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08-08-2019 12:12 AM
slacker181 Thanks, I'm enjoying this forum immensely!
08-07-2019 06:22 AM
duglaura
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Originally Posted by slacker181 View Post
Would anyone happen to have a copy of the write up for making this light bar? I have searched all over for it so any help is much appreciated!
Thanks
First post needs a hearty welcome...Hearty Welcome from Penciltucky!!!
08-07-2019 05:56 AM
slacker181
The cheapest lightbar ever

Would anyone happen to have a copy of the write up for making this light bar? I have searched all over for it so any help is much appreciated!
Thanks
05-06-2013 06:17 PM
dimarrco
watt max...

What is the max wattage for driving fog lites? Without draining battery?? I'm gonna try to make a set for my bike. Or where is the best place for clamp on lites for crash bar.

I don't know the "best " clamp on lights. I went away from that thought after getting input from within this thread, Take the time to start at the beginning. There is a lot of helpful tip from others to help you with you choice as they did mine.

120 Watts max, but I would stay below this max, 100-110w, 2-55w bulbs, is plenty fine. mine are 35w each and they are just fine. Plus down the road it can be replaced with brighter leds with less power usage. I used 16 gauge wire on all my accessory circuits. I took and old 16Gauge outdoor extension cord and have been cutting off of it as needed. Even a new one is good to go . That being said, I don't recommend old wiring, use your best judgment. look below at the info given to me during this thread.


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Originally Posted by Ashamsi View Post
Aux connector is on a 10 AMP fused circuit. Simply stated:

I(A) = P(W) / V(V)
P = I x V
P = 10 x 12 = 120 Watts

That being said, you need to look at the gauge of the wire in the harness. For 10 AMPs, lengths up to 6 feet will be OK with 16 gauge wire. I don't know what gauge wire is in the harness. If in doubt, use a relay with a lower gauge (thicker) wire and use the accessory socket to trigger the relay.

Dimarrco
05-06-2013 02:23 PM
tierod222 What is the max wattage for driving fog lites? Without draining battery?? I'm gonna try to make a set for my bike. Or where is the best place for clamp on lites for crash bar.


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05-03-2013 04:24 PM
dimarrco
Lightbar mod finished!!

I have finished my mod of the light bar mod. Basically this cost me $75. + time. First, I would like to thank every whom has helped with recommendations for lights, circuits, relays and power equations as I went through this mod and hook up, . Hats off to you all.

I did end up going with the Grote, a set part number 64101 on a recommendation(of the chrome) and am very pleased with the size, the shallow profile, and their ability to change out the bulb to higher wattage or to LEDs (49.99 free shipping). I have many pics, listed below, to check out. Although mine is not as clean as others would prefer on their bikes, I like the industrial/mechanical look to it and can always go back and change the lights to look more conventional. With the lights being lower, yet still a good distance off the road in height, this creates a wider triangle to be seen during the day and also spreads the light in a longer/wider path along the ground looking forward for night driving. I took it out last night and the lights are working just as I thought they would. Considering the time and thought put towards this, it turned out well despite of me working on it. The diagramed pic descriptions/parts are in the works, if interested.

close up and diagramed pic 1, close up and diagramed pic 2,
4-pane pic, My first rear end light mod, thinking of doing a re-mod here.



home made o ring gaskets for grote lights. cut larger oring and leave a small gap when fitting to the back plate of light case.

place a heat shrink tube,1", on ring, melt/warm, just catching on fire, , the two ends together of the o ring, with a lighter, and press together ,on flat surface, then push shrink tube evenly over theseem and shrink it. Keep in mind the shape it needs to be in as it cools to form the gasket.


Blacked out the red with a permanent maker, paint will not be pliable enough for a good seal.


and place on the lip of the bottom light case, place top on and screw it down. Sealed tight and water proof.
05-02-2013 01:23 AM
dimarrco
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Originally Posted by Ashamsi View Post
I would leave the 10 amp auxiliary fuse as is. It is located in the fuse panel. I would not add another inline fuse to the circuit; the 10 amp is fine on its own for those lights.
Good to hear, Thanks again.
05-02-2013 01:08 AM
Ashamsi
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Originally Posted by dimarrco View Post
Thanks for the help. About the inline aux 10amp fuse, is it to high? Should I change it out to a 7.5 fuse or is there a chance these could blow being close(spike) to the 5.833 amp usage, which I just bought for this circuit, and would need to replace more frequently. Can always take them back. I was going to place fuses inline in the headlamp housing before chatting with you. and is the 10amp inline fuse located in the fuse panel under seat or actually within the line somewhere? Thanks again for all your help.
I would leave the 10 amp auxiliary fuse as is. It is located in the fuse panel. I would not add another inline fuse to the circuit; the 10 amp is fine on its own for those lights.
05-02-2013 12:59 AM
dimarrco Thanks for the help. About the inline aux 10amp fuse, is it to high? Should I change it out to a 7.5 fuse or is there a chance these could blow being close(spike) to the 5.833 amp usage, which I just bought for this circuit, and would need to replace more frequently. Can always take them back. I was going to place fuses inline in the headlamp housing before chatting with you. and is the 10amp inline fuse located in the fuse panel under seat or actually within the line somewhere? Thanks again for all your help.
05-02-2013 12:30 AM
Ashamsi
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Originally Posted by dimarrco View Post
Ashamsi , so there seems to be plenty of wiggle room for the lights I am using? I will be using 2-35 watt(70) lights in my configuration. with the equation above this comes to 5.833 amps being used for both lights on one circuit. yes? so I would need to put one fuse in line at least 7amp to cover blowing the lights or wires? The wiring will all be done with in a 3ft wire length area, how about 16 gauge wire? sounds as if it will still be safe.
Yep. Seems like you are good.
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