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    LED Driving lights

    I recently installed some new LED lights on my TW and i thought i would share how i did it. So far im very impressed with the lights, they add so much more visibility vs just the headlight.

    What i ended up buying were the Solstice 10w LED's with the Euro pattern. I bought them from Amazon for $103 each and free shipping.
    Amazon.com: Vision X XIL-S1100 Solstice 2" Square Euro Beam Solo LED Pod Light: Automotive

    To mount them to the bike i bought some brackets from Procycle. They attach to the lower bolts on the triple tree and make for a nice clean installation. They are listed at a DR650 part but they fit the TW perfectly. They cost $9 plus shipping.
    Suzuki DR650 Parts, Accessories, & Performance - ProCycle
    Scroll down to the light section for the brackets.

    I also bought a switch to mount on the bars to control them. I got this one from Twisted Throttle. Its kind of spendy for a switch at $30 but its very nicely put together and waterproof.
    SW-MOTECH Weatherproof On / Off Accessory Switch - TwistedThrottle.com

    To wire them to the bike i had a couple of things in mind that i wanted to accomplish. I did not want to cut any of the factory wires and i also had a desire to switch them on automatically when i had the high beams on and also be able to control them on a switch when im on low beam. I also wanted them to pull power direct off the battery so i would not tax the bikes wires. To do this i needed a few parts. 2 1N 5400 diodes, one single pole single throw relay, a fuse holder, wires and some connectors.

    What i ended up doing electrically was i pulled power from the factory headlight switch for the trigger on the relay. Yamaha was nice enough to put bullet connectors between the switch and the headlight so i was able to pull power from there. I made some pigtails so i didn't have to cut anything and its all easily reversible. From the low beam side i ran my pigtail to the switch, then from the other end of the switch into a diode then into the trigger port on the relay. The high beam side connects to another diode that also connects to the trigger port on the relay. For those that do not know what diodes do they allow current flow only one way, the reason i used them is i have two power sources connected to the same spot on the relay, if i didn't use them i would have both high and low beam whenever the lights were powered which i do not want. The lights are connected to the output terminal on the relay and grounds are tied to the battery. The relay also has a power and a ground and both of these are connected direct to the battery. I tucked and tied the relay behind the headlight. At the battery end i used a 5A fuse and a holder at the battery for the pos lead.

    The end product looks like this. The lights are on whenever the high beams are on and normally off with low beams on. If i hit the switch they are on all the time. So far i am very happy with them and plan to do this to my other TW that my girlfriend rides in the future. If anyone needs pictures and more info i can break it down and take more pics.
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    Very nice install and thanks for the info, that will certainly help folks do the same thing.
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    very clean install
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