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Old 07-09-2013, 09:45 AM   #3436
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Relays?

I've installed 2sets of model 60s 1 set of 40s on three separate bikes...I didn't use a relay on any. Do you need a relay? Mine work great without...15 k on the GS...even more on the KLR and nearly 6k on the Husquvarna TR..it has the rotary dimmer the GS has the key fob.
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Old 07-09-2013, 09:48 AM   #3437
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I've installed 2sets of model 60s 1 set of 40s on three separate bikes...I didn't use a relay on any. Do you need a relay? Mine work great without...15 k on the GS...even more on the KLR and nearly 6k on the Husquvarna TR..it has the rotary dimmer the GS has the key fob.
Need? Probably not. Especially not with the draw from LEDs. I've just gotten into dinking around with electrical stuff lately, and I've got room under the seat on the big Vee for things like relays. Plus it's a trendy thing on ADV these days, having relays...
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Old 07-09-2013, 09:52 AM   #3438
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Use a relay if your amp draw will exceed the rating for the switch you are using. 1 or 2 LED lights, even model 60's, would be fine without one on their own separate circuit. But, if you have them wired to come on with a halogen or HID high beam for example, then you will probably want one. Even the cheapest bar mount switches will handle 5-7 amps.
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Old 07-09-2013, 11:32 AM   #3439
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After riding through the back roads of New Hampshire at night, and expecting to do a little more night riding this season, I decided to upgrade the lighting on my Vstrom. Just ordered two model 44's, the dimmer switch, a couple of crash bar mounts, and a couple of waterproof connectors. Can't wait to get 'em all wired up.

You should stock and sell relays on your website as well... save me a trip to the parts store!
Then the KLR guys would complain they are 30 cents higher than at AutoZone
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Old 07-10-2013, 04:46 AM   #3440
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After riding through the back roads of New Hampshire at night, and expecting to do a little more night riding this season, I decided to upgrade the lighting on my Vstrom. Just ordered two model 44's, the dimmer switch, a couple of crash bar mounts, and a couple of waterproof connectors. Can't wait to get 'em all wired up.

You should stock and sell relays on your website as well... save me a trip to the parts store!
Thanks for your business!

I am just finishing installing lights on my new to me Vstrom. Let me know if you have any questions.
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Old 07-10-2013, 05:32 AM   #3441
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Thanks for your business!

I am just finishing installing lights on my new to me Vstrom. Let me know if you have any questions.
Yeah...where'd you mount 'em? I'm trying to find a place to put 'em that won't cause any damage when my Vstrom takes naps. I ordered the crash bar mounts... I don't think there's enough room to mount them inside the crash bars, but I'm thinking if I hang them off the front of the bars maybe they'll be protected and also not damage the fairing?
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Old 07-10-2013, 05:38 AM   #3442
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Yeah...where'd you mount 'em? I'm trying to find a place to put 'em that won't cause any damage when my Vstrom takes naps. I ordered the crash bar mounts... I don't think there's enough room to mount them inside the crash bars, but I'm thinking if I hang them off the front of the bars maybe they'll be protected and also not damage the fairing?
Mounted em on the front fender bolt. Routed wire up the brake line.

Other mounting options: Reflector bracket on lower fork, twisted throttle light mount under the fairing



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Old 07-10-2013, 06:37 AM   #3443
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I love the 60's as headlights on the DR with the Dual Sport Fairing. Thinking of the 44's for the FJR as aux lights. Have to figure where to mount them, and the switch.
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Old 07-10-2013, 06:57 AM   #3444
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Make a plate that sandwiches between the mirror and fairing. Gets them nice and high and able to really throw the light down the road.




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Old 07-10-2013, 09:32 AM   #3445
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I love the 60's as headlights on the DR with the Dual Sport Fairing. Thinking of the 44's for the FJR as aux lights. Have to figure where to mount them, and the switch.
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Old 07-11-2013, 05:35 AM   #3446
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Mounted em on the front fender bolt. Routed wire up the brake line.

