61 BMW 1983 R100RT Install Electrical Accessories & Farkles

The word “farkles” refers to add-ons and upgrades. I’m adding the following to the electrical system.

  • Eastern Beaver PC-8 Auxiliary Fuse Box And Circuits. I installed the Eastern Beaver PC-8 Auxiliary Fuse Box. This provides eight independent circuits, six fused and two non-fused direct to the battery. This eliminates a nest of wires, fuses and relays when I add the various electrical accessories. All the fuses are in one box and one relay switches power on to the six fused circuits.
  • Heated Grips With 1988+ Wiring. I have the pre-1988 heated grips. The switch for them is no longer available so I will install the later (1988+) two position switch and new wiring between the switch and the heated grip pigtails. The wiring sub-harness contains a resistor inside that provides LOW/HIGH heating in the grips.
    61 31 1 459 234  SWITCH, HEATED HANDLEBAR GRIPS L=700MM
    61 12 1 459 263  WIRING HEATED HANDLES (Sub-harness)

    The switch is smaller than the rectangular holes in the dashboard so I fabricated an adapter to hold the switch out of the plug used to fill the empty hole (part# 32 71 1 236 886).

    Dashboard Rectangular Blank Hole Plug

    Dashboard Rectangular Blank Hole Plug

  • Auxiliary LED Lights. To increase my visibility I add two spot bean 900 lumen LED auxiliary lights from Super Bright LEDs. I got the 10 degree beam for the left and the 30 degree beam for the right so at night it will help illuminate the side of the road. I mount them to the rear view mirror brackets and wire them into the headlight power so they are on with the low and high beam.
  • Garmin GPS Handlebar Mount With Power. I have a Garmin zūmo® 396 LMT-S GPS. I ordered a cradle, handlebar mount and electrical harness to power it from Garmin. I will use one of the two non-switch circuits to power the GPS so the it stays on when the engine is off. I like that option so I can select and change routes with the engine off.
  • SAE & USB Power Sockets. I add an SAE plug and a dual USB port so I can charge my cell phone, or power any other accessory. I put the SAE on the other non-switched, direct to battery circuit and the USB on a switched circuit of the Eastern Beaver PC-8 auxiliary fuse box.

Parts

These are the parts I bought. I included links to many of them.

Install Eastern Beaver PC-8 Auxiliary Fuse Box

Eastern Beaver provides several auxiliary wiring options to add circuits. I opted to “Go Big Or Go Home” and got the eight circuit option as I doubt I’ll ever outgrow that. The PC-8 includes a wiring harness with two main fuses (Green 30 amp and Yellow 20 amp), one for the six switched and one for the two non-switched circuits and a relay that turns on power to the six powered circuits when the ignition is on.

Eastern Beaver Wiring Harness

Eastern Beaver Wiring Harness

The fuse box has eight fused circuits. Power from the wiring harness comes in on the short side of the box and the auxiliary power and ground wires attach on either of the long sides of the box. I also got the extra strong Velcro to attach box, but it also comes with screws.

Eastern Beaver PC-8 Auxiliary Fuse Box Components

Eastern Beaver PC-8 Auxiliary Fuse Box Components

Before ordering the PC-8 I had to decide where to put the fuse box. I decided to mount it with Velcro on the left side of the headlight on the top center panel. That way all the fuses, except the ones for the fuse box harness are accessed by removing the headlight cover in the front of the faring and the auxiliary fuse box is pretty protected from water. This requires the 48 inch long harness. I also opted for the same length (+) and (-) battery terminals because I route the fuse box harness along the left side of the spine tube which means the cable is close to the center line between the battery terminals.

Special Velcro For Securing Auxiliary Fuse Box

Special Velcro For Securing Auxiliary Fuse Box

Auxiliary Fuse Box Mounted on Top Center Panel

Auxiliary Fuse Box Mounted on Top Center Panel

Install Main Harness

I mount the relay using the existing relay bracket on the left rear bolt that secures the dual port coils to the bracket.

Auxiliary Fuse Box Switch Power Relay Mounted On Coil Bracket Bolt

Auxiliary Fuse Box Switch Power Relay Mounted On Coil Bracket Bolt

This puts the main fuses in between the air intake cover and the battery. The main fuse holders have a slot to store a spare fuse which comes with the PC-8. I use the 30 amp for the six switched circuits (white fuse holder) and the 20 amp for the two non-switched circuits (black fuse holder). The fuse holder has a cover to protect the fuses and keep water away from them. The two fuse holders fit between the battery and the air cleaner cover.

