Cheap Foglights - Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums
V-Strom Modifications and Performance The brag page, good and bad.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 26 Old 06-20-2007, 10:27 PM Thread Starter
$tromtrooper
 
mtlee's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Minnetonka, MN
Posts: 598
Cheap Foglights

My jury's still out on these, but for $25 at Wal-Mart I couldn't resist giving them a try. Since I live in the North and it's light 'til late, I won't be using them that often, and couldn't bring myself to pay $250 for the really nice-looking PIAAs and another $60+ for nice-looking mounts. They're the 1038s on this page:
http://www.pilotautomotive.com/foglight2.html



I used stainless steel angle brackets which I cut short and drilled out to accommodate the stock fender bolt, and the used the (rather large) mounting plates that came with the lights. I put them upright rather than hanging them so that the lights hide the mounting hardware somewhat. Had a devil of a time finding any kind of black plastic tubing that I could use to both hide and protect the bright green and blue wiring that came with the light kit, so I ended up using 3/8" corrugated wire tubing. Not sure if I like the look... The flash really highlights everything, I don't think it stands out quite so much in normal daylight.



I wired the power into the bottom of the fuse block, tapping into the supply side of the low-beams. That provides power to the foglights when low-beams are on, but automatically cuts the foglights off when high-beams are on. It also makes sure I can't leave the foglights powered on when I shut off the ignition!

I looked for hours trying to find a better switch or housing to use, but couldn't find anything that seemed quite right. So I pulled the lighted rocker switch supplied with the kit from it's faceplate, wrapped it in shrink-wrap tape, and used outdoor mounting tape to stick it under my horn button.



The lights work pretty well, certainly lighting up the sides of the road and better filling in the near distance. But I'd be glad for any suggestions on improving the appearance, mounts and/or switch system.

'07 DL650 ABS
'04 Yamaha V-Star 650 Classic Silverado (gone)
'04 Yamaha TTR225
'03 BMW F650GS (wife's)
'92 Honda XR250L
'86 Honda VT500c (gone)
mtlee is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 26 Old 06-20-2007, 10:54 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Mt Clemens, MI
Posts: 99
Use some liquid electrical tape around the switch & connections & you should have no worries. You can get weather proof switches at any marine supply. Maybe auto vacuum tube to run the wires through?

How do the lights work?

I like the price!!

ChuckS

Blue Wee K4, K1100 w/ Ural hack, 2013 Glee (hers)
ChuckS is offline  
post #3 of 26 Old 06-21-2007, 10:51 AM Thread Starter
$tromtrooper
 
mtlee's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Minnetonka, MN
Posts: 598
ChuckS - I'm pretty pleased with the brightness and coverage of the lights; I'll see if I can manage with/without pics from the rider's POV and post 'em. Most of the marine switches I could find were either monstrous or monstrously expensive (more than the foglights!), and I couldn't seem to find the right feature combo (small, weatherproof, lighted, and single pole).

I've used the liquid stuff before on my boat trailer, and I was considering it for the long term...

'07 DL650 ABS
'04 Yamaha V-Star 650 Classic Silverado (gone)
'04 Yamaha TTR225
'03 BMW F650GS (wife's)
'92 Honda XR250L
'86 Honda VT500c (gone)
mtlee is offline  
 
post #4 of 26 Old 06-21-2007, 12:10 PM
 
Dirtologist's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Oxnard, CA
Posts: 56
Nice job on the lights!

The lights look great and should help in lighting up the edges of the road, and also in giving a better triangle of light for oncoming traffic to spot.

A couple of ideas on the mounts and lights:
- Treating the mounts with paint, bake-on coatings or gun blue could help hide them more if you still notice them.

- I have used rubber fuel line instead of the plastic tubing (required cutting off the harness and pulling the wires through, but I was shortening the wires anyway). You can also cut the fuel line lengthwise and use tape or ties.

- I will be using this waterproof switch to replace the stock switch from the PIAAs (the PIAA 510s were left over from my Bronco bumper project):

http://paneltronics.com/partdet.asp?PID=001-675

The 8-switch breaker panel is in my Bronco and it works great. Just one power line in from battery (fused) and all of my accessories wire right it (junked the stock harnesses and built a custom power dist. board and relays).

My plan is to build a custom panel for the Strom with two of these switches, a bulkhead mounted compass, a digital voltmeter, and my gear indicator (yes, still in my garage tinkering and still don't have a wife!).

Christopher

"This above all: to thine own self be true". - (Hamlet, Act I, Scene III).

