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post #1 of 5 Old 02-17-2011, 09:15 AM Thread Starter
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Headlight grounding

Rode my bike yesterday after a few winter mods. Ive installed a heatroller in place of the 2 position toggle of the hotgrips. I decided to use the existing toggle as a ground interupter for the right headlite to free up some juice. When I switch the ground off, the headlight still glows very dimly, maybe 5-10% brightness. Any ideas? I also installed a LED voltage indicator,, really like how I can just glance at it to see the battery condition. Looks like I should be able to run jacket liner, pants and grips with one headlight if careful, It does discharge under 2500 rpm in town, again, the LED VI gives me all the info I need without distraction.
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post #2 of 5 Old 02-17-2011, 09:18 AM
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It doesn't work to interrupt the headlight ground. The electrons find a path to ground through the other filaments. Interrupt the hot wire instead.

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Thanks for your accurate assesment [as usual]. If my setup wont cause damage Ill leave it as is, it does what I want, well 90-95% , If I go to power wire, I guess Id have to switch both hi and low beams separately. Again thanks for all of your input....always consise and appropriately targeted.
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I just cut the low beam hot wire. I figured there would be no need for the high beam. If a high beam was needed, I shouldn't be running only one headlight.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
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post #5 of 5 Old 03-07-2011, 04:48 AM
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corrosion

Frame is part aluminum and part steel, if the grounds arn't hard wired direct back to the battery you've made a battery out of the frame, bad idea.

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