Return to Home page

Search | Statistics | User Listing Forums | Calendars | Albums | Quotes
Sidecar.com Forum ->  General discussion -> Technical Discussion -> View Thread

You are logged in as a guest. ( logon | register )

Random quote: "Gravity is a harsh mistress."
- (Added by: DAVE)

Electrical hook-up science....
Jump to page : 1
Now viewing page 1 [25 messages per page]
View previous thread :: View next thread
   General discussion -> Technical DiscussionMessage format
 

Posted 4/13/2004 7:25 PM (#3107)
Subject: Electrical hook-up science....


Hey Folks;

Well, I've got the sidecar firmly installed, and painted and am now ready to get involved in wiring everything up. So I have a question or two....

1) Do you recommend taking power from the bike battery itself, in order to run sidecar running lights, tail lights, CD player and so forth? Or do you prefer to tie into one or other of the factory provided accessory hook-ups?

2) What do you recommend for connecting and disconnecting the sidecar system from the bike, when removing and re-attaching the hack? What if you will end up with upwards of seven or eight different circuits on the sidecar? (I do know that some appliances have gang-connectors, with wires plenty big enough to carry the power needed between bike and hack. Has anybody used one of these?).

Thanks for your advice!

Sahagan
Top of the page Bottom of the page
normpottruff
Posted 4/14/2004 12:40 AM (#3109 - in reply to #3107)
Subject: RE: Electrical hook-up science....


Member

Posts: 35
25
Location: Regina Sask. Canada
Good Day Sahagan,
I usually use a four pin trailer light wiring kit to run power to the sidecar. They are fairly tidy and inexpensive and give you a convenient disconnect. You just hook up the wires the same as if you were wiring for a trailer except you don't have to connect the left turn signal. If you are going to run accessories in the sidecar off the motorcycle battery it is best to do it through a relay you've installed which receives it's signal from the tail light wire. That way the accessory can only be operated when the motorcycle key is turned on which prevents accidentally draining the battery.
Regards,
Norm
Top of the page Bottom of the page

Posted 4/14/2004 7:43 PM (#3115 - in reply to #3107)
Subject: Electrical hook-up science....


Hi Norm;

Thanks! I can see where the trailer hook-up would be both easy and safe, as well as fairly inexpensive.

The idea of running the accessories off the bike, through a relay energized by the tail light wire is one fine idea....and the only way I'd fail to follow through on that, is if I decide to go with a separate battery for the hack itself. And to tell you the truth, I suspect I'll go ahead as you suggested, and if it's adequate I'll simply leave well enough alone. If not, then I'll address the extra battery idea.

So, tomorrow, I'll start putting your suggestion to work. Again, my sincere thanks for the advice.

Later!

Sahagan
Top of the page Bottom of the page
Jump to page : 1
Now viewing page 1 [25 messages per page]
Jump to forum :
Search this forum
Printer friendly version
E-mail a link to this thread

 


Copyright 2004-2008, The United Sidecar Association — Built by BarringtonPress — Send your suggestions and comments to the webmaster
USCA Web usage policy



(Delete all cookies set by this site)
Running MegaBBS ASP Forum Software
© 2002-2017 PD9 Software