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We have some pretty good electrical type guys around here. I have a very basic question, but it eludes me.

What is a good connector for connecting wires together?

I've got a nifty little LED voltage meter I'd like to install and I need to splice it into an existing line. I'm going to connect it with the power going to my 12v power outlet behind my left fairing. I figured this would be a good place to measure both the voltage in my electrical system and it let's me know that whatever I have plugged in is also getting power. Plus it's already tied in with a circuit that only comes on when the bike is running.

I've been to all the auto parts places in town, but nothing jumps out at me for making this simple connection.

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I would use a simple wire splice connector.

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These work real well, especially the Posi-tap for an existing line. I wasn't able to find them at any local stores so I ordered an assortment on-line.
http://www.posi-lock.com/

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I use the same taps that King.Versys suggested. They're easy to install and I haven't had one come loose on me yet. I have about 6 in use at the moment for the lights on my saddle bags.
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I would use a simple wire splice connector.

These are ok for a quick easy connection. Be careful that the wire slot in the connector is not to big for the wire size. Being in the trade, i have repaired many failures with this connector, mainly due to the wire size in modern vehicles being to small for the slot. If you want to splice a wire into wire without cutting your supply wire, you trim away the insulation around the supply wire, twist your splice into it and "solder" the joint. I have just fitted a voltage led that way. The wires on the voltage led would be to small for the above clip.
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These work real well, especially the Posi-tap for an existing line. I wasn't able to find them at any local stores so I ordered an assortment on-line.
http://www.posi-lock.com/
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solder any connector that will have vibration or moisture that may affect it

that means on any motorcycle that you do not want to hunt electrical gremlins at night or in the middle of a rainstorm on the side of the road, you had better solder anything that you hook up.

and I would also do a close inspection of all current wiring on any used motorcycle that you buy.

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