Auxiliary Fuse Box Main Fuses-One For Switched, One For Non-Switched

Auxiliary Fuse Box Main Fuses-One For Switched, One For Non-Switched

Auxiliary Fuse Box Main Fuse Holders Fuses & Spare Fuses

Auxiliary Fuse Box Main Fuse Holders Fuses & Spare Fuses-White is Switched, Black is Non-Switched Circuits

Auxiliary Fuse Box Main Fuse Holders Store Spare Fuse

Auxiliary Fuse Box Main Fuse Holders Store Spare Fuse

Auxiliary Fuse Box Main Fuse Cover

Auxiliary Fuse Box Main Fuse Cover

Auxiliary Fuse Box Main Fuses

Auxiliary Fuse Box Main Fuses

Eastern Beaver PC-8 Main Fuse Holders Location

Eastern Beaver PC-8 Main Fuse Holders Location

The harness harness for the auxiliary fuse box attaches to the battery terminals. This is the pay off: one relay controls six circuits and one pair of wires powers eight circuits keeping the wiring at the battery terminals sanitary and straight forward. I route the harness on the left side of the spine tube with the three power leads to the fuse box on the left side of the fairing.

Auxiliary Fuse Box Battery Leads-RED (+), BLACK (-) Or Ground

Auxiliary Fuse Box Battery Leads-RED (+), BLACK (-) Or Ground

Routing Auxiliary Fuse Box Harness Along Left Side Of Spine Tube

Routing Auxiliary Fuse Box Harness Along Left Side Of Spine Tube

Auxiliary Fuse Box Power Wires-Left Ground; Middle Non-Switched Power; Right Switched Power

Auxiliary Fuse Box Power Wires-Left Ground; Middle Non-Switched Power; Right Switched Power

Connect Harness To Fuse Box

There are three wires that fit inside the fuse box. The long RED one provides power to the two non-switched circuits. The short RED one provides power to the six switched circuits and the BLACK one is the ground for all eight circuits. Each of the wires has a ring terminal that is secured with a lock nut.

Auxiliary Fuse Circuit Board Non-Switched Circuits Power

Auxiliary Fuse Circuit Board Non-Switched Circuits Power

Auxiliary Fuse Circuit Board Switched Power (RED) and Ground (BLACK)

Auxiliary Fuse Circuit Board Switched Power (RED) and Ground (BLACK)

Lock Nut For Terminals

Lock Nut For Terminals

Auxiliary Fuse Circuit Board Power With Wires Installed

Auxiliary Fuse Circuit Board Power With Wires Installed

Install Switched Circuit Trigger Wire And Test

The relay that sends power to the six switched circuits has to get power when the ignition goes on.  GREEN-Black wires are after the fuse in the headlight shell and get power when the ignition is on. But, the GREENBlue wire that powers the coils also gets power when the ignition is on and is turned off when the Kill switch is off. Since the relay is right next to the coils, I connect the BLUE wire from the relay to the right side coil terminal with the GREENBlue coil power wire. I install an 18 gauge spade terminal on the wire and connect it to the spare male spade on the coil terminal.

Switched Circuits Relay Trigger Wire Will Go On Coil Power Terminal

Switched Circuits Relay Trigger Wire Will Go On Coil Power Terminal

Spade Terminal Installed On Relay Trigger Wire

Spade Terminal Installed On Relay Trigger Wire

I test the auxiliary fuse box. I turn on the ignition and measure the voltage across one of the switched circuits. There is 12.6 volts when the ignition is on and 0 volts when it is off. The two non-switched circuits show 12.6 volts all the time.

Ignition On-Switched Circuits On

Ignition On-Switched Circuits On

Ignition Off-Switched Circuits Off

Ignition Off-Switched Circuits Off

It looks like the auxiliary fuse box is ready for connecting the accessories.

Install Auxiliary LED Running Lights

For improved day time visibility I install two spot bean 900 lumen LED auxiliary lights from Super Bright LEDs. Each one draws 10 watts and provides 900 lumens of light. At 14.3 volts, the current draw for each is about 0.7 amps. For comparison the stock H4 bulb in the front headlight consumes 55 watts to deliver 1100 lumens on low and 60 watts to deliver 1500 lumens on high beam. That means on high, the headlight draws about 4.2 amps. Adding the two LED spot beams adds 1800 lumens and only draws an additional 1.4 amps.

