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post #1 of 3 Old 02-09-2013, 09:44 AM Thread Starter
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Off and almost running……..(lights)

Spring riding will not be happening here for a while; so I spent some time last weekend converting the oem turn signals to include running lights.
Hopefully it will warm up soon so I can get into the bike shed and finish the install.

Doing the conversion wasn’t that hard, but now I have to decide where to hook up the running light power wires.

Which would be the better way to go?
a) Run a new power wire from my Eastern Beaver PC8 fuse box up to the cowl area.
b) Try to tap into the H4 headlight relay kit in the cowling area. (The rats nest)
c) Find some other switched power in the cowl area to tap into.

Ray B.

For those interested, here are some pics of what I did for the socket change over.
Looking back, I should have used a smaller gauge wire, (eg 20 gauge), and longer power wire for the conversion.
One drawback to using a smaller gauge is finding a waterproof posi-taps for that size.

I cut an old socket to make the mounting tabs for the new 1157 bulb sockets and removed the contact ends from a new set of socket wires from Napa.
The contacts were used on the stock wiring harness turn signal + wire and the new running light + wire (16 gauge).

Mounting tab made from old socket and soldered to new socket. (etched the new socket tab mount area for soldering, etch solution was diluted muriatic acid from hardware store.)
Used a heated nail to pierce grommet for the new power wire.
Ring connector put on the stock socket ground wire that had been cut off.

Both new sockets installed.
Might add two female connector sockets to one of the running light + wires to enable me to jumper over to the other running light socket, and also to hook up to the power supply?
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post #2 of 3 Old 02-09-2013, 09:49 AM
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Nice mod!
I got replacement turn signal units to replace my broken ones that have dual bulbs, 6 and 20 watts, I think. Smaller than stock but bright.
I haven't found a power source for the running lamp yet, I'm lazy
They were cheap too at less than 20 bucks.
I really like the idea of the running light for conspicuity.
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post #3 of 3 Old 02-09-2013, 10:57 AM
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I did the same thing to my old bike and added LEDs lower down, but haven't gotten around to the new one yet.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s

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