Being a frakle hound I plan to add a bunch of gadgets and gizmos. Because of this I decided to add an Eastern Beaver PC8 fuse panel
. This is a brand new part from Eastern Beaver, I was actually pre-order #1! It provides 8 fused circuits, 6 that are switched via a relay and 2 that are always on.
Well I recently installed it and thought others might like to see my install. When I do my installations I like to do as little that is permanent, so I can easily return it to factor spec if needed. Also I did not want to install it under the seat. Although it is much more convenient to install it under the seat if you blow a fuse, I wanted room for other things, and found a good place, behind the side panel near the radiator fluid reservoir. This location also has the advantage of being close to the gauges where most of my electrical doodads will be installed; meaning shorter cable runs.
Because of this the standard cabling that Jim at Eastern Beaver provides is not the right length, I contacted him and he made me a custom cable for me for the same price as his normal 48" harness! Jim runs a great business and he is very responsive and helpful; even for a non Versys owner!
Here is what a normal lead looks like, with the custom lengths listed next to the wires. Note that the switching lead needs a red, not blue connector. My custom size places the relay close to the fuse panel, and away from the battery leads.
Total time for this install is about an hour. This includes removal and reinstall of body panels.
Step 1: Remove the side pod (6 bolts, 4mm Hex Wrench) and black side (1 Bolt, 4mm Hex) cover:
I have to remove my Cee Baily wind screen as well, not sure if you need to with other screens.
Step 2: Enlarge the whole on the relay, and remove the mounting bolt (10mm I think) from the radiator fluid reservoir, mount the relay to the bolt, tilting it up slightly so that the side pod can clear it:
Step 3: Mount the PC8 to the side of the gas tank using 3M Dual Lock Strips (also sold by Eastern Beaver). Make sure you leave clearance for wires, don't mount it too high.
Step 4: Attach the switching lead from the relay to the right side maker light wires. Zip tie it to the frame.
Step 5: Run the main battery leads along the side of the tank, under the black side cover and under the tank mounting brace. You will have to remove the fuse cover to get this under the tank.
Step 6: Attach battery leads to the battery:
Step 6: Install fuses and reinstall the body panels and your done! When putting on the body panels I recommend using a socket wrench to make sure you get them tight, otherwise you will get buzzing from them.