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Old 9 Jun 2012
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Wiring in accessories

Any electric experts out there?
Regarding the spare connector block behind the dash on the new Yamaha XT660Z Tenere: I have plugged in a 12v power socket to this block but also want to add a LED battery charge / level indicator. This has just two wires (+, -). Is it OK to wire it into the same connector block that is feeding the 12V socket? I don't want to connect it directly to the battery as it it will draw power from the battery when the ignition is off.
I know this is probably a very basic, obvious question, but I am new to motorbike electrics and don't want to kill my bike.
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I have one of these on my 1994 XT600E. The red wire (+) should be taken to any switched positive, the black (-) to any earth.

For the most accurate readings, connect the + wire as close as possible to the ignition switch, so you aren't seeing voltage drops through long cables and iffy connectors. The - wire can go directly to the battery negative, or to any sound chassis earth. I have the + on mine cut into the wire from the ign switch about an inch from the switch, and the - goes all the way back to the battery.

You can safely wire it to the same connectors as the power socket, as the voltage indicator draws only a tiny current. I find the device very useful. I was getting a solid green light which occasionally flickered to amber, and told me that my ign switch was going bad. And when the reg/rec goes again (as it will), hopefully I will know about it before it leaves me stranded.

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Cheers mate. Just wired it all up and it seems to work fine. I will do a test run to make sure all is OK, but so far so good.
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Good news. Next topic - how to keep your eyes on the road and not stare at your voltage monitor.
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