Wiring Driving Lights


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Wiring Driving Lights

Postby Optimurphprime » Sun Jul 10, 2011 8:20 am



I have picked up and installed some driving lights from walmart (2" chrome 12v/50w). I have read another post on the current draw and will replace the rectifier/regulator. not sure if I can go with a lower wattage bulb with these. My question though, is that I would like to run separate wires and install a switch for them since I only need them at night. Where can I run the power wire to? I installed them on the forks where I had 2 orange marker lights, I took off the top light on each side.


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Re: Wiring Driving Lights

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Jul 11, 2011 5:15 pm

I did the same thing - and on an 1100 the stator can't handle two of those lights. You can find replacement bulbs that are only 35 watts (and just as bright, in my opinion) and my electrical system can handle them just fine.

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Re: Wiring Driving Lights

Postby Optimurphprime » Sat Jul 16, 2011 3:44 pm

Was thinking about wiring in an extra 12v battery. A smaller one but big enough to help with extra electrical load. Will the stator handle that? I have room in my ammo/saddle bags to do this. Has anyone else ever tried this?
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Re: Wiring Driving Lights

Postby virgilmobile » Sat Jul 16, 2011 3:53 pm

Guess what..The state law says that you must have a white light forward on the bike,however it doesn't specify what ones.(trooper verified).
I used the 2 driving lights tied to the high beam circuit,added a relay to cut off the head light when they are on.
Fused at the battery and light up the ditches.
It did increase the load,but cutting off the high beam just about compensated for it.

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Re: Wiring Driving Lights

Postby 78AzWing » Sun Jul 17, 2011 6:36 pm

Take the power from the battery Plus terminal. Use a relay to put the full voltage and current to the lights, with proper inline fusing.
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Re: Wiring Driving Lights

Postby virgilmobile » Sun Jul 17, 2011 8:51 pm

I did that on my gl1000.The added 110 watt load (2x 55 watt bulbs)discharged my battery at 2500 rpm.It's only a 300 watt system.

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Re: Wiring Driving Lights

Postby 78AzWing » Thu Jul 28, 2011 12:15 am

Sounds like you are a prime candidate for a Poor-Boy alternator upgrade.
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Re: Wiring Driving Lights

Postby Optimurphprime » Thu Jul 28, 2011 6:04 am

"Sounds like you are a prime candidate for a Poor-Boy alternator upgrade."

What exactly would that entail?
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Re: Wiring Driving Lights

Postby 78AzWing » Thu Jul 28, 2011 6:15 am

A bit of internet searching, then deciding which set of instructions to follow, mostly.
A 10SI or 12SI alternator (one wire, internally regulated, self-exciting), mounting hardware, and a pulley mounted to the front of the crankshaft. (you will need to cut semicircular holes in the timing covers where they come together) and standing the bottom of the radiator about an inch for the belt and pulley to clear.


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