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    Junior Member Lauro13's Avatar
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    Hopefully the pic link works. I got a side mounted light and some cafe style fork brackets but once I put everything together realized that the forks are too wide and the light too narrow and while I could have put spacers and made it work it looked a bit weird. I compromised and mounted the brackets to the stock brackets and once I remove the turn signals and the speedo I'll take both brackets to a body shop and weld and cut them into one cleaner piece. For now it will stay as is. If anybody knows, the light bucket has a small extra bulb in it with two wires running out. Am i wrong in assuming I connect this light to the bright indicator wires? it seems right but the light is on the lower part of the bucket while the blue indicator light is on the top side of the bucket.

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    The little white light is called a "City Light". It's a Euro thing. Connect it, er don't.



    The blue light is your high beam indicator. You don't need it if you plan to keep the stock light panel. The hole for the lens makes a dandy spot for a headlight cutoff switch if you don't need the light.



    The universal cafe brackets are stouter than you'd think. You might give them another shot.



    Here's how I dealt with the stagger. I put the brackets in a sheet metal brake and squared both sides off identically between the first and second holes. It's been on there nearly four years now and I don't exactly baby this bike. This is an early Goldwing light, probably at least as heavy as yours. You can't see them but there are o-rings under the brackets to protect the chrome on the forks and cut down on vibration. I recomend putting something in there to keep them from eating bulbs. My first solution was just a section of bicycle tire. Worked fine:







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    I tried attaching them to the forks but they looked kind of weird all bent in though they look good on your bike. The cut off switch is a cool idea and it made me realize that if I drill a few more holes in the bucket I might be able to mount the rest of the dash dummy lights that way. I'm in the process of figuring the entire build and it's a bit overwhelming cause other than a good eye, my fabricating skill and tools are pretty dismall.

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    Zackly. Back in the pre-turnsignal-mandate days that's how most bikes rolled. The main headlight switch, "Gen." light and high beam indicator were all in the headlight housing.



    I'd have done it myself but I sometimes use an above-the-headlight rack and have a fork-mounted rifle scabbard in the way of seeing the lights or reaching the switch.



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