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Well I have been thinking I had to replace the main fuse for some time but never got to it. Last week my driving lights went outand while I was fixing them I did the main fuse also. The PO had them direct wired to the battery so they were hot all the time and I wanted to change that. I rewired them to the accessory bar and put the new blade type fuse in place of the main. Not difficult and relatively inexpensive. NAPA had all the parts. Riide safe everyone.
 

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Last week my driving lights went out~ The PO had them direct wired to the battery so they were hot all the time and I wanted to change that. I rewired them to the accessory bar~
:waving:Hi, you didn't say but I am hoping that you wired the driving lights with an inline fuse and relay, controlling the relay with the accessory fuse connection. Two 55 watt driving light bulbs would be 110 watts total or a little over 9 amps draw at 12 Volts. The accessory fuse is a 10 amp fuse on the 1984 GL 1200.
Just my observation.:baffled:
 

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Great idea Keith. A relay is the safest way to go!

Bernie
 

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A relay is the best way to go!!

I have a fused relay hooked up to my aux fuse block. It had a 15amp fuse in it and I have slowly added goodies to it. Last thing was a cig lighter. One morning (still dark) I had all my goodies turned on...pushed in the cig lighter and 2 sec's later....all my goodies quit working!! I had forgotten to up my fuse in the relay to the 30amp when I installed the cig lighter. All the bikes wiring was safe as the goodies are seperate from the bikes wiring because of the aux fuse block. I have since changed the battery and upgraded to a Compu-Fire.

Here is my setup when I first installed it (all open fuse slots are now full:action:)

 

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Well I guess I screwed up because I didn't put a relay in. I have them diredted wired to the 2 accessory poles on the fuse block in the false tank. I am not an electrician so I guess I sort of blew, but no harm yet.. will have to get a relay this weekend to fix that. Do I need a relay AND an in line fuse or just the relay? And what exactly does the relay do?:( Thanks for the replies.
 

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Fuse and relay, two driving lamps a 15amp fuse should suffice:

The relay carries the main current from the battery and the relay is activated by the fused accessory terminal when the switch is turned on.
The relay take minuscule amount of current to operate.
 

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Thanks Tricky, the diagraham really helps, guess I will be doing some electrical work this weekend.
 

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Maybe this is obvious, don't know..ensure correct guage of wire:

Here's a handy chart:
http://www.rbeelectronics.com/wtable.htm(bottom one)

Relay socket, solder wires, heat shrink tubing, etc..if possible.
 

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Richie, I think you will find the driving lights are brighter when wired through a relay. My 1983 GL 1100A was wired by the PO the way you have yours. I have my relay controlled by the accessory fuse right now. Plan to rewire sometime later to so they only have power when the ignition switch is the ON position. Just remember that the driving lights can be switched on while in accessory position and run down the battery.
Most times NAPA people will know what you need for driving lights.
Doug, I like your set up.
 
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