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Offline cmarcant

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Front fuse box location
« on: February 05, 2018, 01:31:48 AM »
I am trying to access my front fuse box. The owner's manual states (p295) that "The front fuse box (A, is located inside the left panel and can be reached by removing the inspection cover." Where is the inspection cover? I have removed many panels on the left side and could not see it. I'm in the process of connecting the high beam to the low beam http://www.motorcycleinfo.co.uk/index26b7.html?fa=contentGeneric.cwpgfxigzstbrmfs&pageId=2388102. The instructions for a MTS 1200 on that page state "to remove the left top fairing cover / fuse panel cover." I just wish I could see a pic of where that cover is located.

Thanks,

Chris

Offline thenozzle

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Re: Front fuse box location
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2018, 07:57:23 AM »
Is not the fuse boxes under the seat, and page 295 is the end of the manual for the 950 not the the 1200  :084:
« Last Edit: February 05, 2018, 07:59:27 AM by thenozzle »

Offline Conman

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Re: Front fuse box location
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2018, 08:21:29 AM »
It's page 285 in the MTS950 manual and it looks like there are two fuse boxes - one under the seat and one in the mythical side panel  :086:

However looking through the wiring diagram I cannot find any relay connected to either high or dipped beam  :187:
If I knew what I was doing I would probably stop doing it.

Offline cmarcant

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Re: Front fuse box location
« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2018, 08:44:46 AM »
I confirm that page 285 in the UK manual is page 295 in US manual. Furthermore, looking at the parts catalogue, I find only mentions of the starter relay and the 4 relays under the seat; no mention of dip and high beam relays.
« Last Edit: February 05, 2018, 08:50:06 AM by cmarcant »

Offline Lambert

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Re: Front fuse box location
« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2018, 05:11:19 PM »
The picture in the user manual appears to show both fuse boxes are under the seat. I know the 1200 has 2 fuse boxes both of which are under the seat.

Offline cmarcant

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Re: Front fuse box location
« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2018, 05:59:22 PM »
Thank you Lambert!

I expected that eventually I would find out it was all along in front of my nose and die of embarrassment: you're absolutely right. I was looking in the front of the bike as it seemed that is where it is located on the 1200. Shame on me for opening THAT fuse box yesterday, reading the labels, and insisting on looking somewhere else.

To summarize for everyone, the "front fuse box (A)" means to designate the fuse box that controls the front equipment, not the location of that fuse box. The "inside the left panel" location is somewhat misleading IMO; it means left when facing the rear of the bike under the seat, not some mythical inspection panel located on the left of the bike. The "rear fuse box (B)" is located on its right.

So now, while I made some progress with your help, I am no longer sure that the 950 uses relays to command the high and low beams. The point of searching for the fuse box was to discover those magic relays hidden behind it and place a one-way shunt between the energizing wires for high and low. I'll keep you posted.

Offline Conman

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Re: Front fuse box location
« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2018, 09:25:10 AM »
 :033: very confusing but we know now.

I for one would be interested to know if you can make both main and dipped stay on. What happens with the factory set up is; you're riding along with the road and verges/paths lit up in front of you as normal, then you flip to main beam and the immediate illumination goes out in favour of a narrow projected beam down the road. It feels a bit like tunnel vision. Far better to have both on at the same time.

The downside is that it generates a lot of heat behind the headlights so something could melt. Also it requires a lot of current (electrical heat) from the alternator and down all the wires and, as seems the case with the MTS950 through the controller  :084:
If I knew what I was doing I would probably stop doing it.

Offline cmarcant

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Re: Front fuse box location
« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2018, 04:29:49 PM »
As described on http://bit.ly/MTSLoom, the connection between high and low bean is not on all the time. It most likely uses a diode which allows the current to flow only one way to the low beam when the high beam is energized, the reverse does not happen. There is a question on that page as far as heat dissipation in the headlight but it seems it never was a source of concern.

I have contacted the loom creator to see if he had any thought about connecting the beams directly.