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Hi All,

I have a new 2014 Ninja 1000 (Blue) I bought last October. Got a great deal, it was a discounted '14 left-over up in Canada, exchange rate was very favorable as well ;) Got just over 800 miles on it before I had to put it away for Winter.

Question; I want to power a Garmin GPS and Sirius XM. I've read there are supposed to be a pair of connectors up front in the fairing I can connect to for 12V power. I took off the dash panel around the gauges/display to get a look down in there.....but I don't see any wires I can connect too.

Anyone know where I can locate these 12V power wires??

Thanks,
Jeff
 

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Hi All,

I have a new 2014 Ninja 1000 (Blue) I bought last October. Got a great deal, it was a discounted '14 left-over up in Canada, exchange rate was very favorable as well ;) Got just over 800 miles on it before I had to put it away for Winter.

Question; I want to power a Garmin GPS and Sirius XM. I've read there are supposed to be a pair of connectors up front in the fairing I can connect to for 12V power. I took off the dash panel around the gauges/display to get a look down in there.....but I don't see any wires I can connect too.

Anyone know where I can locate these 12V power wires??

Thanks,
Jeff
Jeff, don't splice any wires in there, run a line directly to the battery..

ID recommend doing a "Battery Tender" mainline then just buy a 12V attachment and stick a Dual port USB Plug in there and gooood to go! Mine charged my Phone and an ipad at the same time pretty quickly..

The Tender is awesome to leave it hooked up and maintain the battery while it sits, and also is especially good for keeping the battery perfect for winter storage.

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( Dual Port Charger USB)

4 - Some zip ties..

There is a TON of slack so don't buy any extensions, you can run it down the wire harness and around the gap on the right side of the tank right to your seat.

Good luck man!
 

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Thanks. On my 650R I did similar to what you said above (1 to 3 cigarette adapter, actually all fit under the seat, then two power lines for Garmin and Sirius ran forward). But I am reading there power in front faring for heated grips. But I can't figure out where they are :( And I don't want to tear the whole bike apart looking for them. Was hoping there was an easy trick to finding them (they should be powered by the key too, so when I turn off key that will kill the power and not drain my battery). Thanks, Jeff
 

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Hi Jeff, I think they are right next to the rectifier on the left side.
 

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I have not pulled a 14 apart, but on the older Ninja 1000's 2011-2013 they had a power and ground that are switched power, which is what you would want for a garmin, under the L/H fairing.

I think it is easiest to remove the L/H fairing to find them, rather than trying to find them from the top.

I am not a huge fan of anything but a battery tender being hooked straight to battery power. If it gets left on then you get stuck. Switched power is better, and cheapish fuse box's are available to make it a bit easier for those who don't have an accessory lead built into the bike.
 

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The wire is indeed on the left side, under the fairings on the '14 and up bikes. One of the wires is black with a yellow stripe if memory serves. It is not obvious, as it looks like a completed connection, and is a bit buried inside a large wrapped harness. One end comes up from the rear of the bike heading towards the front, and has a male barrel/bullet style connection, at least on some of them anyways. It then plugs into a female connection. After that I don't know where it goes or terminates, as I didn't dig that far.

EDIT : Here ya go, the wire colors will be different, but it's still in the same spot : Unused connectors in harness in left fairing - anyone know what they are for?

Just use that as the switched 12V for a relay, and the relay hooks up to the battery of course. Whenever the bike is "OFF", the relay will be switched off as well, so no battery drain to worry about. You can also get an outlet that has a built in switch if you're really worried about the potential for a battery drain.
 

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Thanks Guys,

I was trying to avoid taking the left fairing off, but I guess I’ll need to. I did find this video too: Video

BTW Here a few pics of my new ’14 1000 (the pics on the trailer from the day I got it home from Canada last October)….and a couple pics of my ’09 650R. I a lucky guy :) (you can see on the 650 where I had the GPS and Sirius wiring under the seat…I plugged into the Battery Tender cable, the next step was to wire in a relay to toggle power with the key, but now I moving the GPS and Sirius to the 1000….)
Bike Pics

BTW the tank bag on the 650 shows some toll cash in it….shortly after I took that pic I put a EZPass tag in there.

I really wish motorcycle manufacturers would standardize on a simple wiring system with compact connectors for making it easier to get power to our devices….this isn’t 1975, or 1985, anymore…

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I have a '15 N1K. I found the connectors right where you guys said they were on the left side just below the big rectifier. What is that rectifier for, does anyone know? Possibly the ignition system?

I digress. Without removing the left fairing, I can touch and hold the connectors well enough to plug in to them, or at least the positive one. With a multi-meter, I've measured just over 12 volts on the connector covered with a plastic insulator with the key on (engine not running), so the power is there and it's switched. It would be perfect for power to my radar detector, but Escort uses a spade connector on their power cord (for reasons completely unknown to me), while this connector is a male barrel-type connector. So cutting off the spade connector and putting on a female barrel connector is no big deal, except knowing the size. If there any information about what the standard sizes are for barrel connectors, I have not found it. Can anyone enlighten me on this?
 

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Barrel size is very common. Any cheap connector kit from WalMart or an auto parts store will have females that plug directly in to them.

Or you can order the correct OEM female and male barrels from Parts Unlimited or K&L from your local motorcycle store/shop.
 

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Barrel size is very common. Any cheap connector kit from WalMart or an auto parts store will have females that plug directly in to them.

Or you can order the correct OEM female and male barrels from Parts Unlimited or K&L from your local motorcycle store/shop.
Thank you for the reassurance. Your answers here are always helpful.

