|The Auxilary Outlet installed|
|Back side of power outlet underneath saddle exposed|
Power to the plug-in is on all the time so it is necessary to remove the 15amp fuse located in a fuse panel just to the rear of the battery. The panel is located in the under-seat storage area which makes it a simple task.
To access the back of the power plug you need to remove the left side plastic body panel. This exposes the interior light which you can see lit up in the photo and the plug which is located to the left of it.
Once the plug has been powered down you can roll the weather proof shroud down that covers the back of the plug. This exposes the two wires feeding it which you can use as a point to tap into. Using a #1 Exacto knife I carefully trimmed away ¼” of insulation on each wire; then wrapped the two new wires onto each and soldered the connections.
When finished you need to wrap each one with electrical tape and then pull the weather proof shroud back over the connections and plug. Don’t forget to re-install the 15amp fuse when you’re done. You can see in the above photo the lead wires hanging down from the plug, ready to connect to the new Auxilary Power Outlet.
|New Weatherproof Power Outlet|
I bought my auxilary power outlet from Aerostich Riders Warehouse but they’re also available at electronic suppliers; just make sure the one you choose is weather proof and of high quality.
While I was doing this project I also ordered a right-angle male plug to use with the new outlet. This makes for a tidy connection that doesn’t stick out as far and also helps keep the vest's power cord from flapping in the wind.
|Right Angle Plug with 2-wire connector|
The amount of time required for the project was only a couple of hours and as you can see in the photos it makes for a very sanitary look.
|New Auxillary Power Outlet|
|Weatherproof cover is spring loaded|
For those who are interested here’s a link to AeroStich Rider Warehouse.
If you spend money there tell Andy he owes me big time. http://www.aerostich.com/catalog/US/index.html