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post #1 of 5 Old 04-01-2009, 08:46 AM Thread Starter
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Not so bright headlite cut-out switch idea

First a little history. I'm fairly adept at 12 volt stuff and have a shop full of parts so I decided to not buy the Eastern Beaver headlite cut-out harnesses and do something else. I cut the ground leads to each headlite, planning to run the leads thru simple 2-pole switches, one for each headlight.

Fortunately I always wire stuff on a temporary basis before drilling holes, soldering, etc. I discovered that even with the ground wires cut the lites still come on dimly so they must be getting enough residual ground thru the headlite housing to partially illuminate.

I spent the next hour repairing the damage more or less back to stock. I'll be contacting Mr. Beaver next.

By the way, this project would work with a switch interrupting either of the hot leads to the lites.

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post #2 of 5 Old 04-01-2009, 08:50 AM
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Cut the ground and the electrons go through the other filaments to reach ground.

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post #3 of 5 Old 05-03-2009, 08:05 AM Sponsor
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People told me this would happen, which is why I make mine so the switch works on the hot leads only.

Jim Davis, Owner, Eastern Beaver Company: - Motorcycle Electrics: 2007 DL1000 with 16/43 gearing, Superbrace, Tokico 4 Pot fronts, BackoffXP, H4 Dual Relay Kit, PC-8 Fusepanel, 2 Powerlet Sockets, Suzuki Centerstand - 1988 Africa Twin 650, 1990 VFR 750.
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post #4 of 5 Old 05-03-2009, 08:10 AM
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I installed one of Jim's (Eastern Beaver) headlight cut-outs a few weeks ago. Works great and could not have been easier to install.
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post #5 of 5 Old 05-09-2009, 04:18 AM
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It really does pay to not try and reinvent the wheel...
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