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    I'd like to install a master switch that shuts off all lights on the bike (front, rear, blinkers, etc.). I have a ranch and use nighvision goggles so don't need the light, but it spooks the animals. Any thoughts on how this could be accomplished? Is it as simple as tapping into the wiring harness as it ends near the battery? ANyone else done something like this?



    It's a 2009 TW.



    thanks

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    Mine is a 1989 model... I can just turn the key off to kill all lights and it stays running (off-switch is the only way to shut off the motor)... I assumed this was normal? Maybe not? Maybe the newer models don't do this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by darnold87 View Post
    Mine is a 1989 model... I can just turn the key off to kill all lights and it stays running (off-switch is the only way to shut off the motor)... I assumed this was normal? Maybe not? Maybe the newer models don't do this?


    I have an 89 as well but if I turn the key off the entire bike goes off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by assquatch20 View Post
    I have an 89 as well but if I turn the key off the entire bike goes off.


    I guess mine is just 'special'...

    I figured something was not right... you can kick start it without the key too. So I have to always remember to lock the handlebars for security.
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    so any ideas on how to do this?



    thanks

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    Unless somebody's done it, you've got to get out the wiring diagram for your year and trace it out to find if there's one common point for the lights, then break it there and put in a switch.



    However, I would imagine there is at least:



    -one circuit for headlight and taillight

    -one circuit for turn signals

    -one circuit for brake light

    -one circuit for 'dash' light



    Mike

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    If you turn the headlight socket a quarter turn and reattach it to the light the regular headlight switch will give you a crappy low beam and a shutoff, instead of low/hi. That's how mine was set up when I bought it, assume they were trying to save battery power.

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    Quote Originally Posted by georgeDubya View Post
    I'd like to install a master switch that shuts off all lights on the bike (front, rear, blinkers, etc.). I have a ranch and use nighvision goggles so don't need the light, but it spooks the animals. Any thoughts on how this could be accomplished? Is it as simple as tapping into the wiring harness as it ends near the battery? ANyone else done something like this?



    It's a 2009 TW.



    thanks


    Get a maintenance manual for the TW.



    But-if you go to the wires coming out of the alternator you will see that there are two outputs; one for the ignition and another for the other electrical power-if you trace this one back to the key it should be obvious where to place a switch.



    This way the key is on, the ignition works and the rest of the electrical system is OFF. Again easier to see and do with a schematic from the maintenance manual.



    Good luck.



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    You can always get a handlebar on/off switch in series with the low beam cable, so you can turn off the front light, which is the one that draws more watts anyway.







    http://www.easternbeaver.com/Main/El.../switches.html



    My only concern with adding a switch for all lights would be to make sure that it can handle the amps when it is in the ON position. It probably needs to be able to handle 8+ amps to be on the safe side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boret View Post
    You can always get a handlebar on/off switch in series with the low beam cable, so you can turn off the front light, which is the one that draws more watts anyway.







    http://www.easternbeaver.com/Main/El.../switches.html



    My only concern with adding a switch for all lights would be to make sure that it can handle the amps when it is in the ON position. It probably needs to be able to handle 8+ amps to be on the safe side.


    thanks, that's a great idea, love that switch. I was going to go with the cheap radio shack variety. I can probably use this switch combined with a break in the line from the battery to all the lights. I'll put my volt meter to that line and turn all the lights on at the same time and check amperage.

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