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So I spoke with Lewis at EC yesterday and he was quite helpful, although he says I am the first he has heard of having trouble as they did a lot of research and work so as to not have RFI issues with their lights... Lewis is a stand up guy that I have dealt with before, and I have no reason to not believe him... I have also used some of their other products and have not had issues, so I'll see if I can find out what the issue is...

Anyway, he suggested disconnecting the lights one at a time to see if one is at fault more than the other... I asked him where they locate the driver modules when they install the lights and he said between the two headlights, so I may try that too...

Gonna go out to the garage shortly and start working on the issue - I'll report back on my progress later in the day...

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Rerouted the driver wiring yesterday and got some improvement - squelching about 12 now, but I ordered some Ferrite Chokes today and will try those as well when they arrive...

Honestly, don't know why we are still fooling around with these "ancient modulation (AM)" type radios when there are so many other alternatives available...

Think I'm going to try and marry up one of my FRS radios to the bike just for grins...
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The offroad side-by-side crowd have found FRS band radios that burn 25 watts, or so I am told. Very small units, would be easy to mount somewhere.


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If you get a BaoFeng UV-5R or BF-F8HP (or clone) hooked up, let me know! I'd love to know how to do that.




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I just ordered some external mic/headphone leads off E-Bay... I've got a few ideas to try but it will take some time and I'll be on vacation for a few weeks starting next week...

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No worries, I've just been thinking about the same thing as I ride in the Adirondacks a lot where there's no cellular service, but you can get 7+ miles with LOS and a BaoFeng set to FRS frequencies, which IIRC is allowable in an emergency at that wattage. Keying the mic is one challenge, I'm guessing.

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Sounds like you're getting rf interference.
RFI
Happens all the time even though it's not allowed according to the FCC.

Check out YouTube for rf chokes.
Many ways to tackle it, from very simple ferrite bead or ferrite choke, and many more.



I'm curious how the Ferrite Choke has worked out? Has anyone tried it and been successful?



I have the same issue with new LED Driving Lights I added to my GL1500. It takes out my CB and the FM radio is no longer usable. FM has very bad buzz sound drowning out any signal.


Interesting thing is that I had Sierra Electronics modify the radio so I could plug in a MP3 player, and that works fine with LEDs turned on. It just trashes the over the air RF signals.



I have already shielded the CB antenna cable with an additional foil wrap to try that approach. I have not done that on the FM radio antenna cable yet.




NOTE: My LED Lights are not from EC, but I'm having the same issue. Just want to insure that Lewis has nothing to do with my issue.



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So I added the chokes, and a bit more improvement - 1 each on each headlight line, 3 on the main CB harness under the saddle and one on the CB power lead under the saddle... Squelch now breaks at 6 and quiets at 8... Not quite as good as OEM performance but mostly acceptable...
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What size chokes did you get? I have a big assortment pack here and I might throw some on to see if they have an effect.

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Bought this set off e-bay - used 7mm on headlight leads and CB power lead and 9MM on CB cable...

https://www.ebay.com/itm/20-Ring-Cor...257d%7Ciid%3A1
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