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Old 04-19-2009, 03:36 PM   #1
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'09 Accessories and More

First thing I figured out was that there wasn't anyone making what I
wanted for the new beast. Or, if they did, I didn't want to pay their price.

First on the agenda was a light bar. Nothing special, just some square
stock cut and and MIG welded. Later I had it powder coated along with a
Uni-go hitch I make. I'll show that later.



Mounted with PIAA 1200 Fogs and 510 Driving Lights.
The cooler grille is just some mesh with rubber hose split and wrapping the
edge. It fit up in nice-n-snug so nothing else was needed to hold it in place.



Needed a shelf to put the GPS, XM Radio and Radar Detector on so I
mocked this up with cardboard and hot glue and a friend helped me
bend it.





Where to put the PIAA switches???? The results of a piece of 1-1/2"
Aluminum angle iron, coping saw, fie and flapper wheel on a Dremel Tool.
Maybe a belt sander too!



Figuring out where to put the relays, Centech-AP2, Autocomm and XM took
some head scratching. The Centech relay is mounted to the bottom of the
tool tray. It is triggered off the parking light.
The picture doesn't show it, but the Valentine power box is also located there.


By making a shelf I was able to get the Autocomm, Centech AP-2 and XM
radio in the tool tray. Using blocks of wood and some Plumbers Putty, I was
able to determine how much room there was.
There was still a little wiring left to run when I took this. And I need to trim
a little of the edge of the tray for easier adjustment of the Autocom.


The PIAAs run directly off the battery. The 510s are triggered by the high
beam. I tapped into the lead in the back of the headlight housing.
The 1200s are triggered off the Centech. I use them as daytime running
lights.
The relays and fuses are held on with two-faced tape for now. Color coding
wires helps keep things straight. Almost all had to be shortened. I used a
lot of heat shrink tubing. Where it doesn't show I also use Yellow wire ties
so it's easier to determine where the wires are should I have to work on it later.
Always make a wiring schematic too!


At the advice of some here I did finally remove the fuel tank to run the wires.


Haven't activated the new XM Radio yet so I can't report on how the
Antenna World works. I did leave some slack so I can move it if needed.

Special thanks to those that made suggestions and posted pictures.

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Old 04-19-2009, 03:58 PM   #2
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Looking good.
Thanks, you get credit for the shelf idea.
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Old 04-19-2009, 08:59 PM   #3
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Great work, but we need more details on the light bar and shelf! Unless, of course, you plan on making them for sale!

Then I want to talk about marketing them!

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Old 05-01-2009, 12:21 PM   #4
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I was going over my '06 GSA yesterday and discovered something had done some work on the fins of my oil cooler. Quite a lot of the airflow through it was blocked by bent fins. I could use something to protect it I can tell. Dunno about your pretty setup though. I have some expanded steel that I might just bend and bolt down to the front fender/beak to be in front of it.
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Old 05-01-2009, 01:18 PM   #5
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I was going over my '06 GSA yesterday and discovered something had done some work on the fins of my oil cooler. Quite a lot of the airflow through it was blocked by bent fins. I could use something to protect it I can tell. Dunno about your pretty setup though. I have some expanded steel that I might just bend and bolt down to the front fender/beak to be in front of it.
dageeeze...... If you wish to make a oil cooler guard on the cheap, visit a home depot store in the gutter area, and purchase a rain gutter guard section. It's expanded aluminum, and you can make about 3 guards from one piece. It will set you back less that $3.00... There are pictures in the penny pinch mod area...
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Old 05-01-2009, 03:07 PM   #6
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That light bar looks great. You outa manufacture and sell them (to the inmates at cost :) )

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Old 05-01-2009, 05:27 PM   #7
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dageeeze...... If you wish to make a oil cooler guard on the cheap, visit a home depot store in the gutter area, and purchase a rain gutter guard section. It's expanded aluminum, and you can make about 3 guards from one piece. It will set you back less that $3.00... There are pictures in the penny pinch mod area...
No way gutter screen is tough enough to protect against what has already been in there. I suspect branches angled towards me as I blew through some brush. The gutter guard would just add to the mess.

Expanded steel is strong enough to not yield to that and it's still pretty open for airflow.
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Old 05-02-2009, 02:39 AM   #8
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That light bar looks great. You outa manufacture and sell them (to the inmates at cost :) )

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Wish I had the time, now that nice weather is here, I want to ride!

As far as I know the '09s are the only ones that have that brachet it's
bolted to. I picked up some more square stock to make one for a friend plus
an extra. Thinking of taking the extra to a small shop in the area and have
him make a few out of aluminum.
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Old 05-02-2009, 04:27 AM   #9
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very nice, well thought out,,,,,,,my question is what do you due when it rains and that radio and radar and other stuff is out there,,,,,,I have all the same items, and take zip-lock bags over everything,,,,,,,what are your plans.


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Old 05-02-2009, 05:50 AM   #10
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Excellent workmanship.

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Old 05-02-2009, 01:51 PM   #11
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very nice, well thought out,,,,,,,my question is what do you due when it rains and that radio and radar and other stuff is out there,,,,,,I have all the same items, and take zip-lock bags over everything,,,,,,,what are your plans.
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I plan to do the same with the XM. It snaps off the mount, I can bag it and snap it back on. I don't go as fast in the rain and they don't use radar much in it either. So usually I take the radar stuff during rain, but can bag
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Old 05-29-2009, 06:09 AM   #12
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Old 05-29-2009, 06:31 AM   #13
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Nice work!

What do you do in the rain? Some of your gadgets aren't waterproof.
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Old 05-29-2009, 07:30 PM   #14
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Nice work!

What do you do in the rain? Some of your gadgets aren't waterproof.
Either remove them or cover with plastic bags. If it's raining I don't use the V1.
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Old 05-31-2009, 10:41 AM   #15
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Hey Mike, cant you just enjoy riding a GS without all these electronic gadgets?
And that piece of metal in front of you when encounter a collision, what do you want it to cut-off first..... your nose? its freakin dangerous man!
at least put a rubber trim around the edges!
And what's the use of having these PIAA beams when the advertising "PIAA" is almost as big al the lens itself!
Idunnotunderstand, please explain it to me!
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