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Modifications on new '09

We recently purchased a new Green '09 for my wife, and I thought I would share some pics of the mods I have made to it.

Eastern Beaver PC8 Fuse Panel mounted on home-made bracket. Also shown; relays powering fuse panel and Stebel Nautilus horn


PC8 and tail-light splice for triggering fuse panel relay


Inside PC8


Backoff brake light modulator hidden under PC8


Back-side of mounting bracket for PC8


Barkbusters Storm handguards. "Side-wings" on Givi windscreen had to be removed to allow handguard clearance. Also shown; Oxford heated grips powered by FirstGear Heatroller. I decided not to use the Oxford heat controller after reading about the potential "power-offs" due to low voltage input.


Heatroller mounted on home-made bracket under SW-Motech mirror wideners.


Stebel Nautilus mounted under left side fairing


Home-made bracket using stock threaded mounting point on bike


Tight clearance next to tank is necessary to also clear inside of fairing


Powerlet socket on home-made bracket for powering heated clothing


MotoWerk lowering block


Clamps lowered in fork tubes


Another shot of clamps lowered in fork tubes


Shorter sidestand necessary for lowering kit install with larger foot welded on sidestand

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continued...

Givi PL447 luggage racks






Upper rack mounting point shown. The "under-seat" bracket is not included in the PL447 side-rack kit and must be purchased separately. It is also included in the top-rack mounting kit as an alternative.


I shortened the stock turn signals so they would clear the racks and luggage without having to use the ugly Givi signal relocation brackets


H&B Crashbars


Lower crashbar mounting point is strong, using the engine/frame mount


I chose the H&B crashbars because none of the other brands had a joiner plate between the right and left sides of the crashbars


I dislike the rear mounting point of the crashbars; too small of a bolt in my opinion


Woodcraft slider spools

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Nice job on the additions

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Nice job & great pics!



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Good stuff. I see you take pride in your work.
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Hi E-nigma,

Nice mods and pics. Congrats on your V and Have a Good time!


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Wow, you do nice work!

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2009 Candy Plasma Blue Versys
BarkBuster Handguards
Eastern Beaver fuse box
Ermax Rear Hugger
Garmin Zumo 660
Givi V35 Side Cases, V46 Top Case (with AdMore Lighting LEDV46-T-TS)
Motowerk Flat Foot, GPS Mount, Mirror Extenders
Pyramid Fenda Extenda
Stebel Nautilus Horn
SW Motech Crash Bars
Aprilia Tuono mirrors
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Good job............great pics....
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Very good quality pics!!
Your craftsmanship shows!! You obvoiuosly work with your hands for a living.
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Lovely work as the others have said!

Only POSSIBLE issue I see: your 12V powerlet's wires are apparently in a compromised position above your rear tire (when rear suspension compresses). Or is that an illusion?

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Only POSSIBLE issue I see: your 12V powerlet's wires are apparently in a compromised position above your rear tire (when rear suspension compresses). Or is that an illusion?

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Good point and good observation, and I did think about that when installing the socket. There will be enough clearance (about 4 inches before compression from bottom of socket to top of swingarm brace).
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You do really nice clean work. Wish u lived close to me so I could pick your brain. Nice bike and nice pics.
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Thumbs up

Congrats on the bike and all the work you put in to it for your wife, really shows you care about what you are doing. Hope you both enjoy the rides.

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Nice clean job.

Question:

I keep seeing "Relay" for this ,and that. Why are relays used on this bike for such things as lights and ect.
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Nice clean job.

Question:

I keep seeing "Relay" for this ,and that. Why are relays used on this bike for such things as lights and ect.
Relays were used for two reasons:

1. If the new fuse panel had been wired directly to the battery, then any accessories wired to the fuse panel would always be on, even when the bike's ignition is off. With this set-up the accessories could drain the battery. This was prevented by placing a relay in-line between the battery and the fuse panel. The relay has four connection terminals. One goes to the battery, one goes to the fuse panel, one is grounded to the frame, and the final terminal goes to the bike's tail-light wire. When the bike is turned on, the tail-light wire becomes "hot", triggering the relay to turn on by closing the circuit from the battery to the fuse panel, and the fuse panel and it's accessories become powered.

2. Another relay was used for the Stebel horn, as it draws up to 15 amps of current. This is more current than is drawn by the stock horn. If you were to run this much current through the horn switch on the handlebar, the small contact points in the switch could become damaged with enough use. By powering the horn with a relay, the horn switch does not run these high amps, but instead triggers the relay to turn on, closing the circuit from the fuse panel (battery) to the horn. The relay runs the high amps, not the switch on the handlebar. Since the horn is connected to the new fuse panel, it is actually power by two relays, one that powers the fuse panel, and another that is triggered by the horn switch on the handlebars. There are also two horn fuses to look at if the horn stops working, the fuse in the OEM fuse panel that powers the handlebar switch, and the fuse in the new fuse panel that powers the horn relay.

Horn and relay wiring diagram (the "battery" in this digram is actually the new fuse panel, and the "+ and - factory horn leads" are connected to the handlebar switch in my set-up).

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AWWW! We have comprehension now. Thank you for the excellent explanation.
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