Executive summary about A Motorcycle Alarm by Jesse Frey
You will need basic tools to remove some side panels and covers to access the motorcycles wiring.
1. Gathering Information and Reference Material.
You should gather documents with vehicle specific wiring colors, locations and polarities.
2. Planning the Motorcycle Alarm Install.
Begin by studying your motorcycle's specific diagram side by side with your motorcycle alarm installation diagram.
3. Preparing the Wiring.
Once you identify which features you will install, eliminate the unused wires, if any, to prevent clutter. It is common practice to twist the wires of a same plug together then secure them to each other with black electrical tape. Do not wrap the entire bundle, as different wires go to different locations. Once you finish wrapping all the harnesses, tape them to each other to create one large pigtail containing all of the used wires. This keeps the wires together, secure and free from frays and obstruction. Here is a hint: the majority of your wires will run from the ignition of your motorcycle back toward the center of motorcycle where the fuse box is usually located. The easiest way to locate these wires is to open the ignition key switch, and test the wires at this point to verify it is the correct wire. You won't want to tap into the wire right next to the ignition. Rather, trace the wire back toward the fuse box or center of the bike where it is closer to the mounting location of the alarm system. This way you won't have to run wires as far. The further you have to run wires the greater chance for something to go wrong.
4. Execution: Removing the Panels.
You will want to begin be removing the panels where your wires are located. Be sure to notate where all clips and screws go, there is nothing worse than leftovers - if you know what we mean.
5. Wiring the Alarm Unit.
Begin by wiring any necessary relays first, if any are necessary. Most motorcycle alarm systems do not require relays; however, remote starting applications will often require relays on motorcycles with electronic fuel ignition. After the relays are wired, begin connecting your wires to the proper locations. You should always test wires before you make a connection. Connecting the wires can be done in a number of fashions. You can splice the wires and tape them using electrical tape. You can solder then tape. T-tap connectors work well for preliminary tests of wires, but once you know the alarm system is working correctly, go back and solder the connections.
6. Identifying the correct wires.
If you don't know the correct wire color to look for, here is how you can determine the correct wire. Most motorcycle alarm systems have 5 basic alarm system wires:
a. ACC/Interface Wire: The ACC wire of the Installation Harness connects to the IGN/ACC wire in the bike's ignition key switch harness. Two tips: This wire runs from the ignition to the fuse box. If the bike already has a factory immobilizer, you can use the ACC alarm wire to shut off the fuel pump.
b. Engine Immobilizer Wires: This common alarm system feature always uses two wires. You need to cut the side of the Kill Switch wire that leads back to the main power of the bike. You then connect one end of the cut wire to one of the two immobilizer wires and the other end of the cut wire to the other immobilizer wire.
c. Power and Ground Wires: We saved the easiest wires for last; we thought you'd appreciate that after all your hard work. All alarm systems have a power and ground wire. It is recommended that you connect the power and ground wires directly to the battery terminals.
7. Congratulations, your bike is now safer!
Before putting the panels back on the motorcycle, open your alarm manual. If you are having problems, refer to troubleshooting section of your alarm system and check all your connections. If not, congratulations!