Who said that installing motorcycle lights has to be a dreadful experience? While installing new lights on your bike is a bit hard – it’s not something that you won’t be able to sleep from. Taking your time with the right guidance in hand will guarantee you to have the best possible experience and learn something new along the way. This is great for newbies to learn a thing or two about their bike and also for the DIY diehards. By getting aftermarket lights you will also have the chance to experiment with how your lights work and see what’s best for your motorcycle.
Take Apart & Run Wires
The very first thing, of course, is to take out certain parts, which oftentimes starts with the outer fairing, then pulling out the grille which usually covers the oil cooler and finishing with the inner fairing. Afterwards, you will run the wires to their respective places, including the battery, down in the front part of the bike and up to the switch. When it comes to the wires, please don’t use cheap ones as they can be the end to your aftermarket motorcycle lights. Oh and don’t forget to put in the relay which is included in the light kit, because this way you won’t have to worry if you’ve turned off your lights or not.
What’s important here is to be careful not to make sharp bends with the wires or run them through sharp and pointy edges or corners. If there’s a need for the wire to go through a hole, make sure you chamfer the edges and put a grommet with a bit of slack in the harness in order to protect the wire. Before you make any ty-wraps or secure any wires permanently, double check if you’ve connected everything into the right place then give the wires a quick run through their pace and quit. Then use a crimping tool and some heat shrinks to secure all the wires in place – keep everything dry.
Assemble & Test
After all the tedious wiring and checking, you will now mount your aftermarket motorcycle lights by positioning them as high and as forward as possible, because lights that are positioned that way have a bigger advantage – eliminating distracting reflections. Although they should be mounted at eye level or in line with your ears, this is not always the best option – you will have to make a compromise between the two. As the last part of this light changing experience, you should put back the fairings and other parts together and test the lights again with the engine running this time.