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    Junior Member tdubber2006's Avatar
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    headlight over ride

    Hi I have a 2006 Tdub tha I use for elk hinting. Id like to override the headlight switch so that it doesn't drain the battery down. any ideas?

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    Well, what I did was disconnect the low beam at the bullet connector behind the headlight. If I want the headlight, I just turn the switch to high beam. I adjusted the light downward a bit. The TW headlight is not real bright to begin with, so I doubt I would ever blind oncoming vehicles, and since I never ride at night it's not an issue for me anyway. I also disconnected the always on signal lamps. Now I can putter along for hours at low RPMs with the GPS always on and never have a battery drain issue. I just use the headlight on highways and turn it off in the dirt. About as simple as it gets....connect it back up for inspections, if your state has them.
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    Ill check how the previous owner did it to my bike, they installed a switch under the control(signal) panel to shut off the headlight. Good idea so adds more power to accessories, as the previous owner of my bike also install a 12v cig lighter outlet right of the signal box also

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    I threw a small 12v gauge on my bike when I installed my grip heaters. Not exactly your situation but I added to keep an eye on what my accessories were drawing. It was like 4 or 5 bucks on amazon.
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    Thanks Rocky, i'll give it a go. What exactly did you do for the signals?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdubber2006 View Post
    ..... What exactly did you do for the signals?
    The front and rear signal connectors are in the same bundle of wiring behind the headlight. If I remember correctly, it is the rear ones that have three wires. Black is usually ground, so just disconnect one or the other of the colored ones and test to see if the running lights or the turn signal go out, then do the same for the other side. To be on the safe side I taped the male side of the connector and wire tied it all back up. I reduced my draw from about 8 amps to about 3.....never had a problem with battery drain since.
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    9-2-15 tw200 004.JPG9-2-15 tw200 007.JPG So these are some pics I took of what was installed on my bike by previous owner. The 12v acc and the switch, also shown is how they connected the switch to the headlight. The 12v acc is direct to battery. I redid the connections and heat shrinked everything and used dielectric grease on all connection on the whole bike

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