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Old 07-30-2013, 03:58 PM   #1
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PIAA 1100LED Axle mount

Have a 2013F800, and a pair of Piaa 1100 led.
The mount bracket included is not going to work for me, as it will completely obscure front turn signals.
Has anyone attempted to mount AUX lights to the bottom fender mount bolt, right near front axle?
I think I have seen 'MOTO-Lights' mounted near that location.
I wonder if PIAA can survive that close to the ground >>
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Old 07-30-2013, 07:43 PM   #2
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Would you really want lights mounted to the forks, wobbling all over the place off road?
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Old 07-30-2013, 10:50 PM   #3
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Wobbling ?
Do you mean steering ? The mounting does allow the illumination to follow the track of the front wheel.
Do you imply that the unsprung weight might upset my front wheel's compliance with the road?
Obviously we have an increased risk of stone/rock/ debris damage, the lower we mount Aux Lights...
I saw several of the big GS bikes with 'Moto-Lights' deployed on the Dalton hwy, and they sure do enhance CONSPICUITY a great deal.
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Looking for some feedback from someone who has tried low fork mounted AUX lights.
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Old 07-31-2013, 03:33 AM   #4
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Yeah, wobbling as in your lights looking like they're tied to the head of a paraplegic kangaroo. I've seen dirt bikes with fork mounted lights before, and the effect didn't look to desirable to me.

Personally I would choose to have the light fixed forward.
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Old 07-31-2013, 10:04 AM   #5
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I have one each, High and LOW beam, frame mounted, and forward facing. These will be AUXILLIARY lights, added for both conspicuity to oncoming traffic, and for helping illuminate moose, and other encroaching road hazards.
Surely someone here has tried fork mounting AUX lights to an F800 ?
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Old 08-01-2013, 09:28 PM   #6
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Fork Mounted PIAA LED:

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Have not run at night yet, but they are DAMN bright in sunlight.
eyecatching,
Close Encounters of the Third Kind Bright arc welding blue/white.
Have the PIAA relay triggered off the High Beam positive. Canbus doesn't seem to give any notice.
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Old 08-01-2013, 10:32 PM   #7
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Dazzle other road users much?
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Old 08-01-2013, 10:38 PM   #8
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Dazzle other road users much?
If it gets the attention then it's doing their job.
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Old 08-01-2013, 10:58 PM   #9
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Dazzle other road users much?
Only the occasional whiny bitch, startled out of her cellphone chatter, while left turning into the mall, 30 feet directly forward of my rolling front wheel.
Hopefully no one YOU know.
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Old 08-02-2013, 01:04 AM   #10
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Let us know how they hold up down there. I've been thinking about doing the same thing. I know Clearwater sells a kit and that is where they mount.
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Old 09-07-2013, 04:19 PM   #11
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Can you advise if the mounting brackets, for the fork, are sold separately? I have been looking without any luck.
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Old 09-07-2013, 07:06 PM   #12
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The black plastic 'mud guards' that shield the fork sliders from rocks and debris, are mounted with stainless torx screws, apparently adequate to the task of AUX light mounting.

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I just ran the existing torx screw through the regular PIAA stamped steel bracket. tiny dab of blue Loctite on threads, hasn't given any trouble.
At least 3200 miles since mounting, includes transit of Denali highway, and a few passes down NorthFork road. A few hundred miles of high speed gravel hasn't caused any problem.
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The black plastic 'mud guards' that shield the fork sliders from rocks and debris, are mounted with stainless torx screws, apparently adequate to the task of AUX light mounting.

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I just ran the existing torx screw through the regular PIAA stamped steel bracket. tiny dab of blue Loctite on threads, hasn't given any trouble.
At least 3200 miles since mounting, includes transit of Denali highway, and a few passes down NorthFork road. A few hundred miles of high speed gravel hasn't caused any problem.

Thanks, will try that.
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Old 09-19-2013, 10:52 AM   #14
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update... 5000 miles with the lower fork mounted AUX lights.
The pair draws half an amp total. very good spread of light for 'wildlife' spotting.
F800 electrical system can run TWO heated vests, heated grips on high, and high beam plus aux lights for 1200 miles, without any problem.
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Old 09-21-2013, 11:28 PM   #15
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I went with Clearwater "Glenda's" aka- solar eclipse. Very solid mount, no shaking or bouncing.
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