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So I have the vague beginnings of a plan. I am an avionics /sheet metal technician and where I work we recently did this really slick looking entertainment system on a Lear 45 where all the controllers are iPhones mounted in the drink rails. The cutout in the rail is only big enough for the screen so you can't even tell it is a phone in there, all the entertainment system functions are controlled from the one app on the phones. Neat. Then I looked over at that chrome pop up cover over the gas cap on my Valkyrie . . . I could do that, right? I have a new gas lid coming in the mail so I don't risk messing up my only one on this project. I figure I get one of those super durable and waterproof Kyocera phones, maybe put it in a dry bag pouch, find a way to mount it inside the lid with a screen cutout like in that learjet. Put a charger on the accessory bus. Use a mirroring app so all my texts and calls from my regular phone go to it too, have my helmet Bluetooth set to that phone instead of my regular one. My motorcycle will essentially have a glass cockpit lol. Except my full experience working on this bike it to change the oil once and to route a battery wire for my heated gear. What type of connection do I need to connect to the accessory bus and where do I find it? Do I need to tag right off the ignition switch? What is the best method for securing the phone in the lid? Make a mold with Bondo and plastic weld it in place? Make a bracket out of aluminum? I am excited by the project but realize I am starting off over my head and want to figure as much out as possible before I actually start. Any advice is welcome.
 

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Cant really help. Only thing I would say is find out how much a replacement panel from Honda is BEFORE you do anything. Then decide how badly you want to go on this adventure. Could be a very very expensive disaster........
 

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You can find the power for your accessory under your seat , you will need some small pins to plug in.
 

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The panel is $30 on bike bandit. I already ordered it so I can work on it and still have my original undamaged one.
 

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You can find the power for your accessory under your seat , you will need some small pins to plug in.
Do you know what kind of pins? I want to have as much stuff as possible ready to go at the same time so I don't start and stop so much
 

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Do you know what kind of pins? I want to have as much stuff as possible ready to go at the same time so I don't start and stop so much
I don't know what they are called but they are small pins about as thick as the wire and maybe 2/4 inches long.
Look for the acc. plug on the end is a plug that just is a cover pull it off. I took it to my Honda dealer and he had a box of pins, plugs etc. once you take the plug off you will see. Radio Shack would also have them.
You can also buy a cigarette lighter plug from Honda I think it's like 80 or $90.
I remember using those types of plugs pins on my old Valkyrie.
The pins will snap into the plug you took off.
Here is the Honda cigarette lighter plug for $79.95
https://powersports.honda.com/2015/gold-wing-valkyrie/accessories.aspx
 

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Do you know what kind of pins? I want to have as much stuff as possible ready to go at the same time so I don't start and stop so much
I don't know what they are called but they are small pins about as thick as the wire and maybe 2/4 inches long.
Look for the acc. plug on the end is a plug that just is a cover pull it off. I took it to my Honda dealer and he had a box of pins, plugs etc. once you take the plug off you will see. Radio Shack would also have them.
You can also buy a cigarette lighter plug from Honda I think it's like 80 or $90.
I remember using those types of plugs pins on my old Valkyrie.
The pins will snap into the plug you took off.
Here is the Honda cigarette lighter plug for $79.95
https://powersports.honda.com/2015/gold-wing-valkyrie/accessories.aspx
Thank you sir
 

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Try a search for Molex pins on eBay. I have a bunch of the.093 pins and 2-12 pin connectors, the crimper and pin pusher. I'll try to get some pictures tomorrow. There's a YouTube video of a guy using staples to bend down the Barb and remove a pin.
 

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Sounds like a pretty cool idea. What I would do is use a clear piece of plastic thick enough that you can French it in place. Clear RTV to help waterproof and sand it to match the contour of the panel. There is a conduit on the left forward for routing the wired under the tank. You will need to carefully route wires since the panel will hinge. Also keep in mind there will be fuel fumes so making it explosion proof might be a required precaution.
 

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Sounds like a pretty cool idea. What I would do is use a clear piece of plastic thick enough that you can French it in place. Clear RTV to help waterproof and sand it to match the contour of the panel. There is a conduit on the left forward for routing the wired under the tank. You will need to carefully route wires since the panel will hinge. Also keep in mind there will be fuel fumes so making it explosion proof might be a required precaution.
That sounds pretty similar to my plan, good to know there is existing routing that will get me there. I was planning on using this http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LBK7OSY/?tag=hotoge-20 for the plastic since I should still be able to use the touchscreen through it. Either the full bag or cut a big enough peice to make a barrier. As for explosion proof, after I plug the charger into it, edge seal the connection with RTV. Then to mount the whole thing I will make a mold of the phone with charger cable out of Bondo and plastic weld (or some other epoxy) that whole mold on the back of the panel. If it works the way I want it to it will be totally encapsulated.
 

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Try a search for Molex pins on eBay. I have a bunch of the.093 pins and 2-12 pin connectors, the crimper and pin pusher. I'll try to get some pictures tomorrow. There's a YouTube video of a guy using staples to bend down the Barb and remove a pin.
Molex I can do. We use those at work.
 

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I don't know what they are called but they are small pins about as thick as the wire and maybe 2/4 inches long.
Look for the acc. plug on the end is a plug that just is a cover pull it off. I took it to my Honda dealer and he had a box of pins, plugs etc. once you take the plug off you will see. Radio Shack would also have them.
You can also buy a cigarette lighter plug from Honda I think it's like 80 or $90.
I remember using those types of plugs pins on my old Valkyrie.
The pins will snap into the plug you took off.
Here is the Honda cigarette lighter plug for $79.95
https://powersports.honda.com/2015/gold-wing-valkyrie/accessories.aspx
I looked at the instructions for the cigarette liighter plug. It looks like the plug stays behind the cover and inside the locking compartment on the right? How is that user friendly since you have to remove the side cover, then use the key to open the cox to access the outlet??

Has anyone done this and mounted the outlet plug in a more easily reached spot?
 

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I looked at the instructions for the cigarette liighter plug. It looks like the plug stays behind the cover and inside the locking compartment on the right? How is that user friendly since you have to remove the side cover, then use the key to open the cox to access the outlet??

Has anyone done this and mounted the outlet plug in a more easily reached spot?
Here where I mounted my power supply

 

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Makes sense thick plastic is a no go if you need to touch the screen.

Here is a DWG of the fuse box I plan to install utilizing the accessory connector to control a relay. There is a 40A fuse under the seat that can tapped from to power the fuse box. Should keep under the area clean. I don’t like lots of wires attaching directly to the battery.

 

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Yeah I already have the power wire for my heated gear going straight to the battery and that is enough
 
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