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Old 08-28-2014, 02:25 AM   #1
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What's the best way to attach accessory cablees to the battery?

So I got my replacement Garmin 660 wiring loom today and am pondering the best way for me to install it on my AT - caveat (warning?) I'm a simple guy, especially when it comes to mechanics and electrics.

Both positive and negative are terminated in bare wire so I was thinking to "simply" solder (never done that either ) or crimp (done that) some ring terminals on them and then slap them on the battery.

Does that make sense or is there, maybe, an easier way? Possible run wires from the battery to a wiring block that I superglue somewhere?

Here's what I'm working with, and yep, that's an in-line fuse - but it's a weird one, at least not what I'd think of as a blade fuse. Oh, and it's 2 Amp.



And here's what I'm thinking might be good to use




Feel free to treat me like an idiot.

If you're wondering, back when I had a job I'd happily pay someone to install this sort of thing for me but now I have a job deficit I'm looking to...well, not fuck it up, and even better, not fuck up the bike's electrical system :)
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Old 08-28-2014, 03:21 AM   #2
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Fuse is standard Automotive fuse or Mini Automotive Fuse.
2A is correct.





YES - use a Crimp Ring Connector.
It should have come supplied in a baggy with some other nick nacks like zip ties etc (well it did with my 590LM gps)
Make sure the RED positive connector is protected from shorting by the red rubber terminal cap on the battery lead.






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Thanks Gigitt,

No sign of crimp connectors in the baggies but no worries :)

Is that an adamant no on the connector block? I was thinking of installing a USB charger for my iPhone at the same time and didn't want to end up running more wires than I have to across to the battery.
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You can certainly install a wiring block but those aren't what I would use. Look up blue seas fuse block. You run a power and ground wire to that and everything gets connected fuses already installed.

Note: if you just wire directly to battery those leads will always be hot. I personally like my gps like this but it will run your battery flat if you forget to turn it off or remove in your garage.

Other alternatives are to wire up a relay so the power comes on when bike is on.
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You can certainly install a wiring block but those aren't what I would use. Look up blue seas fuse block. You run a power and ground wire to that and everything gets connected fuses already installed.

Note: if you just wire directly to battery those leads will always be hot. I personally like my gps like this but it will run your battery flat if you forget to turn it off or remove in your garage.

Other alternatives are to wire up a relay so the power comes on when bike is on.
Ta :) It's actually a Blue Seas USB that I'm looking to install :) They're a good make as far as I know.

Thanks for the advice and suggestions :)
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Old 08-28-2014, 06:04 AM   #6
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Yeah blue seas are good units. Use good quality wire and make sure you have a good crimp connection on it. I like Ancor brand marine cable and for the small run you have it's worth it to oversize. I also heatshrink with adhesive line tubing over the crimp connectors (don't forget to put on the heatshrink BEFORE you crimp).
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Old 08-28-2014, 11:09 AM   #7
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If you're going to have other accessories at some point I would recommend something like the FZ1 Fuzeblock. They're dead easy to install and you can then have switched power.
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