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post #31 of 44 Old 03-23-2019, 07:45 PM
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If you twist the wires when soldering not just lap solder then your solder joint is much firmer.
To water proof all you have to do . Is put a piece of heat shrink over one of the wires , twist the wires together ,
solder, then put a dab of silicone sealant on the solder, slide the heat shrink back over the connection and heat
with hair dryer on high or heat gun from Harbor freight for like $8. Water proof and vibration proof seal.
Been doing this for years without issue.
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I wired my hot and ground right to the Pig tail on the battery tender. The quick disconnect can unhook the lights
for battery charging and hook back to the lights in seconds. I found all the room I needed in the battery area.
And because all the harness was added I never needed to cut into the factory harness for any of it.
So except for the hidden switch I added, I literally can remove ever bit of the auxillary lights and you would
never know they had been installed.

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Can you provide links or names please? I would love to patronize my fellow forum members. Thanks in advance.
Simple amazon search pulls up this. LOTS of different options depending on what type you like.
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I prefer vertical, personally.

In my case, it would have looked weird horizontally.

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Simple amazon search pulls up this. LOTS of different options depending on what type you like.
I appreciate your effort and attempt to help JAD; but, that is absolutely no help for what he stated and what I asked for. If you look back (or the re-quotes below) you will see my question wasn't for any random business that provides parts/service for V-stroms or motorcycles. It was in response to his statement that: "there are plenty of options for handlebar-mounted switches on from Stromtrooper vendors or Amazon". If we have Stromtroopers who are vendors or sell on Amazon, I would like the links. That would be helpful. I would like to support forum members, such as Adventuretech, when I can.

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Can you provide links or names please? I would love to patronize my fellow forum members. Thanks in advance.
Your question, evidently not.

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-- there are plenty of options for handlebar-mounted switches on from Stromtrooper vendors or Amazon.)
His statement, directly. Good luck in your search.
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I don't have any specific experience with handlebar-mounted switches, but am pretty sure AdventureTech sells one, or the Amazon link from JAD I imagine has plenty of options. Maybe others will chime in with specific recommendations.

jeeves -- That's a neat little switch! Adding it to my list for when I need one. Safe to assume it's not a momentary switch, and when pressed it toggles on or off until switched again?

SECoda -- Am I correct in seeing that your larger aux lights are Denali?

Resto -- Like you, I went cheapo...for my conspicuity lights. But for my 2nd set, I want a pair of driving lights with tight beam and long throw to run with my high beams. Trying to find a suitable set of cheapos might require buying many pairs, and even then might work out only if I get lucky. I'm still trying to figure out if there are any cheap options that have a suitably tight beam with long throw.

hoggdoc -- The biggest differences in the more expensive aux lights:
  • Known beam pattern. Typically, communicated truthfully and accurately. The tighter the pattern, the higher the price, generally speaking. (The cheapos are typically hit or miss, and from what I've seen the tighter the advertised beam, the (much) higher the miss rate.)
  • Customer Service.

For conspicuity, the beam pattern isn't of particular concern and just about any will work just fine. Different animal if one wants to use the lights to SEE something. Still trying to figure out my best value for tight beam, long throw LED lights.

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jeeves -- That's a neat little switch! Adding it to my list for when I need one. Safe to assume it's not a momentary switch, and when pressed it toggles indefinitely between
Yes, it's a on-off switch.
Works fine, and I can reach it with my thumb.

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Ok, my cheap LEDs are installed. I still need to aim them, but I’m thinking they’re going to serve the intended purpose.

I ended up mounting them vertically on the crash bars. Yes, they’re definitely vulnerable if the bike tips over, but I can live with that.

After all was said and done, I did not wire them to a handlebar switch. The switch I bought was quite cheap, and most certainly wasn’t waterproof. So i didn’t want to leave it exposed to the elements. I used the switch, but left it in the compartment under the seat. So I can disable the lights should I ever need to, but they’ll be wired to come on with the ignition.

Now we’ll see how these cheap-o lights hold up.

(No idea why my pic is sideways, and I don’t know how to fix it...sorry)
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