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Hi all, Great bike now need to make it ready for winter which is fast approaching, I need to wire in my heated jacket, but the battery compartment is very tight and enclosed, anyone managed to wire anything of the battery.
Mines a dct 2018, I'm sure it must be possible.

Thanks Steve
 

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I recently wrote a blog post about wiring up accessories on my 2017 Africa Twin using the Eastern Beaver fuse block kits (ignition switched). But it's applicable to most wiring projects - at least to start.

Unfortunately, it won't let me post a link.

There is lots of information and tips available if you google or search the forum. Including some great videos on YouTube.
 

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Yes the space is tight but it's possible. You have to take out a little the battery to connect the new terminals. To do it, first al all, disconnect the ground wire from the battery (isolate it!), then you can slide out the battery and operate a little easier.
In the attached image you can see the result of my work adding a SAE fused socket for compressor, battery charger, etc. that I keep under the seat.
 

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Eastern Beaver sells fuse block kits custom made to fit the Africa Twin. I've used his PC8s' in my FZ-09, XCiting 500, DL1000, and more. Since the 8 fuse block fits, I would always go with it so you have more room for expansion. It has 6 switched and 2 non switched power taps - and it's pretty easy to need more than 3...


1) Better horn with a relay
2) aux lights
3) heated clothing hookup at the seat
4) aux power for GPS or phones
5) voltmeter
6) ...

1) alarm
2) battery tender
 

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I used one of the switched circuits on the Eastern Beaver PC8 wired to A First Gear standard COAX Panel fitting in this manner. Note the flip-top sticking up on the left side mounted through the Air-tunnel baffle. I have ridden in heavy rain and had no problems with it, and it seals quite well when nothing is plugged in.
 

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Slightly different approach from me, As there is so little room around the battery box, I fitted a PDM60 to the bike and then ran the loom for my heated gear from this as well as the other items requiring power, very neat, programable for voltage output on each device, no fuses to mess with, it's a little more expensive but is a quality unit.
 

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PDM60 or PC8s. Both accomplish the same thing, only 1 primary connection to the battery with remote fused/regulated distribution block. It is all good.
 

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I ran the battery to under the seat and hooked up a basic fuse block. I ran an SAE from it to under the left footpeg for my compressor. Then ran my Widder heated cable up through the seat to a controller in my tank bag. Another wire coming off the block taps into the rear ignition plug to anrelay for the fore/aft video camera rig.

I'm pretty happy with the set up, but under the seat is an absolute mess of wires.


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FuzeBlock for the win.

Fits neatly in the tool tray. Allows you to have switched and non-switched accessories all with the repositioning of the fuse in the box. I have my Oxford heated grips, pigtail for heated jacket liner & gloves, power to my GPS, and to a Datel voltmeter all connected switched. Also have an extra long battery tender cable that runs up near the handlebars connected UN-switched. I can plug my tank bag into that tender cable, can connect my 12V compressor for emergency tire inflation, or a battery tender (duh!) in winter.

FuzeBlock is kinda expensive, but worth it.
 

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Thank you all for your advice, will have a chance this weekend to install my jacket, will keep you updated. 😎 😎
 

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I know this is a month old, but for new owners of the ATAS trying to ride in the winter months, I just plugged my heated vest into the "Battery Tender" SAE quick disconnect wire that was supplied by the dealer when I bought it. I took my maiden 1,400 mile voyage on days that had temps ranging from 32F-60F. The heated vest and OEM heated grips kept me toasty.

I plan on going a different route, using the panel aux. line to power my LED fog lights, and the OEM power outlet for my phone. Since the ATAS came with the heated grips and outlet, I don't need the PC-8 for all those devices.
 

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