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    Default A neater spaghetti bucket.

    I've designed and put together a couple of much simplified harness' one for lights, the other for ignition, minus stuff I don't require, neutral light and so on. But still the spaghetti bucket lived up to it's name. I dislike untidy with a vengeance so made a bracket that sits inside the spaghetti bucket to try and keep things neat and make it easier to find and connect the wires.
    Two grommets sit in the middle for routing earth wires through to earth connections and a couple of linked, Delrin, insulated terminal bridges sit either side of them for power connections. Mostly connected up, but still have to connect the headlight cables and speedo light cables, not sure about adding idiot lights, more procrastination needed there me thinks! The cables emanating from the switchgear are very, very light gauge, not sure if they'll handle the current, even though all lights are LEDs, so I may have to either solder in heavier gauge cables or change the switchgear.
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    Finished off the front wiring and spaghetti bucket. Still looks a little untidy, but neater than most I think. I even mounted the lens on a couple of wire safety straps to stop it pulling on the harness. I had, to buy these double female bullet connectors from China, couldn't find anyone in OZ who stocks them. Trying to find sub 6mm eye terminals was a job, same with 3mm blade terminals, they stock female blades but not males. And they complain that everyone is turning to online shopping - no bloody wonder.
    Got to attack the back end now, mount the indicators and plug them and the tail light into the lighting harness.
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    I'm not sure how useful your ingenious idea is, but top marks for thinking inside the box.

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    If it helps keep things neater and easier to trace it will prove very useful in fault finding. Have a look inside a motorbike shell, there's a reason they call them spaghetti buckets!

    I just worked out how many wires are crammed in there, from memory, 5 from the light harness, 6 from the ignition harness, 14 from the two handlebar switches, 2 from the speedo and 4 from the indicators. That's 31 wires. The power cables are around four and earth cables seven. That was the reason behind the bracket, how do I connect 7 earth wires together and four power wires? I first tried splicing the cables and adding twin bullet connectors, but that was so untidy and just added to the number of wires and connectors.

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    A single threaded hole or stud for connecting multiple wires can be untidy as the wires usually attach at different angles.
    As an alternative, a compact metal strip with multiple threaded holes to accept the screwed on wire terminals, mounted to a single earth point could be used. Some are commercially available (eg Whitworths marine catalog) but a more compact one is easy to make as you like.

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    A metal strip with multiple threaded holes to accept the screwed on wire terminals. I thought that was what I've done, just a thought!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoggo1951 View Post
    A metal strip with multiple threaded holes to accept the screwed on wire terminals. I thought that was what I've done, just a thought!
    So you did.
    I only noticed the studs.

    Sorry - please ignore!

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