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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-21-2012, 11:36 PM Thread Starter
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Mounting Driving Lights

I have looked all over this forum for everything I could find on installing driving lights but can't find the answer to my questions so forgive me if this is discussed elsewhere, I can't find it.
1- Has anyone found any other options for mounting driving lights OTHER THAN spending $200 plus for a fancy thick cruiser chrome light bar, and I don't mean making one yourself???
2- Is there anything made specifically for the Vulcan 750 for this purpose?
3- Why do we need a light bar at all? Why can't small driving lights be mounted directly with a little bracket to the forks utilizing the bolts from the lower triple tree fork clamps? (I think that's what it's called)
Thanks for any input, if anyone has pics of anything applicable that would be great to see...

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Perhaps something like this? They mount to the forks, and you can attach the driving lights to them.

http://www.amazon.com/MC-Enterprises...ght+fork+mount

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Perhaps something like this? They mount to the forks, and you can attach the driving lights to them.

http://www.amazon.com/MC-Enterprises...ght+fork+mount
Interesting, but they're for a side mounted headlight, not driving lights...

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I have looked all over this forum for everything I could find on installing driving lights but can't find the answer to my questions so forgive me if this is discussed elsewhere, I can't find it.
1- Has anyone found any other options for mounting driving lights OTHER THAN spending $200 plus for a fancy thick cruiser chrome light bar, and I don't mean making one yourself???
2- Is there anything made specifically for the Vulcan 750 for this purpose?
3- Why do we need a light bar at all? Why can't small driving lights be mounted directly with a little bracket to the forks utilizing the bolts from the lower triple tree fork clamps? (I think that's what it's called)
Thanks for any input, if anyone has pics of anything applicable that would be great to see...

1.Yes
2.No
3. You can mount them anywhere you want. The bottom fork clamp bolt is a very good spot.

Many have used the Optronics chrome lights you can find at Wal-mart now for 20 bucks. (see the "Driving lights" album in my link below.

Only issue is most lights come with 55w bulbs, so with two you got 110w total watts. Too much for the bikes electrical system.....so....every one swaps out the bulbs for 20-35w bulbs. (70w being the max the bike can handle)

I've also seen the same lights mounted on crash bars, fairings, and the bottom fork leg next to the front fender. You don't need to spend 200 dollars here.

I made the light bar you see in my link below and sold the whole thing for $65.00...(I no longer sell them btw)

Replacement bulbs for the Optronics lights are about 3 bucks each.

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This is what I bought. It is made for the vn750. It is not cheap.


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This is what I bought. It is made for the vn750. It is not cheap.

...nice looking bar !

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I make a bracket to mount lights shown below. It is aluminum, can be polished and is cheap compared to aftermarket chrome ones.
You can mount any lights you want to it. the photo shows the Optronics lights with LED bulbs installed to draw even less current and provide ample light.

if you are interested, PM me for a price. You are in NJ as I am...maybe even meet up and take a look and save on shipping


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1.Yes
2.No
3. You can mount them anywhere you want. The bottom fork clamp bolt is a very good spot.

Many have used the Optronics chrome lights you can find at Wal-mart now for 20 bucks. (see the "Driving lights" album in my link below.

Only issue is most lights come with 55w bulbs, so with two you got 110w total watts. Too much for the bikes electrical system.....so....every one swaps out the bulbs for 20-35w bulbs. (70w being the max the bike can handle)

I've also seen the same lights mounted on crash bars, fairings, and the bottom fork leg next to the front fender. You don't need to spend 200 dollars here.

I made the light bar you see in my link below and sold the whole thing for $65.00...(I no longer sell them btw)

Replacement bulbs for the Optronics lights are about 3 bucks each.
Hey thanks for the time you spent addressing my questions. I looked at your pics, nice bike, same year as mine, real impressive work you've done & documented there. So my question to you now is this. I was looking at your pics from the front highlighting the light bar you made and mounted. The driving lights are right next to the cinch bolt on the lower fork clamps, you can see them about an inch apart. Why do you need the bar at all? Why couldn't you have just left the horns where they were and mounted the lights right onto those clamp bolts? Can I do that? One more thing, you state the electrical system can handle only 70 watts, is that fact? If i swap out the bulbs for 25's or even LED's, I suppose I should figure out how much the volt meter I added draws, and the Garmin Nuvi which is on all the time, and the kit I want to get from The Electrical Connection to convert the rear turn signals into driving lights (I think they are LED also)? Am I overdoing it?

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Metzeler ME 880 Marathons
Yuasa YTX 14AHL-BS
Jafrum Saddle Bags
National Cycle Wind Deflector
GrabOn ISO Foam Grips
Sunpro Volt Meter
Garmin Nuvi GPS & RAM Mount
Sylvania SilverStar Ultra Headlight Bulb
Vista Throttle Lock/Cruise Control
EMGO Oversize Mirrors
NGK RED Plug Wire Set & Iridium Plugs
20Watt Halogen Driving Spots
Knight Riderz LED Rear Running/Flashing Brake Light
Clear Alternatives LED Board
ccspinner's Floorboards

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I make a bracket to mount lights shown below. It is aluminum, can be polished and is cheap compared to aftermarket chrome ones.
You can mount any lights you want to it. the photo shows the Optronics lights with LED bulbs installed to draw even less current and provide ample light.

if you are interested, PM me for a price. You are in NJ as I am...maybe even meet up and take a look and save on shipping

What I am really interested in is eliminating that bar altogether and just mounting those lights directly onto the lower fork clamp cinch bolts, seems to me they should make a pretty sturdy mounting and also put the lights in a decent place, and wondering if there's a reason I'm not seeing why none of you have done it that way?

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Metzeler ME 880 Marathons
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GrabOn ISO Foam Grips
Sunpro Volt Meter
Garmin Nuvi GPS & RAM Mount
Sylvania SilverStar Ultra Headlight Bulb
Vista Throttle Lock/Cruise Control
EMGO Oversize Mirrors
NGK RED Plug Wire Set & Iridium Plugs
20Watt Halogen Driving Spots
Knight Riderz LED Rear Running/Flashing Brake Light
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William, what light bar is that and where did you get it

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