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Old 06-20-2011, 09:29 AM   #1
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Running light kill switch

I recently got an LED headlight setup for the Husky and it doesn't have hi or lo beam it's either on or off. So it's hooked up to the hi beam and it can be turned off by hitting the hi/lo switch. So it got me thinking. First off I am an idiot when it comes to electrical repairs and what not, I've wired up new lights on my bike but that is about it. Is there a way to hook up the tail, brake, and license plate lights to that same switch so you can turn them all off? It seems the tail and plate lights would be pretty easy but what do I do with the brake light so it still works?
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Old 06-20-2011, 09:30 AM   #2
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Hmmmm. Stealth mode?
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Hmmmm. Stealth mode?
Hells yeah! Need one when evading on a motard.
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Old 06-20-2011, 10:45 AM   #4
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LMAO...so you still want the brake light to work?

I have my sumo head light wired to my hi/lo as an on/off switch too.
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Old 06-20-2011, 11:08 AM   #5
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LMAO...so you still want the brake light to work?

I have my sumo head light wired to my hi/lo as an on/off switch too.
I read my original post and that was a little confusing. I want the brake light to be hooked up to the same switch so I can turn it off as well.
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Old 06-20-2011, 11:23 AM   #6
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have a wiring diagram of the bike?

it really wouldn't be that hard to go "lights out"
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Old 06-20-2011, 12:45 PM   #7
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have a wiring diagram of the bike?

it really wouldn't be that hard to go "lights out"
I can send it to you later and maybe we could go over it on the phone or something
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Old 06-20-2011, 12:49 PM   #8
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why not just wire in a switch?
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Old 06-20-2011, 01:47 PM   #9
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take all of the grounds that go to those lights and run them to a central location. take a wire from the nagative on the battery and connect it to a switch that goes to that central location. interrupt the ground and no lights will work
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oh geez, don't mess with trying to group all the grounds! everything has a common power source - the battery. you just need to have the switch interrupt power to the lights and to the brake switches. As Cliff said, a wiring diagram would be super-helpful. And be sure that the switch can handle the amperage of all the lights. You will need a pretty decent connection to be sure that you will not build up heat in the connector, the switch, or the wires added on. And be sure whatever wiring you add on is a larger diameter (read: smaller gauge) than the original.
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What squanto said...but just run all the hot leads for the tail light to the wire to the headlight.

For the brake light you will have to find the spot in the harness that feeds the front and rear switches and bypass from the headlight to the switches themselves.

But, this would involve maybe 6 feet of wire, 6 connections, and maybe an hour to track it down, wire it up, and make sure it is factory tight, waterproofed, etc...

The 15 watts extra from the tail / brake won't do anything to your stock wiring for the high beam since it was disigned for 55 watts, and will probably handle 90 no problem, and your LED prolly on draws 20 watts. So with everything on...headlight on, tail light on, brake light activated, you are probably still running under 40 watts.
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U have a tail light on that thing? U know what's funny is I just had a conversation about this with Luke at Motorcycles Unlimited the other day. with your small led strip tail light I dont think u will be able to see it 20ft away.....Don't worry about all that tough. I'll sing like a byrd if I get caught and u get away
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Good point, Peter.

And it sounds like I need to be staying away from these tuesday night SM's for longer than planned
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Good point, Peter.

And it sounds like I need to be staying away from these tuesday night SM's for longer than planned
No Clue what your talking about.....
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Old 06-20-2011, 05:35 PM   #15
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I figuring it might come in handy when I poke around looking for new spots. Would come in handy at the track too. I have enough info to get started. I post any problems I run into.
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Old 06-20-2011, 08:45 PM   #16
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Good point, Peter.

And it sounds like I need to be staying away from these tuesday night SM's for longer than planned
Now now...... You should come out man!

Brandon just unplug the switches for the brake lights.... WHO NEEDS BRAKE LIGHTS ANYWAY!!

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