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Old 08-01-2012, 12:58 PM   #1
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Question Aux lights. What is the simplest way to install on F800?

I'm leaving on 10 day trip in less than 24 hours. I have some trail tech lights that I bought from an inmate, and I'm looking to install them in a hurry. I have an existing centech aftermarket fuse box wired directly to the battery.

Can I simply: ground each light, run power from the fuse box to a rocker switch, and power from rocker to the lights? It would be my preference to have them work with the key, and I know I will need to be sure to turn them off, but is there any problem other than that?

Alternatively, can someone point me (an electrical noob) to the easiest way to get power to the lights directly (as in, they turn on with the key)?

Thanks for the help.
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Old 08-01-2012, 01:45 PM   #2
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Best bet would be to use a relay and power the relay with the rocker switch. The relay gets hooked right into the battery and you won't have to run full power through a switch that might not be able to take the current.
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Old 08-03-2012, 03:53 AM   #3
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I have a BTW question - now that he's gone and that I won't flood his thread. Does anyone use the HID light from touratech (Fog+Xenon?). I still want to know if it's any good (got some answeres from inmates... some say yes, some not...)? any pics?

Thanks alot!
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Old 08-03-2012, 10:40 PM   #4
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AUX light wiring - Simple method

I have just installed some 3w LED lights into the outer edges of my handguards. I wanted these to switch on/off with the key, so I chose to tap into the BLUE wire of the number plate light for +ve power supply, which is LIVE only with the key on, or park light activated when bike is parked and shut down. I wrapped this wire in conduit and fed up the left side along factory wiring and into a common join near steering headset for my LEDs.

-ve earth is hooked up to eye terminal at battery bolt. It's that simple as long as your lights have a low current draw (IE: LED).

I hope this helps.
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Old 08-04-2012, 10:05 AM   #5
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Perhaps too easy, but I bought two Princton Tec bicycle headlights and attached them to my crash bars. Turning on and off was not exactly stream line, but cam in handy often.
Great when setting up camp without having to worry about drain on bike battery.

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Old 08-05-2012, 02:23 AM   #6
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I use Twisted Throttle's Denali D1s, fender mounted via relay and fuse box.
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