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post #1 of 6 Old Mar 22nd, 2009, 8:19 am Thread Starter
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Motolights Install Question

As some of you may know, I've been talking about installing a set of Motolights on the LT for some time. I'm planning on tackling this project next weekend.

I'm looking at the harness and wiring instructions and have a few questions. I want to wire the lights onto the bike so that they're always on. I have a BlueSea fuse box that is connected to the heated seat as my power source. I'm thinking I can simply connect both connectors to the BlueSea. The directions state connect one leg says to the + battery. This leg has a inline 20 amp fuse connected to it. The other leg has three wires coming out of the relay and this leg should be connected to to the ground. Again, no problem connecting them to the Bluesea.

Coming off the relay is a third wire that appears to have been cut by the previous owner of the lights. My guess is that is the wire that connected to the switch. If I'm not looking to use the switch, can I simply tape or heat shrink wrap this connection?

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Wow... You got some things going on there...

I am not so sure that the power provided by the heating wire is sufficient to handle the power draw of a set of Moto's... and provide heat (or supply power to any other device branched off the Blue Sea).

In my case, power is supplied to the Blue Sea direct from the battery. I have ample power to run all the stuff I have on the bike. It also cleans up the number of individual connections I have going to the battery. Makes R&R of the batt a piece of pie!

For the Moto's, I believe that single wire is what you would use to tap power from either the parking lamp or seat heater line. That wire pops the relay closed so that power runs to the Moto's. In other words, you turn your key, power flows to the relay source, and your Moto's turn on. They can be wired thru the Blue Sea, but that relay source wire has to be tied to a line that is only on when the switch is on.

Couple of thoughts:

1. If your working on the bike and you need the key on for long periods, your Moto's are running all the time. You may want to rethink switch.

2. If you ride in a group and you are not the lead and not the caboose, yo may want to rethink switch. Those things can be very annoying to those riding in front of you.

3. If you are sitting in a nice quiet, dark setting, having those things on can spoil the mood. You may want to rethink switch.

Still... I'm not so sure about the seat heater powering the Blue Sea... I may be wrong and hope others chime in, but I'd start there...

my $.02...

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2. If you ride in a group and you are not the lead and not the caboose, yo may want to rethink switch. Those things can be very annoying to those riding in front of you.
And your point is? I don't care where I ride in the group, the MotoLights stay on. I don't care about whether it's annoying to you or not, I want to be seen by all. most importantly other vehicles. And just because you're riding in a group, doesn't mean everyone gets seen. JM2CW!!!

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Re: Motolights Install Question

Have a BlueSea also.

I use the seat heater which goes live when the ignition is turned on (and does not power the lights) to trigger a relay that derives it's power through the BlueSea . Then employ one of the fused circuits to power the Motolights. If I want to kill the lights, I can just pull the BlueSea fuse but really have no need to do that.

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That was my plan for killing the lights if the need ever arose.

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some pics and notes on my Motolight install here, including tapping into low-beam so lights are always on, unless I use the supplied switch to kill them.... (haven't yet.. ).
They are a lifesaver!

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