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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-18-2009, 02:02 AM Thread Starter
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Hook up Garmin GPS to 2006 Vulcan 900 LT

I am interested in finding out the easiest way to get power to my Garmin Nuvi 660 which I have mounted to the handlebars of my 2006 Vulcan 900 LT. I understand that there is power in the headlight assembly but I am not sure if I would have to use a cigarette lighter to wire into the assembly, or hook up a direct power link, and what wires I have to hook up since there appear to be a few color coded wires in the headlight assembly. I have absolutely no familiarity with 12 volt wiring. Is there a special wiring harness that I have to purchase? Is there anyone that can walk me through the process?
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-18-2009, 10:27 AM
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There are a pair of female Spade Connectors in the Headlight Assembly for accessories.
This will give you 12v DC permanently live. Obtain 2 male Spade Connectors of the same size and connect your Garmin Supply to these. This will power your GPS.
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12V connectors

The connectors in the headlight bucket are bullet type. You can get a 12V accessory plug at most any auto parts or retail store and and bullet connectors from Radio Shack. I added power to my 900 custom for less than $10 to power the GPS. Make sure you get an accessory plug with a cover to keep out the elements. If you want a nice handlebar mounted 12V plug, it will cost more. My hookup is not pretty but functional.


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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-18-2009, 11:52 AM
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On my 07 custom the connnectors are spade type but they are larger that the normal 1/4" size. I tried Radio Shack, Home Depot and three different auto parts stores and couldn't find the large male connectors. I'm going to cut off the original ones and replace them with something more readily available and then use the corresponding connector to a cigarette lighter receptacle. They do have to be of the insulated type.
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-19-2009, 05:33 PM
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I'm looking to add speakers to my 900 custom 08. How exactly do you access these wires in the headlight? Also, does tapping in to this void the warranty? I have the extended good times plan from kawi. Thanks.
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Front Accessory Connectors

There are two Female Spade Connectors sitting in the Headlight Assembly not doing a great deal. The wire colours are White/Blue (Positive) and Black/Yellow (Negative). These are for powering accessories and are protected by the 10a Accessory Fuse. Please note that this is a Permanent Supply meaning it is live ALL THE TIME and not just switched on by the ignition switch.
You will need to have a separate switch on whatever it is you are powering or you may drain the battery.
I wouldn't think using this supply would invalidate your warranty because that is what it is for however if you are concerned it might pay you to check with the people who are giving the warranty.

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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-20-2009, 08:26 AM
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Does anyone know that if connected in the way described above then i could use my optimate to keep the battery charged up via the socket, save removing the seat etc
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