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post #1 of 6 Old 09-23-2013, 04:38 PM Thread Starter
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Wiring LED marker lights

I want to be more visible. So I purchased a set of white Bike Vis Bullets LED Marker Lights from Whitehorse Gear (http://www.whitehorsegear.com/bike-vis-bullets). Wiring these lights sounds fairly simple.
However…

I know just enough about wiring auxiliary lights to get myself in trouble. I did some searches and found some good information. But I’m still a little unsure. So I thought I would ask you experts if I was on the right track and, maybe, get some recommendations.

My bike is a ’09 (Gen 2).
I’ll mount these lights on the fairings facing forward (out of the way to keep them protected).
I want these to turn on and off with the bike, just like the low beam headlights (on all the time).
I don’t want them switched separately.
These only draw 72 mA each.
I believe I will not need a relay nor will I need an additional fuse (correct?).
Which wire is the best to splice into for the positive connection? How do I identify it? Or, should it be connected directly to something else?
What is best for connecting the negative? Grounding it to the frame? Splicing into another negative wire? Direct connection to the battery’s negative?
If I splice, what is the best method? I would rather not cut and solder if I don’t have to. Will “Scotchlok” connectors work? If so, which type? Are they waterproof enough (do they need to be)?
Thanks for any help you can offer.
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I want to be more visible. So I purchased a set of white Bike Vis Bullets LED Marker Lights from Whitehorse Gear (http://www.whitehorsegear.com/bike-vis-bullets). Wiring these lights sounds fairly simple.
However…

I know just enough about wiring auxiliary lights to get myself in trouble. I did some searches and found some good information. But I’m still a little unsure. So I thought I would ask you experts if I was on the right track and, maybe, get some recommendations.

My bike is a ’09 (Gen 2).
I’ll mount these lights on the fairings facing forward (out of the way to keep them protected).
I want these to turn on and off with the bike, just like the low beam headlights (on all the time).
I don’t want them switched separately.
These only draw 72 mA each.
I believe I will not need a relay nor will I need an additional fuse (correct?).
Which wire is the best to splice into for the positive connection? How do I identify it? Or, should it be connected directly to something else?
What is best for connecting the negative? Grounding it to the frame? Splicing into another negative wire? Direct connection to the battery’s negative?
If I splice, what is the best method? I would rather not cut and solder if I don’t have to. Will “Scotchlok” connectors work? If so, which type? Are they waterproof enough (do they need to be)?
Thanks for any help you can offer.
The easiest way would be to attach (solder is best, but crimp can work if the connector and tool are of good quality) some 3mm ring connectors to the negative (black) wires, then connect them to the back of the instrument cluster.

The positive wires (black/white) can be attached to the meter lights with a Posi-Tap (better than a ScotchLok). With a total of 150mA of draw you don't need a relay or fuse and the dash light circuit can handle it.

Tap into the red/blue wires and use the black wire for a ground. If you don't feel like going the ring connector route for the ground, Posi-Tap the connection.



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The easiest way would be to attach (solder is best, but crimp can work if the connector and tool are of good quality) some 3mm ring connectors to the negative (black) wires, then connect them to the back of the instrument cluster.

The positive wires (black/white) can be attached to the meter lights with a Posi-Tap (better than a ScotchLok). With a total of 150mA of draw you don't need a relay or fuse and the dash light circuit can handle it.

Tap into the red/blue wires and use the black wire for a ground. If you don't feel like going the ring connector route for the ground, Posi-Tap the connection.
Tom: Thank you very much. That is exactly what I needed to know. You have a wealth of knowledge that I truly appreciate (and your photo is much better than what I found in my Clymers).
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