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High beam switch mounted on the headlight (custom)?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by MotorPsycho, Aug 1, 2013.

  1. MotorPsycho

    MotorPsycho XS400 Enthusiast

    I'm thinking of mounting a high/low beam switch on my headlight, in my contining effort to get stuff off my handlebars and give them the clean look. Possible? Nonsensical? Insane?

    Wiring tips or instructions?
  2. Works great for me but I don't switch back and forth much and I can reach it easy enough. even better only need one wire going to the head light. I just used a toggle I forget what Poles and throws they call it but center is off up is high beam bottom is low beam you wire it with the hot wire in the center high beam on the bottom low on top. I used a really small switch I bought at radio shack but it had to be soldered in the ones you can get at your parts store usually have screw terminals
    anonymosaurus_RXS likes this.
  3. MotorPsycho

    MotorPsycho XS400 Enthusiast

    I appreciate that, man. This whole wiring thing is completely new to me, but I'm determined to get it done. One of my biggest problems is identifying all the little electrical boxes and such. If I knew 100% for sure what was what in that department, I'd feel a lot more confident. All the diagrams I look at, all the little boxes look the same, but on the bike (an 81) they're all different shapes and sizes.
  4. did you bypass the headlight relay to make this happen? or wired in after relay?
  5. BBS360

    BBS360 XS400 Guru Top Contributor

    Would be no need to bypass the relay. All the high beam switch wires are in the headlight bucket anyways, but the relay is down by the battery. Better to keep the headlight relay function for easier starting.
  6. amc49

    amc49 XS400 Junkie

    Give some thought to the fact that most switches like that are not waterproof, getting in the rain to have water run into the switch handle hole would be a bummer when the light failed during a rain at night, bad combo.

    The inspection guys may not feel that location is acceptable either, you have to consider that if a problem. The reach if too far can cause accident.

    British bikes used to do it but before motorcycle controls got standardized by fed regulations.
  7. my headlight relay is non-operational so i’m curious as to if i can put an on/off switch between the red/yellow and blue/black wires to form the connection only when i want headlights. i’m thinking there’s no need to ground the switch if i do that bc the current would flow in and out switch and back to bike???
  8. xschris

    xschris XS400 Guru Top Contributor

    The bike need to be running in order for the head light relay to work. Or power form the charging system. Say after kicking it over to trigger it. Just turning the key on will not turn the headlight on. Stock relays are still around.

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