Super Bright LED Spot Beam (900 Lumens @ 10 Watts)

Super Bright LED Spot Beam (900 Lumens @ 10 Watts)

The lights I bought come in various beam widths. I choose the 8 degree for the left light and the 30 degree for the right. Since I plan to have these on all the time regardless of if I am using low or high beams, at night the wider angle on the right will help me see what’s on the right side of the road. Than helps me see better see signs and critters at night.

I mount the LED lights on the rear view mirror brackets so they are up high. In combination with the headlight, they create a triangle of lights which has been shown to get attention and improve visibility. Via trial and error, I find that installing the brackets so the outside edge of the bracket is 1-3/4 inches from the end of the rear view mirror bracket lets the mirror clear the LED light housing without the hole for the M6 mounting bolt getting too close to the edge of the fairing and windscreen. The M6 hex bolt supplied with the light is too short for the thickness of the rear view mirror bracket. I used a 35 mm long hex bolt, the supplied flat washer and supplied lock nut.

Super Bright LED Bracket Is Secured With M6 x 35 mm Hex Bolt

Super Bright LED Bracket Is Secured With M6 x 35 mm Hex Bolt

Super Bright LED Bracket Located 1-3/4 Inches From End Of Rear View Mirror Bracket

Super Bright LED Bracket Located 1-3/4 Inches From End Of Rear View Mirror Bracket

Super Bright LED Light Hardware Detail

Super Bright LED Light Hardware Detail

Super Bright LED Light Mounted On Rear View Mirror Bracket

Super Bright LED Light Mounted On Rear View Mirror Bracket

Fabricate and Install Wiring

The lights come with a harness that connects to the water tight socket on the end of the pigtail attached to the light. The harness has a RED lead that gets power from the battery (+) and a BLACK lead that goes to the (-) battery ground. Of course, I don’t wire them directly to the battery.

WARNING:
The pigtail attached to the light has a tag that states if the tag is missing or the pigtail is modified in anyway, that voids the warranty on the light.

LED Lamp Pigtail With Water Proof Plug

LED Lamp Pigtail With Water Proof Plug

Super Bright LED Supplied Harness To Power The Light With Water Proof Plug

Super Bright LED Supplied Harness To Power The Light With Water Proof Plug

Since I want these lights on whenever the low or high beam are on, I want to connect the RED power lead for the two lights to the YELLOWWhite wire that goes to the headlight relay that is inside the headlight shell. The YELLOWWhite wire supplies power from the headlight relay to the left handlebar switch. The handlebar switch selects the H4 bulb low beam filament sending power to the H4 bulb on the YELLOW wire or the high beam filament sending power to the H4 bulb on the WHITE wire.

On this year bike, the headlight comes on as soon as the ignition key is turned to the ON position (but not when turned to the “P”arking light position). When the starter engages, the headlight automatically goes out to reduce the load on the battery since the starter motor draws a lot of current. Therefore, using the YELLOWWhite wire to send power to the LED lamps means they too will go off when starting the motor and the LED lamps will be on regardless if the handlebar switch has selected low or high beam.

To simplify the wiring changes inside the headlight shell, I fabricate a short harness to go from the headlight shell to the Super Bright LEDs harness. I picked up some two prong terminals, male and female, from Radio Shack. One prong of one socket combines the two RED wires and the other prong combines the two BLACK wires from both LED harnesses.

Radio Shack Two Pin Socket Kits-Male and Female

Radio Shack Two Pin Socket Kits-Male and Female

Male Socket Pin With Two (+) Power Leads

Male Socket Pin With Two (+) Power Leads

Harness Male Socket Connected To Both LED Light Harnesses

Harness Male Socket Connected To Both LED Light Harnesses

Modified LED Light Harnesses with Male Socket (White)

Modified LED Light Harnesses with Male Socket (White)

The other socket has only two wires, one that will go to the YELLOWWhite terminal of the headlight relay and the other to the BROWN ground wire section of the headlight connection board. plug between the headlight shell and the LED harness. The female and male sockets are keyed so you can’t reverse the prongs. I used GREEN and BLACK wires for my harness due to a lack of 18 gauge RED wire in my inventory. I make sure the GREEN wire on one socket prong mates with the RED wires in the corresponding prong of the other socket.

