Great attention to detail. It looks factory.
There are 2 of them actually. I heard about them, and asked my dealership about them and they said no. Yet there they were like everyone said right behind the headlight when I decided to check.Is there an extra canbus plug behind the light?
There are no canbus plugs, as the bike does not have canbus, however, there are two aux power plugsIs there an extra canbus plug behind the light?
they aren't canbus plugs, the bike doesn't have canbusThere are 2 of them actually. I heard about them, and asked my dealership about them and they said no. Yet there they were like everyone said right behind the headlight when I decided to check.
I finally installed my usb ports on my bike yesterday. Was extremely frustrated by the process only because the amount of screws BMW uses on the plastics is ridiculous as is the amount of plastics period. The most frustrating part was after everything was removed, I still couldn't seem to get to the extra canbus plugs, because I didn't want to brake anything around the headlight and couldn't figure out how to get it all off. At the end of the day I did what I had mentioned in another post several months ago surrounding the same topic. I removed the headlight and BAM!!! there they were. Removing all the plastics is absolutely not necessary and a complete waste of time. So if you want to do this mod. Save yourself time and frustration and just take your headlight out. In the pics below you will see I have all the plastics off and all I needed was the headlight out. The links are the products I used. I didn't have to modify anything on the bike itself except for the hole I drilled. The plug I used I attached it to the USB port and it was a direct plug and play once I married the parts up.
I am pretty picky about the work I do, so I don't like things looking like I didn't care. So I also ordered a "step drill bit" set and drilled out a perfectly round hole in my dash to mount the usb port. I then zip tied all the wires back up just like they were factory. Even though you don't see all that stuff once everything is put together, I can't handle knowing it would be messy and unprofessional. LOL so I always make sure things look like you would expect them to look from the factory.
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OK. Rainy day here so I took some time to install mine today. Plus it’s been slow here on the forum so I thought I’d add some content too.
First a huge thanks to @Fred for all the info above I followed and @lostinspace for this thread helping with the wiring: Where and How to connect the ACC
I do hope I am wrong but I will have to debunk the claim that the GS has a third aux plug under the battery. I took off the small plastic pieces and searched every wire. I couldn’t locate it.
On to the install. As said, removal of just the headlight gave access to the plugs. Getting the light out was a pain. I found the screw tabs got hung up on the plastic pieces in these pics as can be seen from the scratch marks.
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Both plugs are zip tied on the right side (facing bike from front) behind the light. I thought one was on each side so it took me a few minutes to realize.
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After install and all zipped up
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It’s still raining so I didn’t get a pic of the usb/voltmeter but I might add later. It looks just like Fred’s above but I chose the right side as I am saving the other side for grip heaters and the ones I am liking so far have the controls on the left and I figured it would look cleaner hooking up there.
OMG! I wish I'd seen this thread (with yours and Fred's posts) before I tackled this job. The thread I read indicated all the plastics had to come off and it was a nightmare (despite being a fastidious person with some mechanical experience I have 2 screws left over! Also OCD did I mention?!). Mine is a 21 model and I can confirm that the two auxiliary plugs are still right there where they apparently always have been. I didn't use the existing auxiliary plug, I just cut it off and spliced wiring onto it. I zip-tied a USB outlet to the frame near the horn and ran the USB cable from the Quad-Lock phone mount down to it. Works fine but I still feel like I need a serious drink two days after putting it all back together.