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I finally finished up my accessory power install on my '16 GS. My goal was to get power into my Touratech top case for all my charging needs on the go. I went out thinking that I'd just install the Powerlet electric tank bag kit in my top case but that solution required drilling a large center hole and four additional holes for the mounting screws - and the bulk head was a little larger than would conveniently fit where I wanted it. I ended up with this water proof SAE bulkhead connector for $15:

Amazon.com: OptiMate CABLE O-20 Weatherproof SAE socket, front panel mount: Automotive

It requires a 25mm hole in the case plus a bit of room around it for the locking nut and waterproof washers. I drilled the top case with a step-bit after punching a center point and it cut through the case like butter leaving a very neat and tidy 25mm hole. I installed the bulkhead connector in the hole with a schmear of water contact silicone sealant.







The next step was to go looking for a good place to mount up the PDM60. I've used this device on other bikes and I really like the robust weather proof design where there's no electrical contacts on the device exposed to the elements. It's overkill for this installation but I've got plans to add some additional lighting on the rear and will eventually want to mount up an electric tank bag on the bike as an option. The PDM60 will not fit anywhere under my seats. There's too much stuff installed by BMW now under the rear seat:



No room there and up under the rider's seat there just isn't enough clearance with the seat in the low position which I did not want to give up. I ended up attaching it to the back of the battery box between the box and the rear shock:



I like this location because I can check on it without removing anything. It's clearly visible from the right side of the bike and yet completely out of the way and it's easy routing the wiring from this location to both the battery and the area under the seat. It leaves the area under the rider's seat uncluttered as well:



I've taped off all but one 15A circuit from the PM60 for now. I took a SAE patch cable and cut one end off installing water proof connectors on it and the power lead from the PDM60. I also ran a dedicated ground from the battery terminal with the same water proof connector that completes the circuit for the SAE patch cord back to the tail and up to the water proof bulkhead connector I installed in step 1 above.

For the gray trigger wire from the PDM60, I used the red wire with a green stripe on the fuses in the right had side of the photo above. The tap was made with a Posi-tap that came with the PDM60 kit. From this connection, the trigger is supplied as soon as the ignition is turned on. The PDM60 has a default 7 second delay for all circuits (programmable, but I left it as default). This gives time to let the bike go through it's start up diagnostic and crank the bike before turning on my accessories.

When I'm not using the top case, I'll just coil the patch cord under the rear seat. With the top case installed, it's easily routed out and up through the mounting frame to the bulkhead connector on the case.



I haven't decided yet but I might go ahead and install another power bulkhead in my side case. My thought would be to install the lid organizer in my 38L Touratech where I'd plug in this circuit for the times when I'm riding with side cases but no top case. At this point, it's just another $15 bulkhead connector to get that done.

Inside the top case, I have a bunch of different options for power. I have a number of Y cables that go from SAE to cig.adapter, USB, and another SAE for daisy chaining cables. I can charge several GoPros, phone, Bluetooth gear, backup Mophie batteries I use in my tent at night, Delorme tracker, and anything else I need on the trip that can be charged on the go. I usually take a couple of 10,000mAh Mophie batteries and I use those in my camp for charging my Sena over night and running my portable USB fan for keeping air circulating in my tent on hot nights.

Hope this install is useful to others and if anyone can think of any problem with where I have my PDM60 installed, please let me know? I'm not at all worried about it from weather but what else am I not thinking of?
 

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Nice work! Thanks for taking the time to photograph your installation. I like the location of the PMD60. I use the same unit but it's under my seat as I ride with it in the high position. I triggered off the tail light wire and there's only a second or two delay in cutting power to the PMD.

In preparation for an Alaska trip in seven weeks, I powered up my Jesse top box using Powerlet Tank Bag adapter and a little silicone seal:


I drilled the top box on the lower right side (facing) that would be closest to the pillion and powered it with cord attached to my PDM60:


Close up of the connector and my dirty top box:


Inside, I use Velcro to secure the needed chargers to keep them from bouncing around. On a test ride down a washboard dirt road, everything held properly:


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Nice install Mike. I've put that Powerlet kit in soft luggage and it works great. I was about to put it in my hard case but had second thoughts about drilling all those holes. The bulkhead I used only required the one 25mm hole so I'm hoping it's more likely to stay water proof. I also really didn't have the room for that wide flange on the Powerlet kit so the one I did use worked perfectly.

Even though the PDM60 is completely weather proof, I may go ahead and put the MachineArtMoto Mudsling on it to keep clean up chores easier to do.
 

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. I was about to put it in my hard case but had second thoughts about drilling all those holes. The bulkhead I used only required the one 25mm hole so I'm hoping it's more likely to stay water proof.

Even though the PDM60 is completely weather proof, I may go ahead and put the MachineArtMoto Mudsling on it to keep clean up chores easier to do.
GrayBeard, I had the same thoughts about drilling the holes for the Powerlet. My only reasoning was that I had a brand new tube of silicone:grin2:. Your connector will be just fine, especially where you placed it.

That's a good thought about the MAM Mudsling. I put one one my GSA and it works just fine keeping the shock a bit cleaner. One thing, though, you'll notice after the install. The heat off the right side of the engine in more noticeable. I'm assuming it's from the cat and the Mudsling does a superb job channeling up my right leg.

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MAM Mudsling question

I don't want to hijack the great thread, but will the mudsling prevent me from getting my feet and lower legs so wet from rain and puddles?

Also, how noticeable is the heat you mention? Living in SWFL, it's a toss up if I want to stay dryer or have less heat. lol
 

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I don't want to hijack the great thread, but will the mudsling prevent me from getting my feet and lower legs so wet from rain and puddles?

Also, how noticeable is the heat you mention? Living in SWFL, it's a toss up if I want to stay dryer or have less heat. lol
The Mudsling won't eliminate moisture from reaching you're lower legs and feet. It reduces what comes off the rear wheel and protects your shock better.

The heat is noticeable and I've been removing it during the humid/hot North Carolina summer. When I go on an extended trip, though, I usually put it back on.

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A friend recently asked me how I provided electrical power to my cases and I looked up this thread I posted 4 years ago. To update anyone interested, I can report that after riding my GS like an enduro bike: through deep water crossings, mud, lots of rocky terrain, etc; that I have not had any trouble with it whatsoever locating the PDM60 where I did. I wasn't sure when I put it in that location but it's a testament to this install that I haven't even thought about it in years.

Since this install for my top box, I've installed additional circuits off the PDM60 for Skene lights and a very high quality video DVR for front and rear cameras on the bike. All works like a charm.
 

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I didn't like having my PDM exposed so much. I had mine zip tied to the right outside of the seat tray behind that rear subframe triangle near the passenger footpeg. If you take the rear cover off after removing the Grab Rail and Pannier Rack - there's a ton of room for your PDM. I also have a Skene tail light controller back there. I also used the wiring harness into the tail light for my PDM Trigger (to running Tail Light). I needed to get there for the signal to the Brake light anyways, for my Skenes. Just an alternative. Nice install you've done, too. I use weatherproof Deutsch connectors for most circuits, including a 6-pin socket for the PDM.
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I realize this post is 4 years old but, great writeup and pictures! I did a similar install with the Hex EZ Can for charger power in the top box and an auxiliary flashing brake light. Note that when using an SAE extension cord, be mindful of the polarity reversal. You might need a polarity reverse adapter like this...

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I did the install that mikec did on my old 115orr, into a hepko Baker topcase. Worked fine. I don't think I ever used it though, so on subsequent bikes I did not do the mod and never missed it. When I am on the road I stay in motels these days, and I suppose if camping it would have some utility.
 
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