking for a color of a switched 12v line that I could splice into but using the plug would be better. My bike is a 2011 XC, mostly stock. I have added some chrome and XM radio (aftermarket). I do have the Stage 1 upgrade and probably won't do anything else engine wise as I think the bike has plenty of power as is. If I ever find out the bolt/thread size of the holes on the forged bars where most people put footpegs I want to add driving lights. I am planning 3 long (mileage wise) trips this year. I FINALLY got rid of the head buffeting with the Madstad brackets and am enjoying the bike even more. Again, thanks for the replies. Haven't torn this bike apart like I have previous bikes and don't have a service manual so lacking knowledge about this bike. I guess old age is catching up----no interest in tearing it apart like when younger.
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With that plug there is no need to splice into things, even if you don't want to buy the mate plug to make your own connector. Just get some wires like these electronics breadboard connectors (check Amazon - super cheap) and wire things up directly. The pins fit into the existing connector perfectly.



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I finally had time this morning to install my TomTom gps. With the helpful info I got here it was a snap. I found the connector that was mentioned except on the 2011 (or at least mine) there were only 2 wires in the connector-- positive (white) and ground (black). I tinned the wires on the gps harness and pushed them in the connector. They fit real snug. I was going to use shrink but didn't have any big enough to go over the connector so I taped them. I tie-wrapped the harness and connected it to the gps mount. Turned the key on and gps came on.turned it off and gps went off. And the best part of this install is I was able to make the connection through the headlight hole. So this afternoon I'll take a little ride and check it all out. Thanks again for all the replies here. Ride safe !!
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