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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2006 11:03 pm 
I bought this flush mount 12v radio shack power outlet for the little Ruck and never got around to putting it in...so I did it to the Big Dude!

After looking around for a good spot to mount it, I decided on the right side near the parking brake lever. This meant lots of stuff (plastic) to remove to get in there and do it right. :D

There is a trick to removing and installing the plastic retaining clips:

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Three clips on the cover of the the battery and fuse area.

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Batt cover off.
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Pry out the plastic tray around the gas and coolant filler uppers
to expose more 5mm allen head bolts
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More by the seat adjuster
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I ended up removing the seat and rear shelf cover too
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To remove the rest of the front plastic, you have to unscrew the parking brake hande.
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This piece will dropout and roll away if youre not care full. It sits under the handle and works the release mechanism.
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Park brake cover off.
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The front piece over the head lites is real easy
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Anyway, there are a few more phillips screws up front and it takes some wiggling to work the main plastic piece around the wires and crap up front, and the seat adjuter is still in the way. But it should look like this when its off.
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and a pile of parts like this
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and a bunch of nuts, bolts and screws like this
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After double checking the fit, time for the hole saw!
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Of couse, I didn't have the exact size needed so, had to trim.
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Fit like a glove
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Now for some wires.
Hooked the positive to the hot side of the starter relay, I think.
This way it's hot all the time.
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And the ground up near the steering head.
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Zip tied the run along the frame.
I left the wires a bit long so I could work it back into place.
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Put it all back together and here you go.
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I think I'll be able to change the fuse (if needed) by removing the parking brake cover. Now, what to plug in there?

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Last edited by chucktuna on Sun Feb 12, 2006 7:18 pm, edited 1 time in total.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2006 11:12 pm 
Chuck, beautiful and clean job on the power outlet install! Your BR looks awesome even without the seat and some plastic panels on it. In fact, I wish it was even more stripped down.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2006 11:47 pm 
awesome job...where did you get the outlet at? The BR looks pretty good naked!

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2006 7:32 am 
I like the naked look too, but with only 3 miles on it, I figured I'd let it be
for a while.
In the distant future I may try to replace some plastic with some fabbed up alum panels

AR..... got tht 12v outlet at Radio Shack. Didn't use the mounting bracket.

http://www.radioshack.com/product/index ... 2062272&cp

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2006 9:17 am 
Chuck! Great pics and install info! Lets see you could plug in your cell phone, your Xm or Sirius satellite Radio, your high powered spotlight, your MP3 player, your stove or coffee pot for camping or tailgating your mini fridge with cold beers...the possibilities are endless.

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NIce JOb...looks like it was meant to be there. Honda should take note!

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2006 12:45 pm 
Hey Chuck, I'd like to move this Detailing and Style, that way we can stick in the How To list. Nice job BTW!

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Thanks for the comments.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2006 7:37 am 
Great photos and very good tech writings. (Hope you put the gas cap on when and/or if you soldered wires or smoked while doing the work. The cap is off in one photo.) :shock:

I am going to add a military blackout lighting switch and lights, soon. Will try to get some photos as good as these.

Only problem with the photos, :wavehello
yellow paint has faded to silver!

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 23, 2006 3:27 pm 
I found a neat 12 volt accessory weather resistant outlet at Wal-mart designed for plastic truck bed liners. It comes with a heavy snap cover that seal the outlet when it's not used.

To improve the use of it in bad weather I might use a weather proof cover for electrical outlets that allow a plug to be in the socket and still not get wet. It's a little bulky but do work in the rain to protect the plug and outlet. They come with a gasket that could work on the side panel of driver's left side. They come in horizontal or vertical apps. Could use it to charge cell phones with a vehicle charger. Could even install a small inverter to allow small items like electric shaver or what ever to run off the vehicles battery..

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Is this basically the same for a LR? Power to the hot side of the starter relay and a ground to a good ground? I tried this and just did posi to posi on the batt and negative to negative on the batt (knowing this was probably bad) and as soon as I hooked both to the outlet it started smoking and the wires blew off!!!!!

Everything is still fine but I need to have the 12v for my GPS. Please help!

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PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2008 4:20 am 
sounds like your wires were shorted....touching?

normally they wouldn't smoke and melt until you plugged in a GigaWatt load!

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Bump for a picture check......

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