Headlight Trigger Switch

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  1. skidxr

    skidxr Excuses

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    I want to replace the momentary trigger switch that activates the high beam on my 990 ADV with an on/off switch. So I can trigger it and have the high and low beam stay on without holding the switch down.

    Has anyone already done this? If so, what switch did you use?

    Thanks...
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  2. spafxer

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    What's that rocker switch do right behind it ? :confused
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  3. skidxr

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    Behind the rocker is a spring and 2 contacts. When you press the rocker switch it compresses a spring and closes the gap between the contacts. I would like it to be a button you press to turn on and press to turn off. But I would like it to look factory so I'm wondering if anyone has found a nice switch that fits in the factory hole.
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    I think he's asking, wtf is wrong with just using the rocker?
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  5. skidxr

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    So I can trigger it and have the high and low beam stay on without holding the switch down.
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  6. spafxer

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    Well since I have to ask, maybe I just don't get it....

    When I pull the "trigger" I can flash the high beam (usually in conjunction with the horn button) to tell some offending cager he's trying to kill me.. :eek1

    I've driven in Europe and I think this "trigger" to flash the high beam is a polite way of asking a slower driver to move over so I can safely pass. Works pretty damn well too. Americans mostly go road rage if you try that here. :lol3

    If I want the high and low beam to "stay on" I just move the rocker switch to high beam.... Of course I do have the Euro headlight with seperate hi/lo bulbs.

    So, you've said hi/lo staying on twice and we stiil don't understand why. The bike has that capabilty already.

    What you are asking for is the momentary switch to trigger a latching relay. Or changing the momentary switch to a single throw switch. Possible, but why?

    Just trying to understand. :ear
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  7. jclark83

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    Will the stock wiring harness and relay set-up handle the extra load of continuously running both sides of the bulb? You may be inviting a wiring harness failure.
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    Motomedic Over-caffienated Raconteur

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    Having the Hi and Lo beams on at the same time would equate to 115 watts of light coming out. I've upgraded everything behind the bulb and run a 85/110 watt bulb, so yes the charging system will handle it (14.2 volts when it's on high beam, 14.4-5 without).

    Use a relay kit to supply full voltage to the lights with larger wires, use the stock headlight wires to control it all, install a higher wattage bulb and off ya go. You can buy a 55/100 watt bulb if you want to retain a "legal" lo beam yet have more light at night. Much easier than trying to wire in a latching relay to add the hi beam occasionally.

    My flash-to-pass is hooked to a latching relay controlling my auxiliary lights, incidentally. :D
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    Will a two filament bulb stand the heat generated by running both elements at the same time?
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    I'd wire a relay that is triggered by the high beam and would light up the low beam.

    This way, when on the high beam, you would have both lit up and you're sure not to surcharge the switch or anything and it's really simple to wire up.

    I'm sure an H4 bulb will survive having both filament lit as I've been running it this way on my daily driver. Only potential problem I see is the reflector which may suffer but anyways, you don't stay parked on the high beam all night, when you run on the high beam, the headlight is in the wind.
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    Get the Euro Headlight and not have to worry about it. They are both on when in the High Beam mode.
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    Wire the low beam to the rear light wiring, it's there on the light switch/loom plug :)
    Simple!
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    That's
    A good idea.. Thanks To all of you for the help.
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    Thanks! I've been looking for just this item to turn off the high beam & aux lighting together quickly for oncoming traffic at night.

    Cheers! :freaky
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