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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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I went with the same location only put in the BMW style “powerlet” for a couple reasons. My other bike is a F800GS and it has a powerlet that is ignition powered and I go wild camping often and need to charge my phone and helmet at night. For this reason I wanted my outlet powered full time direct to the battery, and with the usb and volt meter it would be draining all the time. The powerlet is only an outlet and doesn’t draw power. So this option allows me to just plug in the powerlet to USB adapter or anything I want. I also carry a small air compressor with a powerlet plug. I have also seen the old usb chargers being replace by usb C and figured the bike may outlast the technology of that style plug.
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I was also worried about it draining power all the time, which is why I set it up to plug directly into the canbus plugs. The ports and voltmeter only come on when the bike is on.
 

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Is there an extra canbus plug behind the light?
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.
 

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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.
they aren't canbus plugs, the bike doesn't have canbus
 

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But only 1 on the R. Plus another one tucked away under the battery compartment (hard to explain exactly where, but has been described on the forum in it's early days)
 

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The GS also has one under the battery compartment on the left side of the bike just below the seat.
 

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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.
 

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