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1980 xl500s 12 volt conversion

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I just purchased my first dual sport bike in the form of a 1980 xl500s missing all lighting and some other items.  It runs and I need to purchase illuminations items for it.  I'd like to have the option of adding hand warmers.  I've been doing some research on 12volt conversion but i'm not as savvy on others on what is a good upgrade setup.  On my street CB's I've replaced the rectifiers for better light and charging.  

Is there a kit or some basic parts I should buy and replace to get a setup that I won't have to replace when I want to upgrade?

Besides weight are there advantages/disadvantages to going batteryless?

Thanks for any help.


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