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PostSubject: Left glove box wire hiding   Sat 21 Jul 2012, 09:23

I have an iphone on a ram mount on the handlebars and i have ran the wire down the inside of the plastic handlebar trim to hide it but at the base of the handlebars i have ran the wire outside and into the left glovebox to the power point. When the glovebox lid is closed and locked the sharp edge is taking a toll on the cord (almost cutting it). It works for now but i would love to hide the wire completely. It would be nice to drill thru the glovebox underneath somewhere but by reading some posts here i guess its hellish to get the box out!! Any other ideas??? Maybe tapping into power under dash somewhere!!
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PostSubject: Re: Left glove box wire hiding   Sat 21 Jul 2012, 10:53

I use Dennis's excellent headlight power tap plug. It's more than you may want to spend, but the quality is excellent and it's 100% no fuss if you can remove a body piece or two on the nose (I can't remember if removing the windshield garnish is enough or not). It comes with two terminal connectors you have to crimp onto whatever you are trying to power, so you would probably need to come up with a way to connect it to some sort of iPhone cable (I'm not sure if anyone makes hardwire iPhone cables designed for this, but that's what I'd look for - just make sure it is designed to be used in a car with a car electrical system, as it will need to be a bit more than just wire and connector). It switches on and off with the low beam, and uses the same circuit, so you can't put a huge load on it (an iPhone would be fine).
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PostSubject: Re: Left glove box wire hiding   Sat 21 Jul 2012, 12:37

Problem - how to run the wires, so they went into the Glove Box and still were out of the way. I wanted to keep the

Glove Box water tight and allow the wires to flex and move with the steering.
Here was my solution.
Found a location that I could drill into the Glove Box by reaching in and feeling where the side of the box ended.
Drilled a hole for a 1/2"rubber gromit. 1/2" was a pretty standard size and would allow the wire ends to fish thru without any problem. The gromit keeps the wires from chafing and makes a good water seal.

Sorry, I can't seem to send the pictures I took.


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PostSubject: Re: Left glove box wire hiding   Sat 21 Jul 2012, 13:07

Hello,

I do not have an Iphone. Does it charge and get power off an Mini USB (5v DC) type connector. If so, I would think one of these would work you. They drop the 12v DC voltage down to 5v DC.

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_sacat=0&_kw=GPS+hardwire+cable

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PostSubject: Re: Left glove box wire hiding   Sun 22 Jul 2012, 14:58

alan309 your plan sounds good but how do i access "behind" the glovebox to fish the wire thru. This is what i was planning to do ideally but thought id check here first. i want to make sure what is behind the side of the glovebox before drilling a hole and how do i access this hole to get the wire from point A to point B once drilled?!?!
alan309 did you remove the glovebox to drill the hole? this would obviously make the wiring easy but as i read on a few posts here it is very difficult to get the box out and then back in.
Dennisb i have seen the hardwire connector for the iphone on ebay but if i could get "hidden" access to the glovebox power point i wouldnt need it.
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PostSubject: Re: Left glove box wire hiding   Sat 04 Aug 2012, 14:40

Update: i removed the headlight garnish and the right glove box and hardwired the iphone/gps cord to the same wire going to the power point. Works lovely and no exposed wires.
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