Headlight hookup help needed.

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by Michelangelo, Jan 3, 2012.

  1. Michelangelo

    Michelangelo 2 wheel rider...anytime..

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    Never like to assume so...FIRST: Just want to confirm that the solid green wires on the Jap bikes are usually grounds? :hung

    I have an 1987 Super Magna and I'm fitting an aftermarket headlight. The aftermarket light has a main hi/lo beam bulb with 3 wires (white, blue, green) just like the stock 3 prong plug. It also has what looks like a 2nd small running light/incandescent bulb. It has a brown w/white stripe and green wire.

    I'm thinking I hook it's hi/lo beam bulb wires right up to the stock 3 prong. And the 2nd running light/incandescent bulb: hook the green wire up with the other green wire to the 3 prong green. But what do I do with the brown w/white stripe?

    Guessing it's a power. Can't I just hook it to the 12v wire in the 3 prong connector also?

    HEATED GRIP QUESTIONS: Would it also be ok to hook my heated grips' 12v power wire up to the headlight prong 12v? Yes my grip kit comes with an inline fuse.
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  2. Rakthi

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    That second small bulb with separate wires is the parking light mandatory in Europe, Japan etc. Wouldn't bother to hook that up if I were you. It would probably hook up to the accessory wiring.
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  3. Michelangelo

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    gotcha. Yeah I remember my Triumph T595 having the same small auxillary bulb. What do you mean by hooking it up to an accesory wire? Is "accessory wire" that a general term or specific?
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  4. Rakthi

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    With accessory wire I mean the wire that is hot when the key is in Accessory position. My BMWs had a position in which you could remove the key and only the parking lights front and rear would work, same for my Harley. You might have a connection for that parking light under the tank or near the steering head. I don't think they would make a special wiring harness just for the US. But then, what do I know...
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  5. Michelangelo

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    ok i got you now. I'll look for a wire that has power when ACC is on the ignition and none when it's not on.
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