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post #1 of 11 Old Sep 12th, 2008, 10:51 pm Thread Starter
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Additional lighting on a budget

While waiting for doing the HID conversion probably some time this winter I decided to add some halogen driving lights this afternoon. I used a relay so as they can only be turned on with the ignition on. I put the switch on the right side of the bar as shown in the pictures. I bought these lights at Pep Boys for only $40 and they do a really good job for the price. I tried them tonight riding on the back country roads of Raleigh and they do make the ride at night much less stressful.
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Looks pretty good to me! I'd say that was $40 well spent. What wattage are the lights? Where did you tap in for switched power? Did the relay come from Pep Boys also? Mounting brackets?

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Looks pretty good to me! I'd say that was $40 well spent. What wattage are the lights? Where did you tap in for switched power? Did the relay come from Pep Boys also? Mounting brackets?
For the switched power I tapped into the front parking light wire. These are 55w power lights each. I used the mounting brackets that came with the lights and yes I got the relay from Pep Boys too.
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After you install the HID's you'll be asking yourself why you installed the Pep Boy lights.....the HID's will SO overpower them you won't believe it. But.....anything and everything to get seen or see with, eh?

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What Pat just told you is the truth,

your lights look great
but one H.I.D will do more than a dozen of those lights,


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Re: Additional lighting on a budget

Jim and Hans are right about the HID's. But, what I'm really interested in is the switch you used? I'm going to install some LED's for back lighting and that switch would work great.

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Jeff, is this what your looking for





Try this link http://www.electricalconnection.com/...h_microbug.htm

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That's it Pat, thanks for the info. Know I just have to figure out how to hook it up!
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That's it Pat, thanks for the info. Know I just have to figure out how to hook it up!
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I'm not an electrician but had great results; just follow the instructions. Switched power is available under the passengers seat; check for power going into the connector with the key on/off. That's where I run switched power from for my terminal board.

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Jim and Hans are right about the HID's. But, what I'm really interested in is the switch you used? I'm going to install some LED's for back lighting and that switch would work great.

Thanks in advance.

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Sorry for the late response. I have not checked this lighting forum for a while. Got the switch at Pepboys for $10. You need to add a 30 amp relay to it. It has been working great so far
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Re: Additional lighting on a budget

I found that same switch at poop boyz to use with my lights. I was concerned it is not weatherproof so I opted to place it behind the lift handle under the seat. I can still reach it, but can't see it and it is on the left side of the bike so it is less exposed to rain when parked on the sidestand.

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