awesome. thanks for sharing!
so what have you ordered so far?
so what have you ordered so far?
I hope you're right. I may want to install the Skene Design P3 Lights and Photon Blaster conspicuity lighting systems on the bike and will need to have a wiring diagram. Not that I want to take my bike apart as soon as I get it home, but these lights have literally saved my life on my Shadow and I'd like the same thing on the CTX1300.you just wait, Im sure that service manual is going to show up as a free PDF shortly...
At least some of us have that in us, the drive and know how to hack through it. Even with a service manual some people wouldn't dare mess with it.I don't do much heavy wrenching myself (oil changes, brakes (when I own a bike long enough to need them), and I'll add on my own farkles), but every once in awhile I'll get curious, especially if I've got some kind of breakage and can't get to the stealer. So I'll very likely grab a service manual, at least for the stuff that I can do without getting into too much trouble.
Ok, now let's be clear, these last few years aren't normal. I usually do 5000-6000 miles a year on the bike, occasionally more if there's time (and cooperative weather) for a bike trip. I have had occasion (or the need) to dive in deeper than just bolting on farkles. I replaced the rear brake caliper on the VTX1800, and I got really ambitious and put a bigger front sprocket on the Magna. On the VTX1300 I jetted the carb -- three times actually before I got it running right.With only 2200 miles over a three year period on your current machine,I can understand that "ED"!! Dave!!!
I sent an email to Jerry Skene with photos of the CTX1300 and asked for his advice on this. Here's what he said:Those Skene lights look like the thing to have on a bike with all LED lighting. I suspect the 2 little screws just under the engine guards is where the OEM optional driving lights would mount so that is where I would put a bracket to hold any Skene lights up front.
Good to know. As I recall, the ST1300 has a similar set up (although I don't remember exactly what the actual guards are mounted to). Smart, so in case you do tip it hard enough to scrape stuff up, you're only replacing a decorative cover instead of an expensive piece of hardware.Since realizing the stubs sticking out just in front of the cylinder head covers were the engine guards I've been looking for confirmation of that and how they are mounted. Found my answer in the parts store diagrams. Turns out those stubs you see are actually decorative covers that go over the engine guards, even the diagonal bar under them where the OEM driving lights mount with 2 screws. The frame diagram shows the actual engine guards and they are bolted directly on the front frame tube in 3 places. Not engine mounted but frame mounted as they should be.
Bob, can you suggest a brand that you think is good? I have seen a few over the years but I don't know anyone else who has used one. Your advice would be greatly appreciated. The last thing I want to do is mess up anything on this bike!As to power for any added lighting, including LED, I would never tap into factory wires other than to only trigger a relay to turn them on (as in for brake or turn signals). I would always install an isolated fused power panel (switched) to power them as I've mentioned on this board previously.
I most certainly did NOT say that.Ed!! Did you,or did you NOT,say that you've owned your TBird for 3 years now but only had 2200 miles on it???? lol lol Or did I misunderstand you.lol WELLLLLLLLLLLLL????? lol lol So!! If that's the case,why would you have to work on it cause it AIN'T been driven far enough to require any maintenance.lol lol lol I was only quoting you Ed,with maybe,just alittle teasing thrown in for good measure.lol,lol lol But I meant no disrespect to you sir. Dave!!!