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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-22-2013, 02:36 PM Thread Starter
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On/off switch ok?

I have a shark audio system on my 900 and the remote is for the lack of a better word... Junk.
What I would like to do is wire a simple toggle switch inline of the hot wire to turn it on and off.
Is this an acceptable idea?
I have read the accessory wires under the seat are not switched and I would need a relay... Unsure on how I would even wore a relay..

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-22-2013, 02:58 PM
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I dont see why you would need a switch or a relay. Assuming the system has an on/off switch that will do the same thing. Only thing I would recommend is a inline fuse iif those wires arent already fused.
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I dont see why you would need a switch or a relay. Assuming the system has an on/off switch that will do the same thing. Only thing I would recommend is a inline fuse iif those wires arent already fused.
A switch of any sort is always a good idea. With a constant hot going to the unit, there will be a draw on the battery, even when turned off. Additionally, having a constant hot can cause some connections to corrode if they get wet. Personally I would look for a "Normally open" relay that is activated by a switched hot. They draw very little current and should be able to be spliced on to any switched hot source under the seat. The battery or constant hot feed then can be connected to supply side with the radio on the load side.

Nati is correct in that a fuse is almost a given if one is not already inline.
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It is fused.
I would like to be able to cut the power to the system with a toggle switch.
The remote works for all operations correctly except it doesn't like to turn off easily...


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I put a switch on my wifes 900 as the system was drawing on the battery when off. I used an inline toggle switch and put it in the bag with the amp.

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I just mounted mine on the bars using a Kuryakyn mount. I only use the remote for choosing equalizer settings. All of the controls are easily accessed by my fingertips. No switch required, just turn it off. It has been on for three years and has never drawn battery power when turned off (circuits are either open or closed, no clock to power).

As for your question, yes, a switch would work just fine. Good luck.


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Thank you everyone for the advice, I will go to the auto parts store and get a small rocker or toggle switch and install it inline to cut the power to it.


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