What's going on with this main fuse?


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bofler
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What's going on with this main fuse?

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Have seen some postings online about main fuses recently, and since my side cover was off already today, I decided to have a look in there.

Here's what I found (see photo).

Pretty sure this is not the stock setup, haha. I'm not having any electrical problems, but I'm also pretty much clueless about electrical stuff. That said, should I be concerned about this? Like I already mentioned, the bike is running fine and all electrics are functioning. Just don't want to get stranded and/or have my bike explode into flames.
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Re: What's going on with this main fuse?

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that's the kind of repair that is done at the side of the road in order to get home.
most people seem to be replacing the "dog bone" with a more modern blade-type fuse ... you buy it as shown on the left and wind up with something that looks like the one on the right. easy installation.
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Re: What's going on with this main fuse?

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That's what I was thinking. A temporary fix that became permanent. Yeah, gonna get something like you've shown. Thanks!

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Re: What's going on with this main fuse?

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note that i did kind of a sloppy job there ... better fitting connectors and heat-shrink are your friends.

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Re: What's going on with this main fuse?

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haha, looks good to me! your "sloppy" is 1000x better than the mess I currently have.

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Re: What's going on with this main fuse?

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bofler wrote:
Fri Jul 17, 2020 1:54 pm
haha, looks good to me! your "sloppy" is 1000x better than the mess I currently have.
Just remember to save your "mess" as a future road repair to get you home after you clean it up. :o (or carry spare fuses)
It ain't about the destination - it's all about the journey

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Re: What's going on with this main fuse?

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I have an aversion to using wire as a replacement for fuses unless it is as a very short term bridge to do diagnostics. The fuse is there for a reason and bypassing that protection will in all likelyhood cause additional problems (like fire, damaged equipment etc.) Usually the fuse blew for a reason. So after installing a new blade type fuse holder like viking says merely throw a couple of spare 30 amp fuses in your glovebox in case or replace the dogbone fuse and carry spares Just my 2 cents worth.

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Re: What's going on with this main fuse?

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I've used a regular 30 amp blade fuse pigtail for this before, but I really like this one:

https://www.amazon.com/Fastronix-Automo ... ref=sr_1_8

It's waterproof (marine grade), and lets you fasten the fuse to something rather than just letting it dangle. Crimp and solder a pair of ring terminals on the ends of the wires, Plug a 30 amp blade fuse into it, and you're good to go.



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