Harness With Female Socket That Goes From Headlight Connector Board to LED Harness

Harness With Female Socket That Goes From Headlight Connector Board to LED Harness

I thread the wires from my fabricated harness through one of the grommets in the headlight shell. I pull the grommet out, use a drill bit to put a hole in the center, thread the wires through the grommet and reinstall the grommet in the headlight shell.

Headlight Connector Board Leads Go Through Existing Grommet In Headlight Shell

Headlight Connector Board Leads Go Through Existing Grommet In Headlight Shell

I removed the female spade terminal on the YELLOWWhite wire on the headlight relay. I install the GREEN wire from the harness I made and the YELLOWWhite wire in a new spade terminal, solder them and use some shrink tubing to insulate the spade terminal. Then I put another female spade terminal on the BLACK ground wire and attached it to one of the open ground terminals on section (30) in the BROWN colored section of the connection block.

Spliced Power Lead (GREEN) Into Headlight Relay Power Lead (YELLOW-White)

Spliced Power Lead (GREEN) Into Headlight Relay Power Lead (YELLOW-White)

Spliced Power Lead (GREEN) Into Headlight Relay Power Lead (YELLOW-White)

Spliced Power Lead (GREEN) Into Headlight Relay Power Lead (YELLOW-White)

Ground (BLACK) Lead Goes To Ground Section Of Connector Board (BROWN)

Ground (BLACK) Lead Goes To Ground Section Of Connector Board (BROWN)

Finished Wiring Updates To Connector Board Inside Headlight Shell

Finished Wiring Updates To Connector Board Inside Headlight Shell

I install the modified sub-harness that attaches to the two Super Bright LED lamps to the lamp pigtails.

Modified LED Cable To Headlight Power Wires With Plug For Connection To Power Inside Headlight Shell

Modified LED Cable To Headlight Power Wires With Plug For Connection To Power Inside Headlight Shell

I tie wrapped the Super Bright LED socket to the upper fairing brace to keep it out of the way. I tuck the Radio Shock plug in the gap between the headlight and the bracket to get it out of the way.

NOTE:
Later I rotated the Super Bright LED sockets 180 degrees so they were on the other side of the upper fairing brace.

Left LED Light Plug Tie Wrapped To Upper Fairing Bracket

Left LED Light Plug Tie Wrapped To Upper Fairing Bracket

Right LED Light Plug Tie Wrapped To Upper Fairing Bracket

Right LED Light Plug Tie Wrapped To Upper Fairing Bracket

Plug With Headlight Leads Tucked Between Headlight And Bracket

Plug With Headlight Leads Tucked Between Headlight And Bracket

I test the Super Bright LED lamps by turning the ignition switch on. They come on when the headlight comes on and go out when I push the starter button.

Super Bright LED Running Lights Work

Super Bright LED Running Lights Work

Install Garmin Powered GPS Cradle

I picked up a GPS power cradle, handlebar mount and motorcycle power cable from Garmin.

Garmin GPS Cradle And Handlebar Mount Installed

Garmin GPS Cradle And Handlebar Mount Installed

The power cable for the Garmin zūmo® 396 LMT-S GPS came with an inline mini-fuse holder on the RED (+) lead that goes to the battery. Since I already have an inline fuse via the Eastern Beaver PC-8 auxiliary fuse block, I remove the fuse holder. It was soldered to the lead that goes to the GPS, so I unsoldered it and put the fuse holder and pigtail in my electrical supply inventory.

Garmin zumo 396 LMT-S Motorcycle Power Cable [SOURCE: Garmin]

Garmin Zumo 396 LMT-S Motorcycle Power Cable [SOURCE: Garmin]

GPS Harness Mini-Fuse Holder Removed

GPS Harness Mini-Fuse Holder Removed

Power to GPS Connects To Back Of GPS Cradle

Power to GPS Connects To Back Of GPS Cradle

I used a piece of the strong Velcro I got from Eastern Beaver to secure the transformer to the inside of the top center panel on the right side. I install the RED and BLACK pigtails from the transformer to the terminals of one of the non-switched circuits of the PC-8 fuse block. The GPS harness came with a 2 amp mini-fuse that I installed in the PC-8.

