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Old 12-25-2012, 08:26 PM   #2956
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Someone mentioned light bar plans in a similar thread recently so I thought I'd post. I just got Sanjoh's lights last week and can't wait to try them out. Man..those Model 60's look awesome!

I used scrap aluminum flat bar I had in the shop, but a 1/4" x 1-1/2" x 24" pc can be purchased for less than $10(ebay has plenty of stock or local hardware store). The rest of the hardware ran me a little over $8(M6 bolts/1/4" alum tube for standoffs/etc.). For those not used to working with aluminum, I used my cordless grinder to cut/shape and then bench top sander to finesse. My cousin has the same bike and just spent $100 on the 'GS' light bar from Turkey, but I like the character/sturdiness of this one.











Nice work! One question: Why not use a single bar that is longer and mount the lights below it? The bar would be stronger, and simpler, and the lights would work the same.

BTW I have made a similar light bar for the 1100:




I'm going to make a bar for the R1200GS with a friend. I will post it here.

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Old 12-26-2012, 12:00 AM   #2957
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I'm going to make a bar for the R1200GS with a friend. I will post it here.
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Good. I've got a GSA and really don't want to mount the aux lights to the crash bars - and I'm thinking the higher the better. So I am all ears on how this is going to work and if it will be adaptable to the GSA.

In my case I've got an aluminum plate underneath the beak that already holds my HID ballasts and my radiator fan for hot and slow days - that space is pretty much already taken up; to the point that I'm doubtful that a light bar will work with what area I have left. But I'm game to see it for sure, and other ideas too.

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Old 12-26-2012, 04:51 AM   #2958
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Jim - I'm still wet behind the ears with the gs. I originally thought I might need additional lights(spots/floods) down the road and would do an over/under scenario. I didn't want the over lights to be too close to the turn signals. That was before I found the ADVmonster Model 60s. They handle it all. This one is surprisingly sturdy, but I'm with you, the straight bar would probably be best way to go.

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Nice work! One question: Why not use a single bar that is longer and mount the lights below it? The bar would be stronger, and simpler, and the lights would work the same.

BTW I have made a similar light bar for the 1100:




I'm going to make a bar for the R1200GS with a friend. I will post it here.

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Old 12-26-2012, 08:32 AM   #2959
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Good. I've got a GSA and really don't want to mount the aux lights to the crash bars - and I'm thinking the higher the better. So I am all ears on how this is going to work and if it will be adaptable to the GSA.

In my case I've got an aluminum plate underneath the beak that already holds my HID ballasts and my radiator fan for hot and slow days - that space is pretty much already taken up; to the point that I'm doubtful that a light bar will work with what area I have left. But I'm game to see it for sure, and other ideas too.
On the GSA with the factory uppers there is no room for a bar. You can, however, attach them like I did some Kristas to a friend's GSA. Just use bar clamps and position them where you want right off the GSA upper bars. His has the stock fogs as well. I'll see if I can round up a photo or two.

Edit, here is what I have now.



Maybe better later.

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Old 12-26-2012, 02:54 PM   #2960
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I hit Google hard last night searching on mounting alternatives for aux lighting situations on the GSA.

One of the hits was from here, which is interesting; R1200GS/GSA Hi-Mount Light Brackets

I like how these are mounted high and forward; not exactly sold on this yet - but good for discussion and another example or idea.

Here's a picture:

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Old 12-26-2012, 03:37 PM   #2961
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Here are a couple better GSA shots:






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Old 12-26-2012, 03:53 PM   #2962
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And with thanks to JVB's most excellent install, some available light patterns:

HID low:


HID/OEM fogs:


HID/Kristas (low power):


HID/OEM fogs/Kristas (low power):


HID Low/High beams/OEM fogs/Kristas full blast:
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Old 12-26-2012, 04:52 PM   #2963
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I hit Google hard last night searching on mounting alternatives for aux lighting situations on the GSA.

One of the hits was from here, which is interesting; R1200GS/GSA Hi-Mount Light Brackets

I like how these are mounted high and forward; not exactly sold on this yet - but good for discussion and another example or idea.

Here's a picture:

I really like those, but it appears they're no longer in business.
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Old 12-26-2012, 05:25 PM   #2964
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I really like those, but it appears they're no longer in business.
Yea... the previous links were no longer valid, but I PM'd the guy to see if he had a few left. I'll let you know if I get a response.

Here's the front:



This shouldn't be too hard to make - the only thing that worries me now is how to make them adjustable enough to be truly useful.

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Old 12-26-2012, 07:10 PM   #2965
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And with thanks to JVB's most excellent install, some available light patterns:


HID Low/High beams/OEM fogs/Kristas full blast:

Hey,

How is the wine fridge?

Jim

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Old 12-26-2012, 10:43 PM   #2966
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Doing very well, I just need to wire it into the fuze block. . ..
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Old 12-27-2012, 09:36 AM   #2967
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Doing very well, I just need to wire it into the fuze block. . ..
That should make the "100 THREADS all GS/GSA owners should read." thread...

Top ten anyway...
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Old 12-27-2012, 01:05 PM   #2968
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Just ordered two Model 44's. I'm getting all the electrics done at once on my Versys.

ADVmonster lights
OEM heated grips
Fuzeblock
Stebel Horn
Hardwire the Garmin GPS.

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Old 12-31-2012, 09:51 AM   #2969
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Just ordered two Model 44's. I'm getting all the electrics done at once on my Versys.

ADVmonster lights
OEM heated grips
Fuzeblock
Stebel Horn
Hardwire the Garmin GPS.

Thanks for your business!

Sounds like you will have quite the adventure setup. The Kawi Parallel twins rock
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Old 01-04-2013, 06:42 AM   #2970
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Anyone put one of these units inside a headlight shell? Would enclosing it shorten its life? What about with the extra heat of a headlight bulb or projector light all in the same small space?
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