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Offline Perazzimx14

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Gonna try me some new Aux running lights
« on: December 08, 2021, 09:08:12 AM »
Over the last year I've been collecting parts to swap out 19/17 wheels for 17/17 wheels on one of the GS's to make is a sort of motard. I've removed the panniers and racks and generally going for the less is more approach.  The other day I was looking at the bike and the 3" side shooter LEDS aux lights were just not fitting in. When its shod in touring mode the side shooters fit in and work very well.

Yesterday I ordered a set of small projector LED. I liked these as you can switch from white to yellow. Since I like to build my own aux wiring harness to keep things separate from the bikes wiring, I picked up a SPDT switch AKA on/off/on toggle and modd'ed the last harness to accept the switch and am ready for the light to arrive tomorrow to finish the installation. 

As a side note I'm not a light snob and could never seem myself spending 100's or 1000's of dollars on lighting. I've been very happy with sub $50 LED I've been getting off Amazon and running w/o fail for several years. The light I bought yesterday were $26 :thumb: and will work a treat for daytime conspicuity lights.



 
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Offline Tom H

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Re: Gonna try me some new Aux running lights
« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2021, 10:36:08 AM »
Light pattern looks like it will give you a flood light for the dark twisties.

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Re: Gonna try me some new Aux running lights
« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2021, 10:59:16 AM »
link to the ones you got from Amazon? Thanks in advance!
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Re: Gonna try me some new Aux running lights
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Re: Gonna try me some new Aux running lights
« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2021, 06:41:24 PM »
Those look pretty good.  I like the twisted throttle lights but they are pricey.
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Re: Gonna try me some new Aux running lights
« Reply #6 on: December 08, 2021, 06:51:48 PM »
I purchased a pair of lights a while back very similar to yours:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B083TXGSGV/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_W90P5HDAB164TCV1VAMQ?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1

I’m quite the fan of their light output. Gives me loads more confidence at night, and they have the low-high setting as well. I would’ve liked the yellow, but when with white.

The backplate on the right-side light vibrated off. Kept hearing a vibration and checked the lens rim, the bar mount… never thought to check the backplate. 250 miles later, gone. The seller sent me another. Next spring I’ll wire an on/off toggle to them.
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Re: Gonna try me some new Aux running lights
« Reply #7 on: December 08, 2021, 09:57:17 PM »
I just got some little square ones to put on a Breva 750, really just for daytime visibility. I'll have to bend, grind and drill some sort of brackets..........
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Re: Gonna try me some new Aux running lights
« Reply #8 on: December 09, 2021, 12:35:48 AM »
 lights look great, but the mount bracket looks sorta cheesy! keep us updated!
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Re: Gonna try me some new Aux running lights
« Reply #9 on: December 09, 2021, 05:35:46 AM »
lights look great, but the mount bracket looks sorta cheesy! keep us updated!

I have a set of "pods" on another bike with very similar brackets bolted to a Denali light bar. They been from Labrador to Florida w/o a hiccup. The LED are so light the brackets don't have to be very robust. But yes if all goes well, I'll have pics and a report this evening.
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Re: Gonna try me some new Aux running lights
« Reply #10 on: December 09, 2021, 05:20:01 PM »
Lights came in today and they are installed. They are smaller than I imagined but that's even better. They are barely noticeable on the bike until you flip the switch, and they are bright throe a nice pattern. There is an oddity that when switch to white is like a low beam and then switch to yellow the pattern rises like you are on high beam. I figured they would be the same.

Eiter way I have bit of adjusting to do but am happy especially for $26. When you stand in from of the bike with the yellow lights on very noticable and that exactly what I wanted.

Here is a side pic light is barely noticeable. From the front they are hidden.





Here is a side by side of comparison of the 3" side shooter that was previously on the bike.





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Re: Gonna try me some new Aux running lights
« Reply #11 on: December 09, 2021, 05:55:30 PM »
  If there was a clamp on style bracket for the engine guard tubing I'd be in on those. Thank you for showing us.
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Re: Gonna try me some new Aux running lights
« Reply #12 on: December 09, 2021, 06:52:39 PM »
  If there was a clamp on style bracket for the engine guard tubing I'd be in on those. Thank you for showing us.

All kind of ways to skin that cat.

The body of the light is tapped on three (3) sides. Left and right side for included mounting bracket and the bottom side if you want to botl the light to something like a crash bar bracket.

Or you could just bolt the light bracket to the crash bar bracket.

Pic on showing the bolt in the bottom tap





Showing a 7/8" round bar bracket bolted to the bottom of the light





Round bar bracket bolted to a crashbar.



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Re: Gonna try me some new Aux running lights
« Reply #13 on: December 09, 2021, 06:56:08 PM »
I need to find some tiny ones to clamp onto my crash bars  :undecided:

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Re: Gonna try me some new Aux running lights
« Reply #14 on: December 09, 2021, 07:23:52 PM »
I need to find some tiny ones to clamp onto my crash bars  :undecided:



These definitely demure in stature but big on light.
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Re: Gonna try me some new Aux running lights
« Reply #15 on: December 09, 2021, 07:58:19 PM »

 Since I like to build my own aux wiring harness to keep things separate from the bikes wiring, I picked up a SPDT switch AKA on/off/on toggle and modd'ed the last harness to accept the switch and am ready for the light to arrive tomorrow to finish the installation. 





     I like the lights a lot.

     Can you expand a bit on the electrickery.

     When you talk about wiring it into a previous harness with a switch, it that wired from an accessory terminal/block?,,, directly from the battery? or ???

     Tks for taking the time to share mods that work, I don't do night riding unless I have to, but extra daytime lights that use little power are nice to have and a bonus if I happen to get stuck making my way home in the darkness, especially through deer country.
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Re: Gonna try me some new Aux running lights
« Reply #16 on: December 09, 2021, 08:17:08 PM »
     I like the lights a lot.

     Can you expand a bit on the electrickery.

     When you talk about wiring it into a previous harness with a switch, it that wired from an accessory terminal/block?,,, directly from the battery? or ???

     Tks for taking the time to share mods that work, I don't do night riding unless I have to, but extra daytime lights that use little power are nice to have and a bonus if I happen to get stuck making my way home in the darkness, especially through deer country.

For the previous lights I built a custom wiring harness starting with a fused 30a relay tapped off the battery then extended the Pos & Neg wired to the switch I also added a SAE connector off the same relay to run my USB charger. To fit these lights, I took the old single pole on/off switch out leaving just the POS & NEG wire to be modified for the new lights and switch. NEG wire went directly to the and the POS from the relay went to the middle terminal of the on/off/on switch then the red and yellow wires from the light went to the two terminals on the switch.







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Re: Gonna try me some new Aux running lights
« Reply #17 on: December 09, 2021, 08:29:51 PM »
     I realize every bike is different, but where did you tap in for the switched power to trigger the relay.

     Tks very much for the detailed answer and diagram, filed away securely for future reference

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Re: Gonna try me some new Aux running lights
« Reply #18 on: December 09, 2021, 09:11:17 PM »
     I realize every bike is different, but where did you tap in for the switched power to trigger the relay.

     Tks very much for the detailed answer and diagram, filed away securely for future reference

      :thumb:

If your bike has a city light in the headlight bucket the positive wire, there is a really good, keyed power source. For the bike I installed these lights on the positive wire on the fuel tank breather valve (part of the evap canister assembly).

 
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