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Anyone put fog lights on theirs?

I rode through some crazy fog the other day and I could barely see a thing. I was thinking of picking up some cheap fog lights off eBay for around 25 bucks. Does anyone have any success doing this? I figured I could tap into the headlight power wire and ground the other end for the fog lights. It has a handlebar mount switch, so wiring should be fairly simple. I'm just worried about putting too much strain on the electrical system. Granted these fog lights are LEDs so they're probably fine.

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You have about 70w to spare, if you don't have anyother electrical accessories.

For true fog lights, you'd need to mount them as low as possible, like the bottom of the forks or the frame. Adding more light up by the headlight won't give you better vision in fog, but will when there's none around.

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You have about 70w to spare, if you don't have anyother electrical accessories.

For true fog lights, you'd need to mount them as low as possible, like the bottom of the forks or the frame. Adding more light up by the headlight won't give you better vision in fog, but will when there's none around.

See my photo link below and see the "Driving lights" album.
Right, I was planning on mounting them on the bottom of the forks. I'll check out that link

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KM I'll say this for ya, you're an ingenious son-of-a-gun. I am intrigued by those lowers you showed. How effective were they? I've already got your dash installed (although not yet with any edge material) and I fabricated up those highway pegs and used for a while. Rock solid. Now I'm thinking about the lowers, too IF they work noticeably well. Was it better for cold weather riding?

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Incidentally snoopy, is there any difference in "fog lights" and "regular" running type lights other than placement?

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Normally "fog" lights are amber, not white.

The reason there I believe has to do with reflection...white light reflects more light back at you than single colors in fog.
But what I believe seems to be wrong. See post #7 here:

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I thought they were a different color. Here in Western Washington there is a LOT of fog during certain parts of the year. But I tend not to ride then. They'd make sense if you plan to or think you'll get caught in it again. I found fog to be worse than rain since it "fogs" up my windscreen, visor, and if I raise the visor, then my glasses, too. Fog lights would be good to have not only so you can see better but so those cage drivers can see YOU.

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true fog lights are not only amber, but the housing/lenses focus the beam much differently than a driving light

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Well living in an area with not only a few lakes, but a river, and adding to that starting my ride to work at 4:15 am, there have been many days with dense fog.
I'm talking like 25 foot visibility. Turning on your high beams actually makes it worse. Although a few of my gloves have a chamois coated finger for wiping off your visor, this gets soaked over time. So I leave my left pocket open on my jacket and stuff several paper towels in there to use to blot off the water on the visor. Yes, much more annoying than rain, because it doesn't form droplets and just run off.
Of course the scarey part is going down a road you are familiar with at 50-60 mph, that is known for deer strikes, and only being able to see 25-30 feet in front of you.
I have a set of those driving lights I made for the Vulcan left that at some point I'll mount up on my Bonneville.

Chris. The "lowers" actually worked really well. They were hinged and had a small weight at the bottom (a magnet to clip them down if needed) at any speed below 15 mph they simply hung down out of the way. (So turning the bars full lock wouldn't touch them) At higher speeds they would raise up and cut off the rush of air coming up behind the windscreen between the gas tank and the screen. At these speeds even to make a sharp turn,you're only moving the bars a tiny bit, just enough to establish your lean...so the "lowers" were not in danger of hitting the gas tank.
Did a fairly good job of lowering the buffeting I got. I only know one other Vulcan rider that made a set using my design,and he was pretty happy with the result.
If you have a windscreen of any type, it likely exhibits the same behavior when you're moving fast. Tie a four inch long piece of string to the finger on your left glove and put your hand behind the screen right at the front of the gas tank on the left and you will see how much air is flowing up there.

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i have a 1997 vn750 and mounted my drive lights down on my crash bar they are 15 watts led drive lights and work great in the fog got them off wish .com they are a set of cree 2 drive lights
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