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I purchased a set of cheap LED lights online for underlights(putting them under the tank shining on to the motor)... Just to try it out!.. i figured ill connect them straight to the battery like i would a battery tender but with an on off switch.. But i believe i read somewhere that this could cause some trouble with my electric system.. Anybody know if this is true? If it is any pointers on this matter?
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Why not use your accessory leads instead?

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I purchased a set of cheap LED lights online for underlights(putting them under the tank shining on to the motor)... Just to try it out!.. i figured ill connect them straight to the battery like i would a battery tender but with an on off switch.. But i believe i read somewhere that this could cause some trouble with my electric system.. Anybody know if this is true? If it is any pointers on this matter?
The only problem I can see this causing is the potential to forget to turn the switch off and draining your battery (albeit slowly due to it being LEDs)


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Why not use your accessory leads instead?
The Accessory wires are always on, even with the ignition off. SO, this would be no different then hooking directly to the battery with a switch.

I would recommend hooking a relay that activates off of a switch power wire (such as the running lights or tail lights) and running the power through the relay from either the battery or accessory wires.

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There is an aux lead under the right side cover. That's where I would connect it.
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I mounted LED's as accent lights as well.

I used the accessory leads under the left cover and simply added a (fused) switch on the top of the cover to turn them on and off with a push on - push off switch.
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Thanks guys. I will look for the leads and go from there..
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The accessory leads are fused. (10 amp in the junction box) I'd use them for this reason even if I'm adding a switch. So not the same as wiring direct to the battery.

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Thanks.. I didn't know there was leads.. thats probably how I'll hook them up..
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Anyone use the ones under the headlight? If so what for?

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I have mine wired exactly that way. It was already set up when I bought it, with a switch on the right side cowl and lights under the frame, but I've moved the lights to under the tank. No problems but it's a pain when disconnecting the battery, and I like that it makes the bike more visible from the side.

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