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post #1 of 5 Old 10-16-2005, 07:52 PM
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Electrical know how help

Need a little help here. I want to put two extra lights on the front of the bike. The bulbs draw 5watts each. I am thinking of splicing them into the head lights (low beam) so they are lit only when the low beam is on. If that is not a workable idea then I need some ideas as to where I should attach the lead wires so that the lights only activate when the bike is running. Preferably I would not want to add a switch.
If the head light splicing idea is workable can someone advise as to which wire leading to the head light powers the low beam?? Thanks. I'm confident that this forum has smarter people than I when it comes to the electrics of this bike.
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post #2 of 5 Old 10-16-2005, 09:38 PM
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Wire running lights as parking lights

If you powered them off of the tail light , the lights would be on with the ignition switch on and in park position. Front parking lights are common on Euro bikes. Looks like the wire is brown and goes to the ignition switch.
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post #3 of 5 Old 10-17-2005, 03:35 AM
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There is an open connector purportedly for installing heated grips on your bike. It is located near your radiators, probably behind the left one, taped to another cable in the wiring harness. The connector is powered up only when the ignition is turned on, and it is a perfect fit for a horn lead like the ones going to your bike's horns. Dealer can hook you up with a horn lead for about $7.00 or so. If you can locate and hook into this connector it will serve to power your new lights. If you use an accessory power distribution block off this connector you can operate a number of such items if you are careful not to overload your bike's electrical system. The connector is a 2 lead affair with a +12 volt and a ground lead. Be sure to use this ground and do not ground to your chassis. With an aluminum chassis and ground current passing through a few aluminum/steel transitions destructive electrolytic corrosion is a definite (and ugly) possibility.

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post #4 of 5 Old 10-17-2005, 07:11 AM
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I would reconsider adding a switch. I had some lights on my old bike that I found out would not pass inspection. Adding a switch is a simple matter and may alleviate a headache down the road.


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post #5 of 5 Old 10-17-2005, 07:43 AM
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Thanks to all who responded. Mark
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