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Fitting an additional auxiliary power socket

Author: 'cookie' ukGSer.com 04/01/2007
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The auxilliary socket on my R1200GSA is in a really awkward place so I decided to fit another one on the beak a la the GSAs of old.
Easy enough to do with one hand behind my back but I get cramp with it tied up there so I took some pics with my free hand instead :-)

I used the TT kit but most of it is no use at all. The bracket would look awful if used, wires are too short and the sleeving is WAY too short. And I wouldn't use those IDC (quick fit wire connectors) things if you paid me . Just buy a socket from somewhere cheaper and scrounge some wire and sleeving or heat shrink tubing.
(AndyW - the link below will show the items available from Touratech just as a guide - as cookie says, try elsewhere e.g. BMW Dealer, Nippy Normans etc).

You can do this with the beak on the bike but I reckon it's better to take it off. Similarly, you can take the tank right off to run the wires but I didn't.

The panel bolts are all of different lengths so I've noted which are which:

Bodywork
First take the winglets off (20mm) (na to R1200GS ;-)
Tank side covers off:  Rear bolt (20mm)

 R1200GS GSA Auxiliary Power Socket installation

Front bolt, just behind the forks (12mm)

R1200GS GSA Auxiliary Power Socket installation

pull the cover off. it's now held by this push fit thing into grommet shown on frame. use silicone grease on reassembly so it doesn't pull the grommet out next time

R1200GS GSA Auxiliary Power Socket installation

Beak to tank top cover screw (16mm)

R1200GS GSA Auxiliary Power Socket installation

Beak to frame screw (16)

R1200GS GSA Auxiliary Power Socket installation

Beak extender screw (25mm). This also fixes to the frame and holds the temperature sender if OBC is fitted to your bike.

R1200GS GSA Auxiliary Power Socket installation

Just pull up the inner trim panels

R1200GS GSA Auxiliary Power Socket installation

The beak should now pull forward off the pins (locating pegs) shown centre pic

R1200GS GSA Auxiliary Power Socket installation

Here's the temperature sender hanging free

 R1200GS GSA Auxiliary Power Socket installation

The inside of the beak is marked where the socket should fit. Who knows why they did it with an oval though?! Marked with felt pen so i don't drill the wrong side

R1200GS GSA Auxiliary Power Socket installation

Socket diameter measured for size of hole to be drilled

R1200GS GSA Auxiliary Power Socket installation

Hand mark location of the hole centre with a punch and drill a pilot hole

 R1200GS GSA Auxiliary Power Socket installation

Stick some masking tape over the top side of the beak and drill the hole out bigger

R1200GS GSA Auxiliary Power Socket installation

You could use a cone cutter now to enlarge the hole but I used a round file, it's safer

R1200GS GSA Auxiliary Power Socket installation

Good job but..........rubbish photo!

 R1200GS GSA Auxiliary Power Socket installation

Wiring
I used a piece of twin and earth house flex as a mouse to draw the socket wiring through the gap between the tank and the LHS of the frame. Wiring taped to household cable

 R1200GS GSA Auxiliary Power Socket installation

...in here

R1200GS GSA Auxiliary Power Socket installation

...and emerges here. Small side panel needs to be removed (just pull it off).

 R1200GS GSA Auxiliary Power Socket installation

Wires zip tied (tie wrapped) to the frame as shown to keep them safe and secure

R1200GS GSA Auxiliary Power Socket installation

Crimp on a couple of electrical connectors for the socket (red to centre)
(soldering connections always recommended ;-)

R1200GS GSA Auxiliary Power Socket installation

The wires can be piggy backed onto the standard auxiliary socket if desired. I put them across to the battery via a fuse. This bypasses the limit of 7amps dictated by the canbus system and it allows a non bmw 1200 charger to be connected. If you do this fitmant of an inline fuse is essential. The other fuse visible is an earlier fitment for my gps. I could have taken that from the back of the new socket but it would have needed a lower fuse rating and I just didn't want to put a second one in line

R1200GS GSA Auxiliary Power Socket installation

Finished wiring at the battery end. 10amp fuse fitted

R1200GS GSA Auxiliary Power Socket installation

Sling it all back together and this is the finished job

R1200GS GSA Auxiliary Power Socket installation

I've got a handy place to plug my bmw waistcoat in now. Until the cable breaks anyway.........if I've missed something or you know of any improvement, feel free to point it out.

 

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