Sidecar heater


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Sidecar heater

Post by SideCarJerry » Sun Nov 12, 2017 5:42 pm



I am looking at a GL1000 with a sidecar.being that i ride in the winter i was wondering if a small cab heater could be installed in the sidecar and tied into the cooling system of the Goldwing . anyone done this ?



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Re: Sidecar heater

Post by SnoBrdr » Sun Nov 12, 2017 6:39 pm

SideCarJerry wrote:
Sun Nov 12, 2017 5:42 pm
I am looking at a GL1000 with a sidecar.being that i ride in the winter i was wondering if a small cab heater could be installed in the sidecar and tied into the cooling system of the Goldwing . anyone done this ?
Sure sounds possible but then you'd need to run a fan and who knows if the charging system would suffer.

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Re: Sidecar heater

Post by WingAdmin » Sun Nov 12, 2017 8:07 pm

SnoBrdr wrote:
Sun Nov 12, 2017 6:39 pm
SideCarJerry wrote:
Sun Nov 12, 2017 5:42 pm
I am looking at a GL1000 with a sidecar.being that i ride in the winter i was wondering if a small cab heater could be installed in the sidecar and tied into the cooling system of the Goldwing . anyone done this ?
Sure sounds possible but then you'd need to run a fan and who knows if the charging system would suffer.
Not necessarily - you could just use ram air from the outside. You wouldn't get the heating effect when standing still, but it would still work.

That said, you wouldn't need much of a fan to move air around inside a sidecar. You could use a small 12 volt muffin fan, and that wouldn't draw more than from half an amp to one amp - and would be more than sufficient. Perhaps a muffin fan, along with a small oil cooler, plumbed into the cooling system - that's probably the way I'd go. Along with a way of shutting it off, for summer months, or when the passenger was getting too warm.

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Re: Sidecar heater

Post by Fred Camper » Mon Nov 13, 2017 11:35 pm

I would try the ram Air instead of a fan. You cannot pull much heat anyway. A ram air opening can be small for the first try.

Nothing wrong with a small Muffin fan at 1 amp as long as your charging system is up for it.

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Re: Sidecar heater

Post by aj1500 » Tue Nov 14, 2017 7:53 am

there are quite a few rigs out there with heaters in the car, some use a heater core and use the coolant from the bike and a fan or outside air as stated above, some are small electric heaters. on a smaller bike that doesn't have it's own alternator I would not advise the electric version
I have considered adding a heater to our rig but so far we have been OK without it
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