- Check The Health Of Your Battery
Your motorcycle’s battery is already currently supporting the essentials, including the lights, gauges, ignition system, and horn. You need to find out if your battery has plenty of power to support the basics together with your new accessory as well.
Before adding an electronic accessory, make sure to check your battery’s health with a multimeter. A 12-volt battery should read closer to 12.6 volts while fully charged and 12 volts at 50%. Verify if your charging system is working. You should see 14.4 volts or higher when running at around speeds of 3,000 rpm. Make sure that your battery gets regular cleaning and replaced every 4 or 7 years.
- Disconnect The Negative Terminal First
Make it your first step before working on your bike’s electrics. It will prevent any risk of sparks showing if a live wire makes contact on the frame or when your wrench slips while working on the positive terminal. Reconnect it only when you’re sure that you finished working.
- Use Switched Power For Non-Factory Parts
Manufactured typically provides an electrical plug to power your new gadget. If your accessory has no factory connection, you might need to tap it to your battery. But, you also run the risk of draining your battery when you forget to turn it off.
You can prevent accidentally draining your battery with switched power. It will limit the use of your electronic device only when the key is on.
- Secure And Insulate All Electrical Connections
Use rubber boots and plastic covers to protect bullet and spade connectors. Heat-shrink tubing is best for all soldered joints. Avoid using electrical tapes as its adhesive can leave a sticky mess and expose your wiring when it fails.
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