As they say, buying a used bike isn't what costs you. It's all the add-ons!
I got a Givi SR346 rack and a V46 top box, so of course I wanted to add lights to it! I got the Admore kit for the V46, and followed the installation instructions to a T. Not being able to envision the final product, I trusted the installation instructions. My first disappointment was the lack of amber turn signals. I've read other posts where people mentioned the amber signals with their Admore kits, but not with mine. When I was done installing, I was also disappointed at how the wire ran into the top box. I mean, there's a perfectly good knock-out hole on the bottom, and a matching hole in the Givi rack, but neither of those are used. I drilled a hole in the top section of the box, which means there's no good way of hiding the cable that goes to it. Ugh...
So, I've been brainstorming better ways of a better way to make that connection. I think of "Pogo pin connectors", where you have pointed pins on one side, and a "pad" of pins on the other side. There's a little bit of spring to them, so as long as the pins roughly line up, you have a little bit of depth to play with. Kind of like this:
I found a website that sold these in small quantities, so I bought some with high hopes. Here's what showed up in the mail:
Dammit. Apparently I didn't recognize the size of this thing in all the engineer-speak on the website. I'm thinking of hard wiring it all myself. Before I do that, I thought of a similar type of connector: magnetic self-locating connectors. Basically the same concept as the above "connector for ants", but it also uses magnets so you just slap a connector somewhere in the area and it will find its mate on its own. Also, to disconnect you just pull and it lets go. Something like this:
Alas, I can't find anyone in the USA that sells connectors like this. I can only find websites that make them in China and sell them in bulk (thousands at a time). And I don't even know how something like that would do out in the elements.
So, back to the drawing board. I may just hardwire everything because I don't take the box off that often, but was hoping for some sort of quick-release that's still aesthetically pleasing and out of the way. Any other thoughts or ideas?