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Question Wiring question for handguards w/integrated lights

My new-to-me 2011 Wee has the plain black plastic handguards, but they're kind of falling off. When looking for replacements, I'm thinking of the Tusk D-Flex handguards with built-in lights. (Can't be too visible out there.)

The lights are meant to be wired in with your blinkers, so they would serve as an extra turn signal in the front. But I've seen one person here who wired them in with the headlights, so they're just on all the time as markers.

Question: Would it be possible to wire them so that they're on all the time, but will blink when the turn signal is on (or the hazards)? So if no turn signal, they're both on steady; if right turn signal, the left stays steady while the right blinks; reverse for left; both blink if hazard signal on.

I'm guessing this is possible, but I don't have a wiring diagram and I don't know basic electrical connections enough to figure out how to do it. Has anyone done such a thing, or knows enough about electrics to figure out how to do it, if it's even at all possible?

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Check this out. Also search Ebay. https://www.aliexpress.com/wholesale...and+gurads+led

The on all the time and blink when the turn signal thing is absolutely possible. The 12 O Clock Labs running light adapters for LED lights could be used. Leave the turn signals wired normally, feed the hand grips with the running light adapters. We only carry the running light adapters for stock V-Strom lights, so ours will nto work, but you can get the running light adapters for LED bulbs direct from 12 O Clock Labs. I would call and discuss what you have planned. They are good people.


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Robert, here are the admore sets, mounted behind the hand guard.
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Wiring question for handguards w/integrated lights

Since LED colour can be controlled very simply electronically, what would be cool are led strip lights on the front of the hand guards which are WHITE for normal daytime running lights, but then one side changes to flashing AMBER to act as an indicator !


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If you want to have the lights on all the time but flash when you activate the turn signals, I would suggest that you use a simple relay circuit (either solid state or mechanical). Since you have both left and right turn signals, you would need two separate relays. You need to make sure that the relays have a "Normally Closed" connection which means that when there is no voltage applied to the coil of the relay (or control pin of a solid state relay), the voltage through the relay will be switched on. When you apply a voltage to the coil then the switch will be opened and the voltage through the relay will be turned off.

The way it would work is to connect the switched +12V to the switched input pin of the relay (usually marked Pin 30). Connect the +12V lead from your handle bar lights to the normally closed pin (usually marked Pin 87A). If you don't connect anything else, your handle bar lights should come on when you turn the key on because the relay switch is normally closed (ON).
Next connect a tap from the turn signal +12 to the relay coil (control) pin (usually Pin 86). Then connect the other side of the coil to the system return (ground). This can be the same ground wire as for the turn signal and the handlebar lights.

Now, when you turn the key on, the handle bar lights will come on. When you turn on the turn signals the power to the turn signal will activate the coil in the relay and open the switch turning the handle bar lights off. It should be noted that this will cause the handle bar lights and the turn signal lights to flash in opposition to each other: When the Turn Signal lights are on, the Handle Bar lights will be off and vice versa.

Did I just make a simple mod way too complex? Hope not. I includes a simple schematic for illustration.

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You might consider:

<1> switching your turn signal bulbs to LED, and
<2> using a running light adapter to convert your front turn signals to running lights / turn signals, and feeding the integrated handguard lights from the same adapter.

Both turn signals and integrated handguard lights would function as running lights and synchronized signals.

Adventuretech sells a running light adapter module by 12 O'Clock Labs, and you would simply connect the handguard wires to the running light adapter in parallel with the stock turn signal wires.

Probably worth checking to make certain the adapters can handle both sets of lights, but I imagine they will.

I don't have handguard lights, but see (crude) attached image for how I wired the running light adapter. I added how you would wire the handguard lights in parallel. I didn't want to cut into the stock wires, so used Mitsubishi Ultra Compact Connectors to insert the running light adapters between the stock turn signal connectors. You could also splice in the adapters before or after the connectors, or remove the connectors outright (though the latter would make future turn signal repairs a bit more of a pain).
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so the question is which direction have you thought about go with your hand guard lights

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Haven't decided yet. Might be another month or so before I buy 'em.

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