I'll move forward with tapping into the power supply through that connector and report back with the result, in case it will help others.
 

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It will work no problem to run a radar detector or a GPS Boss. That's what it's for.

I advise putting some Dielectric grease into the female bullet before you put them together :)
 

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Can you provide a pic of the "big rectifier" (your words) for me?

The regulator rectifier on the 2011-2013's is near the rear shock where it will get air, but sadly also get water drainage on it. I would be very interested if they changed it for 14. this is just my mechanical curiosity at work. Nothing really important.

My work on your bike tip is any time you pull an electrical connector apart fill it with dielectric grease. It will prevent so many problems. I wish they did this from the factory but I think the cost is too high for them. A dry connection can last 5-10 years. That's past the payments. It's stupid.

Pack every electrical connection with Dielectric grease. Even when I swapped frames on stolen bikes I packed every connector with Dielectric grease. And that was a long time ago.
 

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Anyone have a picture of a 2014-15 Ninja 1000 with it's gas tank off? ...showing how it (frame area) looks under the front of the tank? I am really biting my tongue here (and not using any profanity).....but in attempting to put on a SW-MOTEC GPS (that mounts where the two forward gas tank screws are) one of the required "spacers" (that are not attached to the bracket!) slid under the tank....and I am attempting to get it out (if I could figure out where it is!) without taking both left and right fairings and gas tank off! If I was sure it would not do any damage and eventually fall out I might try to just get another "spacer"...but I don't think I want some metal part bouncing around under the gas tank and on top of the engine somewhere. Was hoping to take the 1000 for a nice ride tomorrow...now dealing with this non-sense! Any pics, thoughts, ideas appreciated.... Jeff

PS I did find this pic: https://evmc2.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/146_1103_06_z2011_kawasaki_zx-10rtwin-spar_frame-1.jpg
....but I don't think it exactly like my Ninja 1000. (...is that link working? would not let me add a hyper link)
 

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....just to help visualize the situation here a couple pics showing one of the two spacers and where they go (on top of the forward gas tank mounts, then the GPS bracket goes on them, then the screws and washers go through the whole thing...and the mount has to be brought in from the side, it won't fit coming down vertically). If I can ever find the other spacer I will tape them to the bracket....too many small parts to try and hold in place (and then use tools to tighten) in that small area.
 

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Anyone have a picture of a 2014-15 Ninja 1000 with it's gas tank off? ...showing how it (frame area) looks under the front of the tank? I am really biting my tongue here (and not using any profanity).....but in attempting to put on a SW-MOTEC GPS (that mounts where the two forward gas tank screws are) one of the required "spacers" (that are not attached to the bracket!) slid under the tank....and I am attempting to get it out (if I could figure out where it is!) without taking both left and right fairings and gas tank off! If I was sure it would not do any damage and eventually fall out I might try to just get another "spacer"...but I don't think I want some metal part bouncing around under the gas tank and on top of the engine somewhere. Was hoping to take the 1000 for a nice ride tomorrow...now dealing with this non-sense! Any pics, thoughts, ideas appreciated.... Jeff

PS I did find this pic: https://evmc2.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/146_1103_06_z2011_kawasaki_zx-10rtwin-spar_frame-1.jpg
....but I don't think it exactly like my Ninja 1000. (...is that link working? would not let me add a hyper link)

Here you have a few :
http://www.kawasakininja1000.com/forum/ninja-1000-appearance-modifications/9538-ems-ebony-2011-z1000sx-2.html#post107770

I wouldn't do it like you described, the existing wires are placed next to the frame, and with a lot of attachements, and there isn't a lot of space.
And most likely, I hope so, there is a fuse attached to the wires, which makes it very hard to get through the tiny spaces without it getting stuck.

You don't have to remove the gastank, you can just lift it up & remove the airbox.
I've placed a lot of wires before like that.
 

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Experience, Thanks! Great pic! eeee.....still looks daunting though. The bike is "new"....really don't want to risk breaking any plastic fairing parts....all because of this idiotic spacer.

Oh well. I do have some new magnets to try today first....that pic is really helpful.

Thanks,
Jeff

PS Question; given those two holes in the frame there, is there a chance the spacer went in the hole and all the way down in the frame?? If Yes, could it do any harm there?? eeee. I would almost just get a new spacer, but I don't want to risk that hunk of metal coming off the bike and getting caught in my chain and sprocket! Chances of that probably low....but that could be a disaster if it happened...
 

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PS Question; given those two holes in the frame there, is there a chance the spacer went in the hole and all the way down in the frame?? If Yes, could it do any harm there?? eeee. I would almost just get a new spacer, but I don't want to risk that hunk of metal coming off the bike and getting caught in my chain and sprocket! Chances of that probably low....but that could be a disaster if it happened...
Those in front of the frame ?
Nope don't worry, the are the intake for the airbox, and I don't see a spacer getting through the airfilter ;)

But I guess that if a spacer gets in there, it will make a lot of noise at speed !
 

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So those holes in the frame is where the air comes in? So there must be holes in the front of the frame to let the air in?? Wondering if I could fish my magnet around in through there??

Would you know if the frame there has any "baffles", that would prevent that spacer from getting down into the lower part of the frame? Or is it open inside all the way down?

Trying to get a plan that might work....sucks not having X-Ray vision.....heh

Thanks!
Jeff
 

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Nope ... that won't work.
The air comes from the side of the fairings, goes 20 centimeters to the rear, then into a whole in the frame (roughly where the 2 rubber dampers are located on the frame on picture below) makes a U turn in the frame, goes back to the front, 90° following the frame and then it comes out of those holes ...
Not so easy to work with magnets ;)


 
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