'09 Accessories and More

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by 802mike, Apr 19, 2009.

  1. 802mike

    802mike Been here awhile

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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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!
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    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.
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    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.
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    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!
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    At the advice of some here I did finally remove the fuel tank to run the wires.
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    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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  2. 802mike

    802mike Been here awhile

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    Thanks, you get credit for the shelf idea.
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  3. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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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! :thumb

    Then I want to talk about marketing them!:evil

    Jim :brow
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  4. daGeeeze

    daGeeeze Geeezed lightning

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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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  5. blksilverado

    blksilverado Adventurer

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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...
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  6. Flash1034

    Flash1034 Been here awhile

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    That light bar looks great. You outa manufacture and sell them (to the inmates at cost :) )

    Flash
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  7. daGeeeze

    daGeeeze Geeezed lightning

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    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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  8. 802mike

    802mike Been here awhile

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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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  9. mqo233

    mqo233 Been here awhile

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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.


    James
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  10. Bill Lance

    Bill Lance Adventurer

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    Excellent workmanship.:clap

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  11. 802mike

    802mike Been here awhile

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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
    it too.
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  12. HowlingMad

    HowlingMad drags knuckles

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    nice work.
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  13. GB

    GB . Administrator

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    Nice work! :thumb

    What do you do in the rain? Some of your gadgets aren't waterproof. :ear
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  14. 802mike

    802mike Been here awhile

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    Either remove them or cover with plastic bags. If it's raining I don't use the V1.
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  15. PhaseShifter

    PhaseShifter Been here awhile

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    Hey Mike, cant you just enjoy riding a GS without all these electronic gadgets?:huh
    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!:wink:
    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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  16. 802mike

    802mike Been here awhile

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    If I gotta 'splain it................ :huh
    It has been crash tested, still have all my body parts in place!
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  17. englishrider

    englishrider Been here awhile

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    Id say he is enjoying riding his gs so much so that he wants to add a few mods and enjoy it more.

    each to there own :D :clap
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  18. blackmamba

    blackmamba Been here awhile

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    This is a joke........................................RIGHT? :huh
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  19. dedsmurf

    dedsmurf Been here awhile

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    I happened to see this first hand and it looks super functional. Im going to try something like your light bar. really slick.
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  20. MartiniMan

    MartiniMan Been here awhile

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    +1

    Nice work...............you could quit your day job.
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