Corning Lights Converision Kits


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Corning Lights Converision Kits

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I have a 2000 1500 SE that didn't come with the Corning Lights as Honda calls them ... I like to add them to this Wing but was wondering was it worth it... like to install fog lights where the cornering lights go... are the wiring connectors there in the fairing for them... how would you turn them off and on... do they come on when you turn the ignition switch... and which kit would be the best???



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Re: Corning Lights Converision Kits

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In my opinion, it is not worth the money or the hassle. They don't do much to add light to the road and it just makes it more difficult to take off the lower cowl. The lights, if you use the standard glass bulb with a tungsten filament, fail far too frequently.

Get a good set of LED driving lights instead and install them under the fairing.
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Thank you for your reply .... and you do have a point

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When I got my Aspencade the PO had already added the cornering lights. The bulb had burned out in the left one and the right one only came on when right turn signal was activated. I replaced the bulbs with 50 watt LED, and converted them to stay on all the time (they both go on/off with the ignition now). Simple mod, just remove the ground connection from the cornering light relays. Or you could run the ground lines from the relays to an accessory switch to select between "On all the time" or "Cornering light" operation. I wouldn't do the "on all the time" mod unless you put in the LED, the standard bulbs get very hot and can actually melt the fixture.
https://www.cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail/gl ... hts/83/455

Cornering Light
Cornering Light

The 50 watt LEDs throw an appreciable amount of light, and since they ARE cornering lights the light is thrown towards the sides, these light up the sides of the road very nicely, I like them a lot.
https://www.cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail/50 ... /83/270155

LED Cornering Light Bulb
LED Cornering Light Bulb

Alternatively, here's some 50 Watt LED driving lights that fit in the cornering light spaces, these should be focused to throw light forward instead of toward the sides.
https://www.cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail/gl ... /83/195210

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Thank you DenverWinger for your reply and the information to sent ... much needed info.... thank you ... now I just need to decide switch way Im going with the modification

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I agree. With the OEM lights in there, they do little in terms of lighting up anything. With the 50 watt LEDs, they do make a difference.

The one thing they do regardless is make the bike look "bigger" to oncoming traffic. Instead of just a headlight, the bike becomes a triangle of lights, which definitely registers more in the consciousness of phone-addled drivers.

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Thank you for the reply Wing Admin ... Bigger is always better... But I misspoke... the Wing I bought come to find out is a Aspencade... and not a SE even though it was sold as a SE... but that doesn't take away from the condition of the Wing ... But a question arises ... how hard is it to convert it to the 50 watts ??? ... what modifying would have to be done ???

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Re: Corning Lights Converision Kits

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Right, an Aspencade because the SE comes from the factory with Cornering lights.

The hardest part would be cutting out the plastic where the cornering lights go, but I suspect that is clearly marked on the inside of the ABS panel.

As to wiring, the connections for the cornering lights are already there, you'll readily find them once you have the tupperware off, just plug in the light and relay. As to installing the 50 Watt LED, just remove the OEM-style incandescent light bulb from the fixture and put in the LED, they have the same base and go right in, same as the incandescent light bulb.
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Post by WingAdmin »

No cutting required, you just take the fairing piece off, unscrew the screws holding the plugs in place, and replace the plugs with the light fixture.

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Re: Corning Lights Converision Kits

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Thank you both for the replies.... it sounds so easy-peasy... Im going for it soon... want to look bigger to oncoming traffic in this day and age



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