Garmin GPS Transformer

Garmin GPS Voltage Reducer

Garmin GPS Cradle Power Leads: <strong>BLACK</strong>-Ground, <span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong>RED</strong></span>-Power On Non-Switched Terminals

Garmin GPS Cradle Power Leads: BLACK-Ground, RED-Power On Non-Switched Terminals

2 Amp Mini-Fuse Installed For GPS Circuit

2 Amp Mini-Fuse Installed For GPS Circuit

After I assembled and mounted the GPS cradle, I used my volt meter to confirm that the contacts had voltage. The meter showed 5.3 volts, so the GPS cradle is ready to power my GPS. I install the GPS in the cradle and it’s working fine.

GPS Is Getting Power

GPS Is Getting Power

Install Heated Grips With 1988+ Switch And Harness

The earlier handlebar heated grips used a different switch and wiring harness that are no longer available. So I picked up the later (1988+) High/Off/Low switch and the sub-harness that goes between it and the handlebar heated grip pigtails.

61 31 1 459 234  SWITCH, HEATED HANDLEBAR GRIPS L=700MM
61 12 1 459 263  WIRING HEATED HANDLES (Sub-harness)

Making The Switch Fit The Dashboard

Unfortunately, the later dashboard switch (part# 61 31 1 459 234) is smaller than the hole in the older dashboard. But, I came up with a way to make it fit nicely. There is a plug (part# 32 71 1 236 886) that is installed to cover the rectangular hole in the dashboard when a switch is not installed. The plug can be modified so the new switch fits inside it.

I cut the top out of the plug using a Dremel tool and removed the tabs on the side that hold the plug in the dashboard. I also had to remove a bit of plastic on the inside of the plug so the switch would fit loose enough that the rocker moves smoothly. Then I insert the switch inside the plug so the valley in the middle middle of it is even with the peak of the plug and the tabs on the switch stick through the holes in the side of the plug where it’s tabs used to be.

Dashboard Rectangular Hole Plug

Dashboard Rectangular Hole Plug

Dashboard Rectangular Hole Plug

Dashboard Rectangular Hole Plug

Tabs On Sides Of Dashboard Plug

Tabs On Sides Of Dashboard Plug

High-Off-Low Switch Tabs Protrude Through Slots Where Dashboard Plug Tabs Were

High-Off-Low Switch Tabs Protrude Through Slots Where Dashboard Plug Tabs Were

1988+ Heated Grip Switch Mounted Inside Plug

1988+ Heated Grip Switch Mounted Inside Plug

Dashboard Rectangular Hole Blank Cover With Top Removed & Switch Inside

Dashboard Rectangular Hole Blank Cover With Top Removed & Switch Inside

I apply 5 minute plastic epoxy between the switch body and the plug to hold the switch inside the plug. Now the later switch fits the hole in the dashboard perfectly.

1988+ Heated Grip Switch Epoxied Inside The Plug

1988+ Heated Grip Switch Epoxied Inside The Plug

Modifications For Electrical Harness

The older heated grips have pigtails with not connector on the ends. The were inserted into a block with screw terminals. But the new electrical sub-harness (part# 61 12 1 459 263) has a white plastic socket and small male spade terminals. The heated grip pigtails have small female spade terminals on them that plug into the socket. The spade terminals on the pigtails are small so the pigtails can be threaded through the inside of the handlebars.

Handlebar Sub-Harness Male Spade Terminals The Heated Grip Pigtails Plug Into

Handlebar Sub-Harness Male Spade Terminals The Heated Grip Pigtails Plug Into

I got some 2.8 mm (0.110 inch) female spade terminals from a friend. But, you can get them from TE Connectivity. I crimped them on the bare wire pigtails of the heated grips and then soldered them. Then I put shrink tubing over the spades to protect them from shorting out and corrosion.

The power terminals of the white plug are on one side and have BLACK wires and the ground terminals are on the other side of the plug and have BROWN wires. I mare the side of the plug so I can be sure I get the correct pigtail on the correct terminal.

