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    Best Place to Tap Headlight Wiring?
    on: May 15, 2017, 12.12 am
    May 15, 2017, 12.12 am
    Hi. I want to install aux driving lights which require tapping into low and high beam wires. And after reading reading on this forum, I don't see where to do this -- there isn't any room anywhere for anything!

    I read that the high beam is a blue wire with bright white trace/stripe, low beam is blue with dim read trace/stripe. When I take off the fairings and also remove the glove box, I see only one hint of a blue wire (with a white stripe) going into the LH bulb, but it seems impossible to get down with my hand, let alone have enough room to tap it. And I don't see the low beam wire anywhere.

    One member mentioned tapping into those wires near where the ECU is (under / to the left of the gas tank), but I don't know what an ECU looks like, and I don't know (yet) how to remove the gas tank. I mean seriously, is it really going to be this difficult?

    Honestly, looking at the wiring on this beast, everything is either taped to last through 2099, and what colors I do see, I don't see blues. I'm feeling the blues, but I don't see the blues.

    Help?!

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    Re: Best Place to Tap Headlight Wiring?
    Reply #1 on: May 15, 2017, 12.57 am
    May 15, 2017, 12.57 am
    Paul,

    Have you thought about just connecting it to a circuit that is only on when the key is on? Do you have an additional fuse block attached?

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    Re: Best Place to Tap Headlight Wiring?
    Reply #2 on: May 15, 2017, 08.51 am
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    How about tapping into the socket that is only on when the engine is running in the glove box.  Easy to take out the glove box and get to the wiring.  You could then use a relay (and fuse of course) off the battery on the other side.

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    Re: Best Place to Tap Headlight Wiring?
    Reply #3 on: May 15, 2017, 12.48 pm
    May 15, 2017, 12.48 pm
    I wasn't clear. Finding power is not a problem, I could go for the glove box or the front panel -- plenty of room, and the Clearwater harnesses comes with in-line fuse, it's plug-n-play. (Darlas are on sale this month 20% off, couldn't resist.)

    It's really the high beam wire I need to find and access. Clearwater lights are designed as running lights (dimmable 2000lm LEDs from 5-55% power) but go to 100% when the high beam is activated. Well, since it needs the high beam wire, one might expect it to be alongside the low beam wire, so why not tap the low beam for switched power and keep all the wires running next to one another along the same route.

    The problem is, I can't seem to find and get access to the high (and low) beam wires. Any help appreciated -- pictures REALLY appreciated.

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    Re: Best Place to Tap Headlight Wiring?
    Reply #4 on: Jun 02, 2017, 03.50 pm
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    With your battery cover removed you can reach in and pull right headlight connector off.  With the additional slack you will have room to splice,etc.....or at least I did when hooking up skene  to the high beam.

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    Re: Best Place to Tap Headlight Wiring?
    Reply #5 on: Jun 02, 2017, 04.05 pm
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    I believe timo on this forum had a connector that plugged directly into his headlight.  The factory harness then plugged into the connector.  It is a slick inline connector with no splicing....plug and play.  I know he was hooking up Baja designs lights using a skene controller.  I have looked at both sites, but can't find the connector he used.

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    Re: Best Place to Tap Headlight Wiring?
    Reply #7 on: Jun 03, 2017, 03.59 am
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    That is a great website...full of very useful wiring products!
     Thanks for the recomendation.
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