Automotive Battery Voltage Indicator for Lithium & Lead-Acid Batteries – Guide

Last updated on December 9th, 2018

Nothing sucks more than turning your ignition key…only for nothing to happen. Well, almost nothing. It goes head-to-head with having to repair a flat tire on the go. The best way to avoid a dead battery is to check its voltage every once in a while. There are a few ways to make that job a bit easier. One interesting option I’ve found recently is the JS-8T Battery Voltage Indicator. What makes it pretty unique is that it’s compatible with any battery chemistry, including Lithium and Lead-Acid. That makes it perfect for cars, motorcycles and RC devices alike. Plus, it sure beats having to dust-off your jumper cables.

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Electrical Repair – To Crimp or Solder?

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Last updated on December 10th, 2018

Most people wouldn’t believe how controversial this topic still is. Should I crimp or solder this connection? Ask this in any forum and you’ll find opponents willing to passionately debate the topic to death.

On one side you’ll find those who will quickly crimp a connection without giving it a second thought and go on with their day. On the other side you’ll find those more than happy to call the first group “hacks” or lazy. They will insist that a soldered connection is much more reliable and has better performance. But who is right? The truth of the matter isn’t that simple. This won’t settle the crimp or solder discussion, but it will provide valuable insight. Continue reading “Electrical Repair – To Crimp or Solder?”

Motorcycle GPS Tracker Alarm Install with Remote Kill Switch

Motorcycle GPS Tracker Alarm Install with Remote Kill Switch

Last updated on December 10th, 2018

Some say that there are only two types of motorcycle ridersThose who have crashed, and those that are going to crash. Others have a similar saying regarding motorcycle theft. Just take a look at the comments in any online forum to see how common it is. Here I’m going to go over in detail how to install a motorcycle GPS tracker alarm on a Kawasaki Ninja 300. Plus how to install it on other vehicles. I’ll also be upgrading the bike’s security with a decoy alarm and a remote engine kill switch. Here’s how. Continue reading “Motorcycle GPS Tracker Alarm Install with Remote Kill Switch”

Remote Engine Shut-Off Device for Motorcycles – Theory and Assembly

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Last updated on December 10th, 2018

One of the most useful and interesting things you can do to any vehicle safety-wise is implement a remote engine shut-off. Basically it’s a device which allows you to turn off the engine remotely via a kill switch – from anywhere in the world. The typical way to do it is using a command via a GPS tracker. Yeah, I know. It sounds complicated. However, here I’m going to go over both the theory and practice of how to add a remote kill switch to a motorcycle. Once you’ve gone over the basics, you’ll see it isn’t that hard after all.

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Motorcycle Horn Upgrade – Stebel Nautilus Air Horn & Kawasaki Ninja 650

Motorcycle Horn Upgrade - Stebel Nautilus Air Horn & Kawasaki Ninja 650

Last updated on December 10th, 2018

I’m not sure why, but I’ve always been a fan of loud horns. And if you’ve clicked, I’m guessing you might also have the same guilty vice. So when I passed on from my beloved 2015 Kawasaki Ninja 300 ABS (with its Hella Supertones) to a new 2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650 ABS, you can be sure a motorcycle horn upgrade was somewhere on the To-Do list. This is that. After all, there’s nothing like scaring the bejeezus out of someone trying to merge in to you with a 139db air horn, is there?

To be honest, I was perfectly happy with my Hellas. But it was annoying to have two separate horns to install and wire. This time I was curious about going with a pneumatic air horn like the Stebel Nautilus. As opposed to your typical piezoelectric horn, like the OEM model or the Hellas. Hopefully it would be louder than the Hellas, too. While I had my doubts, eventually I was able to find a viable spot and mounting solution for the horn on this bike. Here I’m going to go over the motorcycle air horn upgrade process.

I based this motorcycle horn upgrade DIY on the 2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650. That makes this How-To equally applicable to the Kawasaki Z650. Nonetheless, even if you’re looking to install a Stebel Nautilus Air Horn on any vehicle, you might find some inspiration here.

Project Specs:

Difficulty: Intermediate
Tool Requirements: Intermediate
Time: A weekend project
Cost: 40$ Approx. Continue reading “Motorcycle Horn Upgrade – Stebel Nautilus Air Horn & Kawasaki Ninja 650”

Kawasaki Motorcycle USB Charger for Phones & GPS

Kawasaki Motorcycle USB Charger for Phones & GPS

Last updated on December 10th, 2018

Many new models of motorcycles from Kawasaki now (finally!) come prewired for a “bolt-on” motorcycle USB charger! While installing a USB Charger (or 12v port) isn’t all that complicated of an install on any motorcycle, it can be hard to locate a suitable location, as well as finding a switched 12v wire with sufficient current capability. Thankfully, Kawasaki now takes care of the electrical and location part of the equation for us! The only thing left is to install the charger, so let’s do it!

Difficulty: 2 out of 5
Tool Requirements: 2 out of 5
Time: 2 Hours
Cost: 15$

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DIY: Fake Dummy Alarm for Motorcycles

DIY Fake Dummy Alarm for Motorcycles

Last updated on December 10th, 2018

Some say that there are only two types of motorcycle riders: Those who have crashed, and those that are going to crash. Others have a similar saying regarding motorcycle theft. Just mention on any forum that you park your motorcycle outside of a condo at night and wait for the comments to pour in on how you are uselessly reckless. I disagree, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t steps we can take to tilt the scale in our favor. To do so, here I’m going to show you how to make your own fake dummy alarm for motorcycles.

Project Specs

Difficulty: 2 out of 5
Tool Requirements: 2 out of 5
Time: 2 hours
Cost: 10$ (Approx.)

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