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post #1 of 20 Old 01-16-2015, 06:15 PM Thread Starter
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Fog light upgrade

When I bought my vee2 they had a promotion where I could recieve a free accessory package. Either a set of crash bars and fog lights, or a top case and mounting plate, I decide to go with the crash bars and lights.

After installing them,I wasn't quite happy with them, they were great for being seen, but did little to light up the road, as well, they shut off when you turned on your high beams.

I had a set of rigid industries dually led lights left from my old vee, and decided to swap out the oem fogs for these much brighter lights, they are about 1500 lumens each and draw 1.4 amps each, so I could still use the harness for the oem lights with a bit of modification.

These were the oem lights
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I had to remove the side cover where the relays were installed for the oem lights, the blue relay was a nc relay triggered by the high beam, cutting the power to the lights, I wanted to run them at the same time for maximum lighting at night so I removed the trigger wires and bypassed the relay
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The new new lights mounted using the oem hardware, minus the shrouds
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The lights are the flood pattern, on the road they light up the whole road, sky, ditch, and just about everything else
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I'm really happy with them, I had them on a light bar for my old vee Triggered with the high beams
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post #2 of 20 Old 03-17-2015, 08:16 PM Thread Starter
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I picked up a set of removable Amber lenses for the fog lights, partly to dim the blinding sun like light coming from them, partly cause I thought it would look cool. 😄


They just clip on, so they are removable, and they will protect the clear lense from damage





Regular low beam


Low beam plus fogs


Nice visibility

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My fog lights, as supplied by Suzuki, stay on with low and high beams. IIRC there are relays to control which options are available.
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My fog lights, as supplied by Suzuki, stay on with low and high beams. IIRC there are relays to control which options are available.

I think it may depend on your local DOT regulations, and they supply the appropriate relays as such. Mine included both normally open and normally closed relays, the open triggered by the aux connector, the closed (open when triggered) triggered by the highbeams I just removed and bypassed the high beam relay

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Since my previous bike, the Glee, I have decided I don't want to spend the money Suzuki asks for fog lights, so I went on and purchased cheap chinese DRL's (spent 10 on pair, from eBay). Then I've got handlebars switch, also on eBay, for 6. I'm good at electronics so I made all the harness needed and installed the relay. Then I changed the bike, to Vee2. Transfered my DRL's to new bike, made little light bar bellow main beam. They are 15W, arround 1000 lumens each. As I always had to switch them off for the night riding, I decided to install one more pair, for night riding. This pair, again from eBay for 12, is 20W. I installed triple layer of professional lighting filter, to match the color of main beam, and cut the light output, so I could use it at night. Monted the setup on Givi Crashbars. Then I worked on the switch. As it has 3 positions, I have one position for the day DRL, one position for the night lights and on position for OFF. I opened the switch and installe blue LED warning for when DRL's are on, so I don't forget to commute the switch for night riding as I don't want to blind oncoming traffic.
To resume, my bike now has, beside main light assembly, 4 extra lights (2 pairs). In total, I've spent arround 30 for all the bits, and lot of work and love.
It's important to say that all the extra lighting, for day and night, I installed not to give the bike more light output, but to make the bike much more visible. I can see it's all working well, as the traffic is moving away when I'm filtering between lanes. It means, I'm spotted in the mirrors of the cars at the front. Also, I noticed I have lot less problems with cars cutting my way from side streets. So, it's working.

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post #6 of 20 Old 03-18-2015, 10:28 AM
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Cyclops 3.7 light

I just installed cyclops 3.7 long range lights. with a dimmer which allows me to set difference intensity. 50% with low beam and 100% with high beam. did a write up on adv, heres the link. 2014 DL1000 Vstrom - Page 231 - ADVrider



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I just installed cyclops 3.7 long range lights. with a dimmer which allows me to set difference intensity. 50% with low beam and 100% with high beam. did a write up on adv, heres the link. 2014 DL1000 Vstrom - Page 231 - ADVrider



Read your write up on ADV site. I have the same color and accessories that you do. After seeing the Jessie's bags now I not sure which bags to buy now! Those Jessies look awesome.

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Read your write up on ADV site. I have the same color and accessories that you do. After seeing the Jessie's bags now I not sure which bags to buy now! Those Jessies look awesome.
Thanks, I have the 8" as you may have read. the boxes really are nice.
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I have always passed on the opportunity to carry the clip on color lenses. After seeing these pics I think I will add them to our line up.

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Yesterday, on a straight portion of a country road, I saw a bike coming toward with amber colored lights similar to Dave's, holy crap, I could see him a quarter of a mile away. As he got closer, much closer, I could see he had on a bright yellow jacket. The lights were way more visible than the jacket.
I'm sure he never saw me, I was in stealth mode, invisible. :-)

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