What have you done to your bike today?

  • Do we have this already?


    I refitted the standard weight spring to the GS today, lovely job. Also tried to clean out the headlamp switch to stop the pilot light flickering. Fairly succesful, but I suspect the switch is on the way out. Replacement is about £150! =O

    Three Dawg. A man of many parts, most of them broken.

  • Ordered up some new wiring from Eastern Beaver https://www.easternbeaver.com/Main/main.html in Japan. Got a kit to add two relays for the headlight - clearly not having them is getting to the switchgear and also the light should be considerably brighter having a direct feed from the battery. Also got one of their battery connection splitter leads so I can rationalise the number of leads going to the battery down to two. OK, could have done this myself, but this kit looks good. Biggest problem on the GS is finding space for relays (have one each for the fogs and spots) and other things like the box for the Garmin power feed. It's pretty crammed in there!

    Three Dawg. A man of many parts, most of them broken.

  • In truth you can buy the bits, solder them to a PCB and put it in a box --- quite easily.

    BUT and it is big BUT, A DIY version is never ever going to be as neat as a Proprietary version and at the money ---- good value imho.

  • Yeah, similar to the Fuzebloc and others including EB. What I have bought (apart from the relay loom) is a small splitter loom which is unswitched to save on connections to the battery. It's a bit tight under the seat behind the battery where I might otherwise put a box as the Garmin power box and the wiring for the temperature spoofer is.


    I will run the feeds to all the lights from this plus Mrs 3D's heated vest. This is the lead https://www.easternbeaver.com/…CS-Sealed/3cs-sealed.html Anyway, it's on its way so I'll report back on the install soon.

    Three Dawg. A man of many parts, most of them broken.

  • Well I fitted the Eastern Beaver relay kit today.


    All came nicely packaged from Japan (after I'd paid the import duty and the twelve quid admin charge :cursing:). This is quality kit with top spec Panasonic relays. I also bought a three way fused mini distributor loom and a splitter bacause I have aux lights and a feed for Mrs 3D's leccy vest attached to the battery.



    Decided the best place for the relays was on the headstock. Fastened them to a plate and then used industrial Velcro to hold the plate in place. Relays are sealed, so should be fine there.



    Drilled a couple of new holes in the headlamp shell to feed the new wires through. On this kit the socket for the bulb is loose to make fitting easier in what is a fairly restricted place. Relay operating feeds for the aux lights taken off the main and pilot lights. Existing earth from the handlebar switch is taped up as it is redundant. Snip the main and dipped beam leads from the handlebar 8| and connect to the new relays with Posi Locks, I used a couple of diaphragm (sp?) grommets in the new holes.



    Further back I needed to try to tidy up the new wiring. .. There are four connectors - two sets of aux lights, feed for the main light and the leccy vest, but the new mini loom means I only have two connectors on each battery pole, although I do have a take off for various earth cables, but it's still only two on the battery.



    There is only one place it can go - behind the battery. Coiled it up a bit and fixed it down loosely with a clip. None of it weighs anything so I think it will be fine, and I can easily get at the fuses. :/ There's quite a lot going on there with the new fuses, connectors, Garmin box and wiring for the temperature spoofer, but I think It's OK. All works anyway, and the new relays will guarantee maximum lumens at the front while protecting my expensive switchgear.


    Three Dawg. A man of many parts, most of them broken.

  • The main thing is you have thought it out rather than just "shoving it in someplace".

    It's ages since I had to pay an admin fee --- a purchase from the USA --- it can add a disproportionate cost and really grates.

  • Trouble with GSs and other modern bikes is that there is no room for anything, but apart from making changing the airfilter a bit more long winded (ahem) behind the battery works OK I reckon. Anyway, it was easier than finding somewhere for all the gubbins for 4 HID aux lights to go: 2 relays, four igniters, four ballasts and the lock out switches plus all the wiring...

    Three Dawg. A man of many parts, most of them broken.

  • It's ages since I had to pay an admin fee --- a purchase from the USA --- it can add a disproportionate cost and really grates.

    I’ve had some experience of customs and Post Office admin fees recently, buying parts for the Buell. Even so, with the shipping, customs and admin fees, the top end gasket set I had shipped from Idaho still worked out a lot cheaper than buying the same kit from Europe (couldn’t find one in the UK).


    eBay/PayPal have a scheme where you pay it all upfront rather than get a nasty surprise and a trip to the parcel office to pay-up and pick-up. It’s worked for me a couple of times. It’s also worth remembering that if your package is under £125 value (inc shipping), there’s no customs charge (that’s from the States, not sure if it’s the same from Japan or elsewhere).

    '04 TDM900 😁 ‘84 XL600R (again) 😎 ‘08 Ulysses XT 😂

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