Powerlet Dual Keylock Kit Yamaha FJR1300 2006-2014
Good Concept (Poor Implementation for Yamaha FJR1300)
I have been using Powerlet products for years, and they are hands-down the BEST motorcycle power accessories (cables, outlets, sockets, plugs, wiring etc) you can buy. I picked-up this Powerlet Dual Keylock Kit and installed on my 2012 Yamaha FJR1300A. Installation took the better part of 2-days -- versus the 20-minute installation advertised. The seat lock screws are difficult to work with, and you have to take off lots of body panels in order to route the cable. After getting this kit installed, I discovered that one of the 2 rear set sockets was not working. Powerlet technical support was outstanding, but it appears that there is a defect with my Powerlet wiring harness. Revzilla is great, and quickly set-up an RMA return for me. Installing this harness on the Yamaha FJR1300 is no easy task, and Powerlet cannot be faulted for attempting to implement a solution to address customer needs. However, I feel that Powerlet fell short with their design/implementation for the 2006-2012 FJR1300. I will be looking to install their PKT-041 Type-1 (single socket) Rearset Kit instead.
March 23, 2016
Nice Product, Installation Nightmare
I have a 2013 FJR and wanted some powerlet connections on my bike for heated gear and charging.
Kit comes with directions, the harness, powerlet plugs, a M5 50mm bolt and some zip ties.
Directions seem straight-forward until you get to the part where you actually install the powerlet part.
Problem #1 is that you will need a security torx kit to undo the lock bolts. I got a dewalt one from Amazon for a few bucks with about 20-30 different pieces.. This is mentioned on the directions but not on the box.
Problem #2 Routing isn't as easy as they make it out to be. Aside from the under the tank part, you gotta loosen the left-middle fairing to help push the connections through available holes.
Problem #3 The 50mm bolt is an M5 when in reality you need an M6 bolt to keep the plates together. This is important because inside the lock box the screws thread through the lock itself and then through a back retention plate with the bolt threads. If both the screws come out, the plates come loose and require a bit of work to realign. For me the M5 was useless per directions so I took it off, thus freeing all the plates, and I had to manually realign the plates using (and I cant make this up) two dental picks and an awl. I found that what works best is:
1) Aligning the plates using the picks and awl
2)Screwing in the bottom security screw without the plate
3)screwing in the powerlet plate using the security screw into the top hole a few threads
4) unscrewing the bottom screw and wiggling it out while still having the top screw threaded
5) tightening the top screw and aligning the bottom plates using the picks
6) screwing in the bottom screw
Installation of this item took about 4 hours for a job that should have only taken 1-2. If I didn't have the awl, picks and a lot of patience I might have lost my mind with this mod.
This product the way it is made now is a great Idea, but I cannot recommend it for others to use.
July 14, 2015