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How and Where to Shrink Wrap Your Wires

Discussion in 'How-To' started by Gas Man, Jun 26, 2007.

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  1. Gas Man

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    It was suggested by Alhall and I liked it so much that I went and did it myself. Dielectric grease and shrink wrap wll the big dog harnesses on the back bone and under the seat.

    What you'll need is about twelve 2" strips of 3/8" shrink wrap and four 2" strips of 3/4". There is 11 on the back bone and 4-5 under the seat.

    And a small tube or packet of the di-electric grease.

    Some electrical tape & some larger zip ties.

    Oh and the wife's blower dryer or a heat gun. Can also use a candle lighter if you want.

    The hardest part pulling the tank. In this I enlisted my favorite helper... the wife. (she'll kill me for that pic... she'd been doing yard work and laying out earlier... all sweaty and no make up... oh well the hat makes up for it!)
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    First I pulled the seat and the sides using the 7/16th socket. To gain access to the four or five wires on the right side. Granted mine may look a bit different but that's primarly due to the Scorpion Alarm.
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    Now make sure you also di-connect the battery so there is no arching during this process!!!!

    Then remove the four 7/16th bolts on the bottom of the tank and the gas line off the tank. You should find this...
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    Cut the old zip ties

    Doing one wire at a time so you don't screw anything up.

    This is almost "blinker cover easy" but un-hook the harness
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    Little dielectric grease
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    Slide on the shrink wrap before re-attaching the wires.
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    Snap the harness back together and slide the shrink into place
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    Heat it up
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    And tape the ends closed for that added protection
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    Start to re-zip tie everything back into place.
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    Put some loctite on your tank bolts and slide the tank back on and bolt it and your under seat sides back into place. Check all the lights, blinkers, hi beam, low beam, tail lights, tag lights, and then of coarse start it to make sure all is well.

    Job well done, great suggestion by Al, and a piece of mind if we ever get caught in the rain.
     
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    Great tip Chris. This would be great for any bike. :up:
     
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    Well I didn't do the Sporty... that thing has mad wires for the FI
     
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    By the way, I love your helper! :2thumbs:
     
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    Nice job Gas!!:2thumbs:

    Poor Sporty:confused:

    If you need any tips (or spare parts) for your wife's sporty, let me know. I keep comming up with left over stuff after I put it back together!:rolleyes::D
     
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    Actually I'm suppose to pick up a forward peg setup from Al's... I just got to get down to his place to get it.
     
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    Dang,
    just sold my set on Ebay.
     
  8. Gas Man

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    Got Dave's done...

    BDM way
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    Our way
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    Also, this should be a sticky as well...my 2 cents
     
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    How to remove gas tank???

    :confused: I was ready for my weekend project of shrink wrapping the elec connections, but I can not get off my K9 gas tank. I have removed the front two bolts. I tried to pull it forward, but still feels like it is bolted on toward the seat. However, I can not see any visible bolt.

    HELP! ! !
     
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    There are 4 bolts in the front and the tank slides towards the seat...NOT FORWARD!!!

    2 bolts holding the cover
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    2 bolts holding the mount above that
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    Leaving it like this
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    Slide backwards towards seat and POOF
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    Thank you GAS MAN! ! ! I was able to remove the tank, shrink wrap the electrical connections and put it back together! THANK YOU! ! !
     
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    Anytime!
     
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    Just wondered why install the shrink tube on the plugs when the JST plugs are waterproof and actually made for underwater applications. They are airtight and waterproof.

    Just wondered, not knocking it.



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    I would say that I did it way back when...... Cause of grounds under the tank. Those little 18 ga. wires wear through fast and with the added measure of shrink wrapping they will last a lot longer.

    Another way to look at it is those that have done this probably haven't had as many electrical issues as those that have not.

    :flag: :cheers: :flag:
     
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    has anyone had a 07 K9 tank off? my wiring is protected by a cloth material wrapped around the wires.
     
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    I think Tim(BubbleHead) had his off at one time on his 07 K-9....not sure if he did the shrink wrap on his wires or not...
     
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    Does anyone have any good ideas on waterproofing the speedo ? Been caught in 2 major monsoons and both times speedo was full of water, hense had to be changed. and now need a 3rd.......
     
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    mickey, There is a thread that shows pics and everything. Do a search.

    :2thumbs:
     
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