GL 1500 Accessory Switch Locations???


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seering
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GL 1500 Accessory Switch Locations???

Postby seering » Sun Jul 03, 2011 10:55 am



Hey,

THis is my first post, so I might as well add a topic...

I have a GL1500 with the ring of fire and additional saddlebag lights. I currently have one of the chrome switch units that slips over the right-hand brake reservoir. I also ahve an oversized windshield, so the two collide when turning to full left lock.

Anyone have any good pics of better places to mount extra switches, like by cutting holes in an existing panel, or some good looking surface mounts? I'm also looking for a good place to add a voltmeter.

Thanks!

Darryl



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Re: GL 1500 Accessory Switch Locations???

Postby keithg64 » Sun Jul 10, 2011 7:55 pm

I put a aftermarket switch panel on my bike over the winter, it is black, I also have a showchrome aftermatket windshield. From lock to lock it just bearly touches, I like to location of the block.
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Re: GL 1500 Accessory Switch Locations???

Postby seering » Sun Jul 10, 2011 10:25 pm

Hey Keith,

Thanks for the reply.

What kind of switch block & where?

Darryl

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Re: GL 1500 Accessory Switch Locations???

Postby cbx4evr » Mon Jul 11, 2011 8:36 am

seering wrote:Anyone have any good pics of better places to mount extra switches, like by cutting holes in an existing panel, or some good looking surface mounts? I'm also looking for a good place to add a voltmeter.



For a voltmeter these used to be available. I was looking at them when I bought my 1500 but decided to go with Rudy's Smart Light instead.



You can also see in the shelter cut outs on each side that he has some switches mounted. I personally don't like cutting holes into my bike but at least that plastic part isn't too expensive if you ever change your mind in the future.

My bike had some rocker switches cut into the plastic that houses the radio next to the left fairing pocket. I removed them and patched the plastic best I could.
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Re: GL 1500 Accessory Switch Locations???

Postby robb » Mon Jul 11, 2011 5:56 pm

Good out of the way place where all wires will clear and they stay with cover.


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Re: GL 1500 Accessory Switch Locations???

Postby hugger-4641 » Mon Jul 18, 2011 1:28 am

I can’t add pics right now, but my fog light and ring of fire switches are located on my left fairing, just below the engine heat vent. There is a perfect place for two switches down there. For wiring and installation purposes, you must remove the lower engine side cover (snaps out), remove the parking light (three screws), then remove the lower fairing, or open it just enough to reach the back of the switches. If you run the wiring up into the fairing to connect to acc circuit like I did, then you also remove the left fairing storage compartment tray (4 screws) and fish the wires up into this space. This area under the storage tray is also where I located my relays for fog lights and ring of fire.
When riding in the dark, it is a little bit of a reach to find these switches, but I like them down there rather than up on the dash with everything else.




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