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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-18-2016, 06:16 PM Thread Starter
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Driving lights on constantly

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When I turn the bike on the driving lights come on automatically and only switch off when I turn the ignition off. On my previous bike ( Vulcan Classic 1500) there was a switch on the lights-so could turn off when not required.As I'm almost clueless when it comes to electrical stuff-no I didn't set my Vulcan on fire when I tried to self wire the driving lights-that's pure hearsay !! can anyone point me in the right direction and tell me what I need to do in order to get a toggle switch going.
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Last edited by V2K_Rod; 02-18-2016 at 08:50 PM. Reason: You need to install a relay and switch. Diagram below...
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+1 on V2K_Rod's illustration. Looks more complicated than it is. Identify the hot(power supply)wire. Cut and add an on off switch where you want it.

I have a question though, why turn the driving lights off ....ever? I have three bikes with driving lights on them and I never want them off while I am riding them,EVER! That is why they are there, to make me more visible to everyone ahead of me. The power of three is strong.

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Thanks guys-was hoping no one was going to suggest the relay thing !! TS good point and I do mostly ride with the driving lights on anyway day or night-just wanting an extra option.
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The only time I ever turn mine off on my Voyager is if I'm parked and turn on the radio. If I'm riding they are always on, unless I forget to turn them back on after listening to the stereo when parked.

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Make sure you are all on the same page when he says "driving lights" before answering.
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Driving Lights > Two extra front lights to assist the headlight! One on each side of the headlight!
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Driving Lights > Two extra front lights to assist the headlight! One on each side of the headlight!
Some folks refer to driving lights as passing lights, some refer the integrated signal/running lights as driving lights. It is always wise to be clear.
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Yes they can be used as different things according to the user. Some put yellow lenses on them and run them as fog lamps too.
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I wired my driving/running lights to also come on when the ignition is on. They are small led's mounted on the bottom bolt of the lowers so draw very little power. Used as running lights during day, driving lights at night. Wired to a toggle switch on the bars I can either have them on or low beam- not both. They are on on high beam which is what I usually ride with in daytime. Also replaced headlight globe with H4 to improve chances of being seen.
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