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Hey everyone!

I just purchased a new Street 750, my first bike! I want to be able to charge my phone/GPS while it's mounted to the bike. I have a Ram X-mount to hold my device and just purchased the bellow cigarette adapter. The dealership already installed the pigtail behind the seat so I just need to plug it in.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0041CDPQO/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I've never run wires on a bike before and I'm not sure how to cleanly get them up to the handlebars. Does anyone have experience with this? Where should I run the wire? I don't want to have to take the gas tank off or anything crazy like that to do it. Any help is greatly appreciated!!

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Hey everyone!

I just purchased a new Street 750, my first bike! I want to be able to charge my phone/GPS while it's mounted to the bike. I have a Ram X-mount to hold my device and just purchased the bellow cigarette adapter. The dealership already installed the pigtail behind the seat so I just need to plug it in.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0041CDPQO/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I've never run wires on a bike before and I'm not sure how to cleanly get them up to the handlebars. Does anyone have experience with this? Where should I run the wire? I don't want to have to take the gas tank off or anything crazy like that to do it. Any help is greatly appreciated!!

Justin


You can run the wires along the lower frame tubes and up to the steering head on the frame attaching the wires periodically with cable ties. It's sort of the "ugly" way to do it even if you tuck the wires behind the tube basically out of sight.


It isn't actually hard to run the wires under the seat and tank and you might be able to do it without completely removing the tank. By just loosening the tank you might be able to lift it enough to "fish" a thin wire, like guitar string size, under it and then pull your wiring through. Even removing the tank isn't very hard and if you decide to do that I'll let you in on the tricks and what you need to do.
 

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Hey everyone!

I just purchased a new Street 750, my first bike! I want to be able to charge my phone/GPS while it's mounted to the bike. I have a Ram X-mount to hold my device and just purchased the bellow cigarette adapter. The dealership already installed the pigtail behind the seat so I just need to plug it in.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0041CDPQO/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I've never run wires on a bike before and I'm not sure how to cleanly get them up to the handlebars. Does anyone have experience with this? Where should I run the wire? I don't want to have to take the gas tank off or anything crazy like that to do it. Any help is greatly appreciated!!

Justin
Congrats on your first bike. An excellent choice if I do say so myself! If you pulled the bolt for the tank under the seat, then slid the tank toward the back of the bike and then up slightly when the rubber bushings are free of the tank, you should have ample room to fish the wire as suggested. On the right hand side of the frame, under the tank, there's also a little plastic channel you could route the wires through up to your handle bars.

On my fatboy, I have the same thing but I've routed the wire down into my swing arm bag and then I have a little cig lighter to USB connector that I can plug my phone into and charge my GoPro batteries with as well, while I'm out riding.

Make sure you post pictures as to what you do because I'm sure there are others here contemplating doing the same thing as you and as we all know, a picture is worth a 100 words.
 

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You can run the wires along the lower frame tubes and up to the steering head on the frame attaching the wires periodically with cable ties. It's sort of the "ugly" way to do it even if you tuck the wires behind the tube basically out of sight.


It isn't actually hard to run the wires under the seat and tank and you might be able to do it without completely removing the tank. By just loosening the tank you might be able to lift it enough to "fish" a thin wire, like guitar string size, under it and then pull your wiring through. Even removing the tank isn't very hard and if you decide to do that I'll let you in on the tricks and what you need to do.
Agreed,,, Good answer
 

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Thanks for the tips guys!

I ended up running it down the lower frame tubes with cable ties. I took the seat off & debated going under the tank but the wire for this cigarette lighter is quite thick. It looked like the tank would have to come completely off to get it under there.

With running it along the frame it's okay enough for me. In fact Harley already has several cable ties on the lower frame Lol. The wire is only six feet so it ended up running to just above where the horn is mounted down by the radiator. Which is fine my iPhone and GPS wires are long enough to reach down there. So not the prettiest but everything is black & blends into the bike just fine and most important I have the charging functionality now.
 

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This is perfect timing as I am planning to do the same thing for my GPS. I would really like to run the wire under the tank though so any tips that would be helpful in doing this are appreciated.

