GPS and Battery Cable install

Discussion in '2012+ CRF250L Tech Talk' started by Alex, Aug 22, 2013.

  1. Alex

    Alex crf250l.org dude

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    The first two mods I do on just about every bike I purchase are adding a GPS, and setting up a cable to the battery. The battery cable has two purposes; it can power my Gerbing heated jacket liner, and can be used to charge the battery from a battery tender while in the garage. Here's how I did it on our new CRF250L:

    First, you need to remove the seat, with the two bolts at the rear. Then the plastics need to come off. If I remember right, it was only one bolt on the plastic under the seat, but then 3 bolts each for the front shrouds. Naked, she looks like this:

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    With the battery easily exposed on the left, it's easy to attach the two sets of cables to the two terminals.

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    I used a few zipties to run the GPS cable up the inside of the frame rail and hold it in place. I also used zipties so the pigtail for the Gerbing lead would peek out right in front of that side frame and stay in place.

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    The GPS mount is a RAM component, attached to the crossbar via the standard u-bolt mount, with a medium arm going to the cradle for the GPS60Cx:

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    Where it is placed from a back view:

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    Front view:

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    Seems to be solid so far, but will be curious how well it will all hold up. Full resolution pics are available up in this gallery.
     
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  2. gvcrt

    gvcrt New Member

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    H Alex just seen your GPS installation just wondering how is it holding up on the trails.
     
  3. Alex

    Alex crf250l.org dude

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    Good question, Graeme! I haven't had it installed while bouncing around on trails yet. The first time I had the bike on the trailer after I installed the mount, the u-bolt rotated a bit around the bars when it came in contact with a strap, so I removed it. (Not the whole mount, just unscrewed the ram mount part and left the base). I have a hunch that in tough stuff, it might rotate a bit again, unless I can find a way to tighten the u-bolt a bit more, or make the bar that it's connected to a bit more of a high-friction surface. I'll plan to leave it on the next time I go out to test its durability to make sure.
     
  4. gvcrt

    gvcrt New Member

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    It would be good if you could let me know how you get on as I'm looking to install one on my bike
    Regards Graeme
     
  5. Alex

    Alex crf250l.org dude

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    I had to move the GPS mount to the other side of the bars. It was interfering with the brake cable, and one time when the bike dove quite a bit, it in fact caught on that cable and was pulled down. I re-positioned it all the way to the right hand side of the bars, and tightened the clamps much more than I had prior. After 250 miles of riding on backroads today, some of them reasonably bumpy, it didn't move a bit. Seems like a good long-term solution at this point.

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  6. Tigger

    Tigger Active Member

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    Hi, I like to fit a wear resistant braid over the cables during installation, especially on a bike that can expect a lot of bouncy riding, a wire shorting to the frame on a remote trail is not ideal, probably just my OCD kicking in...lol

    Good photos and explanation, thanks
     
  7. Alex

    Alex crf250l.org dude

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    Not a bad idea! I need to rethink this mount at some point for another reason; it is not holding solidly enough on the bar to keep from rotating over time, no matter how much I tighten it. It's fine for moderate street rides, but anything particularly bumpy and I need to reposition it from time to time.
     
  8. Tigger

    Tigger Active Member

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    Maybe some kind of self amalgamating rubber tape around the bar first, I have just ordered a mirror clamp with an 8mm thread and a clamp size of 7/8"
    upload_2016-7-7_22-40-18.png Pair Black Universal 8mm Motorcycle 7/8" Handle Bar Thread Mirror Mount £2.74 delivered from ALIEXPRESS.com

    I used a bigger version to hold a tool tube on my Tiger800
     
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