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A Couple of Electrical Questions

With my some of my dash lights out, and suggestions from folks to check the connections up at the dash/headlight wiring harness, I decided to...start from the back. Been checking all connections, pulling old electrical tape, and - much to my surprise - am finding wires that are in not-great shape and were sealed by some previous owner. Am bidding on a 2000 harness on eBay, but meanwhile am rewrapping the harness, sealing broken wires, etc., etc. Questions, though: is it possible to get the six-lead or four-lead connectors someplace pleb, like AutoZone? I went to Pep Boys today, and they didn't have anything, but maybe I can find them somewhere other than at Ayers? Just some of my mulit-wire connectors are (surprise again) broken or cracked and I'd like to replace those. Second, what gauge wire is standard on our bikes? I'm guessing it's somewhere between 18 and 22, but maybe it's not that small.

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Cindy -

I have replaced several connectors on my bike with trailer harness connectors. You can get 2 pin, 4 pin, and 6 pin versions. They make a good connection, are water resistant, and inexpensive.

Original factory connectors are going to be expensive and a paain to work with.
Most likely, it will be very hard to properly crimp the terminals without the special tool used by the factory.

As a suggestion, these (http://www.etrailer.com/faq/wiring.aspx) are the ones I have used. A couple of bucks at any automotive store. A couple of butt splices, a wrap with electircal tape, done.

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So you're using those for things like the connection between the harness and, say, the reserve lighting unit? Or the wires coming off the harness up by the headlight and hooking into the main harness (up by the ignition coil under the gas tank)? They look really nice -and a whole lot sturdier than the OEM ones.
THanks, Jon!

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So you're using those for things like the connection between the harness and, say, the reserve lighting unit? Or the wires coming off the harness up by the headlight and hooking into the main harness (up by the ignition coil under the gas tank)? They look really nice -and a whole lot sturdier than the OEM ones.
THanks, Jon!
Cindy -

I'll use them for anything other than the yellow stator leads.

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Hmmm...but these won't fit onto the juntion or ignitor box, right? Or is there something I'd need to do to make 'em work? That's where my problem is right now - the connectors to both of those units are in questionable shape. I don't know whether to epoxy 'em or what. But I could definitely replace all the other connectors with those on the web site. THose look really nice.

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Am bidding on a 2000 harness on eBay, but meanwhile am rewrapping the harness, sealing broken wires, etc., etc.
Thanks.
Cindy,

If you do not win that harness, let me know. I have one hanging up in my garage that I was going to use on my VN750 but can be convinced to let go.


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Question....

Evan,
Are you the one who makes the powder coated R/R bracket to relocate it? If so, do you have any in black available? That is a spring project that I am behind on.

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Evan,
Are you the one who makes the powder coated R/R bracket to relocate it? If so, do you have any in black available? That is a spring project that I am behind on.

Thanks.
I am. I have 10 made up waiting for me to get off my lazy ass and powdercoat. Now that Spring has sprung I can get back into my garage and get some work done. Soon...


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Cindy,

If you do not win that harness, let me know. I have one hanging up in my garage that I was going to use on my VN750 but can be convinced to let go.
Thanks, Evan. I did manage to score the harness off of eBay, so I'll see how that does me. But I appreciate the offer!

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Second, what gauge wire is standard on our bikes? I'm guessing it's somewhere between 18 and 22, but maybe it's not that small.

Thanks.
I'd said min 16 or even 14, as for headlight the are biger.
Was cutting them yesterday.

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