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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-05-2013, 06:48 PM Thread Starter
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Boss mc400 wiring

Just purchased a boss mc400 trying to get some ideals how different people wired up the unit any help would be grateful. Was thinking of hard wiring straight to battery using 5a inline fuse then adding a toggle switch to turn it off. This way i can listen to it without turning bike on. Thanks for any help.

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I'm curious as to what you find out, since my son got me a set of amplified speakers to go on the bike for Christmas. However, I think most folks simply wire them to the key switch, so that when the key is turned off, it won't continue draining your battery. Believe me, you really DON'T want to be stuck anywhere with a dead battery! If you're determined to wire it straight to the battery, I would suggest you make sure that you have good jumper cables in your saddlebags, or at least the 'battery clip' connector for your battery tender/charger connector, to make it easier to 'jump start' the bike, without having to get directly to the battery.

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Question Where to connect Switched Power?

jammerwalker is NOT KIDDING!! I accidentally left my key in and switched on last summer while a friend and I had lunch (about 2 hours), and my bike was completely dead when I got back to it. Luckily, I was parked in a strip mall parking lot with a nice long downhill space which I was able to use (with my friend's help!) to jump-start it.

The reason that I'm replying to this thread however, is that I just bought a powered radio for 2005 VTX 1300R, and I need the best advise on where/how to wire up the switched wire. The radio has a total of 5 wires:

1. Radio antenna
2. Bluetooth antenna
3. Battery anode (fused)
4. Battery cathode
5. Switched power (to prevent a similar situation as above)

Thanks for all helpful & knowledgeable replies!
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Before I returned my unit, I had it 90% installed.
If you remove your battery/tool box you can mount it to the inner part of the tool box.


I wired mine with the fuse and a relay. I had switched power from the headlight bucket, frame ground and I don't recall now how I had the battery, but my main source was from the headlight.


I had the switch for the amp and a place for the volume control temp zip tied to the handle bars.


If you do a search, on here you can find my and the other members post about it.
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If you remove your battery/tool box you can mount it to the inner part of the tool box.
I don't understand this comment, I should have mentioned my exact unit (
Amazon Amazon
). It's a simply unit that mounts directly to the handlebars.

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I wired mine with the fuse and a relay. I had switched power from the headlight bucket, frame ground and I don't recall now how I had the battery, but my main source was from the headlight.
What's this relay that everyone uses? Do I need that? I like the headlight idea for the switched power (because that would completely prevent power flow to the unit when the bike is switched off. I assume that tapping into it won't damage or cause low light issues with my headlight?

Since this probably solves my switched power lead connection, is there any problem with simply wiring the + and - straight to the battery terminals?

Thanks
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Originally Posted by vegas_vtx View Post
If you remove your battery/tool box you can mount it to the inner part of the tool box.
I don't understand this comment, I should have mentioned my exact unit (
Amazon Amazon
). It's a simply unit that mounts directly to the handlebars.

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Originally Posted by vegas_vtx View Post
I wired mine with the fuse and a relay. I had switched power from the headlight bucket, frame ground and I don't recall now how I had the battery, but my main source was from the headlight.
What's this relay that everyone uses? Do I need that? I like the headlight idea for the switched power (because that would completely prevent power flow to the unit when the bike is switched off. I assume that tapping into it won't damage or cause low light issues with my headlight?

Since this probably solves my switched power lead connection, is there any problem with simply wiring the + and - straight to the battery terminals?

Thanks

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