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post #1 of 4 Old 01-18-2017, 12:58 AM Thread Starter
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I am looking to fit 2 LED Day Running Lights to my KLR650 A1, trying to mount them as high up and as far apart as possible (and away from the indicators / turn signals).

I am struggling to find a suitable mounting point without drilling addition holes in the fairing.

Has anyone fitted DRL's please? And how / where did you mount them?

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post #2 of 4 Old 01-18-2017, 12:54 PM
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High and wide is always a problem on the KLR, without resorting to some sort of stalks coming off of the front sub frame. I have seen junque mounted on hand guards and mirrors but, meh.

A couple of neat and clean solutions are the following:

Twin Headlight Ernie offers these brackets for fork mount, https://twinheadlighternie.smugmug.c.../KLR/i-DF4rHQd. Ernie's business model is a bit different, but he's good people. Contact him via e-mail for ordering.

JNS offers the same thing, Kawasaki KLR650 Auxiliary LED Light Mounts.

Bear in mind that the A1 was designed before electricity was discovered and you don't have a lot of overhead left for accessories. Two modest LEDs should be OK, but you'll want to pull power from the starter solenoid and run it through a relay, triggering off of the lighting circuit.

I have brackets similar to these for cornering lights. https://twinheadlighternie.smugmug.c.../KLR/i-wpKKMq9 I think for conspicuity they are OK. . If you are a bit of a fabricator you might be able to gin up something a bit wider that is along the same lines as the two options above. Going with 3mm aluminum sheet or thicker should provide enough rigidity, especially with some horizontal bends for stiffness.

With the Gen 1 bikes a significant improvement to the forward lighting can be had by upgrading the wiring harness to power form the solenoid via relays. Eastern Beaver makes a good one. He's in Japan, but ships quick. He's good people (Canadian), too. H4 Kits


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post #3 of 4 Old 02-06-2017, 01:16 AM
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On many of my bikes, I've gone to auto zone and bought the selfstick white LED strips, and stuck them to the front of the hand guards. Cut them to length please, so our brothers in blue don't stop you from showing white light on the sides. Front Only!
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post #4 of 4 Old 02-06-2017, 08:09 AM
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Unless you're renting the bike or saving it for your grandchildren as an investment, drill a hole and mount some LED's in the plastics. Just put a waterproof plug on the backside so you can remove the plastics without having to cut wires. The KLR needs some lights on the sides. It's just a hole and the light covers it. The LED's become "part of the bike". The ones I used were about an inch long with 6 LED's. They double sided taped on and the wires came out the back.

Once upon a time I bought a boat and I wanted rod holders on it but I didn't want to drill any holes. I has a crush on the boat I guess. It took me years before I finally did it. The next boat I bought new and I drilled holes all over that thing even before I put it in the water for the first time.

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