I will try what Haulin on a lo has suggested.

"If you pulled the bolt for the tank under the seat, then slid the tank toward the back of the bike and then up slightly when the rubber bushings are free of the tank, you should have ample room to fish the wire as suggested. On the right hand side of the frame, under the tank, there's also a little plastic channel you could route the wires through up to your handle bars."

StoneFree do you have any other tricks to try?

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I had to do the same think. I ran a long USB cable (lightning connector on one end) under the tank. I used a coat hanger from the front, snaked it under the tank, taped the USB cable end to the coat hanger end, and pulled it through. It's a little tight. Took be about 6 tries, then I got it. Be careful that you do not have exposed voltage on the end of whatever cable you use. I used a plastic cap on the lightning connector for when it is not in use.
 

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This is perfect timing as I am planning to do the same thing for my GPS. I would really like to run the wire under the tank though so any tips that would be helpful in doing this are appreciated.

I will try what Haulin on a lo has suggested.

"If you pulled the bolt for the tank under the seat, then slid the tank toward the back of the bike and then up slightly when the rubber bushings are free of the tank, you should have ample room to fish the wire as suggested. On the right hand side of the frame, under the tank, there's also a little plastic channel you could route the wires through up to your handle bars."

StoneFree do you have any other tricks to try?

mgg

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Fishing the electrical under the tank is the easiest.

If someone wants to remove the tank it's pretty straight-forward. There is an electrical disconnect for the fuel pump and a quick disconnect (like an air hose disconnect) for the fuel line running to the fuel injection. Both are under the tank but easily accessable on from the left side. The only problem I had was figuring out how to remove the hose clamps for the cross-over lines in the front of the tank, that run under the frame tube, because I'd never seen them before. Turns out that is really easy because all you have to do is lift the end tab on the clamp to release it. They are not reusable (they require a special tool) so conventional stainless steel hose clamps are required for reassembly.

Like all rubber fuel lines the hoses are very tight to the metal fittings and it takes a lot of "wiggling" to get them loose. Sometimes it feels like they're glued on but of course they're not. Just keep wiggling back and forth while pulling lightly. They'll eventually come loose.

When they do be ready because fuel is going to come from both the fitting you just removed the rubber line as well draining both sides of the tank. Two of us removed the line and we had two larger tubes to put over both the one fitting as well as over the fuel line so that the gas could be fed down to a pan for collection. Even we managed to dump about 1/2 a pint of fuel on the work stand before we could stop it. Not smoking when doing this is a really good idea. LOL

All-in-all after figuring out how to release the clamps this was very easy to do. A little effort to remove the fuel lines from the fittings and a little gasoline spilled but not hard to do.
 

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Let us know how it goes MGG if you can get it fished under the tank too. If you guys are having a relatively easy time getting it under the tank I might try to reroute mine the "cleaner way".

Removing the tank completely and getting new hose clamps is a little bit too involved for me.
 

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Yes. I did it last night. I took a thin coat hanger and straitened it. Took off the seat and tried to run it through ether side. It would not go but after removing the bolt that holds the tank down and cutting the wire tie I was able to pull the tank up a little. Then the coat hanger wire went right through to the head light. I then taped the wire I wanted pulled to the end of the coat hanger and pulled it right back through. No problems it went very easy. (I did not try the left side because I wanted it on the right side and it worked with out any issues.)

After pulling through my power wire I attached a plug to the end which plugs into the plug my dealer installed under the seat.
Fastened the tank back down. Put on a new wire tie and plugged in my battery tender which indicated that everything is working fine.

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Snaking wire under tank

I did this yesterday, as well. took off the seat, removed the bolt fixing the tank, moved the tank backwards without disconnecting anything, shoved a straightened, thin, drycleaner coat hanger through the left side, threaded the wire from accessory (USB/Cig lighter charger) pulled it back- it happened with ease. I haven't connected the accessory to the battery as yet- that'll be for another day, but it should all work fine. I put the tank back, bolted it on, slipped the seat back on, tightened the seat bolt and it is as good as new with an added charger accessory on the handle bar for numerous power hungry goodies.

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