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Old 08-11-2017, 11:18 AM   #1
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Waving Installing Lightbar

would like to hear from anyone that has installed aftermarket light bar.
is it difficult to install? splice wires, or plug in?
thanks for any help/advice!
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Old 08-11-2017, 12:00 PM   #2
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I put one on few years back. Cobra brand. Was not hard at all. Adjusting the dman thing was the hard part for me lol.

I highly recommend using a relay. I came off the hot from my headlight for the trigger so the LB would come on with my headlights. Worked great. You can get relays anywhere. I just bought 6 of them W/ a wired connector off ebay for cheap. I don't need 6 but I have them when I need them lol

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Old 08-11-2017, 12:54 PM   #3
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As already mentioned you should definitely use a relay.
If you want it to come on with the head light than use that to trigger it.

Power source connects to 30
Ground to 85
Trigger to 86
Load to 87

I attached a picture of a relay in case you need it.
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Old 08-11-2017, 11:21 PM   #4
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I totally agree the relay is the way to go. I prefer to trigger the relay from the running light wire. It also comes on with ignition but if you lose your headlight power for any reason, you still have the driving lights. Good choice for me as recently I have been having intermittent headlight out problems. (Probably related to stator/rectifier issues.)

I also intercepted the power wire at the light bar and ran it to a simple switch on the handlebar. That way I can run without them if I need to. Mine are higher wattage and I don't need the extra power drain if I am in traffic. If I stick with this bike I will likely go to LED in the driving lights too.

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Old 08-12-2017, 10:19 AM   #5
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Get Chuckster's lights, they install using 2 of the windshield bracket bolts on each side.

They arrive with the relay and everything needed to install them correctly.

The instructions are easy to follow.

And they're priced right.
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Old 08-12-2017, 10:23 AM   #6
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Chucksters lights also easier to adjust once installed.
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Old 08-12-2017, 10:59 AM   #7
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Like everyone else said, use a relay. Mine is the Cobra brand, and it wasn't hard to install, but after a few times of removing it (I have to, to remove my fairing), I made longer wires to it so I could just remove the 2 mounting bolts under the triple tree, and rotate it forward and lay it on my front fender with a towel to protect the fender.

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Old 08-13-2017, 05:56 PM   #8
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I also use a relay on mine! I wired it to shut off when the high beam comes on ! In some states that is the law!I use my old broken Honda light bar I also mounted my spots on my crash bars with P clamps and that give a nice triangle light pattern
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Old 08-13-2017, 07:48 PM   #9
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Have the Kaw brand light bar. Had to reuse the rubber gromets from the stock turn signals on the new light bar and plug the wires into the aux plugins in the head light housing. they are only on when using low beam. Do not know if 1600 have aux hook up in head light.


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