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post #1 of 6 Old 08-23-2012, 06:18 AM Thread Starter
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My DL650 Lighting Modifications and Stuff

I have been playing around with adding some extra light for night riding on my DL650 ever since I added some ADV Monster LED Spots to my DR650. These lights have a narrow beam and really throw the light a good bit down the road and have helped me pick up suicide deer lurking in the woods on more than one ride home at night:










So I finally decided to break down and some lights and farkles that I have accumulated over the last year. This included an Eastern Beaver PC8 and H4 headlight relay kit, Mondomotos LED Flood lights, SW Motech light bar, and a Trail Tech handlebar mounted light switch. So here we go..

Eastern Beaver PC8 Fuseblock located in seat tray. I used velcro to attach the fuseblock so I can gain easily gain clearance for servicing if need be.


Pulled the tank to get at the power relay wiring harness to tap for relay power on the PC8 switched circuits. The PC8 has two unswitched and six switched circuits.


The PC8 comes with a wire harness that includes a tap for the relay power. You just disconnect the connector (have to remove coolant bottle for access) and connect up the PC8 harness. The screw driver is pointing at the relay connector that the PC8 harness plugs into.


To install the LED flood lights, I bought a SW Motech light bar that was on sale. To install you need to remove the lower cowl.


Cowl removed and J-clip installed on one of the two cowl supports. Another J-clip goes on the other side too.


Light bar installed


Lights on the light bar. I wanted to mount them under the bar but when I turned the steering lock to lock there was a chance that if I hit a big bump with the bars fully turned that the front fender would smash into the light.


After I installed the lights I also installed an Eastern Beaver H4 headlight relay harness. This uses a relay to feed power directly to the headlights from the battery rather than routing it through the start switch. This gives you less power drop at that headlights and increases the life of the starter switch.


Let there be light! Next step is to install the LED spot lights to the top of the handle bars using a high beam circuit that was freed up during the installation of the Eastern Beaver H4 headlight relay kit.


Mounting the LED Spot lights (LSR - Long Range Scanners). Drilled and tapped an M5 hole through the Barkbuster handguard aluminum backbone. Then bolted up this custom made hi-tech aluminum mounting bracket. I really like to keep these lights up high and on the bars so they are pointing at where I am steering. With the Strom, I had to mess a bit with the location to keep them from hitting the fairing and shield.


Took the Dremmel to the Barkbuster guard and made a nice little clearance hole for the bracket.. well not so nice if you look at it up close.


Secured the Long Range Scanners to the bracket with an M5 bolt and lock nut.


View of the back on the RH side.


LET THERE BE LIGHT!!!! All lights on.. think I may have gone a bit overboard. Well at least the deer will have fair warning that I am heading down the road... and a few drivers may have to seek treatment for sun stroke


Right now the Mondomotos LED floods are powered on a separate circuit through the switched side of the PC8 fuse box. I have a handlebar mounted Trail Tech switch to turn these on and off.

The ADVmonster LED Spots will be powered through one of the H4 headlight connectors that was freed up during the Eastern Beaver H4 Headlight relay kit installation. I will wire them into the high beam circuit of that connector.

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Man! Those are some serious lights. It's gonna look like the sun is coming up when you're coming up the road. Haha, seriously though , nice job. Those are all LED lights right? So it won't flatten your battery when you run them?

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Man! Those are some serious lights. It's gonna look like the sun is coming up when you're coming up the road. Haha, seriously though , nice job. Those are all LED lights right? So it won't flatten your battery when you run them?
Yep.. all 10W LED.

I am not really happy with how the Mondomotos lights are working on the light bar. Nothing wrong with the lights but I think I am not using them in the right application. They are Flood lights and spread the beam all over the place. My thought was to angle them down to keep them out of the eyes of on coming traffic but that does not seem to be working.

I will play around with them for a bit more and see what I come up with.

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great setup and wow thats a lot of light!!!

hey what mirror mount add on is that on your DR?? homemade or did you buy it?
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