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switched hot wire for phone charger on a K5 1000?

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Yes I did a quick search- I guess I didn't use the right key words

Like the title states, I'm installing a Ram style mount in my steering stem, that also has a usb port on it - that I would like to make a 'switched' lead.



I know it's been done.

If you've done this on a K5/K6, etc.
I'm thinking/hoping people such as Bill V The Encyclopedia, or others will chime in and suggest some of the best places to mount it to a switched lead- the easiest/least obtrusive.

The wire with the plug should reach bakc onder the tank to the battery;
But I'd like to use something near the front end/front of the tank and splice it in, and re-do the quick release plug on the wire- that's near the far end- I'll solder and repsplice it near the mount for when I take it off, etc.

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Re: switched hot wire for phone charger on a K5 1000?

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Hey all,
Yes I did a quick search- I guess I didn't use the right key words

Like the title states, I'm installing a Ram style mount in my steering stem, that also has a usb port on it - that I would like to make a 'switched' lead.



I know it's been done.

If you've done this on a K5/K6, etc.
I'm thinking/hoping people such as Bill V The Encyclopedia, or others will chime in and suggest some of the best places to mount it to a switched lead- the easiest/least obtrusive.

The wire with the plug should reach bakc onder the tank to the battery;
But I'd like to use something near the front end/front of the tank and splice it in, and re-do the quick release plug on the wire- that's near the far end- I'll solder and repsplice it near the mount for when I take it off, etc.

Help a brutha out here...
One wire off the horn wire is a switched 12V and 10 amp fuse protected. Also located near the front, just splice it.
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Re: switched hot wire for phone charger on a K5 1000?

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One wire off the horn wire is a switched 12V and 10 amp fuse protected. Also located near the front, just splice it.
BINGO!

Great idea!

I'm thinking that will work fine, thanks
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Re: switched hot wire for phone charger on a K5 1000?

I'd use a connector like this https://www.posi-products.com/posiplug.html
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Re: switched hot wire for phone charger on a K5 1000?

I would run a wire directly from the battery and use a relay that is triggered from a 12v ignition wire, such as the horn. That way you're not putting extra stress on the small wires in the harness, but it still only comes on when you turn on the ignition.
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I'd use a connector like this https://www.posi-products.com/posiplug.html
Those look nice, but it doesn't look like it will go on a wire thats already hooked to something.

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I would run a wire directly from the battery and use a relay that is triggered from a 12v ignition wire, such as the horn. That way you're not putting extra stress on the small wires in the harness, but it still only comes on when you turn on the ignition.
Sounds good, not really sure what exactly you mean here though. If it's run off the battery, I'd have to use a ground that was only active with the key on?

Bill V? Any input?
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Re: switched hot wire for phone charger on a K5 1000?

If you only want Billv's input on where to hack into your harness.....Pm him, and hold your breath. Lol
He's not into rigging as far as I have read.
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Re: switched hot wire for phone charger on a K5 1000?

Ah, but they do!

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Re: switched hot wire for phone charger on a K5 1000?

When I used to install aftermarket electronics in cars, the install bay showed me a great way for splicing wires. You remove about 1/4 in of the rubber coating around the wire. It's best done with a razor blade. Be careful to only remove the jacket and not cut any of the individual wires. Put the razor blade in the center of the wire and rotate it a bit to open up the center of the wire. It should create an "eye" similar in shape to the eye of a needle. Take the wire you plan to add to the harness, run it through the whole, then pinch the hole closed over the wire, and rap the newly added wire to the closed up eye. If that makes sense. This way, you never actually sever the original wire, and it's much much stronger than twist the wires, twist caps, and IMO, soldering.
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When I used to install aftermarket electronics in cars, the install bay showed me a great way for splicing wires. You remove about 1/4 in of the rubber coating around the wire. It's best done with a razor blade. Be careful to only remove the jacket and not cut any of the individual wires. Put the razor blade in the center of the wire and rotate it a bit to open up the center of the wire. It should create an "eye" similar in shape to the eye of a needle. Take the wire you plan to add to the harness, run it through the whole, then pinch the hole closed over the wire, and rap the newly added wire to the closed up eye. If that makes sense. This way, you never actually sever the original wire, and it's much much stronger than twist the wires, twist caps, and IMO, soldering.
That's how I like to do it. I only recently discovered the positap connectors when installing Rapid Bike and it came with this specific connector. Changed my life forever
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Those look nice, but it doesn't look like it will go on a wire thats already hooked to something.



Sounds good, not really sure what exactly you mean here though. If it's run off the battery, I'd have to use a ground that was only active with the key on?

Bill V? Any input?
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Re: switched hot wire for phone charger on a K5 1000?

Thanks again,

And YES, that type of connector you showed does in fact work like I'd need it to work on a wire already in use in a circuit.

I like your way too Maniac- both would work well.

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Re: switched hot wire for phone charger on a K5 1000?

Tons of switched power available up front. Hot lead to the high beam, hot lead to the low beam, hot lead from the key to the kill switch my, horn button, power to turn signals, etc. Take your pick.
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Re: switched hot wire for phone charger on a K5 1000?

I don't see a fuse on that Power wire. Don't forget to fuse it. You can get inline fuse kits from the likes of autozone etc.. This may not be wholly accurate, but it makes me feel better to put the next amperage lower fuse in the addition than the circuit you are tapping (ie. 10 am phone charger fuse on an existing 15 amp circuit) . Thay way if something happens, you are more likely to lose power to your phone and less likely, to say, lose your headlight.

My. K7 has 2 little bulbs on either side if the headlight. The are parking lights, but turn on with the bike. I tapped that wire for switch power for my phone mount. I can't tell from pictures, but I don't think your bike has these bulbs.
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Re: switched hot wire for phone charger on a K5 1000?

Yep, all good advice, thanks and keep the options coming too
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Re: switched hot wire for phone charger on a K5 1000?

Wait, you haven't done it, yet? It takes like 20-40 minutes. Just do it.
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Wait, you haven't done it, yet? It takes like 20-40 minutes. Just do it.
I will, I will!
I'm still waiting for the RAM mount base for the steering stem;
and my Sena Bluetooth for my helmet.

When this is here, I'll 'Get-R- Done
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