fog lights


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petarm1
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1980 gl1100 interstate
1982 Aspencade gl100

fog lights

Postby petarm1 » Sat Sep 29, 2012 8:22 pm



good day everyone. i have just brought home my first 1985 gold wing gl 1200 ltd edition and just joined your site. the gentlemen i just bought the bike from had no idea about how anything works so until i get hold of a owners manual can someone out there tell me how the driving lights get turned on i cant seem to locate a switch for them( if they even work) looking forward to all your combined knowledge.
thanks petar.



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Re: fog lights

Postby Phunnybone » Sat Sep 29, 2012 9:29 pm

They're not driving lights. They're cornering lights and they come on when you signal to that side. Do a search for cornering lights and there's a tutorial somewhere on the site about which wire to snip to make them 'always on'.

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Re: fog lights

Postby firstwing85 » Sat Sep 29, 2012 9:37 pm

welcome to the site.
I bought the same bike 1 1/2 years ago, I had quite a few issues with mine but got them all fixed and I believe it is one of the best bikes anywhere.
I have a second repair manual if you are interested in it.
I actually lived in Grande Prairie for 14 years and therefor know exactly where you are.

as for the driving lights, they are not factory so there should be an aftermarket switch somewhere, mine is located just under the right speaker on the dash.
if you need better light then I recommend that you do what I did and install an HID headlight kit.
I installed mine last year and it's the best thing I could have ever done.
here is the kit I got in mine. http://canadiancruisercustomizing.com/i ... fs59cl76q7

let me know if there is anything I can help you with.
Johan

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1980 gl1100 interstate
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Re: fog lights

Postby petarm1 » Sat Sep 29, 2012 10:23 pm

thanks for your quick response. mine also has a set of lights above the factory lower lights. may have to look for where the wires go too.
thanks again

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Re: fog lights

Postby firstwing85 » Sat Sep 29, 2012 10:32 pm

can you clarify which lights you're referring too?
Red Arrow = Driving lights
Black Arrow = cornering lights

the cornering lights come on when you turn on the signal lights.
Johan

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Re: fog lights

Postby Phunnybone » Sun Sep 30, 2012 5:50 am

The PO for my bike put the switch for the extra lights in the plastic that covers the handle bar's ignition area. Guess it's time to start looking for switches which don't belong, or maybe a wire into the fuse box that shouldn't be there.

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Re: fog lights

Postby petarm1 » Sun Sep 30, 2012 6:59 am

i am reffering to the red arrow lights. tried all the obvious switches.

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Re: fog lights

Postby petarm1 » Sun Sep 30, 2012 3:50 pm

i traced the wires from the fog lights and found they were not connected. but the were hard wired to come on when the bike is turned on. i will be putting a toggle switch on the bike so they can be turned on when needed.




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