Gerbings and/or Sargent Heat controller mount

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by Chaseh, Jan 3, 2011.

  1. Chaseh

    Chaseh The Last Dragon

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    I've started to search for ideas on how to permanently or at least seasonally mount these controllers but if you have a solution you're particularly proud of, I'd love to hear about it and really would like to see a shot of it.

    Ideally I'd like to see them build into the handlebars but otherwise am looking for best areas to have controls mounted.
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  2. GAS GUY

    GAS GUY MILE EATER

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    My sargent seat heat controller is bolted on the crossbar of my gsa on the far left side.
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  3. aladin

    aladin Adventurer

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    I use my Gerbings stuff on multiple bikes so I found it easier to simply clip the dual temp control (see link below) to a loop on my Olympia jacket. It is easy to reach for quick adjustments while riding. I can adjust the temperature of the vest or gloves separately.

    http://gerbing.com/Products/tempControls.html
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  4. Rollmo

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    I mounted my controller on the left side, under the seat, near the accessory outlet.

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    I spliced some of the wire so I had a longer connecting cord from the controller to the plug for my jacket (wanted to be able to stand up on the pegs & be able to dismount without pulling on the wire), and I store the cord under the seat here:

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    Then when I want to use it, I just run the cord out the front of the seat:

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    It's a decently handy location, and it looks good mounted there. Handlebars would be best, but the controller I have is too bulky to mount in any sort of good-looking way on the handlebars. Figured this was the best compromise. :dunno
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  5. on2wheels52

    on2wheels52 Long timer

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    I use mine on four different bikes so haven't a fixed mount. I need to give aladin's idea of clipping it to the jacket a try.
    Jim
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  6. Railbender

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    Like several others I use my heated gear on several bikes. I stitched a strip of Nylon strap on the lower left pocket flap of my Olympia AST jacket to clip the controller on.

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  7. Lat

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    Another vote for mounting the control to your jacket via the controller cover. You don't run the risk of someone "borrowing" it from the bike (hard to believe someone would do that, but it happened to a riding bud of mine) and you only have one easy to get to disconnect to separate from the bike. And, it is the way Pony Express Riders used to hook theirs up for use on alternating steeds!

    The First Gear folks sewed a D-ring into the stitching of the lower right pocket close as possible to the center of the jacket for perfect "cross draw ergonomics" for left hand use going down the road. Copy that some way or another and you will be in good shape! Hth. ~Jeff
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  8. Chaseh

    Chaseh The Last Dragon

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    Thanks for the thoughts and advice. I'm looking to do permanent installations. Other bike isn't for the cold but if I wanted to hook in on other bikes in the future I would use a separate unit.

    I'm thinking about using the Touratech cockpit cover to host the gerbings control and also add extra outlet(s).

    Anyone added a custom control unit instead of what's provided with the sargent seat?
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  9. Semper Fi

    Semper Fi Runs with Scissors

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  10. Silent Panda

    Silent Panda Moms love me

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    Mounted switch (Aerostitch Heat-troller) here....

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    the box is stuck to the front of the throttle cable box with body molding tape.

    the switch is very easy to reach and the diode is easy to watch blink.
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  11. Kenadian

    Kenadian Been here awhile

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    I have played around with a few mounts and this one is the first that I am really happy with. At the recent MC show in Seattle, I bought a right angle coax plug mount at the Gerbing booth. I actually had to buy a whole kit, but I like have a lot of useless, extra crap laying around because invariably it become useful someday. Here is a link to some photos. I don't seem to have the means to post more than one photo.

    https://picasaweb.google.com/kennne...&authkey=Gv1sRgCNO6nvq9-L2ZBA&feat=directlink

    When I ride, I attach the controller to the velcro and If I forget about it when I dismount, it pulls off easily without any damage. The location is great for adjusting the temp while riding, Other mounts I have used have been more difficult to plug in with one hand.

    If you decide to do it this way, choose the location for the hole carefully or it will not fit behind the plastic panel. I had to remove one of the lock nuts on the inside of the plug to make it fit close enough to the back of the panel so it would fit.

    Ken

    Update-

    I re-wired it so that the Controller aways stays in place and controls the plug directly. Just plug in and use the controller. It works great.
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  12. Beast Rider

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    Here is where I put my single controller.....it's the dual lock velcro....works great....

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  13. Beast Rider

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    Got the idea from Silent Panda...thx SP.

    I had a single gerbings controller with one outlet on the left of the bike in between the front and rear seats....that worked fine for either my wife or myself since all we use is heated gloves....but not if we were riding 2 up....so I decided to mount permanent dual controllers and use the single portable on my dual sport...here is where I mounted the dual permanent controllers....front one for me....back one for the passenger...works great

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    I also noticed yesterday when I was riding on some pretty rough stuff....that when I stood up....sometimes the gloves would disconnect....so I put this in ...lies tight to the body when connected but expands when you stand up on the pegs.....

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  14. Chaseh

    Chaseh The Last Dragon

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    Looks good BR. Will be awesome when you redo the seat with heat.

    I've decided to go with a touratech cockpit cover (I&II) with additional outlets added as well as the permanent controllers from Gerbings being used to work the Gerbings pigtail and the Sargent seat, plus an added fuse box.

    I'll upload pics when installed. This beyond me and being performed by George at www.beemersuberalles.com.
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  15. Chaseh

    Chaseh The Last Dragon

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    Ended up with a permanent install using a Touratech cockpit cover (which also adds an additional pocket socket) a Gerbings dual temp controller, which controls both my Gerbings jacket and the Sargent seat, and a Centech fuse box to handle the new wiring, plus a pigtail up through the seat for the jacket. All was installed by Beemers Uber Alles in Manassas, thanks George!

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  16. PhotoBiker

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    +1 on the Touratech cover.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/gsansoucie/5482911467/" title="TT Console Cover by DamnBeavers, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5300/5482911467_731beaeef4.jpg" width="500" height="426" alt="TT Console Cover" /></a>

    The actually [sealed] controller unit is on the tank beneath the seat (Upper left in the photo).
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/gsansoucie/5482929477/" title="P1020344.jpg by DamnBeavers, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5219/5482929477_28b833883f.jpg" width="500" height="358" alt="P1020344.jpg" /></a>


    For a permanent controller, I suggest you either go with Warm 'N Safe, or mount a Gerbing controller in an easily accessible location so you can replace it quickly when it fails.
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  17. JohnBryer

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    How did you keep the LED's on the controllers staying through the hole that you drilled? Glue?
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  18. JayhawkGSA

    JayhawkGSA Been here awhile

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    Does anyone know the specs on the barrel jacks Gerbing uses for the Dual Zone Permanent Mount controller?

    I am going to copy Beast Rider's set up for the controller but I would like to mount the barrel jacks that the clothes plug into in a permanent location as well. It should be as simple as getting a bulkhead mount barrel jack from Mouser or Digikey and soldering it on the leads in lieu of the ones that are already on there. There is a black fairing just below the seat of my GS Adventure that I think will work well and will be within 8 inches of where the jacket plugs in.
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  19. NoVa Rider

    NoVa Rider Long timer

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    Can't answer the above question, but as prior posters have done, here's the warmnsafe dual mounts on my 2011:

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    As the install directions suggest, be sure and coat the boards with urethane. Stops unintended connectivity when wet. :thumb

    As for the leds, they just stay, but I'm sure you could use something to hold them, perhaps silicone, if you wished. :ear
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  20. Bonwit

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    For Gerbing, the plug you need is known as a DC Power Connector, size "N". Radio Shack carries the stand alone solder type. Not sure about panel mount. Mouser or Digikey probably has them.
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