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Spare electrical plugs on 2013 Versys

I was looking at the new V to figure out how to run wires from the dash area to the battery to power up a GPS and heated vest.

On the left side beside the front of the gas tank I found the following electrical plugs.
One 4 posted square plug with two posts live when the bike is running and two posts not. Must be negative.

Two bullet type male connectors, not live, must be negative.

One double plug, female type, that does not seem to have any power whether the bike is running or not. Does not work with the bright light switch. Will have to trace this wire to see if it is connected to anything or is missing a fuse. Any ideas???

This will help with the wiring of my heated vest. Will have to run a hot line for the GPS. I do not want it to turn off when I stop for gas or a short break.

Have picked up two auto style all weather lighter style plus from the auto parts store. Will insert them into the dash. One with constant power and one switched.

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"Must be negative" is a pretty big assumption. You have a multimeter?
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It is also a big assumption that either of those power lines have a large enough fuse to work with your heating equipment.

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the two male bullet connectors are negative or ground connections and the two female are the positive corresponding ones. They are switched on an internal relay but I think it is only 5 amps so maybe not enough for heated gear depending what you use.
If you want an unswitched supply you should run a separate wire from the battery.

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Install a Fuzeblock or something similar and be sure of what you've got...


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+1 on using FuzeBlock.

BTW, if you're not aware, it's important that the power to the (Garmin) GPS go through the 12 volt plug-in they provide. Attaching 12 volts directly to the GPS will "fry" it, immediately. Personal experience.

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+1 on using FuzeBlock.

BTW, if you're not aware, it's important that the power to the (Garmin) GPS go through the 12 volt plug-in they provide. Attaching 12 volts directly to the GPS will "fry" it, immediately. Personal experience.
and for all of you tech-type folks, what he says is EXACTLY true!

the reason why you ask????
simple, Garmin sprinkles some magical fairy dust inside of the cable wrapping

actually, they wire in some combination of tiny resistors that modify the direct power and varying pulses that flow from your motorbikes electrical system into their gps unit.

without these little magical devices.....well, let's just say that if you venture out on your own and wire up your gps without their cable, you too will soon become a member of the "hey y'all, I just bought a new gps club"
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Wow, am I ever happy that I posted this. I hesitated, then did. Thank you guys.

Yes, I have a multimeter, questionable about my competence in using it. Will check.

My assumptions could have put a double load onto a device creating a barbeque effect.

Yes, I will be using the original plug from my old GPS. It is so old that the battery no longer holds enough charge to start it up. So the old plug and attachment is the only way to light it up. My new GPS has a different connection wire,

I was excited about finding these plugs and thought that I no longer needed to install a fuzzblock. Will do some further investigation before I proceed. I may have been wrong.

Just got back from a short ride. Nice and warm day with the sun shinning. Now have 500 klms on the bike.
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