For many of us, after we buy that brand new Polaris RZR or a Can-am Maverick X3, or new to us at least, we immediately start thinking about how we can accessorize it. You might be thinking about getting things like a radio, and huge LED light bar. While shopping for new off-road goodies is exciting - you also need to consider how much power drain your electrical system handle.
To help you along your way, we have come up with a list of things to really pay attention to when wiring in ATV electrical accessories.
We recommend that you invest in a quality power hub is a good idea, especially if you plan on installing multiple power-draining accessories. If you think you will be adding several power-robbing devices, it may be good to install a power block or hub. This usually gives you a place for power wires to be mounted and a good ground cable for the negatives.
Take time to organize your wiring so repairs and maintenance are easy.
This is where I see the most mistakes when adding a 12V accessory to a machine. You may never have a problem out of a messy side by side wiring job, but if you are going to add an expensive product like a light bar to your machine, why not take time to route the wires in the best possible way.
Remember to read the directions for the electrical requirements for the product you are installing. We have had brand new lights flicker and never work again only to figure out later that the low voltage present burnt out an igniter or other part in the system. While you can do a quick hack job on your wiring, it will end up costing you time and money in the long term.
Your factory service manual will show you how much output your machine can handle. This one detail could mean the difference between a good working machine and new accessory or possibly the destruction of both. Be sure to note just how much power the device you are hooking up is going to pull from your reserve of wattage.
There are a lot of factors when it comes to installing anything with electricity. We caution you to ensure you are being safe. If you have any questions about what extra tools do you need to complete a light mounting job – give us a call!