All posts for the month March, 2012

The easiest to install Fuseblock just got a little easier!

This wiring harness kit comes with everything you’ll need to connect the Fuzeblock FZ-1 to your bike instead of you having to create one from scratch. In the kit you’ll get your 12v+, your ground, and your switched wire in 6′ lengths so you can reach any spot on the bike.

All of the terminals are already crimped onto the wire and the power wire has an in-line fuse to help protect your installation. A Posi-Tap connector is included so you can tap into the switched wire on your bike easily. To clean it all up you also get some protective webbing sheath for the wires.

And, although the wires aren’t Red, White, and Blue, the FZW-1 is made right here in the USA.

Motorcycle Fuse Block Wiring Harness

I’ll admit it. Ripping all the plastic off of the bike was something I wasn’t looking forward to. I had already broken one of the small plastic push-rivets when I tried to hunt down the fuse for the blown Powerlet plug and stopped right there before I did any more damage.

Thankfully, ST-Guru Curt Gran had offered to walk us through the CORRECT procedure prior to our Fuzeblock Tech-Day. We’ll see how well this sunk in when it comes time to re-assemble the bike.

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Now that we were down to the bones of the bike, install of the Fuse block(s) would be much simpler. The plan was to place 2 Fuzeblock FZ-1’s on the bike. One was going to be in the the back tail section and one in front, attached to the inside of the fairing, to the fairing pocket wall.  The whole reason behind this was that, with so much dis-assembly required to get into the bike, placing one in the front and one in the back would minimize the need to rip into it again if accessories are added down the road.

For the back fuseblock power and ground were taken from the battery and we pulled the switched power off of the tail light power wire. For the front we again went to the battery for the power and ground but for our switched source we used a Quartet Harness which is under the left front body panel. Again trying to keep it straightforward and simple which always makes future troubleshooting easier.

Posi-Tap Connector from Posi-Lock

Tip: We ALWAYS use Posi-Lock’s Posi-Tap when tapping into a wiring harness. Posi-taps make a small hole in the wires insulation and then spread the strands apart while making contact. Think of dipping your finger in water. You penetrate the surface and the water conforms around your finger. Then, if you ever remove the tap’s, you just apply a little sealant to the insulation and you’re good to go. Again, less chance of trouble caused by vibration and moisture down the road.

Since both Fuse Blocks are in place and all wires are cut to length, we make sure to wrap all of the wires going from the battery to the blocks in a sleeving. I like to put shrink-wrap tubing on both ends of the sleeving so that they don’t fray or start to slide one way or the other. This helps protect the wiring from heat and vibration which can cause you problems down the road.

Another thing that can cause you problems down the road is poor cable routing. Make sure that you run the wires in a path that won’t be stressed because of lenght, that it’s not running across any sharp edges, and that you don’t have any other hard parts that are going to come into direct contact with it. All of these issues can cause the wires to fray or break.

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Now, with both blocks in place and tested it’s time to proceed with the next Accessory. We’re going to take the stock GIVI and make it more visible by adding LED lighting to it.

We have always heard great reports back from our customers that bought Givi Luggage from us and were hoping the same would happen when we started carrying the Givi Windscreens.

We where happy to hear back from one of our customers after he bought a Givi 330DT screen to give him a little more coverage than his stock GS screen provided. So, when another customer came in to ask about the Givi AF330 for her 09 BMW-GS, we were of course excited to share the feedback with her.

She stopped in for one of our tech days after putting a few miles on with the new screen and once again a positive review of the increased protection she was getting from the Givi. In fact, if I recall correctly she’s excited to get caught in her first rain storm so she can see how the adjustability of the screen helps increase her protection.

While the bike was there I snapped a couple pictures of the screen in it’s low and high position. Using the top edge of the lower screen as a reference, you can see how much added protection you get by moving the screen up.

We always love hearing feedback about products you’ve picked up from us so don’t be shy about sharing your experiences.

For our project ST1300 we’re STarting with a STock ST1300 and documenting the work as we go along.

Without further ado, I present our project subject.

Meet, a 2007 ST1300A whos only mod up until now has been:

  • Givi Top case
  • 1 – Powerlet plug (this was blown on the day of pickup and the fuse was very inaccessible)
  • A set of driving lamps

Let the games begin!

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