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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old Dec 14th, 2005, 8:01 am Thread Starter
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Where to fit auxiliary lighting switch?

Hello All,

I need to fit a single pole switch somewhere to separately control additional front lights via a relay. Preferably somewhere easy & comfortable to reach whilst riding.

I didn't think this would be a big problem, but there's hardly any space on the stock bars. What do you guys do to fit an extra switchable light? are you using small switches, what type and where do you put them? I'm only contemplating one switch and want to avoid fitting a panel in the cockpit area. There are no unused BMW switches. I don't think using the nice & handy kill switch is a good idea! Thanks



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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old Dec 14th, 2005, 8:07 am
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On my bike I could not decide where I wanted to put another switch and indicator light, so I bought a device called the autoswitch. It uses the turn signal cancel button to turn on and turn off the aux lights. It was very easy to wire into the system. I have never had an issue with it and it kept the look of the bike from getting cluttered. I bought it at cyclegadgets.

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Howard is right on this......I installed mine and use it to turn my fog lights on. There are several places to make the purchase....here is one.

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Ok, go out and sit on the bike.

Now, lean way forward and look for the front fairing support piece located down below the instrument cluster. there are three large holes that can be used for mounting switches. almost totally out of sight. And you can still see an indicator light if you lean forward.

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post #5 of 14 (permalink) Old Dec 14th, 2005, 10:12 am
 
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I fit one into the plastic on the left side...all it took was a tiny hole. Worked out great for me.

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Thanks all so far. I'd always considered the plate with 3 holes for switch panel controls or power outlet I might not use much when riding, but since I raised my bars and sit more upright, that area's not so comfy to get to now.

I had a good look at the stock bar 'stubbs' and it may be possible to fit something small and weatherproof there, but the turn cancel auto switch looks good. If I can't source one in UK at that reasonable price, I can make one with a 555 timer.



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post #7 of 14 (permalink) Old Dec 14th, 2005, 11:49 am
 
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Voxmagana - can get Autoswitch in UK for £15 from NippyNormans http://www.nippynormans.com/
Just about to fit one to my K1200RS so hope it is as easy as others suggest!
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I too use the AUTOSWITCH. It's invisible, waterproof and trouble free!
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I also recommend the autoswitch. Totally transparent installation...
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Thanks Rolf and others, I couldn't make an autoswitch for the price so I've just ordered one.



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