'05 DL650 - Textured Flat Black
Rifle Screen and KTM mirrors
Bill Mayer seat
PowerPegs (lot of grinding to install)
+1" rear link and ProTaper ATV Hi bars
PIAA 510s
SW-Motech guards/crash plate
GI Pro w/ATRE

'97 BMW F650 (gone)

Last edited by Dirtologist; 06-21-2007 at 04:41 PM.
Dirtologist is offline  
post #5 of 26 Old 06-21-2007, 02:31 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
bobosmite's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Gainesville, VA
Posts: 981
I used a toggle switch with a waterproof boot and installed it right into the black fairing on the left side. The boot sold separately was only like $4 and it does the job just fine. You can probably get one at any auto parts / hardware store.

Plus, this way you won't accidentally flash your lights when you mean to honk your horn.

=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
2014 Suzuki DL1000
=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
SEARCH is your FRIEND
bobosmite is offline  
post #6 of 26 Old 06-22-2007, 08:30 AM Thread Starter
$tromtrooper
 
mtlee's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Minnetonka, MN
Posts: 598
I'm more concerned about hitting the dang horn when I'm clearing the turn indicator! My neighbors must think I'm impatiently signalling my wife to get dinner ready everytime I pull into the driveway.

I'm really hoping to find a push-on, push-off, lighted, weatherproof switch. Anybody ever seen/used something like that?

'07 DL650 ABS
'04 Yamaha V-Star 650 Classic Silverado (gone)
'04 Yamaha TTR225
'03 BMW F650GS (wife's)
'92 Honda XR250L
'86 Honda VT500c (gone)
mtlee is offline  
post #7 of 26 Old 06-22-2007, 12:09 PM
 
Dirtologist's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Oxnard, CA
Posts: 56
Have a spare PIAA push on/push off lighted switch

But I don't think it is waterproof. You may be able to work with it, so I'm sending it to you today.

"This above all: to thine own self be true". - (Hamlet, Act I, Scene III).

'05 DL650 - Textured Flat Black
Rifle Screen and KTM mirrors
Bill Mayer seat
PowerPegs (lot of grinding to install)
+1" rear link and ProTaper ATV Hi bars
PIAA 510s
SW-Motech guards/crash plate
GI Pro w/ATRE

'97 BMW F650 (gone)
Dirtologist is offline  
post #8 of 26 Old 06-22-2007, 03:29 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
Tomb's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Camp Hill, PA
Posts: 47
Send a message via Skype™ to Tomb
Two points of interest:

www.rallylights.com sells Hella Optilux fog and driving lights for <$20. I've used both a they are remarkable bargains.

Take a look at autoswitches - available @ http://www.cyclegadgets.com/Products...ct.asp?Item=AS

These are great. Easy to hook up. I have two - a 2 sec press of my high beam switch controls my driving lights and a quick double-press of the high-beam switch controls my Whalen LED3 flashers that I use at bicycle races.

Hope this is helpful

Tom
VXRA 007
'07 DL650 +45,000 - Silver
'90 VX800 +53,000 - Maroon
'06 DL650 +07,500 - Silver (totalled by Bambi)
'01 R1150GS +27,000 - Silver (Sold)
'93 VS800 +34,000 - Red (Sold)
Read the VX FAQ @ [url]www.vx800.net/faq[/url]
Tomb is offline  
post #9 of 26 Old 06-24-2007, 08:41 AM Thread Starter
$tromtrooper
 
mtlee's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Minnetonka, MN
Posts: 598
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tomb View Post
Take a look at autoswitches - available @ http://www.cyclegadgets.com/Products...ct.asp?Item=AS

These are great. Easy to hook up. I have two - a 2 sec press of my high beam switch controls my driving lights and a quick double-press of the high-beam switch controls my Whalen LED3 flashers that I use at bicycle races.

Hope this is helpful
Thanks for the link, Tomb - this looks like it would be a great solution!

Mike

'07 DL650 ABS
'04 Yamaha V-Star 650 Classic Silverado (gone)
'04 Yamaha TTR225
'03 BMW F650GS (wife's)
'92 Honda XR250L
'86 Honda VT500c (gone)
mtlee is offline  
post #10 of 26 Old 06-25-2007, 11:19 AM
Stromthusiast!
 
fl_strom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Just south of the Ocala National Forest
Posts: 852
I've often wondered . . . . .

Does the V-Strom have an adequate charging reserve to handle keeping the battery fully charged with the extra 110 watts / 9.2 amps of draw created by the added lighting?

Fl_Strom

~ He ain't Heavy, he's our curmudgeon! ~

06 DL1000 - Candy Sonoma Red
06 KLX331S - Lime Green
04 KLR650 - Aztec Red
74 CB350F - White - at least now
fl_strom is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome