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    Re: [How-To] Make your own warning-lights (AKA Hazard Lights)

    This looks good

    I'm off to get a switch and some wire and have a go at the weekend..

    Progress report to follow

    DC

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    Re: [How-To] Make your own warning-lights (AKA Hazard Lights)

    Quote Originally Posted by mongrel43 View Post
    2. Does the relay take the load? By doing this you are doubling the amperage to the flasher relay from about 4 to 7+ amps? It must be Ok because your setup seems to work fine. i am guessing thta the relay is probably rated for about 10 amps, but i am not sure.
    I'm considering doing this mod so I thought I'd work out just how close this is to overloading things.
    Disclaimer: I haven't actually tested this, it's all just theory so feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.

    Not entirely sure on the US spec birds, but the Euro (and Aus) spec birds are as follows:
    The front and rear turn signals, brake lights (NOT including tail lights), horn, and 'passing' switch (where fitted) are all on the same fuse.
    This is a 10 Amp fuse.

    The 'passing' switch is just used to trigger a relay so current draw should be minimal.

    Turn signal and brake light bulbs are 21 Watts each.
    4 x turn signals + 2 x brake lights = 126 Watts.
    So there is about 9 Amps (Assuming 13.5V present. Watts/Volts=Amps).

    I'm not sure what the horn draws but if it is over 9 Watts (which I imagine it is) you could be in for some trouble under certain cirumstances.
    E.G. If you have your 'hazard lights' on AND your brake lights AND you sound your horn, you'll possibly overload it and blow the fuse.

    Remember, this is all assuming 13.5 volts.
    If your engine is off and your battery is a little low (12.5 volts), just the Hazard lights and brake lights might be enough to blow the fuse.


    It's still a useful mod, and I'll still be doing it on my bird, but this is just something to consider before doing the mod.

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    Re: [How-To] Make your own warning-lights (AKA Hazard Lights)

    Quote Originally Posted by YO-XX View Post
    I made my own warning-lights. I choose for removing the little side-panels and the screen. The screen for more working-space


    thanx to Evelakes for his idea and heisti for explaining how to place the pixies.
    Hey YO. This is great. Have you posted this on the SA site yet? [Have not checked yet?]
    Dress to Slide before you Ride

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    Re: [How-To] Make your own warning-lights (AKA Hazard Lights)

    Thanks for this tip.

    I tried it on my '97 last weekend and has worked beautfully.

    Thanks for all the tips. Great site.

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    Re: [How-To] Make your own warning-lights (AKA Hazard Lights)

    Good Tip, Here's another tip for hazards. I used this one as i didn't see the one described before. They are both very good tips. i found this a couple years ago i think. works well and less to do for time savings.


    While at Hot Springs I had a few people ask me how I wired up my 4 way flashers. Rather than a long technical explanation I decided to draw the diagram and point out the hook up points.

    This entire project took all of 1 hour to install including drilling the hole for the switch. I placed my switch on the top of the left side cover of my Road Star. Total cost for parts is about $13.00


    Refer to the Diagram:


    One side of the fuse holder goes to the POSITIVE side of the battery.

    The other side goes to the Flasher can, the NON-load side of the flasher .

    The other terminal on the flasher, the LOAD (L) side, goes to one set of switch leads which are jumped together upon the Double Pole Single Throw switch (DPST)

    The other switch leads get tapped into the wiring that is going into the rear fender. (These wires can be seen with the seat removed and they are just behind the battery on the left-hand side.)


    One wire is tapped into the Chocolate wire, (brown-Left), the other is tapped into the Dark Green wire, (Right).
    The flashers should be operational now.

    (Remember since they are wired into the Positive side of the battery, they are unaffected by the Ignition switch. They will remain on with key turned to off position. If left on for extended periods of time you will drain the battery.)



    note: I just remove the fuse when i'm not riding.








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    Last edited by lexxus; 06-23-2011 at 7:29 PM.

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    Re: [How-To] Make your own warning-lights (AKA Hazard Lights)

    I must say this was the fastest mod ive ever done Well said and done Sir. The wiring tucked in just fine witout any visible wires. Just one question that I had.. How do i get the lights to flash brighter as they tend to go dim when the hazards are engaged. I do understand it needs a new flash relay but i wasnt able to source the right relay that fits on the bird. I ended up gettin a led flash relay by mistake.

    Any help as to where I cud find a suitable relay in and around melbourne?

    Thanks heaps
    Prasad

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    Re: [How-To] Make your own warning-lights (AKA Hazard Lights)

    I want to do this mod. My 2002 has three wires on each side: the green wire on the plug type and then there are two wires in the harness type connector (either blue and blue w/ white stripe on the right side or orange and orange w/ white stripe for the left side). Which wires need to be connected on this wiring set up?I am guessing for later models, they may have split the wires since the front mirror lights are on all the time like the headlight. In this type of wire set up, which wires need to be connected for hazard duty?Thanks.

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    Re: [How-To] Make your own warning-lights (AKA Hazard Lights)

    If you're using the OP's method, do you just tap the front indicators (positive wire for the left and same for the right) and then once bridged by the switch (in the on position)this gives hazard lights on all four indicator? Or does this just work for the fronts. To be honest even front only would be good enough as I want this for filtering.

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    Re: [How-To] Make your own warning-lights (AKA Hazard Lights)

    Just thinking...I guess it makes sense for front and rear to be on the same positive circuit.

    I like

    Thanks

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    Re: [How-To] Make your own warning-lights (AKA Hazard Lights)

    all 4 indicators will work cause its one circuit.

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    Re: [How-To] Make your own warning-lights (AKA Hazard Lights)

    Figured it out using my light tester. The striped wires are for the "parking lights" (full time front amber lights as long as key is in on position). The solid blue and solid orange are the wires that work with the turn signal indicator. I tapped into those wires and it works like a charm. Thanks. This is a great mod for those wanting the additional security of hazard lights in case you need to pull over on the road.

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    Edit: I added the pictures. Also, because the striped wires are the full time power for parking light (DRL function), I guess you could disconnect these and therefore you will only get the turn signal function in the front lights. This was suggested by John (bike bits) who recommended placing electrical tape on one of the contact points in the bulb to cut off the full time light funnction. Benefits are less draw on power, more noticeable turn signal and hazard.
    Last edited by MDRSK; 09-14-2013 at 2:28 PM.


 

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