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How did you install the battery tender?
« on: December 17, 2013, 01:10:50 pm »
Hey guys -- I am looking to install a battery tender wire and/or heated gear wire on my new to me connie 14.

The problem I am facing is trying to determine WHERE to put the wire so it is easily accessible outside the bike.Can anyone help me out by posting some pictures?

Also -- can anyone recommend a video or guide on how to hook up the Positive and Negative to the battery on this? I am always scared when doing electrical work on my bikes and it seems like the Connie has a very confusing battery system compared to the normal Positive and negative terminals I am used to on bikes.

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Re: How did you install the battery tender?
« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2013, 01:57:35 pm »
What year C14 do you have?
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Re: How did you install the battery tender?
« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2013, 02:11:36 pm »
2008 -- sorry!

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Re: How did you install the battery tender?
« Reply #3 on: December 17, 2013, 02:17:54 pm »
I put the pigtail leads on (-) and frame ground (at the battery, same one battery uses) directly. Works perfectly.
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Re: How did you install the battery tender?
« Reply #4 on: December 17, 2013, 02:25:30 pm »
I've got a 2012, but here's how I did the mount for mine.  My battery tender is on the left side of the garage, which is why I mounted it on the left side.



I bought it at http://www.solarcapitalist.com/sae2pin-surface-mount-connect.aspx


I'm not sure on the wiring for a 2008, sorry.

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Re: How did you install the battery tender?
« Reply #5 on: December 17, 2013, 02:27:18 pm »
jeff -- that is cool but I don't want to cut into my fairing at all. I am wondering what people have done outside of a mechanism such as that.

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Re: How did you install the battery tender?
« Reply #6 on: December 17, 2013, 02:43:16 pm »
From a wiring standpoint, do people leverage the Positive Terminal Thingy that the connie has, or go straight to the battery? I question it because the following video shows to put a powerlet socket to the Positive "terminal" rather than directly to the battery (which is what I am used to).

Thats the confusing part to me, because I have never seen a terminal like this in a bike before.

Please navigate to min 7:40 to see what I am referencing.

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Re: How did you install the battery tender?
« Reply #7 on: December 17, 2013, 03:19:40 pm »
Like I said above, I used a simple pigtail lead that came with the Battery Tender Plus, and fastened the red lead directly to the battery and the black lead to the bolt in the frame where the battery also connects its ground.

Simple. Works. Store the connector easily in there when not in use. One hex bolt out and the cover comes off and you have the pigtail to hook up to.
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Re: How did you install the battery tender?
« Reply #8 on: December 17, 2013, 03:35:18 pm »
From a wiring standpoint, do people leverage the Positive Terminal Thingy that the connie has, or go straight to the battery? I question it because the following video shows to put a powerlet socket to the Positive "terminal" rather than directly to the battery (which is what I am used to).

Thats the confusing part to me, because I have never seen a terminal like this in a bike before.


I never knew this terminal block was there.  Thanks for passing this on.

Electrically, it does not matter which is used - terminal block or battery. The wire from the battery to the terminal is a pretty heft gauge.  While it is a bit more effort to use the terminal as shown in the video, I think I may move my ACC power leads to it instead of directly to the battery. This will make connections to the battery cleaner with only one connection per battery terminal. 

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Re: How did you install the battery tender?
« Reply #9 on: December 17, 2013, 03:42:42 pm »
I have a tender installed on my 08. I wired directly to the battery terminals and routed the connector so that i is located behind the right fairing. I tuck it up behind the foam when not in use. When in use, I reach up, pull it from behind the foam. I drops down a couple inches below the foam. I'll see what kind of pics I can get over lunch and post them for you.
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Re: How did you install the battery tender?
« Reply #10 on: December 17, 2013, 03:44:39 pm »
Here's something else you can do with that Battery Tender Plug...

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Re: How did you install the battery tender?
« Reply #11 on: December 17, 2013, 04:06:33 pm »
As promised, here's the pics of my install...

