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nicklecityscoot



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Has anyone installed one of those automotive lighter/power adapters onto their Bajaj?

Is it even possible to run a Tom-Tom or Garmin navigation device long term without draining/damaging the battery
Or anything else?

My Tom-Tom has the option of route planning by speed. It would be sooooooo sweet to be able to take 45 or 50 mile an hour roads whenever possible.
Plus I like to just ride until I get lost on country roads. It's so nice to just program "HOME" in the 'ol Tom-Tom.
"Nearest gas station" would come in handy when your rockin' the 1 & 1/3 Gallon Tank.

Not to mention having the ability to charge the phone and ipod if needed. ie: camping.

If this is possible could someone roll me the knowledge?

thanks!

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Mon Sep 22, 2008 3:23 am View user's profile Send private message
jnuke1



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I remembered seeing this awhile back.I planned on doing it myself but haven't gotten around to it.

http://retrobajaj.informe.com/viewtopic.php?t=41&highlight=volt+adapter
Mon Sep 22, 2008 3:30 am View user's profile Send private message
matty_x



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Cowboyrob uses a GPS on his bike. He wired it directly into the ignition.

Others have wired in cigarette lighter type power sockets.

The GPS draws so little current that I wouldn't be worried about load on the electrical system.

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Mon Sep 22, 2008 2:29 pm View user's profile Send private message
nicklecityscoot



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Thanks.

I appreciate your input! Looks easy.

One more question for you jedi.
When you unhook the blinker beeper do you just pull one lead off the beeper, tape it up and that's it?
How much power is ran to that annoying beeper anyway? Maybe we can use those leads. Two birds with one stone.

I have a multi-meter somewhere, does anyone know off hand?

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Tue Sep 23, 2008 3:26 am View user's profile Send private message
px166bajaj



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Location: Sevenoaks, Kent - UK!

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If you're worried about complications with the electrical system, why not get a small 12v battery, fit it in the toolbox, and just run the Tomtom from it via a cigarette lighter socket? you could plug in one of those solar panel trickle chargers while the bike is parked up.

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Tue Sep 23, 2008 5:20 am View user's profile Send private message
matty_x



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nicklecityscoot wrote:

When you unhook the blinker beeper do you just pull one lead off the beeper, tape it up and that's it?


Yes.

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How much power is ran to that annoying beeper anyway? Maybe we can use those leads. Two birds with one stone.


No, you wouldn't have any luck using those leads, as they are part of the signal circuit. You need constant 12v DC, so your best bet is to run wiring from the glove box, under the floor mats to the battery, or wire your power up to the ignition under the horncast.

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Tue Sep 23, 2008 2:17 pm View user's profile Send private message
px166bajaj



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matty_x wrote:

No, you wouldn't have any luck using those leads, as they are part of the signal circuit. You need constant 12v DC, so your best bet is to run wiring from the glove box, under the floor mats to the battery, or wire your power up to the ignition under the horncast.


Don't forget to add an inline fuse, or if the wires chafe and short out, you'll set your bike on fire. Shocked

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Tue Sep 23, 2008 6:12 pm View user's profile Send private message
nicklecityscoot



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Thanks.

Will do.

Could you imagine me hooking up my Tom-Tom up to the beeper leads?


HEY, it works!

Wait, no it doesn't.

Yes it does!!!!

Wait... ummmm...

There it is again!

Shit.


I only know where I'm going when I'm turning.

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px166bajaj



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nicklecityscoot wrote:
I only know where I'm going when I'm turning.


Drive curvy. Laughing

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stepthrupanam



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I have 2 lighter outlets hooked up to my Tak. Pretty straightforward job. I have an "all weather" outlet that sits on top of the glove box from which the wires run inside the glovebox and through a small hole I made where the glove box connects to the frame. I put a fuse inline and soldered (without flux Confused ) the two connections to the ignition. Used trial and error to find which contacts would allow the lighter port to only operate when the key is "on". Then I went into the glove box and used a razor to shave a little off the wires from the lighter port and then crimped a couple of electrical connectory things onto the wires and put another lighter socket on there. So now I have an all weather socket on the outside of the glovebox and a (significantly cheaper) standard lighter socket on the inside of the glovebox. Both utilize the same fuse.
This may seem like overkill for most people.....but I have unusual plans for my Tak Cool More about that to come.

Tools used: Dremel, soldering iron.

If I were to do this job again I would:

modify the rubber ignition cover to accomodate the new wires (I kinda just covered it in tape)

clean up all the metal shavings!! I left them lying around and now my floor mats have a lovely orange tinge to them.

I'll try and remember to put some pictures up.
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