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post #1 of 3 Old Aug 31st, 2006, 3:11 pm Thread Starter
 
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Question PIAA 1100x Electrical Install

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Just purchased PIAA 1100x lights (not here yet) to be installed under the cowl and I gotta say this electrically-challenged person is dreading the whole wiring proposition.

I plan to buy the autoswitch that functions with the signal cancel switch, so...having said all that, can anyone offer advice before I install?

1. Do I have to remove tupperware? If so, what?
2. Wiring routing advice?
3. Should I install just to be on all the time for visibility? and how to do?
4. Any install pictures would be helpful.

Remember, I am an electrical novice, so be gentle.
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post #2 of 3 Old Aug 31st, 2006, 3:53 pm
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Well, time has eroded my memory of this and it was getting well into the night by the time we got to this project, so no pics, but here's what I remember.

1. Do I have to remove tupperware? If so, what?
Both upper side panels. The kit bolts to the side panels.
For the auto switch, you'll have to take off the cover on the right handlebar. I cut the power wire (color included in the instructions), and didn't have the right jumper figured out so ended up really ham fisting that connection. Need to go back and fix that one day. Have your jumper cable built first so you just have to cut and strip both ends and crimp connectors on.

2. Wiring routing advice?
If you go high over the tank (which is the easiest approach), you'll have to undo it everytime you take the tank off for the 12K service. If you go low, you have to worry about heat off the engine head. We went low but I wish I would have had extra insulating tape around the wire for that section. Also, on the autoswitch wire that runs up the handle bar, make sure you've got play in the wire lock to lock before you zip tie it to the frame.
3. Should I install just to be on all the time for visibility? and how to do?
That's the beauty of the auto switch, they aren't on all the time. Apparently the life is shortened dramatically if they are one when you start the bike. I don't use mine all the time, mostly during the day for added visibility. At night they don't add much to the HID.
4. Any install pictures would be helpful.
Can't help there.

Don't let the electrical stuff worry you, there isn't much to it. Pretty much plug and play. Lay it out first on the garage floor and you'll see how it all goes together, then it's just getting it on the bike.

Joel
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1. Do I have to remove tupperware? If so, what?
2. Wiring routing advice?
3. Should I install just to be on all the time for visibility? and how to do?
4. Any install pictures would be helpful.


1&2: Depending on the routing of the wires, you may/may not need to remove 'all' the tupperware. Personally, I liked the way Mark Neblett showed me the wiring route from the front to the battery area under the fuel tank beside the airbox. Be aware that this will require some major work. For now, you can get away with routing the wires along the body on either side. This would mean that you need to take off all the tupperware on one side only.

3&4: I would advise you to have control of when the aux. lights are ON/OFF. Since you mentioned about the autoswitch, you are adding the control. Here's how I have a set of aux. lights installed on my LT

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