How did I ever live without this?
I don't know about other people out there but I had a lot of electrical
problems with my accessories after the three recall services (34 005
06(028), 34 004
06(027), 61 001 05(058)) I received from the BMW dealer. Yes the
bike runs fine, without a problem to be exact, but the accessories
power is no longer functioning like it did before the recall. Oh
well. I have to re-run the power for the accessories some how.
Anyway, one day while at the BMW dealer in Pomona having a new set of
shoes (Micheline Anakees) and the rear break pad replaced for Mt. Moto,
I was talking to Kris, the sales person that sold me both the F650GS
and the R1200GS, about my bike. I mentioned to him about the
flakiness of the auxiliary power for the accessories and he mentioned
that I should use a fuse box to make my life easier. Not only
that, I could put one power switch for the entire fuse box so I could
easily turn all accessories on and off. I have seen such fuse
boxes on various web sites but remember the fuse box on the A&S BMW Motorcycles web site
the best. I took up Kris' recommendation and looked for a fuse
box on the A&S site.
Sure enough, there it is. The Centech AP-1
It looks clean and easy to install. It also has a fancy stainless
steel cover on it to boot. $50 to make my life easier, sold!
As usual, A&S is fast. After a weeks worth of time, the AP-1
is at my door step. The contraption is comes with instructions
but it in itself is very self explanatory to configure. The real
question is, where do I mount it. Of course, the tools bag hold,
where my Baehr Ultima XL is
installed is a perfect place for it. Once again I cleaned out the
tool bag tray and prepped it for the installation of the AP-1. 4
screws later it's in place.
The two screws at the bottom center of the circuit board is the power
and ground connectors (left to right).
The side with the fuses (left side) is the power (+) and the right side
is the ground (-)
The bottom of the tool tray with the 4 screw showing through.
You can put silicone sealant to water proof the 4 holes.
The stainless steel cover on the unit but the cover is not screwed down.
Easy enough to install. I then took two 16 gage wires to make a
positive and a negative (GND) connection to the battery. I
elected to put in several toggle switches for various accessories
instead of having one main power switch for everything. In this
way I can be selective as to what accessory is currently turned
on. Wiring the toggle switches is another story that I don't care
to show here, but now that I have this fuse box/panel installed, I
don't have to disconnect the battery terminal any more to wire in
Ease of installation? From a rating of 1-5 where 5 is the hardest
I give this installation a 1. It is very easy to install this
unit. The difficulty resides in deciding where to place the unit.
In terms of satisfaction? from a scale of 1-5 where 5 is the
absolute top end where I'm floating on cloud 9 sipping margaritas, I
give this unit a 5 in satisfaction. Yes, I'm floating around my
pad sipping margaritas.
Not! Like the title says, "How did I ever live without this?"
Oh! One last thing. Remember when connecting accessories to the fuse
panel to start with the positive (+)
terminal first and then the negative (-) terminal. When disconnecting accessories, remember
to disconnect the negative (-)
first and then the positive (+). This will ensure
you don't blow out any fuses nor fry any electronics.
Written on: September 27, 2006
Last modified: September 27, 2006