Christmass Trees aren't the only thing with lights


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Christmass Trees aren't the only thing with lights

Postby LDodge » Wed Dec 25, 2013 3:53 pm



Merry Christmass to all and to my Jewish friends I hope you had a most blessed Hanuakkah:P

I received some LED lights for Christmass that I am planning to mount on my '85 Aspy with a "poor boy" alternator modification. My question is where is the best place to wire the hot lead to? I don't think going directly to the battery positive terminal is the best idea, instead I was planning on hooking up the fusible link to the hot lead of the alternator. Is the correct thinking or is there a better way to go about this?

Thanks in advance.
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ps only three more months until we can be back on the road (A white Christmass is beautiful, but not very conducive to riding ;) )


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Re: Christmass Trees aren't the only thing with lights

Postby HALBUDD » Wed Dec 25, 2013 10:05 pm

I would not hook them to the alt as it will fool the voltage regulator in to thinking the battery is low also it will draw off the power to charge your battery. I would suggest hooking it to the aux terminal on the fuse block with its own fuse. If they are leds you wont have to much of a problem with the power requirement. Just my 2 cents.----Hal
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Re: Christmass Trees aren't the only thing with lights

Postby LDodge » Thu Dec 26, 2013 8:55 am

Thanks Halbudd--
Didn't even know there was an auxiliary on the fuse box; I will look at it again;)
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Re: Christmass Trees aren't the only thing with lights

Postby HALBUDD » Thu Dec 26, 2013 3:54 pm

If you look at the fuse block you will see a screw terminal a the top it will show a positive marking on it. I would run your hot to it,and find a good ground for your negative. I did this on my 85 and installed a light up switch on the left side lower around where the cb would be. So you have the option to be able to turn them on or off when needed.-----------Hal
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Re: Christmass Trees aren't the only thing with lights

Postby LDodge » Thu Dec 26, 2013 8:29 pm

Hi Hal --
I was thinking about mounting the switch on the plastic piece underneath the "leather" covered storage container. Do you know what is behind there and the best way to remove / replace that plastic cover?
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Re: Christmass Trees aren't the only thing with lights

Postby HALBUDD » Fri Dec 27, 2013 5:23 pm

That would be ok as there is plenty of room to put it in your storage pocket. Just take off the leather snap on cover off. You will see small screws holding the plastic pocket in place just take them out and pull it out. You will see a lot of wires in there so just find a good spot for the switch so it wont dig into any thing.You should not have any problem fishing your wire over to the aux terminal. Depending on the type of switch you get just drill a hole in the pocket for it to fit thru.I used a square lighted switch so I can tell at a glance if its on or off. It took a little more time to cut in the square switch but looks good.------------Hal
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Re: Christmass Trees aren't the only thing with lights

Postby LDodge » Fri Dec 27, 2013 9:13 pm

Hi Hal--
I was referring to the section below that pocket that has the "wind" volume control knobs; any thoughts on how to get that off without tearing it apart?
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Re: Christmass Trees aren't the only thing with lights

Postby HALBUDD » Sat Dec 28, 2013 5:32 pm

Let me get some pics of my bike out in the garage and Ill post them up for you.-----------------Hal
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Re: Christmass Trees aren't the only thing with lights

Postby HALBUDD » Sun Dec 29, 2013 1:17 pm

LDodge P.M. Me your e-mail address and I will send you a pdf workshop manual for your bike.---------------Hal


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