Crimping 2.8 mm Female Spade Terminals On Handlebar Pigtails

Crimping 2.8 mm Female Spade Terminals On Handlebar Pigtails

Soldering 2.8 mm Female Spade Terminals To Heated Grip Pigtails

Soldering 2.8 mm Female Spade Terminals To Heated Grip Pigtails

Marking Handlebar Pigtail Plug Side With Power Terminals (BLACK)

Marking Handlebar Pigtail Plug Side With Power Terminals (BLACK)

Pigtail Power (+) Wires Installed In Plug

Pigtail Power (+) Wires Installed In Plug

Marking Handlebar Plug Side With Ground Terminals (BROWN)

Marking Handlebar Plug Side With Ground Terminals (BROWN)

Handlebar Pigtail Ground (-) Wires Installed In Plug

Handlebar Pigtail Ground (-) Wires Installed In Plug

Power to the grips comes from a “T” connector with female terminals on the heated grip sub-harness. I have a male “T” connector on the short wiring harness that goes to the rear brake light switch which I replaced. The wires on the grip sub-harness are GREEN-Black, which is power, and BROWN, which is ground.

Sub-Harness "T" Plug That Supplies Power To Heated Grips

Sub-Harness “T” Plug That Supplies Power To Heated Grips

Leads On Heated Grip Sub-Harness "T" Plug: GREEN-Black Power; BROWN-Ground

Leads On Heated Grip Sub-Harness “T” Plug: GREEN-Black Power; BROWN-Ground

"T" Plug Bottom Terminal Is Power; GREEN-Black Wire

“T” Plug Bottom Terminal Is Power; GREEN-Black Wire

However the rear brake sub-harness “T” has GREENRed and GREEN-Black wires. The rear brake GREENRed mates with heated grip GREEN-Black and both are power (+) wires. So I  put a Red (+) on the side of the rear brake “T” to help me know which terminal is power. Therefore the rear brake GREEN-Black mates with the heated grip BROWN.

Used 1983 Rear Brake Light Switch Sub-Harness

Used 1983 Rear Brake Light Switch Sub-Harness

Rear Brake Light Sub-harness Connected To Heated Grip Sub-harness

Rear Brake Light Sub-harness Connected To Heated Grip Sub-harness

Marking "T" Connector Side With Power (+) Lead

Marking Rear Brake Switch “T” Connector Socket Side With Power (+) Lead

Power Side Of "T" Plug: GREEN-Red From Brake Light Goes To GREEN-Black Of Heated Grips

Power Side Of “T” Plug: GREENRed From Brake Light “T” Socket Goes To GREEN-Black Of Heated Grips “T” Socket

Add Heated Grips Power To Eastern Beaver PC-8 Fuse Block

When I trim the length of the rear brake sub-harness before attaching the wires to the Eastern Beaver PC-8 fuse box, I put RED shrink tubing on the GREENRed pigtail of the rear brake sub-harness and BLACK shrink tubing on the GREEN-Black pigtail. That way when I attach them I’ll know to connect the RED to power and the BLACK to ground and whoever comes after me won’t have to solve a wiring mystery. I also tinned the ends of the wires with solder so the set screw won’t cut through the strands of wire.

Shrink Tube Marks Power [(+) RED] and Ground [(-) BLACK]

Shrink Tube Marks Power [(+) RED] and Ground [(-) BLACK]

I Tinned The Leads Before Installing Them In The Terminals

I Tinned The Leads Before Installing Them In The Terminals

Power For Heated Grips Installed With 5 Amp Fuse

Power For Heated Grips Installed With 5 Amp Fuse

Eastern Beaver Fuse Box With Circuit Labels

Eastern Beaver Fuse Box With Circuit Labels

High-Off-Low Switch Installed In Dash

High-Off-Low Switch Installed In Dash

I want to prevent stress on the small heated grip pigtails inside the white plug when the handlebars move. I decided to zip tie the white plug to the handlebar between the risers and zip tie the sub-harness plug that goes to the High-Off-Low switch to the right upper fairing bracket. When I move the handlebars there is no movement of the handlebar pigtails.

Heated Grip Pigtail Plug Tie Wrapped To Handlebar

Heated Grip Pigtail Plug Tie Wrapped To Handlebar

Heated Grip Sub-harness Plug Tie Wrapped To Right Upper Fairing Bracket

Heated Grip Sub-harness Plug Tie Wrapped To Right Upper Fairing Bracket

Install Auxiliary SAE And USB Power Sockets

This bike has the auxiliary BMW “cigarette lighter” style plug socket under the seat that is directly wired to the battery with an inline fuse. That is convenient for plugging in a heated vest.

BMW Power Socket With Cover

BMW Power Socket With Cover

But, it’s nice to have SAE and USB sockets up front for plugging in a cell phone, laptop charger, radar detector, etc. I found a USB dual socket plug from SwitchTec that will fit in the rectangular hole in the dashboard.

