how do I add lights to a 2 stroke ?

Discussion in '2-Stroke Engines' started by southern Cruiser, Nov 12, 2014.

  1. southern Cruiser

    southern Cruiser New Member

    how do I add lights using the white wire? Are there any diagrams that show this?
     

  2. crassius

    crassius Well-Known Member

    don't do it, it will at best steal power from your ignition, at worst kill your ignition

    usually, you can get really nice lights bright as a motorcycle at amazon for less than $40 with a 6 hour lithium rechargeable battery pack
     
  3. southern Cruiser

    southern Cruiser New Member

    I thought about rigging something up with one of my 18v lithium batteries from my power tools. Make a place to lock it in,run wires to your lights. Then when finished riding pull the battery and put it on the charger. Anyone have thoughts or ideas on this?
     
  4. jhammondcpa

    jhammondcpa Active Member

    I mounted a 2 pound, 12 volt 7.2 amp battery underneath my cargo rack. It runs twin 9 bulb LED headlights, 9 bulb LED tail light and my new Vespa horn. I can go for weeks with out a charge. I now have 400 hundred miles on the bike and half of that is with my power system. I have a 40 second video of my bike, sadly it doesn't show the horn which is forward of the CDI. Here is the video link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jzSJ8kgBxk&feature=youtu.be . I hope that helps and here is the horn and button which is on the left side of my handle bar! 12 volt Bike Horn & Switch.jpg
     
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  5. southern Cruiser

    southern Cruiser New Member

    so how do you go about charging your 7.2 amp? And how or what type lights do you buy to hook up to it? I'm thinking about just buying a security light that goes on commercial buildings that turn on when the power goes out. They have that type of battery
     
  6. jhammondcpa

    jhammondcpa Active Member

    I tried a 4 inch 12v garden tractor light but the 35 watts draw really killed the battery, but loved the look and the illumination. Check out my photo album on this site to see it before the LED's. When is switched to the LED lights, the draw was less than 7 watts and I just put a Black and Decker $25 trickle charger on it about every week for a couple hours and it brings the battery back up over 13 volts! BTW the battery is about a 4 inch cube and coast about $30!
     
  7. Purple Haze

    Purple Haze Active Member

    Forget the white wire, that's been rehashed many times on this forum. The newest mag coils don't even have the white wire any more. Battery powered lights are the way to go!
     
  8. jhammondcpa

    jhammondcpa Active Member

    I built a converter to change the 6v output from the white wire to 12v. It worked, but no amps and couldn't even light a 12 volt bulb. I went immediately to 12 volt battery power and never looked back!
     
  9. southern Cruiser

    southern Cruiser New Member

    do you think I could take A vintage looking headlamp that has 3 LED lights in it that runs off of 3 AAA batteries. do you think I could lose the triple A batteries and wire directly to the 12 volt 7.2 amp battery?also do you know of switches that can mount on on/off switches that can mount on handlebars?
     
  10. southern Cruiser

    southern Cruiser New Member

    do you think I could take A vintage looking headlamp that has 3 LED lights in it that runs off of 3 AAA batteries. do you think I could lose the triple A batteries and wire directly to the 12 volt 7.2 amp battery?also do you know of switches that can mount on on/off switches that can mount on handlebars?
     
  11. jhammondcpa

    jhammondcpa Active Member

    The LED seem pretty tolerable to voltage. I bought my 12v tractor light and tail light at Pep Boys auto store and then switched to the twin Led headlight I bought on eBay. I bought a small rectangular electronics box at Radio Shack to handle the headlight and tail light toggle switches, which is mounted aft of the battery. That switch box which is 4x2x2 is probably too big for the handle bars but could be mounted on any bike tube. You might check Radio Shack or search eBay for switches that could be fitted to the handle bars. Along the way I also tried a bike light that used 3.7v batteries, but too short a life for me.
     
  12. southern Cruiser

    southern Cruiser New Member

    so do you have your headlight and taillight on separate toggle switches? Or do you have one toggle switch to turn both on at the same time?if they are on separate did you try to put them on the same switch? hope I'm not asking too many questions. Just trying to save myself hours of trial and error. My new engine comes in today and will be starting my second build.
     
  13. jhammondcpa

    jhammondcpa Active Member

    Good point on the switches. When I had the tractor light, I wanted to turn it off during the day, but always ran the tail light. However one swith could run both now. I'll rethink that when and if I get my second build going.
     
  14. jhammondcpa

    jhammondcpa Active Member

    BTW The questions are good and always glad to help!
     
  15. crassius

    crassius Well-Known Member

    first thing to consider is if you want the 'safety light' that is used on bicycles & just lets cars see you coming, or a real headlight that will allow you to see a pothole early enough at 35mph to keep from breaking your spokes
     
  16. jhammondcpa

    jhammondcpa Active Member

    I seldom ride in the dark, so my light is so people SEE ME! The tractor light would be perfect, but you'll need to charge the battery more often. It's worth a try. You can see how I mounted the 4 inch tractor light in my picture album.
     
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