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Anyone know what this plug is for? 12v accessory? Saw it when I was installing my under tail.
 

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I did try to search here and Google with no luck, and I went through the manual and it says nothing about it.
 

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I tried using it to power a USB adapter, and it wouldn't do it.
I can see 12VDC on it when nothing is plugged into it, but as soon as something is connected to it, voltage goes away. Not sure what it's purpose is...
 

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So I looked on the Z1000 site for info and found that this should be indeed a 12v accessory plug. It also said that we should have one hidden under the left front fairing as well. The front one is believed to be for heated hand grips, not sure what the back one would orginally be for. Both are supposed to be switched plugs so not to drain the battery when the key is off. If this is indeed the truth, it will make me happy to not have to splice the factory harness for switched power!
 
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Can anyone confirm these plugs as being power? So how does that work if they are? I assume they are a single positive wire correct? Let's say I want to hook up a power supply to my phone or gps via usb. Right now I have the SAE connector kit that goes to my battery to charge the bike while not in use. Then, when riding, I have a USB plug that connects to the same cable and it allows me to charge my phone off the battery while driving. One time I left the USB connected by accident for a week and my battery went dead. So hooking to a switched power supply makes my life totally better. How would I go about hooking up the negative side of the wire if I did this? Does this make sense?
 

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I just checked the one under the front seat. It appears to be a discrete input to a switched power supply. It can't carry a load but does go up to 10-12 volts when the ignition is set to on. So I think that it will act as a switch if you have the primary load still connected to the battery or a power supply.

it would work great if you decided to go this route. cheap solution.

http://www.canyonchasers.net/shop/generic/relay.php
 

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Good call trublu! That makes much more sense. Still makes adding a distro box easier. I still need to look, but the plugs up front are supposed to be load bearing. Still need to look for these myself, see if they're even there.
 

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I DID hook up my aftermarket grips to the power wires behind the front left fairing.
There is an empty bracket there, that I attached a 12VDC relay to. The switched power wires control that relay, and the relay switches the power from the battery for my grips.
 

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I DID hook up my aftermarket grips to the power wires behind the front left fairing.
There is an empty bracket there, that I attached a 12VDC relay to. The switched power wires control that relay, and the relay switches the power from the battery for my grips.
Can you share the relay you used? I've seen a number of folks use an automotive relay and other use a motorcycle custom relay.
 

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I used a standard relay from work, 12VDC coil, and 10amp contacts.
The relay base is ugly and takes too much room, so I soldered wires to the relay contacts, and then crimped on the needed connectors to plug into the Ninja wiring.

You can try one of these:
Relay and Socket Harness Kit
 

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I used a standard relay from work, 12VDC coil, and 10amp contacts.
The relay base is ugly and takes too much room, so I soldered wires to the relay contacts, and then crimped on the needed connectors to plug into the Ninja wiring.

You can try one of these:
Relay and Socket Harness Kit
That is a really nice solution. Thanks for sharing. I may go that route. I, too, did not like the auto part store relay type. And the motorcycle specific ones are nice and low profile. But they are way to proud of them from a price perspective.
Thanks again.
 

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If you plan on adding a couple of devices up front, I would suggest installing that relay, and using it to supply switched power to an aftermarket fuseblock. I did this on my Tenere, and used that fuseblock to power lights, power port, gps, and my phone.
I used one of these: Car Truck Van 6 Way Circuit Standard ATO Blade Fuse Box Block Holder 12V 24V | eBay

and powered it through the relay I posted previously.
This protects each device you are powering up.
 

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Relay Switching

The question was raised about the purpose of the female bullet connector located under the seat. One possibility mentioned it could be used for relay switching. Well, that did NOT work for me. Luckily, I found the license plate light connector (plug with red and black/yellow wires on the other side). I connected to the red wire and that works fine. Here's a pic:

 

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I'm going to guess that the people who are seeing this connector have ABS? If the wire is grey, its the ABS self diagnosis connector. Page 12-40 and 41 in the service manual explain how it's used.
 

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Good catch there, Andy! Yes, that wire is gray so you have solved the mystery. Thanks!
 

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I noticed the same thing in the tail of my 2017 as I pulled out my ECU today. But it's only a single connector (no ground assuming this is switched power). I've already used the ones in the nose section. I would love to use this to charge something in my tail section (that sounded gross), but...

Why only one connector?

 

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I noticed the same thing in the tail of my 2017 as I pulled out my ECU today. But it's only a single connector (no ground assuming this is switched power). I've already used the ones in the nose section. I would love to use this to charge something in my tail section (that sounded gross), but...

Why only one connector?
Already answered above. It’s not a power connection. It’s a connector used for ABS diagnostics.

There are two power connections on the 2017. Both up front. One is for the 12v accessory socket and the other is for heated grips.
 
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