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Any creative ideas for Auxiliary switch on the bars?

I am researching a set of auxiliary lights for the V, and I am just wondering if anyone has a creative way to get the switch onto the bars close enough for a thumb to activate - preferably the left side.

I know I could wire them into the high beams, or mount a switch on the dash, but I want to be able to control when they are on (for city driving), and I hate having to take a hand off the bars while reaching for switches - especially if I need to flash them a couple of times.

Any help on how you have wired your lights would be appreciated, before I go out and try to build some ugly looking bracket!

(I've looked at some of the low-priced handle bar switches, but the way the V is laid out, there is no way to get one of them close to my thumb.)

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I am researching a set of auxiliary lights for the V, and I am just wondering if anyone has a creative way to get the switch onto the bars close enough for a thumb to activate - preferably the left side.

I know I could wire them into the high beams, or mount a switch on the dash, but I want to be able to control when they are on (for city driving), and I hate having to take a hand off the bars while reaching for switches - especially if I need to flash them a couple of times.

Any help on how you have wired your lights would be appreciated, before I go out and try to build some ugly looking bracket!

(I've looked at some of the low-priced handle bar switches, but the way the V is laid out, there is no way to get one of them close to my thumb.)
http://www.ebay.com/sch/sis.html?_kw...d=281376590614

get one of these and mount it between the clutch and the switch cluster after moving the clutch mount over to the right a bit...
or make one like i did =p
http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...970#post735970
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I attached mine to the side of the heated grips switch. Easy to reach with my thumb. I only turn it off when going through a guarded gate before sun up.

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I would wire a relay to the high beams so you can control them with your hands on the bars. To be able to turn them off in a city, I would install a inline switch on the dash. The high beams wouldn't be being used in a city anyway, so killing the high beams kills the auxiliary lights as well. Also you will never need to worry about leaving them on when parked.

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I bought some small waterproof switches on ebay to try.
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/190668712...84.m1438.l2649

these might be a bit hard to push in/out, but there are other easier to operate toggle switches out there.

you can mount them on a small bracket attached to the mirror bolt and your thumb should be able to push it without too much issue.
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I bought some small waterproof switches on ebay to try.
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/190668712...84.m1438.l2649

these might be a bit hard to push in/out, but there are other easier to operate toggle switches out there.

you can mount them on a small bracket attached to the mirror bolt and your thumb should be able to push it without too much issue.
I'll look for something similar, maybe a simple toggle switch, and will figure out an easy bracket. Good idea on mounting using the mirror bolt, seems a good place to tie a bracket in.

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Ooh....that looks like a really good design for attaching a garage door opener that I've been wanting to do. Button up top connected to the universal opener hidden somewhere behind a faring or under the seat
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Ooh....that looks like a really good design for attaching a garage door opener that I've been wanting to do. Button up top connected to the universal opener hidden somewhere behind a faring or under the seat
If you are looking to install a garage door opener, here is a how to I made.
http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...73&postcount=1

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Exactly what I've been wanting/needing to do thanks
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image hosting gifQUOTE=HAWKSHOT99;738842]If you are looking to install a garage door opener, here is a how to I made.
http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...73&postcount=1[/QUOTE]

Sorry to T-jack.....but this is how i ended up doing my garage door opener button:
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simple $7 switch and aluminum bracket, on/off with thumb.



if you want to take it up a notch, add the volt meter.
That is a great little solution, any chance you have a link to where I could get one of those brackets?

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And for the lazy rider! I have one of these somewhere around. I need to dig it out.


Or was that look THEN leap?
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i fabbed the brackets myself, it's just 3mm or nominal 1/8" aluminum, very easy using the hand tools you probably already have.

switch: Trail Tech 040-LS-B Black Push Button Light Switch
OK cheers, good job. I'll steal that idea
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A clean way to install a switch for lights is to use the signal light cancel as a ground pulse. To activate a relay which will switch your lights on and off. This way you won't even see a switch
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Cheap switch from Ebay

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