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Old 04-08-2014, 09:41 PM   #16
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Nice work; thanks for taking the time to photo and write ... I made a similar install using Rigids ... off road you can never have too much light!
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Old 04-08-2014, 10:53 PM   #17
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Thanks. The Clearwater sight implied that their system detected the horn like the high beam and flashed the lights on high with the horn with no other connection than the can opener.
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Old 04-09-2014, 07:31 AM   #18
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Thanks. The Clearwater sight implied that their system detected the horn like the high beam and flashed the lights on high with the horn with no other connection than the can opener.
That's the way it works on mine... one wire from the canopener to the rest of the Clearwater wiring harness (and one for power unless you are using the PDM-60).
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Old 04-09-2014, 01:59 PM   #19
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That's the way it works on mine... one wire from the canopener to the rest of the Clearwater wiring harness (and one for power unless you are using the PDM-60).
Truth be told I didn't even test the horn as I read somewhere that you had to wire it separately from the CAN-opener. Thinking back it may have been a non GSW light install manual I was reading off the web. I will test and post back up here with my results. Sorry for any confusion, this is news to me that it may be completely integrated and just use the single trigger to cover both horn and high beam.

Edit: My horn button just flashed the Erica's on high. The single white signal wire from the CAN-opener goes hot when the horn is pressed and/or when the high beam switch is on. I will update my original post to reflect this information.

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Old 04-22-2014, 07:57 PM   #20
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New Clearwater MOD bracket and crash bar mount

Clearwater mentioned when I ordered my lights that a new bracket (MOD bracket) and heavy duty crash bar mount was in the works but to prevent delay they shipped the lights out with the current brackets and mounts so I could get them installed without delay and said they would ship the new ones when they were in. The new brackets and mounts arrived the other day and I'm very happy with the update, they give the lights a much cleaner install and are very sturdy. I had heard about their great customer service from other threads and can attest now with personal experience that they stand behind their product with excellent service.

The new brackets that attach to each side of the light are much more streamlined and less bulky allowing for more positioning options. As well the button head bolts included with the newer crash bar mounts are much better looking than the hex bolt and nut setup on the older mounts. In addition with the threaded L bracket it's easier to position the light without having to balance two wrenches on a nut and bolt.

Here are some comparison pics of the old vs. new style bracket and crash bar mounts:

Front View - Old
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Front View - New
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Side View - Old
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Side View - New
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Top View - Old
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Top View - New
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Front View - Old
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Front View - New
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Old 04-23-2014, 01:32 AM   #21
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Nice clean install. Your wirering looks way much cleaner than mine.

Do you use a tankbag? My dimmer module touches my tankbag when on full lock.
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Old 04-23-2014, 01:42 AM   #22
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Great write up Ironklad!
I love the adjustability. On low I haven't had anyone flash me for too bright a light. Yes, hitting the horn flashes the light.

Great light at night. Now at least I can blind the deer in the ditch instead of in the middle of the road at night!!!
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Old 04-23-2014, 02:46 AM   #23
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Great write up Ironklad!
I love the adjustability. On low I haven't had anyone flash me for too bright a light. Yes, hitting the horn flashes the light.

Great light at night. Now at least I can blind the deer in the ditch instead of in the middle of the road at night!!!
Even with the Darla's people start flashing their lights... So I can imagine what its bigger sisters do.
And if people flash I just flash back.
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Old 04-23-2014, 05:39 AM   #24
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I don't currently use a tank bag but have been thinking of picking one up... My bike also has its steering stop misaligned though BMW says a fix is still in the works. So this could be an issue, I'll try test fitting some friends tank bags and see if there is clearance. Thank you for the info.

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Nice clean install. Your wirering looks way much cleaner than mine.

Do you use a tankbag? My dimmer module touches my tankbag when on full lock.
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Old 04-23-2014, 07:56 AM   #25
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Even with the Darla's people start flashing their lights... So I can imagine what its bigger sisters do.
And if people flash I just flash back.
Maybe their flashing is trying to tell you something ... could lead to a chat and / or summons from a black and white / patrol car ...

Not a good idea around here to flash back at someone who blips you for your lights.
I know that I have in the past responded with red and blue lights to a flash from someone whose lights were offensive / blinding to oncoming traffic.

I would suggest that displaying that attitude to a LEO would not be met with understanding.

Ironklad - superb write up.
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Old 04-23-2014, 09:23 AM   #26
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Even with the Darla's people start flashing their lights... So I can imagine what its bigger sisters do.
And if people flash I just flash back.
Properly adjusted you should not get flashed.
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Old 04-23-2014, 01:44 PM   #27
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Even with the Darla's people start flashing their lights... So I can imagine what its bigger sisters do.
And if people flash I just flash back.
Because blinding them with glare just a little isn't enough?
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Old 04-23-2014, 03:14 PM   #28
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Properly adjusted you should not get flashed.
Properly adjusted ? You mean brightness, right ? There's no way to adjust my Krista's angle except straight down into the ground to prevent the cages from flashing me at anything but full dim setting. I've looked at them myself at night and they will burn your retina's ;-)
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Old 04-23-2014, 08:35 PM   #29
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Properly adjusted ? You mean brightness, right ? There's no way to adjust my Krista's angle except straight down into the ground to prevent the cages from flashing me at anything but full dim setting. I've looked at them myself at night and they will burn your retina's ;-)
I have Kristas on my GS and never get flashed. Yours must be defective.

Of course you do not run them in traffic on full brightness. I run mine around 1/2.
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Old 04-24-2014, 02:41 AM   #30
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Properly adjusted you should not get flashed.
They are properly adjusted. And since only one in a few thousand flash me they are good. I do sometimes turn them up so they would see me. Those blind motorists.
Over here 20% of cars and trucks have poorly adjusted lights.
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