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How difficult is it to do the installation on the OEM light bar? The directions on the Kawasaki site make it sound rather complex and involved. I'd like to save the labor dollars at my local shop if this is something I can do.

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You seem like a smart guy . Do it yourself It won't be that bad . The direction's alway's make it sound harder than it is. I read a medical book once on heart transplants,sound like a piece of cake. Just looking for the right state to work in. I know I could do them for half the going rate. <LOL>
 

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Go for it. The instructions given arent that bad. The wiring might be a little scary to you but just remember not to ground out any hot wires. The diagram should spell it all out for you. Installing the light bar should be a snap. Hey, if it turns out you cant do it, bring it to the shop and have it installed. At least you tried and you just might save yourself a good chunk of change. As for the wiring, take a look at this sight and read what this guy has to say about wiring and he gives you a diagram to follow.
http://www.gadgetjq.com/wiredrivinglights.htm While your there, go to his home page and check out all of his hints and instructions. A great sight.
 

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spok said:
How difficult is it to do the installation on the OEM light bar? The directions on the Kawasaki site make it sound rather complex and involved. I'd like to save the labor dollars at my local shop if this is something I can do.

What do Ya'll think?

Although I have been into electronics for over 10 years, the installation of the lightbar is very straight foward. The wiring is very simple once the headlight is taken apart one would understand. I recommend that you have someone helping you in this conquest. I modified the wiring and routing to make it look much nicer. Overall it took me about 1.5 hours, because i am a particular when it comes to these things.

If you have any questions please let me know.
 

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thanks for the replies, I am going to do the install myself and with any luck, I'll have a good time at it too
 

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I placed my order today for the F&S Lightbar plus some other goodies, the F&S Engine Guard, Chrome Drive Shaft Cover, Replacement Lowers for use with a lightbar, Leather Studded Tank Panel, Indicator Light Panel with the vulcan logo, Chrome Side Covers...now the agony of waiting for Big Brown to deliver is upon me....
 

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Gee spok....you trying to make that bike look good or what? LOL :)
 

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I'm trying real hard..I gotta get her all gussied up so I can send my picture in to show your ride forum
 

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I'm sure it's going to be sharp looking when you get it done. ;)
 

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Good choice on those chrome goodies, Spok. And the light bar is a piece of cake, just follow the instructions EXACTLY as written. Also, one small thing, be sure you get the light bar for your bike...there IS a difference between the F&S light bar for the carbureted bike vs the FI bike.
 

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Whistle, Spok's like everyone else that live's in the northern region. If you can't ride ,then you have to tinker with the bike until you can . But that end's up costing more than the riding.<LOL>
 

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T-man said:
Good choice on those chrome goodies, Spok. And the light bar is a piece of cake, just follow the instructions EXACTLY as written. Also, one small thing, be sure you get the light bar for your bike...there IS a difference between the F&S light bar for the carbureted bike vs the FI bike.
Thanks T-Man for the advice. I used the Kawasaki website to record the part number before I placed my order...It should be the right one.
 

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Cant ride, too cold

You got that right woodchuck, Im in the northeast and my credit card is smoking. The UPS guy now askes what we're having for dinner.
 

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Whistle, Spok's like everyone else that live's in the northern region. If you can't ride ,then you have to tinker with the bike until you can . But that end's up costing more than the riding.<LOL>

LOL....The American way! :)

My eyebrows have rasied a few times after the credit card and I had a spending party. Oh well....we can't take it with us. ;)


spok....just so ya know....it never ends :shock: LOL
 

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LOL....The American way! :)


spok....just so ya know....it never ends :shock: LOL
SHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH....don't let my wife hear you say that :)
 

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SHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH....don't let my wife hear you say that :)

Huh? You think I'd squeal on ya? NEVER!!! :)
 

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Huh? You think I'd squeal on ya? NEVER!!! :)
I knew I could rely on you to keep my secret
 

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Spok ,that light bar is a safety issue isn't it. Your wife wouldn't want you to ride around in an unsafe environment would she? lol
 

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Spok ,that light bar is a safety issue isn't it. Your wife wouldn't want you to ride around in an unsafe environment would she? lol
that's the way to do it ! you just have to make sure you have that plan before you tell her the first time. that way, as soon as her mouth starts to open, boom, you throw that at her. she stands there stumped for a minute and you slowly sneak away, hehehe.

i am going to agree with everyone here and say to definitely take on the job yourself. i have no doubt that you will be able to handle it. i will also agree with 1500classic in saying that the leave a little to be desired on the wiring job. i installed mine the way it came only because i knew i would be rewiring it this winter. if you are not electrically inclined, then the factory wiring will fine for you. let us know how it turns out.
 

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woodchucks800 said:
Spok ,that light bar is a safety issue isn't it. Your wife wouldn't want you to ride around in an unsafe environment would she? lol
It is a safety issue, thats how I sold her on this latest round of mods. I know I'll be able to do the work myself, and have some inclination to electrical work, that is, I've not electrocuted myself...yet. I really want to do all that I can to my bike so I'll work my way thru the lacking directions and get'r'done.

What I don't what Mrs. Spok to hear is that mods and upgrades never stop, that won't make her happy.
 
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