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post #1 of 9 Old 09-18-2009, 11:31 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone ever use an Autoswitch

somewhere along the way I bought this switch.
http://www.aerostich.com/autoswitch.html

I have put together some really bright aux lights (aircraft landing lights) They work great and for 45 bucks they were well worth it. I just threw a crappy switch and zip tied it to the bars

I found this switch I must have bought a few years ago but thought it would be pretty neat to hook it to the passing light switch.

Anyone ever use it with the passing switch?
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post #2 of 9 Old 09-19-2009, 09:01 AM
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I read the use instructions. Sounds like you have to flick your high and low beams for the auxilory lights go on and off. I have my extra lights on a normal switch that I got from http://easternbeaver.com/Main/Bike_S...om/vstrom.html

Looks like it belongs to the bike. It's the RED switch

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post #3 of 9 Old 09-19-2009, 02:44 PM
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Do you normally ride with your high beams on? If so, then the passing switch would not work to turn on/off you new aux lights. You would have to flick you headlights from high to low to high to activate the autoswitch.

I think it looks like a neat solution if you just really don;t want to add other switch to your bike. I've seen similar units that are designed to operate your garage door opener. Personally, I'd probably just follow Andreas' lead and add the bar mounted switch.

BTW, can you share some info about the landing lights you're using?
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I will when I get done.

Basically right now I'm sporting rubber Par36 housing from Napa (12 bucks each). 2 Par36 55 watt landing lights put into the cheap housing (10 bucks each) on a Twisted throttle light bar with home made extensions to get the lights out of the headlights way.

They are not permenantly set up so I don't want to go into detail of exactly what I did. I need to make an order at Eastern Beaver for his headlight turner offer, most likely the switch and the aux block.

I'm basically following what the Sabmag (V-4 Sabre and Magnas) have been doing for years. This is what I was following.

http://home.mebtel.net/~rbutterfield/Light.html

If they work out i will be switching the housings to something a bit better. Most people find the rubber housings vibrate a bit too much.

One thing I found was with decent sized lights the Twisted throttle light bar was about 2 inches too short on the side. The light housings would effect the headlight beam. So a bit of metal, 2 holes and some bed liner spray and I made extensions.

I didn't even take pictures of it yet. Nor have I adjusted the where they point.
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actually I do have a pic of them. Right after I installed them in Maine. This was after a weeklong trip through Quebec, Labrador, Newfoundland and Nova Scotia

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Any issues with running two 55w auxiliary lights. The Strom doesn't offer a lot of extra juice.
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My partner, Princess BarbieŠ uses one of these to control her aux lights on her Honda Shadow. It works flawlessly as advertised.

Hope that helps...

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somewhere along the way I bought this switch.
http://www.aerostich.com/autoswitch.html

I have put together some really bright aux lights (aircraft landing lights) They work great and for 45 bucks they were well worth it. I just threw a crappy switch and zip tied it to the bars

I found this switch I must have bought a few years ago but thought it would be pretty neat to hook it to the passing light switch.

Anyone ever use it with the passing switch?




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Any issues with running two 55w auxiliary lights. The Strom doesn't offer a lot of extra juice.

shouldn't be a problem if your not running other high power accessories like heat at the same time, I ran gerbings jacket liner & heated grips + electronics, about 115-120 watts total on my 1st gen SV with only 300w alternator



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Janice, thanks thats the first time I"ve heard of anyone actually using it.

Warhammer. So how much juice does the DL650 have left over? Yep, no one really knows. Best estimate I have seen is about 110/120 watts. Some say that was upped to 140 watts for 2008. (which mine is).

I'm going to be monitoring voltage on the bike. I always monitor the voltage on my bikes. I'm not worried about the lights themselves. I'm worried about when the grip heaters and vest get turned on

I'm going to get the signal dynamics battery monitor on the bike for when I don't have the GPS and Radar with volt meters on it. I'm also on my way to getting the eastern beaver head light turner offer. I"m going to hook the turner offer to a relay that gets controlled by the aux lights. When I turn the aux lights on it will kill one of my headlights giving 55 watts back which should solve any question I have about pulling too much juice. There is also 35 watt PAR 36 bulbs which would be a last resort.
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