Have you added any powered accessories to your Victory ride? In recent years I've added several electrical accessories to my 2008 Vision including a Stebel air horn, a Kuryakyn 4710 run-turn-brake controller modification to the trunk running lights, and an amplified antenna. Since I will be adding more electronics outlined in this article and others in the future, I decided to add accessory power using a fused power distribution block that is separate from the Vision's wire harness.
12 Volt Power
I will feed the fuse block with ten gauge wires, fused on both the positive and negative lines, that will run from the battery to inside the right saddle bag. These wires will terminate to a 45 amp Anderson Power Pole connector and plug into a fuse block (in this case a Power Werx RIGrunner 4005H block).
To start, I drilled a hole in the saddlebag to allow the power wires and the speaker wires into the bag. From the inside of the bag, the hole is in the upper right back corner of the bag. I drilled it after I removed the seat from the outside of the bag. This looks like the best place to seal the hole with a grommet and should get less water splashing into the bag.
I decided to buy all of the parts for the fuse block off of the shelf.
As an Amateur Radio Operator (Ham), I have been connecting 12volt radios and accessories for over twenty-five years and I have not found a better connector then the Anderson Powerpole. Setup correctly the connector is very close to idiot proof. The 15, 30 and 45 amp connectors all share the same physical shell and differ only by the contacts used. You can even plug the 15, 30 and 45 amp connectors into each other.
The Anderson Powerpole connectors are fast becoming the universal 12volt connector for emergency radio services throughout the United States. Each connector makes a very low resistance, high current connection with the following features:
- Flat wiping contact system provides minimal contact resistance at high current
- Wiping action cleans contact surface during connection/disconnection
- Silver plated contacts in polarized housings
- Molded-in dovetails secure individual connectors together
To connect to the battery, you can use an off the shelf parts from Powerwerx.com
. The wire has 1/4 inch gold plated rings on one end a fuse holder on each wire and a 45 amp Powerpole on the other end. It comes with two 40 amp fuses installed.
If you do not want to crimp your own cable have Powerwerx make one for you. It takes an 8 foot cable to go from the battery, up the left side of the cast frame near the key and then back to the right saddle bag.
Powerwerx can make you a custom cable
with any connectors they have just about any length and ship it to you.
I wanted a distribution block that was fused and small so it could fit in a small space like my saddlebag. I picked the RigRunner 4005H
for the job. Using 3M Very High Bond (VHB) tape I stuck the block on the back of the saddlebag. You can get VHB tape at the auto parts store in the body repair section.
Fuzeblock: An Alternative
Vision-Rider.com member "flint350" created an excellent post in our forum
with pictures using the Fuzeblock fuse block
. It is small enough to fit in the XM Radio cubby on the right side of the Vision. With a 30 amp capacity, it should handle almost any accessory you wish to add.
Now I had an easy way to distribute power to my accessories. While this was not the cheapest solution that I could install, it is nice looking and well built. You could install a Fuzeblock fuse block as an alternative to using the RigRunner and PowerPoles (see sidebar).
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I decided to upgrade my speakers with Polk Audio DB521's. These really fit my tastes but there are many out there to choose from. I picked the DB521's because they were cheap, (paid $104 for all four including shipping from Amazon.com), they are Marine Certified so getting wet is not an issue, and they fit with little to no modifications.
Changing the rear speakers is easy. Take off the rear speaker grills by removing the two screws on the top of the grills and slide each grill forward. There are two screws per speaker. Be careful not to lose the short spacers that go between the back of the stock speakers and the Vision. You will want to use them on the replacement speakers.
Rear Speaker Access Video