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I am going to swap out my single headlight with the single hi/lo beam halogen with a couple of auto driving lights (55w each). A couple questions:

1. My original harness is a 3 wire, according to the schematic for my bike it's a high beam, low beam, ground. Do I hook a positive lead from one light to the high, the positive lead from the other to the low, and join the negatives to the ground? I don't have a problem with only one light being on with it on low, but will both come on with the high beam switch? If not how do you do that?

2. Is this going to overload my electrical system and fry something?

Thanks in advance!
 

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GURU
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You got it right. You should be fine. That's exactly what I did. No problems.
 

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It actually depends on your switch, guys, not the wiring at the light.

If your bike normall has only one light on at a time, I can tell you how to make it have both on with the highbeam.
 

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If your bike switches from high to low instead of running both:

Connect the power wire from both bulbs to their respective wires. Connect grounds to grounds.
Run an extra wire from the low beam bulb to the bike's high beam wire.
Drink beer. Check to make sure it works :)
 

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haelo said:
If your bike switches from high to low instead of running both:

Connect the power wire from both bulbs to their respective wires. Connect grounds to grounds.
Run an extra wire from the low beam bulb to the bike's high beam wire.
Drink beer. Check to make sure it works :)
I tried that on mine, and with a single ground wire hooked up to the two lights, and hooking the high beam to both lights.

By hooking the High beam positive wire to both lights, it also sends both lights power during low beams due to being bridgeing the connection. Maybe I did it wrong, but I tried every way of connecting them. My solution is to run one wire to the power just before the switch, so it is always on when the bike is on, and hook the other to the high beam connection. Don't know for sure if it works yet, but I will get around to trying soon.

I got the beer already in hand, just am biked out for the night.
 

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How I solved the problem. I opened up the switch on the handlebars, figured out wich one went OUT to the low beams. I disconnected it from the switch and spliced it into the one power wire that connects INTO the switch. The low beam is always on when the bike is on, and the high beam switch just adds the other light to the low beam.

:party-smiley: Just did this yesterday and it works like a charm.:D
 

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rdannar said:
How I solved the problem. I opened up the switch on the handlebars, figured out wich one went OUT to the low beams. I disconnected it from the switch and spliced it into the one power wire that connects INTO the switch. The low beam is always on when the bike is on, and the high beam switch just adds the other light to the low beam.
I have been recently pondering this same issue. Dose anyone have any input on how a bulb that has both hi and low elements turned on at the same time will react. I'm wondering if it'll cook itself if it is wired this way?
 

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sanitys said:
awesome, i need to do this, i have two seperate lights, and if i get the switch to stay halfway i get both, lol


and did i mention?

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Alright, I'll take my sh!t apart so you can have pics. I am a married family man AKA loser. So I'll spend my friday night doing pics for the forum.:nuts: JK Prolly take me bout 15 minutes, and I can take my bevarage into the garage with me.:LolLolLolLol:
 

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djryanrhymes said:
I have been recently pondering this same issue. Dose anyone have any input on how a bulb that has both hi and low elements turned on at the same time will react. I'm wondering if it'll cook itself if it is wired this way?
y would you wire both at the same time. If your bulb has both high and low beams, then you do not need to mess with anything, you just hook it up like a stock light, if 2 of them then you hook both highs together and both lows together. The reason I had to do this mod was because it just has one setting and two bulbs at the same time is my high beam.
 

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djryanrhymes said:
I have been recently pondering this same issue. Dose anyone have any input on how a bulb that has both hi and low elements turned on at the same time will react. I'm wondering if it'll cook itself if it is wired this way?

It will get very very hot and burn out quickly. It will also not be any much more bright.
 

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I tried and tried to get just one light to light up on my low beams, no luck.....so now I just run with both lights on.....makes sure the cagers can friggin see me this time!!!

Ryan
 

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On my '00 6R, the stock had two lights. Two low beams and two high beams.

I set it up like my '03 so that on low, I have 1 light on for low beam, two on for high beam. Works quite well, and with the two 55W lights, I can see great at night.

I wired the low beam to the parking light so it comes on with the key, but you can use any 12V lead. The high beam is wired into the stock highbeam location, so it works the way Kawasaki intended.

As you can see (if you can decypher it??) from the attached image, I only used one of my light connection from my harness...and it just happened that I had a 12V lead to a parking light that I used for my low beam. The disadvantage is that the light comes on as soon as I turn on the key...but it does work!
 

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