Fairing Side light


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Fairing Side light

Postby nitefuzz » Tue Apr 15, 2014 8:53 am



I purchased the Fairing Side-Light kit to install the lights in the small reflector on the side of the fairing. The problem is that I used the connection under the left fairing pocket for a power port. Is there a double splice I can put in there that gives two leads coming off, with the plug ins, so I can plug my power port back in and my new light kit (only one bulb in this kit). If not maybe Admin could make something like that................ I would purchase one if that's possible.

The only thing that would be plugged in to the power port is a garmin or a cell phone charger.

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Re: Fairing Side light

Postby rdraidr » Tue Apr 15, 2014 10:59 pm

With time and money, anything is possible - unknown

My LH powerport is powered via the LH fuse panel just after of the driver's position. The LH fairing light is left to only be a light, not a powerport. Works great for me; no strange harnesses, no overloads.

Just an option.

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Re: Fairing Side light

Postby nitefuzz » Tue Apr 15, 2014 11:41 pm

Not sure why I didn't think of that, but thats a good idea. Thats probably the correct way of hooking up so nothing gets an overload. I was thinking that I needed to find a wire some where that was hot from ACC position but that makes more sense to wire back to the left hand fuse block. Thanks rdraidr.

Do I need to put an in-line fuse if I wire it back to the fuse block????


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Re: Fairing Side light

Postby nitefuzz » Wed Apr 16, 2014 3:35 am

does anyone have a sugestion on what size wire I should use to run from the power port back to the fuse block, is bigger better ?

And do I need to put an in-line fuse in it, or is that not nessasary sinse it is going to the fuse block ?

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Re: Fairing Side light

Postby baumedagn » Wed Apr 16, 2014 6:51 am

Wire size would be dependent upon load. And it never hurts to put a fuse inline. If you're just powering an ipod or the like, 16 or 18 gauge would work just fine.

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Re: Fairing Side light

Postby rdraidr » Wed Apr 16, 2014 3:35 pm

The fuse block, is fused. I recall it being a 10amp fuse, spare. Let me check this evening. What you don't want to do is use really small diameter wire which becomes the fuse, catches on fire and burns the bike to the ground. Hard to do, but not impossible. I'll send you along the gauge as well.

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Re: Fairing Side light

Postby bellboy40 » Wed Apr 16, 2014 4:34 pm

If you are talking about the accessory terminals in the fuse panel, it is supposed to have a 5 amp fuse there. It is meant only for light power loads and will be fine for powering a GPS or cell phone. The wire size of 16 or 18 gauge will be fine for that purpose as noted above.

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Re: Fairing Side light

Postby rdraidr » Wed Apr 16, 2014 6:33 pm

Bellboy40 got it. Let us know if you need pics., but I recall a how-to somewhere on the net.

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Re: Fairing Side light

Postby nitefuzz » Thu Apr 17, 2014 12:05 am

ok, thanks guys. I have some stranded 12 ga. wire that I was planning on using, or would that be to heavy?.

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Re: Fairing Side light

Postby rdraidr » Thu Apr 17, 2014 7:21 am

18/ 16 gauge is better; typically a single wire. You can buy a roll at wally-world for not much $. The only thing I worry about multi-strand is somehow not having all the strands engaged and then it's no longer 12 gauge, but only the gauge of one or more of the strands. 12 gauge multi-strand is typical of wiring in household items like lamps and is rated for 15 amps up to 10 feet. 18 gauge is good for 5 amps up to 10 feet.

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Re: Fairing Side light

Postby bellboy40 » Thu Apr 17, 2014 12:45 pm

I would use some stranded wire for your hook-up. That single wire is more apt to break than the stranded wire. All the wiring in the stock wiring harness is stranded.

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Re: Fairing Side light

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Apr 22, 2014 12:30 pm

bellboy40 wrote:I would use some stranded wire for your hook-up. That single wire is more apt to break than the stranded wire. All the wiring in the stock wiring harness is stranded.


Never use solid wire for automotive or motorcycle applications. Vibration will cause fatigue and failure. Solid wire is great for house wiring, where it never moves, but in vehicles, stranded wire is always the correct wire type.




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