SwitchTec Direct Dual Port USB Socket [SOURCE: SwitchTec

SwitchTec Direct Dual Port USB Socket [SOURCE: SwitchTec

USB Socket Has 2 USB Ports With Volt Meter Between Them

USB Socket Has 2 USB Ports With Volt Meter Between Them

That seems like a nice way to supply cell phone power, etc. And while I’m at it, I install an SAE connector that is direct to the battery. I’ll put both of these auxiliary sockets on different Eastern Beaver PC-8 circuits: the USB on a switched circuit and the SAE on the remaining non-switched, direct to the battery circuit. There are LED “flashlights” that plug into a 12 volt SAE connector. I can put that in my tank bag so I will always have a “trouble” light I can use even with the ignition off.

Install USB Socket In Rectangular Dashboard Hole

The SwitchTec USB socket fits into the rectangular hole in the dashboard. But, the dashboard has a raised “V” edge around the hole that prevents the socket from fitting flush into the dash. The picture below shows a standard 20 mm x 37 mm switch I had to illustrate the issue when you try to install a standard switch in the dashboard hole.

"V" Edge Of Dash Prevents Standard Switch From Seating Flush

“V” Edge Of Dash Prevents Standard Switch From Seating Flush

A solution is to remove the “V” edges on the long side of the hole in the dashboard, but that means the dashboard won’t work with a standard BMW switch. So I remove the edge on the long sides of the USB socket socket using my Dremel tool so it will slide past the “V”.

NOTE:
You can use a sanding drum to remove the edge.

Removing Edge of USB Socket So It Slides Past The "V" In The Dash

Removing Edge of USB Socket So It Slides Past The “V” In The Dash

Removing Edge of USB Socket So It Slides Past The "V" In The Dash

Removing Edge of USB Socket So It Slides Past The “V” In The Dash

Removing Edge of USB Socket So It Slides Past The "V" In The Dash

Removing Edge of USB Socket So It Slides Past The “V” In The Dash

I also have to remove the rubber gasket so the switch can slide past the “V”. I silicone seal the bottom of the gasket, which includes the water proof rubber plug that seals the USB ports, to the body of the socket.

USB Socket Water Proof Cover Is Secured To Socket

USB Socket Water Proof Cover Is Secured To Socket

USB Socket Water Proof Cover

USB Socket Water Proof Cover

The pins on the back of the USB socket are marked (+) and (-). I use some RED and BLACK 18 gauge wire and some female spade terminals to make a sub-harness that goes from the USB socket to the Eastern Beaver PC-8 fuse block. The RED goes to (+) and the BLACK, or ground, goes to the (-) terminal. I cut some short pieces of shrink tube to hold the two wires together in a bundle. I tin the ends of the wires before inserting them into the screw clamp terminals on the sides of the PC-8 fuse block and install a 5 amp fuse.

USB Socket Terminals Are Labeled (-) and (+)

USB Socket Terminals Are Labeled (-) and (+)

Power Is RED (+) And Ground BLACK (-)

Power Is RED (+) And Ground BLACK (-)

Some Shrink Tube To Keep Wires In A Bundle

Some Shrink Tube To Keep Wires In A Bundle

USB Socket Wires & 5 Amp Fuse Installed On Eastern Beaver PC-8 Fuse Block

USB Socket Wires & 5 Amp Fuse Installed On Eastern Beaver PC-8 Fuse Block

I turn the key to the ignition position and the volt meter built into the USB socket lights up with the battery voltage. I plug in the USB cable on my iPhone into each USB port and it shows the phone taking a charge, so the USB socket is working properly.

USB Socket Has A Volt Meter Between The Ports

USB Socket Has A Volt Meter Between The Ports

NOTE:
There is a difference in the voltage indicated on the USB socket and the stock BMW volt meter. The volt meter is known to be “approximate”.

Install SAE Connector

The SAE connector has a bare terminal which is ground, or battery (-), and an insulated terminal that is power, or battery (+).

SAE Connector-Bare Terminal Is The Ground Terminal, Battery (-)

SAE Connector-Bare Terminal Is The Ground Terminal, Battery (-)

I attach the SAE cable to the Eastern Beaver PC-8 using the other non-switched terminals so it still has power if the ignition is off. I install a 15 Amp fuse in the circuit so I can connect a fairly large load if I need to.

 

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