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corner lights

Postby dsspinuzzi » Tue Apr 15, 2014 9:17 am



I want to wire my bottom cornering lights to come on with my head light any help?



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Re: corner lights

Postby virgilmobile » Tue Apr 15, 2014 9:54 am

Sure....I/we recommend replacing the original lamp with a LED to reduce heat that may/will damage your lamp housing during continuous use.
As far as coming on with the headlight....do you want them to go off when you push the start button like your headlight or just stay on with the key on.??

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Re: corner lights

Postby OnPapasWing » Tue Apr 15, 2014 11:00 am

Hey Virg, know what the wattage is on those lights? The PO to my bike wired those to a switch so they could remain on if wanted. Not sure but I thought the intent of these from factory was that they would come on when the turn signals were used. Is this correct? If that's the case and they are of a wattage that will cause to much of a draw then maybe I don't want them wired that way. Unless, as you state, I change the lamp to an LED.
It it kind of cool to have the extra light for night riding and better visibility to other drivers during the day.

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Re: corner lights

Postby virgilmobile » Tue Apr 15, 2014 2:06 pm

As I've heard and seen on mine the cornering lights came on with the turn signal only.The housing was not designed to withstand a continuous bright lamp.The heat would eventually start to melt the lens.theres a relay on each side for them.
I did rewire mine with dual filament lamps.The "park" stays on and then turns bright with the turn signal.not very bright and useless for enhanced night driving.Lights up the cornering good tho.
I've rigged up a set of 55 watt halogen driving lamps on a switch and special relay.When there "off" the relay ties them in series so they light up dim then In parallel for really bright.
It wasn't the current needed for the lamp it was the heat.I think a standard "brake" lamp draws about 2 amp.

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Re: corner lights

Postby dsspinuzzi » Tue Apr 15, 2014 2:45 pm

I would like them to go off when i push the start button, also to turn them off while riding during the daylight hrs.

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Re: corner lights

Postby virgilmobile » Tue Apr 15, 2014 5:29 pm

Ok.this evening I'll look at the schematic for where to get power.You will need to have a switch mounted somewhere to be able to shut them off .

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Re: corner lights

Postby dsspinuzzi » Wed Apr 16, 2014 12:17 pm

Hi Virgil were you able to find any thing to wire up my corning lights

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Re: corner lights

Postby virgilmobile » Wed Apr 16, 2014 1:53 pm

I'm on my back to the computer.ill post as soon again.

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Re: corner lights

Postby virgilmobile » Wed Apr 16, 2014 2:27 pm

Sorry for the delay,I've been in meetings for a while...Here's the schematic you need...
It would be easiest to tap the wire at the handlebar harness,below the switch cluster and run it to your on/off switch then jump down to the cornering relays...There's one on each side...
It's not clear by the schematic but I believe both relays are energized when the key is turned on and De-energized for cornering....This is the way my 88 is also...As I suspect,your relay connection that feeds the lamp would need to be moved to the normally open connection...it's currently in the normally closed position....It may be necessary to replace both relays if they don't have the N.O. connection.
These electrical connections and switch can be very small wire.All there going to operate is the 2 relays.

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Re: corner lights

Postby dsspinuzzi » Wed Apr 16, 2014 3:58 pm

Thanks for the information i will work on it over the weekend. A very big thanks

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Re: corner lights

Postby virgilmobile » Wed Apr 16, 2014 4:18 pm

Ok.Holler iffin you have any problems or questions.

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Re: corner lights

Postby virgilmobile » Wed Apr 16, 2014 4:45 pm

First chance I get I'll look for a better place to tap the headlight wire.

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Re: corner lights

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Apr 17, 2014 7:19 am

For simplicity,its easiest to tap the line in the harness and run the new wire.There appears to be a "plug" but the manual mentioned removing the faring to access it.
Just lace the new wire along with the rest of them,under the center cap and into the faring under the instruments.

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Re: corner lights

Postby dsspinuzzi » Thu Apr 17, 2014 8:03 am

Hi Virgil I will be working on my head lights this weekend i will check that harness there. Also will i have to change my bulbs to somethings else. Thanks again

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Re: corner lights

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Apr 17, 2014 9:23 am

You could grab power from the headlamp and then go to the switch however if you tap just the low beam,the cornering lamps would only come on with them.

There is a work around for that too.Attach a 1amp diode to the low beam wire and a 1amp diode to the high beam.Connect the positive ends together and feed the switch.
The diode will block feedback yet allow either to operate the relay.
Whichever is easier to get to and how you want the cornering lights to operate.

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Re: corner lights

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Apr 17, 2014 9:23 am

You could grab power from the headlamp and then go to the switch however if you tap just the low beam,the cornering lamps would only come on with them.

There is a work around for that too.Attach a 1amp diode to the low beam wire and a 1amp diode to the high beam.Connect the positive ends together and feed the switch.
The diode will block feedback yet allow either to operate the relay.
Whichever is easier to get to and how you want the cornering lights to operate.




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