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I know it's not legal for road riding, but if I wanted to add a disable switch for tail lights and headlights for trail riding is there an easy way to do this? (i.e. splicing in a switch on one lead from the computer or the ignition)?

(I have access to trails 24-7 that are private and actually like riding sometimes without the lights at dusk etc... as it's just me out there it doesn't matter)

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I know it's not legal for road riding, but if I wanted to add a disable switch for tail lights and headlights for trail riding is there an easy way to do this? (i.e. splicing in a switch on one lead from the computer or the ignition)?

(I have access to trails 24-7 that are private and actually like riding sometimes without the lights at dusk etc... as it's just me out there it doesn't matter)

This switch allows you to run without the lights, no splicing.
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http://sicassracing.com/store/products/switches/sicass_switches/exc_fe-s_fe_multi-function_bar_switch?cPath=105_35_37&

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2 hours ago, KennyMc said:

The 500 doesn't have a stock headlight switch, so I'd have to wire one of the leads into that switch I think? Need to grab a wiring diagram, these aren't super complex from what you guys are saying.

Anyone have a wiring diagram for a 2017 500 exc-f?

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26 minutes ago, kayakingsteve said:

The 500 doesn't have a stock headlight switch, so I'd have to wire one of the leads into that switch I think? Need to grab a wiring diagram, these aren't super complex from what you guys are saying.

Anyone have a wiring diagram for a 2017 500 exc-f?

I'm confused, what is currently on the bike as far as headlight and switches?  If you have the stock headlight and wiring still from the headlight, this switch would just plug in.

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I got the KTM Offroad XCW switch from any recent model year and it plugged right in without too much trouble. I also eliminated horn/turn/bright cluster from left side and moved run/stop switch from right side to left and it really cleans things up

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BTW when you remove the turn indicator light from the dash the KTM switch fits perfect

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The Sicass one plugs right in and can be run with the lights off. It's much slimmer than the stock one. I have one on my 501.
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52 minutes ago, KennyMc said:

The Sicass one plugs right in and can be run with the lights off. It's much slimmer than the stock one. I have one on my 501.
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Sounds like that is the thing! Thanks guys!

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IF adding a switch is a problem and you want to run the bike with less electrical load you can get an LED bulb for the EXC.

 

This one uses about 1/3 of the power and is brighter than the stock light and has a built in cooling fan.

http://a.co/0FN8WKy

It has high beam and low beam. The low beam pattern has a bit of spill over the low beam horizon, but not too bad.

 

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3 minutes ago, Fango said:

IF adding a switch is a problem and you want to run the bike with less electrical load you can get an LED bulb for the EXC.

 

This one uses about 1/3 of the power and is brighter than the stock light and has a built in cooling fan.

http://a.co/0FN8WKy

It has high beam and low beam. The low beam pattern has a bit of spill over the low beam horizon, but not too bad.

 

Like I need more excuses to buy crap for the bike. :) Does sound like a good addition albeit not necessary. I'm adding the switch regardless.

 

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It's pretty good. The whiter light is nicer for riding off road. The stock light is a very warm color and kind of flattens earth and sand colors.

 

What is also nice is that when on low beam the LED buld lights up only one LED and when on high beam both LEDs light up, so you get the sum of both high and low beam.

 

This is better than a traditional high beam that does not light up the very foreground as much.

 

Want some more excuses to buy something.... 

I found these neat running light turn signals in flexible silicone strip.

They are smart to.

They have a set of white LEDs and a set of Amber LEDs. When power is applied to the amber input the white is automatically turned off 

and only turns back on after a delay when flashing stops on the amber LEDs. This is nice because the white running light turns off when you are indicating.

They are inexpensive and nice and tough:

http://a.co/0a4653i

I stuck them on my hand guard at the top and wrapping around to the side for good turn signal visibility.

I keep a couple of spares in my back pack and can change them in the field if I have a good tumble!

They have amber Red for the back too.

 

you will need to replace the stock flasher for an LED flasher. 

 

http://a.co/bdyTQoz

 

Not sure if this is the best LED flasher....

 

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3 hours ago, Fango said:

It's pretty good. The whiter light is nicer for riding off road. The stock light is a very warm color and kind of flattens earth and sand colors.

 

What is also nice is that when on low beam the LED buld lights up only one LED and when on high beam both LEDs light up, so you get the sum of both high and low beam.

 

This is better than a traditional high beam that does not light up the very foreground as much.

 

Want some more excuses to buy something.... 

I found these neat running light turn signals in flexible silicone strip.

They are smart to.

They have a set of white LEDs and a set of Amber LEDs. When power is applied to the amber input the white is automatically turned off 

and only turns back on after a delay when flashing stops on the amber LEDs. This is nice because the white running light turns off when you are indicating.

They are inexpensive and nice and tough:

http://a.co/0a4653i

I stuck them on my hand guard at the top and wrapping around to the side for good turn signal visibility.

I keep a couple of spares in my back pack and can change them in the field if I have a good tumble!

They have amber Red for the back too.

 

you will need to replace the stock flasher for an LED flasher. 

 

http://a.co/bdyTQoz

 

Not sure if this is the best LED flasher....

 

Dangit! that DOES look like it'd be pretty cool up on my G2 handguards I put on today.  Next thing you know you'll give me a link to a good headlight modulator, cuz I  was thinking of doing that too. :)

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Here is a cheap option for an LED headlight modulator. I even used one on two Rigid LED lights that were 33watts each.

