Help needed: trying to connect driving lights on 1500


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Help needed: trying to connect driving lights on 1500

Postby GillesGLW » Sat Jun 06, 2015 3:03 pm



Hi Everyone,

Greetings from Switzerland!
I've been working on my Goldwing for a while, well... let's say that I started to work on the Goldwing a while ago, but time was running short!

The reason for that is simple: since the 13th May, I'm the happy father of a little Emilie :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

So the last weeks have been very busy preparing her arrival, and now it's even more challenging... but it's so nice to be a father (I assume most of you know what I'm talking about!)

So here is my challenge: I have randomly over the week, a few hours here and there to work on the Goldwing. As you can imagine I have to be very productive when I have a free hour available, so I decided to ask you for some help.

When I bought the Goldwing (1500), the driving lights (installed where the cornering lights are) were not correctly working and the cabling was cheap. So I decided to buy new lights as well as some rocket switches to be able to switch them on and off.

My problem is that cabling them is not as easy as I thought... I tried to follow the instructions but I struggle making them work properly.

Starting with the rocket switch, I'm not clear on the way to plug it:

As you can see on the above pic, I have 4 rocket switches and each of them has 3 pins. Who could tell me which pin is doing what?

The second question is linked to the relay:

I have 4 numbers: 30, 85, 86, 87. Is is correct to say that the pin number 85 is the on at the left top; the 87, the one on the right top, etc...?
I tried to find on the web the way to connect them, but each time I tried, the lights were still off and the wires were getting really hot after a few seconds.

Would anyone be able to tell me how to wire the switch, the relay and the lights? I would like to understand what the number are referring to, and how the rocket switch should be used.

Many many many thanks!!!!
Gilles



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Re: Help needed: trying to connect driving lights on 1500

Postby lamasue » Sat Jun 06, 2015 4:45 pm

85 is ground 30 battery power 86 is switch 87 is the thing you want to control

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Re: Help needed: trying to connect driving lights on 1500

Postby GillesGLW » Sun Jun 07, 2015 2:13 am

Hi Lamasue,

Thanks for your help! I will try to connect them accordingly. Do you know how to connect the rocket switch? Hopefully there is only 3 pins so I can try them all until the lights will turn on.

Cheers,
Gilles

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Re: Help needed: trying to connect driving lights on 1500

Postby lamasue » Sun Jun 07, 2015 7:29 am

On my 2000 the cornering lights stay on when bike is on I believe your year they come on when you put your blinker on

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Re: Help needed: trying to connect driving lights on 1500

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Jun 08, 2015 1:59 pm

This should help you with the relay connection:



As for the switch - every switch is going to be different, there is no standard pin layout for switches. You're just going to have to experiment until you get the combination that works the way you expect - or, if you have a meter, you can test that way and figure out which terminal does what.

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Re: Help needed: trying to connect driving lights on 1500

Postby bellboy40 » Mon Jun 08, 2015 6:26 pm

If you have an ohmmeter you can see which terminals have continuity when you turn it on. If you can remove the switch they often have markings on them to indicate what each terminal is for.

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Re: Help needed: trying to connect driving lights on 1500

Postby Fiberthree » Wed Jun 10, 2015 11:20 pm

There are three possibilities with the switches in your photo. They are either single pole, double throw. As in ON-ON (two position). ON-OFF-ON ( Three position with center position being off). Or it is a lighted switch. In which case one pin gets +12v, another gets - or ground/chassis, and the third would be the load or pin 86 on the admin's diagram. My first guess, since you stated they are rocker switches and I see that there are molded guards to prevent shorting of the contacts, is that they contain lights.
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Re: Help needed: trying to connect driving lights on 1500

Postby GillesGLW » Mon Jun 15, 2015 1:46 am

Thanks to everyone for your help!

I manage to get the switch working now, I'm just missing the lights. But I think I killed the relay making some tests.

I wonder if I really need a relay as my driving lights are led lights only consuming 6W. Could I plug them directory on the accessory box and keep the switch?

Thanks!

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Re: Help needed: trying to connect driving lights on 1500

Postby GillesGLW » Mon Jun 22, 2015 12:47 am

Finally, it's working now!

Many thanks to all of you for your help! I will post shortly some pictures to show you the result, once I will have cleaned up the mess with the cabling...




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