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Aux Lights - Upper Fork Mounting

I just ordered some auxiliary lights and thinking about where I'd like to mount them. One option is the SW Motech mounts, but they're spendy, although probably worth it as they make quality stuff.

I'd really like to mount them to the upper forks, or maybe even the triple tree somehow. Has anyone done this or have suggestions of where to go for fork mounts?

I don't want them low where the side reflectors are and don't want them sticking out from the fairing too exposed like some have done.

These are the lights I ended up going with after much deliberation. They have excellent reviews, 25 degree spread, and the price was right.

2011 Imperial Red
Givi V46 / V35's SW Motech mounts
Skidmarx hugger Moto Werks bar riser
Mondo Motors LED Driving Lights
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Twisted Throttle sells some mounts that go right under the fairing sort of tucked in there. I put them on my bike and they are awesome. If you have an accessory relay on your bike the mounts make it very easy to put lights on the mounts. They are a bit spendy but are extremely well built and easy to install. Hopefully this helps.
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I did 2 stainless steel u bolt clamps and 3 pieces of angle aluminium
the light is a 18w 6 led light

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AZPI0NE/ref=oh_details_o01_s00_i01?ie=UTF8&psc=1
connected it to the running lights through a power block for the rest of my accessories.

I also have these for the running lights

http://www.amazon.com/Philips-129666000KX2-XtremeVision-Interior-Exterior/dp/B009NOZ4RI/ref=sr_1_23?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1401124784&sr=1-23
and this for the low beam headlight

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004ZF31PC/ref=oh_details_o02_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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I have since replaced the ss pipe clamp with just another zip tie.



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+1 for pipe clamps. Not pretty if that matters. Functional & cheap. To me the headlight/lights should follow where you turn your bars anyway.

Just be careful that you mount them up high enough so the fender doesn't bang into the lights or mounts (don't ask how I learned that lesson )

Also, recommend you get aux lights that don't look like your signals or are not so bright that they wash out you signals. I was told by folks that they could not tell when my signal was on so I changed the 55W bulbs in my aux lights to 35W.
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+1 for pipe clamps. Not pretty if that matters. Functional & cheap. To me the headlight/lights should follow where you turn your bars anyway.

Just be careful that you mount them up high enough so the fender doesn't bang into the lights or mounts (don't ask how I learned that lesson )

Also, recommend you get aux lights that don't look like your signals or are not so bright that they wash out you signals. I was told by folks that they could not tell when my signal was on so I changed the 55W bulbs in my aux lights to 35W.
Good point BUT where did you get the 35W bulbs at? I have a small pair of driving light that use the 55W H7 or H3 bulbs, I'll have to look. But I worry that they and the rest of the stuff will draw to much if I run 55W bulbs.

Or was that look THEN leap?
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Good point BUT where did you get the 35W bulbs at? I have a small pair of driving light that use the 55W H7 or H3 bulbs, I'll have to look. But I worry that they and the rest of the stuff will draw to much if I run 55W bulbs.
I don't recall. Google found them for me.
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Got these LEDs from Princess Auto. From what I am told it is like the US's Harbour Freight. $30 each. I used a set of hand guard mounts bolted to my crashbars... So far so good.

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Got these LEDs from Princess Auto. From what I am told it is like the US's Harbour Freight. $30 each. I used a set of hand guard mounts bolted to my crashbars... So far so good.

Looking at your photo, do the Hand guards hit your windshield when you turn the bars?
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not permanent as it is too close to the tank.


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Looking at your photo, do the Hand guards hit your windshield when you turn the bars?
Good eye. This is an older pic. The hand guards hit hard. In fact, to lock the steering, I had to bend the Givi windshield. It just barely touches with Motowerk risers... but it still hits.
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