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Old 03-17-2013, 06:15 PM   #1
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Replacing the fog lights with Denali D2

After breaking four (!!!) plastic brackets with the factory fog lights on my 2009 gs1200adv, I decided to stop wasting my money and get lights that will actually hold, and will also be brighter. I am leaning towards the Denali D2- look sturdy, not expensive, and not too bulky. I was wondering if someone can tell me if I can just use the existing fog lights wiring and just replace the tip (so basically I'll be using the existing switch and harness), or do I need to plug it to the battery and not mess with the canbus? I asked the dealership but they said not to do it, that the canbus will shut down, but I don't trust them to give me an honest answer.

Also, another option is the BMW LED fog lights (serial number 63177721320)- but I haven't seen those in person yet so I can't compare.

Any input would be appreciate!
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Old 03-17-2013, 06:42 PM   #2
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Old 03-17-2013, 07:48 PM   #3
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You can buy some inexpensive H7 HID wires with the male plug on them and solder those to the Denalis. Then just plug those into the factory auxiliary light plugs and operate them just like the factory lights.
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Old 03-17-2013, 08:03 PM   #4
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I installed the Clearwater Krista lights; completely plug and play, including dimmer, link to high beam switch and OEM fog light switch (on the GS 1200 Adv. No issues with canbus. Likely the LED Denali lights won't draw as much as the OEM fog lights, maybe the dealer has seen problems, but seems that if the replacement lights draw less than the OEM ones, shouldn't be a problem.

I replaced my OEM fog lights for the same reason, broke several plastic mounts, although the new lights are likely just as exposed as the old ones.
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Old 03-18-2013, 06:53 AM   #5
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I installed two pair of Denali D1 lamps to replace the PIAA lamps I'd broken and repaired several times. I simply tied those into the existing harness.
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Old 03-18-2013, 01:56 PM   #6
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After breaking four (!!!) plastic brackets with the factory fog lights on my 2009 gs1200adv, I decided to stop wasting my money and get lights that will actually hold, and will also be brighter. I am leaning towards the Denali D2- look sturdy, not expensive, and not too bulky. I was wondering if someone can tell me if I can just use the existing fog lights wiring and just replace the tip (so basically I'll be using the existing switch and harness), or do I need to plug it to the battery and not mess with the canbus? I asked the dealership but they said not to do it, that the canbus will shut down, but I don't trust them to give me an honest answer.

Also, another option is the BMW LED fog lights (serial number 63177721320)- but I haven't seen those in person yet so I can't compare.

Any input would be appreciate!
I can certainly tell you that it is not a plug and play scenario. It would most likely require some splicing and soldering to do it.

All Denali LED lights come with a complete wiring harness and switch. In the case of CAN-BUS BMWs you will need to add a CAN-BUS adapter like this one:



It is a simple part that plugs into the socket for the small Euro light in the headlight cluster. Once you plug the adapter in you then tap the single pigtail for your switched power source and bam! You fool the bike into thinking everything is as it was. The single intensity Denali Lights (D1 and DM Micro) have a 3 wire install - two to the battery (+/-) and one to a switched source (in this case the pigtail). The dual intensity lights (D2 and DX) have one additional wire that connects to the highbeam wire. This fourth wire effectively gives control of the higher intensity light via the motorcycles existing highbeam switch.

That is a lot of info crammed into a few words. If you need any refinement let me know.

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Old 03-18-2013, 01:59 PM   #7
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I installed two pair of Denali D1 lamps to replace the PIAA lamps I'd broken and repaired several times. I simply tied those into the existing harness.
The PIAA harness is very similar to the Denali D1 harness. We have seen people do this in the past. I cannot vouch for the BMW harness.

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Old 03-19-2013, 12:04 PM   #8
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That is a lot of info crammed into a few words. If you need any refinement let me know.

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Thanks Kevin, I'm sending a pm for more information.
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Old 03-25-2013, 09:45 PM   #9
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Replacing the fog lights with Denali D2

I bought the D2 from twisted throttle along with mounting bar that goes under the beak. Had a local BMW dealer install and the put a lighted switch in the area where winglet cut outs are. Couldn't be happier. Have crashed numerous times off road and lights are fine
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