Bike Bike Parts Motorcycle Light Bar Installation

By Glenn Zetterquist (Zee331)

Video Transcription

Kyle here and welcome to this Cruiser Customizing tip of the week. This week we’re taking true chrome accessories and elliptical light bar and putting on this Vulcan 900 classic. Now this installation is pretty straight forward. As you can see here, there are some miscellaneous tools we are going to use. Some ratchets, maybe some sockets and some simple wire cutting and trimming tools and of course, this is a necessity. This is the turn signal relocation piece that will allow us to take the stock turn signals and mount them to the bottom of this light bar.

Let's go ahead and get started unpacking the light bar. Showing you the kind of pieces that we got here and then getting the motorcycle ready for the install. Now inside any of the light bar kits from show chrome accessories you're going to have detailed instructions that will walk you step-by-step everything that you want to do to get this light bar on your motorcycle. Now one of the unique things with the show chrome light bar accessory kits is that they are model specific.

This year for example is the model specific mounting bracket that will make this bar mount perfectly on this Vulcan 900. And in addition to that it comes with all the wiring that you need. This right here is not only going to give the light bar power but it also comes with a switch so you can choose whether you want this bar to be running high beam, low beam on, off it all taken care of. Now a key component in any light bar installation is the relay. Without this relay you’re either going to burn out your high beam switch or bulb from show chrome accessories. Now that we have all these parts laid out and we know that everything is accounted for we are going to go ahead and read the instructions and then we are going to remove stock OEM turn signal bar and get the installation under way. So we are going to start by removing the negative turn hole from the battery so we can make sure that there is no power going to this bike so we eliminate any chance of electrical shock. Before I go any further I'm going to lay a clean towel here on the top of the fender. This will keep anything that falls, a screw or anything else from denting or scratching the fender. It's a good thing to do when doing risers, light bars or anything that is above a painted surface. We are then going to come up here to the headlight bezel and we are going to remove the 2 screws that hold this from piece in. Now we’re going to go ahead and disconnect this headlight and set the housing aside.

Now I'm going to disconnect the left and right side turn signals. There is a simple connector, go ahead and lift this tab and pull them apart as they come apart pretty easily. Now what I’m going to do is I'm going to make sure that I note that this one here is the left turn signal and the other one is going to be right side. We are now going to come in and remove these two bolts here at the bottom holding the turn signal bar in place as well as over here on the side of the fork. We are going to have this Allen head bolt here and on the other side to remove. There you go. The removal of the front turn signal bar is not too difficult.

Now we are going to be re-using the stock turn signals and attach them to our new light bar. Next we get our driving light extension bracket and we are going to set it up in place. Now we are going to install the supplied new front brake line holder and with a little bit of cohousing but she's in there nice and tight. Now we are going to install the driving lights onto the light bar. As you can see her on the inside it's a really tight fit so you need to finger tighten that nut in there and with these wires it can be kind of tough but what we are going to do is we are going to go ahead and fold this wire in thirds so it's about the same length as that ground wire there and I'm going to take my socket and put these wires up into the top of my long socket here and what I'm now going to be able to do is put final torque on this light bar housing.

Now that we got the lights installed we are going to go ahead and install the model specific turn signal brackets which will allow us to take the turn signals off the stock bar and put them on the driving light bar. Once you get the nut broke loose on the inside you can easily spin it off. Once it is off go ahead and pull the rubber bromate to the end and the nut and then slide the turn signal out. Now that we have the stock turn signals removed we are going to go ahead and take the adapter and what we are going to do here is we are going to slide this adapter up the wire harness and then we’re going to take one of the nuts we just removed and replace it. Go ahead and repeat it on the other side and then we will come back and attach this to the light bar. With our adapter now attached to the turn signal we are going to take this turn signal and we are going to run the wiring up through the center of the light bar.

We are now going to take these black wires and run them through the bar and then they are going to connect into are driving light. This now gives us power to our driving light. Now we are going to need to ground the driving light itself. What we are going to do is we’re going to use a scotch light connector, we’re going to find the ground wire here on the turn signal and we are going to slide this through and pinch it closed. What this essentially did is just gave us a male spade so take our ground wire and make the connection and now we are going to plug that in. Now what I have done here is I have pushed the end of that connection up inside and given it a little tug, as you can see all that wire is now inside the bar itself and I'm now going to take this stock turn signal and push it up into place and now we are going to take one of these set screws, there are going to be 3 set screws, one on the front, one on the back, and one on the side and what that’s going to do is it’s going to lock in to that aluminum piece that we attached to this turn signal.

So now that we have the light bar fully assembled we are going to go ahead and set it on top of the bracket here and then install all 3 of our screws. We are now going to reach our two stock turn signal connectors up into the housing here and reconnect them. Now before we go any further we are going to go ahead and turn the motorcycle on and verify that our left and right turn signals are functioning appropriately. Now at this stage in the game we can also check and make sure are driving lights are appropriately hooked up just to make sure everything is kosher. So we will take our two driving light wires and run them up back behind the headlight under the tank and back towards the battery.

Now here in the instructions from Show Chrome Accessories we have how exactly to wire your relay. Alright so here we have everything wired up, come and take a look. What we have done is we have one pinched off to the ground, we have another to the positive side of the battery, and then one to a switch source. Those all then plug in here as well as both of the driving lights and now we have our switch. So now we can turn our key on and that now gives us power to the system, as you can see, the driving lights are not on, so we are going to flip the switch and boom. This shows you that everything is working according to plan. So we decided instead of drilling into the side cover we are going to mount the switch directly above the ignition and as you can see with the key off and no power to the switch, the lights are completely off.

When you turn the key on you can see that the switch does have power so you know that it is functioning and this will now give us the on off feature of the driving lights. When it comes to safety having driving lights on the front of your motorcycle make a huge difference. Before the installation of this bar we had running lights and headlights and that was it, this is what oncoming traffic now sees. With safety of essence this foot print right here makes you more visible and thus safer on the road. Driving lights are a great enhancement if you are looking to increase visibility as well as your own safety.


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