Other mounting options: Reflector bracket on lower fork, twisted throttle light mount under the fairing


I like the location of the fender bolt, but I worry that's a spot that'll hit the ground when my Vee gets sleepy. The Twisted Throttle bracket is probably the most protected, but I don't like that the lights are so close to the headlights.

My lights got delivered this morning according to the tracking (woohoo - wicked fast service!) so I'll play around with the crash bar mounting and see if I can come up with something tonight.
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Old 07-11-2013, 01:40 PM   #3447
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I like the location of the fender bolt, but I worry that's a spot that'll hit the ground when my Vee gets sleepy. The Twisted Throttle bracket is probably the most protected, but I don't like that the lights are so close to the headlights.

My lights got delivered this morning according to the tracking (woohoo - wicked fast service!) so I'll play around with the crash bar mounting and see if I can come up with something tonight.
In general, the closer to the centerline of the bike, the more protection lights will have. I don't think the fender mounted lights are in jeopardy.

The twisted throttle mount is reasonably priced steel. It mounts to the fairing subframe so it has some rigidity.
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Old 07-12-2013, 04:51 AM   #3448
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For now I used the ADVMonster crash bar mounts. I tried to get 'em tucked in close, but I think they're still vulnerable. If I get a chance this weekend I'll tip my bike over and test 'em.







Ignore the messy garage. I share it with my neighbor/landlord...the side with all the stuff piled in it is his. The lights also highlight how tweaked my crash bars are!

I put the switch on my dash:


They look awesome. WICKED bright, even on the lowest setting on the dial. Can't wait to try them at night. Easy install.

A couple of gripes... I wish the crash bar mounts had come with hardware to attach the lights to the crash bar mounts. I didn't feel like going to the hardware store, so for now I used what I had laying around, but bolts were a little long, so I'll have to buy some hardware and re-do it. I also wish the leads on the lights were around 6" longer so I could run the wires in a different way. I wish the switch had some sort of double-stick stuff on the back (I had some tape, but would be nice), and I wish the high beam signal wire had a spot in it where you could unplug it like all the other leads have, in case you need to move the switch (where I positapped into the high beam is kind of hard to reach).

All that being said, I'm very happy with the lights and don't regret ordering from ADVMonster. If I'd have wanted something that was all set up to just bolt on, plug in and go, I could have spent $400 or $500 or $650 for a v-strom specific kit and still not had as much light.

If you look close, you'll notice I flipped the mount on the light that they don't stick out as far forward from the crash bar. I like how everything was pretty plug-and-play... I expected to have to wire the lights to the switch, but they were all ready set up with plugs. The only wiring I had to do was the + and - switched line (which was wicked easy all ready due to a fuse box with built-in relay from Eastern Beaver). I also like how after I got everything set up and I turned the lights on and stepped back to take a look, they left me seeing spots even at around 20%, and in full daylight

Sanjoh got 'em shipped out lickety split.. I think I saw the tracking notification email within an hour or two of ordering, and they were on my doorstep in 48 hours. I'm an instant-gratification type guy, so that made me pretty happy!
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Old 07-13-2013, 06:46 AM   #3449
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Nice installation zeeede! Thanks for the feedback.

How do you like the MRA scree? Just rode 11 hrs with the givi that came on the bike, feel like I just crawled out of a clothes dryer
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Old 07-15-2013, 05:33 AM   #3450
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Nice installation zeeede! Thanks for the feedback.

How do you like the MRA scree? Just rode 11 hrs with the givi that came on the bike, feel like I just crawled out of a clothes dryer
The MRA screen is better than stock...that's about all I can say about it. I got it for free from a riding buddy. I'm pretty tall, so I still can't get the turbulance to go up over the top of my head with it. The best I can do is get it to hit me just above the visor on my helmet, so at least I don't get smattered with bugs at night. Still a lot of turbulance though.

Do you have a madstad bracket with the Givi screen? A lot of the guys over at the stromtrooper forum think that's the ideal setup. Also, I found that mirror wideners helped a bit with the buffeting too. I think a lot of the turbulance actually comes off those giant square mirrors.

All that being said, I still wear ear plugs!
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