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BEEMERGS74
04-03-2009, 06:42 PM
I've recently purchased a set of Touratech Fog Lamps (non HID) for my 08 GS. I've mounted the lights and ran the wiring to the back by the battery but I'm just not comfortable splicing into the headlights wiring harness like the instructions state. Also the wiring harness that comes with each light is identical so I'm assuming you splice one together so that you only need one switch? lf anyone lives in Northern/Central NJ or Hudson county area your help and suggestions woudl be greatly appreciated.

marchyman
04-03-2009, 10:32 PM
No splicing necessary. :deal I've the generic Hella fogs, not the Touratech version, but the wiring should be similar. Light power goes from the battery to the relay, the relay trigger is connected to the low beam without a splice. Details at http://www.snafu.org/pics/r1200gs/2007/0608-wiring/

I did it that way for my motolights almost two years ago just to see how it would work and the only change I've made since then is to add a quick disconnect to the wire coming out of the headlight bucket so I can remove the bucket assembly when needed. I used an Anderson Powerpole connector (right side of this image) to do the job, but any connector should work just fine.

http://www.snafu.org/pics/r1200gs/2009/0122-headlight/p-20090122-1517-4933.jpg

Hella fog light install pics at http://www.snafu.org/pics/r1200gs/2008/1031-hella/

deilenberger
04-03-2009, 11:58 PM
You might also look into adding the fog-light switch BMW offers on the GS.. I added it to my R1200R for my Hella driving lights..

http://www.eilenberger.net/R1200R_Roadster/Images/LightSwitch%20014-a.jpg

http://www.eilenberger.net/R1200R_Roadster/new_switch.htm - has PN's there.

BEEMERGS74
04-04-2009, 12:11 AM
That does look nice and clean but I already spent over $400 on the lights and the switch it came with looks good enough.

But thanks for the reply

BEEMERGS74
04-04-2009, 12:25 AM
No splicing necessary. :deal I've the generic Hella fogs, not the Touratech version, but the wiring should be similar. Light power goes from the battery to the relay, the relay trigger is connected to the low beam without a splice. Details at http://www.snafu.org/pics/r1200gs/wiring/

I did it that way for my motolights almost two years ago just to see how it would work and the only change I've made since then is to add a quick disconnect to the wire coming out of the headlight bucket so I can remove the bucket assembly when needed. I used an Anderson Powerpole connector (right side of this image) to do the job, but any connector should work just fine.

http://www.snafu.org/pics/r1200gs/headlight/p-20090122-1517-4933.jpg

Hella fog light install pics at http://www.snafu.org/pics/r1200gs/hella/

// marc

I see you removed the tank. Is that really necessary? I was able to remoce the sides of the tank and tuck the wires under there.

marchyman
04-04-2009, 01:11 AM
I see you removed the tank. Is that really necessary? I was able to remoce the sides of the tank and tuck the wires under there.

Necessary? :dunno

Do you mean you pushed the wired under the plastic? If so then removing the tank means you first have to remove the wires. Worse, if someone else is going to remove your tank they might not know about the wires and do some accidental damage.

Or did you mean you shoved the wires up under the wings of the tank? If so that is not acceptable to me as I've a firm belief in wires that stay put and stay away from moving and/or hot parts of the bike. I also like cable ties. Lots of cable ties. :laugh

Taking the tank off of my '05 is about a 5 minute job. The pop off plastic side panels take about 15 seconds each side. Add thirty seconds for the fuel return and bent cables on the right plus another thirty for the fuel pump wires and fuel line on the left. Give me a minute to remove the two screws that connect the tank plastic to the beak plastic. Lastly, the two screws that hold the tank come out so I can lift the tank off the bike and put it down. The aluminum side panels need NOT be removed.

Since it's so easy to remove the tank on my bike I don't give it much thought, just do it if there is any question that I might want to access parts of the bike under the tank. It's also an excuse to blow out the crap that seems to accumulate there.

// marc

BEEMERGS74
04-04-2009, 02:20 AM
Necessary? :dunno

Do you mean you pushed the wired under the plastic? If so then removing the tank means you first have to remove the wires. Worse, if someone else is going to remove your tank they might not know about the wires and do some accidental damage.

Or did you mean you shoved the wires up under the wings of the tank? If so that is not acceptable to me as I've a firm belief in wires that stay put and stay away from moving and/or hot parts of the bike. I also like cable ties. Lots of cable ties. :laugh

Taking the tank off of my '05 is about a 5 minute job. The pop off plastic side panels take about 15 seconds each side. Add thirty seconds for the fuel return and bent cables on the right plus another thirty for the fuel pump wires and fuel line on the left. Give me a minute to remove the two screws that connect the tank plastic to the beak plastic. Lastly, the two screws that hold the tank come out so I can lift the tank off the bike and put it down. The aluminum side panels need NOT be removed.

Since it's so easy to remove the tank on my bike I don't give it much thought, just do it if there is any question that I might want to access parts of the bike under the tank. It's also an excuse to blow out the crap that seems to accumulate there.

// marc

Very wise words and great advice! Thanks!

jimfastcar
04-04-2009, 09:13 PM
Wonder if these would work on the RT, have seen some installs under the mirror housings....

BEEMERGS74
04-05-2009, 11:04 AM
Wonder if these would work on the RT, have seen some installs under the mirror housings....

Do mean my light setup or his? My touratech ones might be a litttle too adventure tourer looking for an RT but to each is own.

jimfastcar
04-05-2009, 05:11 PM
Do mean my light setup or his? My touratech ones might be a litttle too adventure tourer looking for an RT but to each is own.

You have a point, but I would like to add fog lights of some sort.....