Another Gerbings install

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by JayhawkGSA, Mar 3, 2013.

  1. JayhawkGSA

    JayhawkGSA Been here awhile

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    After reading several other threads on Gerbings installs I thought I would try one on my 07 GSA. I wanted the install to be as "built in" as possible meaning I wanted al the connectors and controls to look like they belonged there as best as I could manage.

    I used a PDM60 module to power everything and installed weatherpack connectors on all the leads so if I ever want to change out gear it will be easy.

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    Bad picture of the cables running up and the controllers being tested before I install them.

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    Controls installed and still working.

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    I am a big fan of shrink tubing and this woven wire loom. It makes it easy to pull wire and offers a lot of protection.

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    I cut up the tool tray quite a bit and installed plexiglass (painted black) to create a pocket underneath for the Gerbings module. Here you can see the module and the weatherpack connectors I used to connect the barrel jacks.

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    Here is a shot of the control wire tapped into the diagnostic plug.

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    And the payoff. Barrel jacks exiting the tool tray. I saved the rubber plugs that came with the Gerbings and will rivet those to the tool tray as well so I can plug up the barrel jacks when not in use.

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    This is probably not an install for the faint of heart. I pretty much took the Gerbings out of the box and immediately cut all the ends off of all the wires. There is some delicate soldering as well to connect the center pin of the barrel jack without melting the plastic insulator.

    I would like advice on a good solution to grounding. Currently I have the PDM60 going straight to the battery but as I add other stuff I need some sort of bus bar to ground things to. I don't want to have 15 wires coming off the battery. I also have no idea where good grounding points are on this bike. So if anyone has a suggestion I am all ears.
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  2. seniorasi

    seniorasi Banned

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    Looks like you have it covered. If you use a single lead from the battery to the bus bar it should work as a ground as long as it doesn't corrode.
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  3. mitchapalooza

    mitchapalooza Rider is Air-cooled

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    +1 on the weatherpack and fiber loom.
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  4. qman8

    qman8 GS09

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    Nice job! But..Curious why you feel the need for all those weatherproof connectors taking up all that space instead of direct connection.???
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  5. JayhawkGSA

    JayhawkGSA Been here awhile

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    Just for overal versatility and service. Eventually there will be several items plugged into the PDM and I don't want to have to desolder everything to change the PDM out should it go bad. More and more I find myself using OEM style connectors for things. They are really robust and offer a lot of versatility. There is a reason they are OEM.

    I believe there is a new standard of connector that GM uses now that is smaller so I might check that out in the future.
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  6. '05Train

    '05Train Mind is not for rent

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    I think his question is why you didn't just connect the Gerbing's leads directly to the battery. It seems to me that would have been massively easier, as long as you don't mind having it unswitched.

    Slick install though.
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  7. BTL

    BTL No more snow!!

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    Looks real slick..nicely done.
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  8. a.c.s.

    a.c.s. Complaining less

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    Very nice install! Thanks for sharing your work.

    I was thinking about how to wire up my gerbings gear on my ride home tonight as I just have an SAE connector sticking out between my seat and the tank. I'll likely take a few hints from your install.
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  9. JayhawkGSA

    JayhawkGSA Been here awhile

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    Exactly that, I wanted it switched. Also, I don't like a bunch of stuff coming off the battery. This way only one thing is connected to the battery and I can plug and play whatever I need off of the PDM60. I Like the PDM60 because there are no fuses to blow, the downside is if it takes a crap you are out of luck I guess.

    Also, it was winter, what else was I going to do?
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  10. JayhawkGSA

    JayhawkGSA Been here awhile

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    Do you have any suggestions on a tpe of bus bar or where a good place to mount it is? This brings up another good question, where are the grounding lugs on these bike. Like on my truck I can find 3 or 4 places where things are grounded and connect to them.
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