It's a neat little integrated Pulse Width Modulator LED controller that has quite a few "flashing modes". One of the modes dims up and down just like the DOT recommended style.

It's handy to use on a dirt bike because it is small and "pricewise expendable". I like that it uses a remote, so if I can't get back to the bike after a fall I can turn the flashing pattern to 

emergency strobe mode.

When I put these on my bike I made a little dongle using some nice waterproof connectors so I could even replace the controller in the field.

The controller even lets you run LED lights at any brightness you want from 0 to 100% in 10 steps  as well as direct to 25%, 50%, 75% and 100%

 

http://a.co/62hshHm

 

I also connected one of these so I could see that the modulator was on.

 

http://a.co/gvfGel9

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On 5/16/2017 at 2:12 PM, Fango said:

Here is a cheap option for an LED headlight modulator. I even used one on two Rigid LED lights that were 33watts each.

It's a neat little integrated Pulse Width Modulator LED controller that has quite a few "flashing modes". One of the modes dims up and down just like the DOT recommended style.

It's handy to use on a dirt bike because it is small and "pricewise expendable". I like that it uses a remote, so if I can't get back to the bike after a fall I can turn the flashing pattern to 

emergency strobe mode.

When I put these on my bike I made a little dongle using some nice waterproof connectors so I could even replace the controller in the field.

The controller even lets you run LED lights at any brightness you want from 0 to 100% in 10 steps  as well as direct to 25%, 50%, 75% and 100%

 

http://a.co/62hshHm

 

I also connected one of these so I could see that the modulator was on.

 

http://a.co/gvfGel9

Got the Sicass switch today, works great! Wasn't sure if it was just for the headlight but it turns off everything like I was hoping! Next-LED lights on the handguards! :)

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6 hours ago, kayakingsteve said:

Got the Sicass switch today, works great! Wasn't sure if it was just for the headlight but it turns off everything like I was hoping! Next-LED lights on the handguards! :)

I got mine too yesterday. Glad to hear it can turn everything off. I want to be able to turn everything off during the day on dirt because I want to 

ride using my forced/filtered air helmet for really dusty locations.... I don't want to be wasting power on lights I don't need out in the blazing sun in the desert.

The Sicass switch is nicely made....

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2 hours ago, Fango said:

I got mine too yesterday. Glad to hear it can turn everything off. I want to be able to turn everything off during the day on dirt because I want to 

ride using my forced/filtered air helmet for really dusty locations.... I don't want to be wasting power on lights I don't need out in the blazing sun in the desert.

The Sicass switch is nicely made....

Yes, does seem to be solid. Took me a second to figure out the little rubber bits needed to be put on for it to fit. I'm jealous of you being out west! Here in Florida everything is fenced off, grazing land or swamp... there are some riding areas but no open expanses where you can ride for miles. Few nice state forests with fire roads though. Would be interesting to be out there and have to worry about dust/silica getting into everything. :)

 

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You should move here.... we have room for plenty more dirt bikers!;)

 

 

Lived in Florida for a while...... the rain is nice and plenty of mud to be found, but the bugs are as bad as the rice fields south of Milan where I used to live too.

I did find this stuff... and it works wonders for keeping bugs away!

https://www.herbdoc.com/bug-barrier.html

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On May 16, 2017 at 11:12 AM, Fango said:

Here is a cheap option for an LED headlight modulator. I even used one on two Rigid LED lights that were 33watts each.

It's a neat little integrated Pulse Width Modulator LED controller that has quite a few "flashing modes". One of the modes dims up and down just like the DOT recommended style.

It's handy to use on a dirt bike because it is small and "pricewise expendable". I like that it uses a remote, so if I can't get back to the bike after a fall I can turn the flashing pattern to 

emergency strobe mode.

When I put these on my bike I made a little dongle using some nice waterproof connectors so I could even replace the controller in the field.

The controller even lets you run LED lights at any brightness you want from 0 to 100% in 10 steps  as well as direct to 25%, 50%, 75% and 100%

 

http://a.co/62hshHm

 

I also connected one of these so I could see that the modulator was on.

 

http://a.co/gvfGel9

The LED flasher  ( http://a.co/62hshHm ) did not plug straight into my KTM 350 EXC-f so I had to order the Sicass smart flasher for a direct fit.

http://sicassracing.com/store/products/turn_signals/wiring/sicass_smart_flasher_led_turn_signal_flasher

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3 hours ago, Fango said:

You should move here.... we have room for plenty more dirt bikers!;)

 

 

Lived in Florida for a while...... the rain is nice and plenty of mud to be found, but the bugs are as bad as the rice fields south of Milan where I used to live too.

I did find this stuff... and it works wonders for keeping bugs away!

https://www.herbdoc.com/bug-barrier.html

Ya know what's weird; bugs never seem to bother me (must be the black blood and no heart), and I don't mind the humidity and heat. I like it here except for the cost of living. My dream is to live somewhere affordable with no neighbors in sight and open space that isn't cold... (North Dakota has 2 of those 3 things but cold, so right out)

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2 hours ago, Fango said:

The LED flasher  ( http://a.co/62hshHm ) did not plug straight into my KTM 350 EXC-f so I had to order the Sicass smart flasher for a direct fit.

http://sicassracing.com/store/products/turn_signals/wiring/sicass_smart_flasher_led_turn_signal_flasher

That's a neat idea, I'm not sure I'd want something that uses a remote though. I know I'd lose all 3 remotes in short order.

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