So as it states, how do you guys hide your wiring? I have a sportster sport 1200. I am installing minni switches on my handle bars to keep it looking clean up front. I will be putting a 2.4 gallon sporty tank on and moving it back towards the seat. So there will be open back bone exposed and I plan on relocating the ign switch and module. Just looking for some ideas on how you guys hide your wiring.
Tank will be set up similar to this:
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thats one crazy looking front tire. that thing los HUGE!!
Agreewith running it through the back bone
So just drill a hole in the bottom of the backbone or what? Wont this compromise the structure?
Hide wires? fuck that. some of mine are wrapped in tape and others are just there for everyone to see.
I did nt hide my wires .........I left em right on top of the trash can when I tore em all out.
I dont think it would hurt. I dont know how many wires you are running through the frame but my guess is the hole needed wouldnt big too big. Guys have been doing it for years.
Awesome, a little more simple than I thought. I shouldn't have much going up there, kill switch, headlight, and a toggle for signals so 5 wires I think?
If you're dead-set on hiding them, I'd go with inside the backbone as others have mentioned.
However, personally, I'd just run them along the backbone as discreetly as possible. The reasoning in my head is preparing for the worst. If you're ever road-side and have to work on your bike, it's a lot easier. Then again, I'm a function over form kinda guy. Wiring is copper and can break at any time for a multitude of reasons. To each their own.
I did the backbone set up too. Still riding fine after 10k and a year. But if something ever goes wrong I'll hate my life. Hopefully I've wrecked it, totaled it, or sold it before any wiring goes bad. Tracking internal handle bar to internal backbone wiring might cause me to have a stroke.
Drilling a hole in the backbone will affect the integrity but very minimally, how big a hole will you be cutting? Some people will weld a nut in there to give the hole some solidity and sometimes to mount a tank. Personally I don't see the nut having much of a difference structurally. Tons of guys do this so it's acceptably safe IMHO, but any holes in the frame are a potential risk. Let us know what you decide
running through the frame gives the cleanest look, it's worth the hassle.
i put in 3 extra wires, just in case.... if i have used up 2 of the extra wires i can use the third for pulling new wires in..
and to keep it extra clean i put all the connections in the headlight.
just be sure you have smooth holes and use some styrdy heatshrink where the cables exit the frame.
If you ran them outside you could use those little stainless p looking clamps. Lets see the rest of that ironhead.