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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-15-2010, 04:23 PM Thread Starter
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Electrical ? on light bar.

I have a 2008 Vn 900 classic, when I bought it already had a Show Chrome 2 3/8 in. Contour Driving light kit on it. The person who installed it didn't pay very much attention to having clearance for the switch that was put on the left side cover on the side of the motor and when you put the cove on the switch hits the mounting bracket for the cover. I have replaced the switch once because of it hitting and the vibration the switch shorted out. When I put the new switch on I wraped it the best I could with elec. tape so this wouldn't happen again. Anyway somethings wrong again. Before I replace the switch again I need to know what amp fuse should be in the inline fuse holder for this light (couldn't read the original)? Also I would like to know what the relay is for, for this light. Is this relay really needed? Could the light just be wired with an inline fuse on the power source before the switch to the light? I have many years of ac electircal (industrial) experience, but very little dc 12 volt. But any help anyone could give me would be great. And I would be very grateful!! Thanks
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-15-2010, 04:53 PM
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Should be 10a fuse and the relay is needed to keep lights from drawing to much juice. you can find diagram of wiring on gadget page. hope this helps

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The relay is only needed if you want it to come on with the lights,& or more important is to shut off when you shut off the bike.This way you don't draw the power on the same line as the lights just use it to switch relay.You could just have a toggle just have to turn it off all the time.I have mine like Gadgets with no toggle


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Thanks for the info. I haven't dug into trying to find out what is wrong yet. When my recent problem with this light started I had shut the bike off (the driving lights don't come on until the bike is running) At work and started to walk into work and remembered that I had forgotten my keys and walked back to my bike and the driving lights were on. I tried to turn them off with the switch and they stayed on (key not on). I then started the bike up and moved it to where I had better light to look at it. I turned the light off with the switch (they went off) parked the bike, they came back on then went off again. I shut the bike off and tried to turn the driving lights on, they didn't. That afternoon, after work I took the side cover off where the switch is to see if I could see anything, turned the light on and off a few times and the fuse blew. I'll start with checking the switch with my meter and try to find a new relay some place.Thanks!
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