No offense, I think it is great that you are making projects but for me I will stick with the OEM ones. $30bucks is not that much for ULC rated electrical components and proper fit. There is better places to save money sledding IMO. Pack a lunch for instance will save about $15.00 over buying one, do that twice and bam you have a BRP OEM part that uses electrical components certified to North American electrical standards (UL, ULC, CSA, or ESA). $30 is cheap insurance when plugging in my $200 GPS, or $1100 Smart Phone into my $15,000 sled.
I would say I could see it for an older sled, but this is the XM/XS specific area of the forum, so pretty well everyone is in the same boat.
Sources for the "your phone/GPS/sled doesn't cost that much" people:
GPS from Best buy Canada
Apple iPhone 7 256GB from Apple (Can't use your provider price, they offset the cost by your contract)
Ski-Doo US Pricing = $12,549 US (= $16,473.95CAD) MSRP
Please remove 30% from pricing if you live south of the Eh! boarder.
No offence at all, it's always interesting to read other opinions.
To clarify, saving money is not the motivation behind most DIYers or even this share. The gratitude of doing it yourself and knowing that it was well done is what really drives us.
I've done 6 sleds (buddies included) so far. Add the tax on these and that may appear like a $175 CDN savings! But in reality that doesn't even cover my monthly tool addiction costs. So no savings here.
But $175 does buy me at least 2 60's of Molson Canadian (in cans here in Quebec). For a guy like me that lives dangerously and recklessly finding underground solutions using uncertified parts, nothing says thank you better than an ice cold beer!
The good news is that all the outlets I've done so far are still in use and working well. No one yet has lost sleep, blew up an iphone or burnt down a sled because the connector was not ULC. If that happens then that beer will surely come in handy as I console them.
To be consistent, I recommend that anyone packing a lunch to save for the OEM part to do so even on older sleds, not only XM/XS.