The tender pigtail that connects directly to the battery has an inline 3 amp fuse that I replaced with a 7 amp (I think). This was so I could run my Slime portable 12VDC emergency air pump.
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Re: How did you install the battery tender?
« Reply #12 on: December 17, 2013, 04:35:16 pm »
My pig tail is located the same place as pic 3 above. I tuck the end of the pig tail inside the lip of the fairing when not in use. This puts it out of the way. The tender pigtail is a easy install. Hardest part is taking the panels off to get to the battery. I used the batteries frame ground which will be starring you in the face, 8mm bolt for the negative and put the positive lead on the positive battery post. 
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Re: How did you install the battery tender?
« Reply #13 on: December 17, 2013, 05:28:35 pm »
Awesome -- Thanks everyone - I think that cleared up my questions! If anyone else has pics feel free to post.

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Re: How did you install the battery tender?
« Reply #14 on: December 18, 2013, 06:01:08 pm »
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Re: How did you install the battery tender?
« Reply #15 on: December 19, 2013, 01:32:26 pm »
here is something a lot of guys from the Corvette world are doing.

similar to the MAC book, its a magnetite connector






a Video in action :  http://tmaxxpowerpipes.tripod.com/mag.wmv

this i the link for just the connector kit
http://www.qpcpv.com/topflightreproductions/id37.html

you still have to buy a Battery Tender device.


just a thought for thoes that are handy.

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Re: How did you install the battery tender?
« Reply #16 on: December 21, 2013, 01:44:29 pm »
Hey guys -- I am looking to install a battery tender wire and/or heated gear wire on my new to me connie 14.

The problem I am facing is trying to determine WHERE to put the wire so it is easily accessible outside the bike.Can anyone help me out by posting some pictures?


I use the passenger heated vest plug for my battery tender. Kills two birds with one stone.

I have the wire coming out about half way up the left hand side of the seat. My wife plugs her heated vest into it, OR I use it for my battery tender when the bike is parked. When not in use at all, I just push the loose plug end into the gap where the handle is recessed on the left hand side case. It never moves from there otherwise.

The wire is connected to an FZ-1 fuse block under my seat. HTH.
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Re: How did you install the battery tender?
« Reply #17 on: December 21, 2013, 05:04:57 pm »
I think I've posted a photo on this forum before of my install, but now can't find the photo. Oh well, to describe, I ordered wiring and Powerlet plug from the Powerlet website. They have a huge array of option and combinations. I went with a clean install of a Powerlet outlet on the front right dash panel - opposite of the glove box. I had to drill a hole in the dash, but with the Powerlet supplied kit, it looks very clean.

With this install, all I really needed to do was loosen the plastic to provide room to snake the wire directly from the battery, up under and around the tank, and then to the underneath side of the dash. I zip tied the excess wire underneath so it is not visible.

The Powerlet kit comes with a 15 amp fuse inline, and since it is direct to the battery, i can use for my battery tender (requires an SAE to Powerlet pigtail) for battery maintenance. My next step was to order a power kit (again, from Powerlet) for my tank bag. This requires using a soldering iron to cut a hole in the tank bag and then installing a gromet with an SAE outlet. When riding, I can now run the pigtail from the outlet to the bag, which has an splitter with both an SAE and a cigarette lighter plug inside the bag. I can plug my iPod or iPhone into the cigarette lighter adapter in the bag, and still have the factory installed dash outlet for my GPS.

Finally, because the Powerlet outlet is fused at 15 amps, I have plenty of capacity for my heated gear as well. I purchased and adapter to run my Gerbings controller to the available SAE adapter inside the tank bag, or directly to the outlet when tank bag not needed. Works like a champ!
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Re: How did you install the battery tender?
« Reply #18 on: December 21, 2013, 05:06:17 pm »
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^^^^ simplistic and all thats needed for a clean install  :great:
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