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post #1 of 10 Old 04-12-2014, 11:57 PM Thread Starter
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Installed the Cree Lights and Eastern Beaver harness today.....

I ordered a set of the Cree driving lights after reading the Walmart light thread here. They came in within a week of ordering them. Got a set of the Cree lights, a switch for the bars, fuse box (not used since I tied into the relayed "switch on" terminal block which is fused already), a PIAA bar for under the fairing and the swivel mounts for the crash bars. Went to Autozone and picked up some plug in terminals and wire.

I had the two mounting options (under the fairing or on the crash bars). Perhaps should have gone with the bars but thought that if I laid the Wee down, it would break the lights where they may survive under the fairing. Made sense at the time......

Also figured since I would be lifting the tank and taking off the plastics, this would be a good time to wire in the Eastern Beaver relay kit to the front headlights.



Well, time to get to work on Moonshadow.....



Took off all the plastics and mounted the bracket under the fairing lip for the PIAA bar.



Fitted in the Eastern Beaver kit onto the bike and used the ziplock that came with the PIAA bracket hardware and taped it all off.



Ran the wires under the tank inside a wire tube (in hopes of reducing any wear on the wires - I had two wires short out under my tank on the Valkyrie one time - which was ummmm....interesting to have smoke coming out from your tank at a gas station). Afterwards I tie wrapped everything up. The Eastern Beaver wires went to the battery.....



Wired the lights into the relayed "switched on" box under the seat.



The positive wire went to the bar mounted switch.



Made up tees so that both lights worked off the single Positive and Negative. Buttoned everything up and here is the final results.




That is with the main lights being on HIGH BEAM.



Looks and works great. And I mean, less than $100 for everything.

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Very nice - I just bought the same lights. What bracket did you use?
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To mount under the fairing, I used the PIAA 74600 bracket (top left in the top photo of the stuff laid out). If I would have mounted on the engine guard (crash bars) I had ordered the WARN 85340 0.875" - 1.125" Universal Swivel Light Mounts but I mounted them with the PIAA. I think the guard mount would have looked better perhaps and spread the lights out away from the mains, but like I said, the logic of under the fairing made sense at the time I was deciding....
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Just wondering, what switch did you use/where did you get it from?
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Just wondering, what switch did you use/where did you get it from?
fog light switch On/Off black aluminum 12v DC electrical system 7/8" handlebar KiWAV by KiWAV Amazon.com: fog light switch On/Off black aluminum 12v DC electrical system 7/8" handlebar KiWAV: Automotive

My question is which relay he tapped into for power? I could not find a source under the seat that turned off/on with the ignition.

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At first I tapped into the rear tail light under the battery (thanks to Greywolf) but went with the Eastern Beaver Brake light switch connector (less than $20) and it was just a plug and play mount.

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Again, thanks to Greywolf for suggesting it to me.....

This goes to an automotive relay (black box looking thing velcroed to inside of the under seat box) and these go to a fused distribution panel (silver box with the wires going into it) that I plug everything into. The relay only supplies power to the distribution panel when I turn the switch on the tail light is engaged.





Instructions can be found here. This was the diagram I used to put mine in.

Motorcycle Power Relay and Distribution Block | Canyon Chasers Motorcycle Sport Touring
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fog light switch On/Off black aluminum 12v DC electrical system 7/8" handlebar KiWAV by KiWAV Amazon.com: fog light switch On/Off black aluminum 12v DC electrical system 7/8" handlebar KiWAV: Automotive
That switch doesn't say it's waterproof. I went through 3 similar switches on my BMW for my lights before I stopped buying $10-$15 switches and ponied up for one that actually states it's Waterproof. Just a warning!
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Darn, can't edit my post....

Darn, can't edit post. For example, THIS switch wasn't waterproof and failed on me after creek crossing. I only used it to control 2 different lights, I didn't use the "kill" switch function.
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That looks great man. I'd love to see them at night and for the price they are amazing.
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They look great! Nice write up! Please do include some pictures taken at night some time. I would love to see them. Again nice job.

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