Gents, today was the day! On my project list, I've had "Power Port" staring at me for weeks on end. I was able to procrastinate all summer with the excuse it was too hot. I could do so no longer. After struggling to get the thing mounted securely a week ago, I made it my mission today to get the thing wired. I knew it would not be easy, since I'm not mechanically inclined and never seem to have the tools I need.
I took my screwdriver and a straightened coat hanger along with three black zip ties out to the garage, naively hoping that was all I needed. I wrapped one zip tie around the top of the triple tree and secured the wire there first, and cut off the excess of the tie. That tucked it away from obvious view, and I left enough slack to make sure the wire could extend as far as needed with the bar turned all the way. I then opened the frame-mounted clamp that holds a couple of cables to the frame and routed the power cord through that clamp and reconnected it. Then I routed the coat hanger underneath the tank and pulled the power cord through. No snags, thankfully.
I THOUGHT I had plenty of wire from the port to the battery, but once it was routed, I discovered I was about a quarter inch short of reaching the terminals. UNBELIEVABLE. A QUARTER INCH. I was sitting there in utter disbelief. I suppose I could have gone to the trouble of cutting and crimping an extension to make it simple, but instead I just cocked the port a quarter inch more, and pulled the wire that much further to where it precisely met the battery terminals. You'd think these manufacturers would supply at least an extra foot or so! I then zip tied the wire to a mount underneath the left side panel to hold it tight to the frame and keep any tension off the terminals.
Now I have the terminals ready to attach to the battery. That should have been incredibly easy. But, no, the seat had to come off to get to the rear terminal. Terrible design. So, I got my first lesson in seat removal today. Talk about a PAIN in the butt! FOUR tightly screwed hex bolts located under the seats, and having to pry the seat cushion back to get to them on both seats. Sorry, but another terrible design. I remember bikes that had two levers and the seat just popped off, no tools required! I HATE hex keys. They're cumbersome and they tear your fingers up, and they're slow to use.
Finally got the seat off, and cleaned up all the paint and any other dirty areas under the seats. Removed the battery screws and inserted the port terminals, and the voltmeter instantly showed 12.5 volts. YES! So I clicked off the port switch, and the voltmeter shut off. I reinstalled the left side panel, and set out to reinstall the seat. It went back on a lot more easily than it came off, thankfully.
So my power port project is complete. What should have been a 20 minute job turned into 2 hours. I'm pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty proud (a little inside joke for Q from his vlog) of myself being able to do this, considering my limited tool kit and talents.
I'm curious - on the inside of both left and right side panels, there's a tiny imprinted grid that runs from 1-12 on top, and from 13-20 on the side, with little squares throughout the grid. Anybody know what that's for? It can barely be seen with the naked eye. And, on the inside of the left side panel, there's a small piece that can be unscrewed from the panel which if unscrewed, opens up a small oval hole in the panel. What is the purpose of the inside piece and that hole? Pigtails? My pigtail is unfortunately so big, it won't fit through it. But others would.
Here's a pic of the finished project (for some reason this site rotates what otherwise is a correctly aligned image). Next up, saddlebags!
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