Additional lights for 1985 Aspencade


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Lee S
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Additional lights for 1985 Aspencade

Postby Lee S » Tue Feb 21, 2012 1:11 pm



Just bought an 1985 Aspencade. It has just the headlight. Are there additional light that can go on the bike. Where is the best place to find them?



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Re: Additional lights for 1985 Aspencade

Postby bcassel » Tue Feb 21, 2012 4:36 pm

I'm assuming you mean that it had only the headlight for forward facing white lamps, not that it didn't have turn signals, brake lights, fairing lamps, etc.

If you are looking for additional forward facing white lamps (fog, driving, visibility, etc.) then you have options: 1) Sealed beam lamps in housing on a light bar, 2) H3 lamps in fog or driving style housings, 3) LED driving lamps.

I have run the gamut of these and have settled on some nice, 2" round lamps with H3 lamp modules. They are chrome and are available from Wally World for $20 +/-. The lamp modules are simple 12 volt track light lamps from any hardware store. What is really nice about them is you can get them in 20, 35 or 50 watts and in 10 degree spot, 35 degree flood or "Halo" pattern.

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Re: Additional lights for 1985 Aspencade

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Feb 22, 2012 10:24 am

For an 85, you really don't want to go over a pair of 35 watt lights, and even doing that you may want to look at replacing some of your running/brake/turn signal lights with LEDs in order to free up enough power to run the additional lights.

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Re: Additional lights for 1985 Aspencade

Postby Lee S » Wed Feb 22, 2012 10:29 am

If I replace tth lights with LED's do I need to replace the whole fixture or just the bulbs?

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Re: Additional lights for 1985 Aspencade

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Feb 22, 2012 12:40 pm

Lee S wrote:If I replace tth lights with LED's do I need to replace the whole fixture or just the bulbs?


Just the bulbs. Look at places like superbrightleds.com, under their "automotive" section. They have bulbs that will plug right in, in place of your existing bulbs.

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Re: Additional lights for 1985 Aspencade

Postby Lee S » Wed Feb 22, 2012 12:51 pm

I see your 82 has additional lights. Are they on thier own switch or did you coneect them to the fuse panel?

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Re: Additional lights for 1985 Aspencade

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Feb 22, 2012 3:44 pm

Lee S wrote:I see your 82 has additional lights. Are they on thier own switch or did you coneect them to the fuse panel?


I have a separate fused wire coming directly from the battery. This goes to a relay, and from there to the lights.

The relay is controlled by a wire coming from the ignition wire, (black - +12V when keyswitch is ON), through a switch and then to the relay coil, and the ground side of the relay coil goes to another relay - to the NO contacts. The coil of this second relay has +12V when keyswitch is on, and the ground side of the coil is connected to the neutral switch wire.

The end result is that if I turn the switch off, the lights are off.

With the switch on, the lights are on ONLY when the bike is in gear. If I switch to neutral, the lights turn off. The reason for this is that with the lights on, at idle, the lights draw down the battery. So when I'm in gear, I'm not normally at idle, and the battery is not being drawn down.

I just realized that description is totally confusing, so I drew the circuit I put in:

Driving lights neutral switch circuit
Driving lights neutral switch circuit

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Re: Additional lights for 1985 Aspencade

Postby Lee S » Wed Feb 22, 2012 5:06 pm

Wow that is awesome. Thanks for all the work and help!

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Re: Additional lights for 1985 Aspencade

Postby SilverDave » Fri Feb 24, 2012 11:59 am

I replaced the front headlight with a " SilverStar " and added two 35 watt driving lights from Walmart ...
This combo gives me all the light I need ... no.... all the light I personally want for dark night driving .

Its more than being able to see down the road, and the sides too( from the driving lights ).

Around here, at least, roads in the country, typically unlit, are not always in very good condition:
Potholes, sudden gravel, Deer , spilled slippery stuff, tar snakes, occasional coyote, stray cattle .

I want to :
a) see the hazard
b) be able to react to it without finding out why Chrome and plastic are not recommended for road surfaces.

More ( bigger ) lights might enable me to see down the road a mile, ....but...


And I agree, above 35 watts, each ... you are annoying your stator/reg combo on a 1200.

When I slow down ---in a small but lit back country town--- and the RPM drops to 2000----
I turn the 10 extra tail lights ,and the driving lights OFF.

SilverDave

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Re: Additional lights for 1985 Aspencade

Postby bcassel » Fri Feb 24, 2012 2:25 pm

I've got two sets on my 1100 I now, one set tied to the high beam that sport 35 watt bulbs with a 10 degree pattern. The other set is tied to the low beams and have 20 watt bulbs with 35 degree patterns.

The 20 watts are for daytime driving so others can see me, the 35s are for night driving.

I tried it with the 50 watt bulbs and watched the voltage drop from 14.1 volts with the headlight alone or the 35s to 13.0 (and dropping) volts with the two 50s lit up.

From this we can figure that 70 watts drawing 5.5 amps is within the stator/regulator capacity but 100 watts (8 amps) is not.




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