Headlights


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Blossom5454
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Headlights

Post by Blossom5454 » Sun Nov 24, 2019 11:42 am



Has anyone put light switch on goldwing gl1100 import so lights can be turn off and on, if so have you got wiring diagram or can you tell me which wire to cut and where ,thanks John



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Re: Headlights

Post by froche » Sun Nov 24, 2019 1:50 pm

Well first you have to decide what type of switch, one that can deal with the current flowing through or using a relay and a switch.

Next you have to decide if you are going to do high beam or low beam or both.

if you are going to use a switch I'd recommend doing either the high or the low and leaving the other "stock". This is in case you wiring or switch breaks and you are driving at night, at least one works.

If you want to do both you can either switch the ground wire, turning the ground wire off will stop both low and high beams. can use a SPST switch to switch a DPDT relay, or use two SPST switches to operate each beam (not recommended).

If you want to do this just when you are in the "shop" you could just pull the fuse and disable the headlight until you are done.

And lastly you could make a "blown" fuse adapter ?(soldering a wire to each side of a blown fuse) using that in place of the headlight fuse, and hook up what ever switches/relay you want and an in line fuse adapter.

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Re: Headlights

Post by DenverWinger » Mon Nov 25, 2019 7:46 am

My old Suzuki had an "off" position for the headlight. When switched off it also switched "off" one of the legs of the stator, full alternator output not needed with lights off and this relieves some of the additional stress on the shunt regulator when the lighting load is absent.

You could do that with a Relay on the Wing, with headlight "Off" de-energizes relay so that one of the three legs of stator are "Off", too. A little further thought, on a 'Wing, I'd add a second relay that would be energized by the fan circuit, relay contacts in parallel with the relay for the headlights. That way all three stator legs would be "On" if either the headlight was on or the fan was running.

Might not want to do that if you are running additional accessories though...(Stereo, etc)
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Re: Headlights

Post by virgilmobile » Wed Nov 27, 2019 8:50 am

You might check at your parts breaker(junk yard) for that switch.
The Euro wings did have a headlight off switch available.It mounts under the left lever housing.It is not available in the US but the mount is on ALL the Goldwings.
A Euro manual would show where it's tied into.
It basically cuts the power feeding the hi/low switch.

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Re: Headlights

Post by virgilmobile » Wed Nov 27, 2019 8:57 am

By the way.If you cut the blue/white wire in the hi/low switch harness...that kills all the power to the headlights.



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