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Old 06-14-2018, 07:17 PM
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Wiring Issues, or Not?

Okay, I have two choppers, bought both of them used, just stating the fact that I didnít wire them. Each bike has minimum wiring, headlight and taillight/brake light. Both have constant hi beam, no low beam switch and a starter solenoid push button.

All of the wiring diagrams I see on here show breakers and/or fuses, these bike donít have any.

Iíve had zero problems so far but, am I in danger of something burning up, or something else leaving me stranded?

Iím trying to get to the bottom of this issue because Iím in the process doing a complete tear down and rebuild and want to make sure itís done right.

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Of course it's gonna burn up - that's what the breakers are for
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Old 06-15-2018, 10:48 AM
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Okay, I have two choppers, bought both of them used, just stating the fact that I didnít wire them. Each bike has minimum wiring, headlight and taillight/brake light. Both have constant hi beam, no low beam switch and a starter solenoid push button.

All of the wiring diagrams I see on here show breakers and/or fuses, these bike donít have any.

Iíve had zero problems so far but, am I in danger of something burning up, or something else leaving me stranded?

Iím trying to get to the bottom of this issue because Iím in the process doing a complete tear down and rebuild and want to make sure itís done right.

Thanks,
After building and wiring my bike myself ..I would start with a new Scooters wiring harness.. I've had zero problems for years..It makes wiring SIMPLE..
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Old 06-15-2018, 06:14 PM
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Okay, heres one more stupid question, what causes wires to burn up, bad grounds after a while, wires wearing thin and contacting the frame, and just a bunch of other unknowns?
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Old 06-16-2018, 01:33 AM
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Wires chaffing and shorting to ground/earth will cause an unprotected cable to heat up like a heating element, melt any plastics or rubber they are touching, and possibly burst into flames if not detected soon enough and getting your battery dissconnected.

This can also happen if a component brakes down and shorts to ground/earth, or even having a bad ground/earth will cause cables to get hot.

So just imagine parking up at night with a problem you don't know about and waking up to a BBQ'd bike the next morning all cos you didnt fit fuses.

And worse than that... If it's in your garage, will you still have a home the next day?
Sounds extreeme but it could/can happen.

For the sake of a couple of pennys I know what I'd do.
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Wires chaffing and shorting to ground/earth will cause an unprotected cable to heat up like a heating element, melt any plastics or rubber they are touching, and possibly burst into flames if not detected soon enough and getting your battery dissconnected.

This can also happen if a component brakes down and shorts to ground/earth, or even having a bad ground/earth will cause cables to get hot.

So just imagine parking up at night with a problem you don't know about and waking up to a BBQ'd bike the next morning all cos you didnt fit fuses.

And worse than that... If it's in your garage, will you still have a home the next day?
Sounds extreeme but it could/can happen.

For the sake of a couple of pennys I know what I'd do.

Thanks for the info, I appreciate it. Iíll definitely make it right on the rebuild.
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Old 06-18-2018, 02:57 AM
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Thanks for the info, I appreciate it. Iíll definitely make it right on the rebuild.
No problem man.. Glad I could help
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After building and wiring my bike myself ..I would start with a new Scooters wiring harness.. I've had zero problems for years..It makes wiring SIMPLE..

Did you go with a full harness or the little module with 5 or 6 wires?
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Old 06-20-2018, 02:13 PM
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Did you go with a full harness or the little module with 5 or 6 wires?
Just the basic. The one without blinkers ect...Its a chopper.. Remember just one wire at a time..Its not so over whelming then.

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Old 06-26-2018, 09:27 PM
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Just add a main breaker between the battery and the main power feed for extra insurance. Our harness uses a main 30A breaker and 2 15A. One for ignition and other for the lights. Pretty easy to add those as well the gotta get power off the main feed or direct from the battery
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Just add a main breaker between the battery and the main power feed for extra insurance. Our harness uses a main 30A breaker and 2 15A. One for ignition and other for the lights. Pretty easy to add those as well the gotta get power off the main feed or direct from the battery

Thanks for the info, Iíll get back with you when I start the rebuild.
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