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post #1 of 11 Old Jun 7th, 2006, 10:28 pm Thread Starter
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Motolights installation help

Just received the set of Motolights I bought from Raffy today.
Very well pack with all you need to install... sounds good.

Now, couple questions for those who already installed it:

1) The Ground form the lights and from the Relay is supose to go to a Motorcylce Ground. My batery lead is already full. Is there any other place I can fix it? or do I have to buy those 'dont_remmeber_name' thigs you but on the battery lead and it gives you many more connections?


2) The Relay/switch power Lead is supose to key on hot wire. Where did you split your?

3) Where did you afix the switcher?

One more question, now from my lazy side: I'm installing it on the break caliper. The instructions says to aply thread lock if required. Is it required thread lock on those screws?

Thank you for ideas

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post #2 of 11 Old Jun 8th, 2006, 12:27 am
 
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Now, couple questions for those who already installed it:





1) The Ground form the lights and from the Relay is supose to go to a Motorcylce Ground. My batery lead is already full. Is there any other place I can fix it? or do I have to buy those 'dont_remmeber_name' thigs you but on the battery lead and it gives you many more connections?
You should try to go back to the ground terminal of the battery. If you cannot...install a grounding strip or grounding bar of some kind. I wouldn't just go into the frame. You asking for ground loop issues.


2) The Relay/switch power Lead is supose to key on hot wire. Where did you split your?
Connect that to the switched lead of the seat heater, under the passenger seat.
3) Where did you afix the switcher?
I assume you mean the switch. I custom built mine into the stingray.



One more question, now from my lazy side: I'm installing it on the break caliper. The instructions says to aply thread lock if required. Is it required thread lock on those screws?
I have never used Locktite...no problems in 40K miles.
Thank you for ideas
You're very welcome!
Hope This Helps.
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Just received the set of Motolights I bought from Raffy today.
Very well pack with all you need to install... sounds good.

Now, couple questions for those who already installed it:

1) The Ground form the lights and from the Relay is supose to go to a Motorcylce Ground. My batery lead is already full. Is there any other place I can fix it? or do I have to buy those 'dont_remmeber_name' thigs you but on the battery lead and it gives you many more connections?


2) The Relay/switch power Lead is supose to key on hot wire. Where did you split your?

3) Where did you afix the switcher?

One more question, now from my lazy side: I'm installing it on the break caliper. The instructions says to aply thread lock if required. Is it required thread lock on those screws?

Thank you for ideas
I had my dealer wire up the Motolights after I had installed them on the calipers and ran the wires. The bike was in for the 12K service so the plastic was off anyway. Therefore I can not help with the wiring questions. But I did not use locktite ..... actually thought the instructions said to use anit-seize but regardless I am sure I did not use locktite.

There is no "neat' place to install the switch they supply you with on the LT. I went to PepBoys and bought a surface mount toggle switch with an indicator light. They drilled a small hole on the left side of the dash and mounted it flush. It looks GREAT and works wonerful and I like the indicator light. Hope this helps.

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There is no "neat' place to install the switch they supply you with on the LT. I went to PepBoys and bought a surface mount toggle switch with an indicator light. They drilled a small hole on the left side of the dash and mounted it flush. It looks GREAT and works wonerful and I like the indicator light. Hope this helps.
By any chance do you have a picture?

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I assume you mean the switch. I custom built mine into the stingray.

That is a neat place.
For me looks like you used the same switch that cames with the kit, just removing it from it's big oval case. Am I right?

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That is a neat place.
For me looks like you used the same switch that cames with the kit, just removing it from it's big oval case. Am I right?
No...they are similar, but these were not as deep. Those would work though.
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By any chance do you have a picture?
I knew you were going to ask that ... I do not but will see what I can do. It is really a neat set-up and looks like it was factory installed.

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There is a ground connection block on the right side of the bike just behind the battery. Follow the ground wires from the battery to find it. It is an insulated block with two bolts sticking out in opposite directions. I put both factory ground wires on the same side of the block, then used the other side for accessory grounds. That keeps it all neat and clean.

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3) Where did you afix the switcher?
Stuart,
I used the Autoswitch. It easily ties into your turn signal cancel button. You activate/deactivate the the motos by holding the cancel button for greater than 1 second. No fuss, no mess. Cyclegadgets sells it.

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I also used Autoswitch...

I used the Autoswitch as well. On my last bike I ended up having so many switches all over the place, and none of them matched. The install pictured above is pretty neat though too...

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I used the Autoswitch as well. On my last bike I ended up having so many switches all over the place, and none of them matched. The install pictured above is pretty neat though too...
(In my best Elvis voice) Thank ya...thank ya very much!

I have two AutoSwitches as well. But they control my HID low beam, and my oval halogens under the headlight assembly.
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