Today on the blog we’re talking headlights—relocation, high vs. low beams, which wires to mess with and more. Let’s get to it!
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Need help relocating a headlight on your Honda Shadow? Here’s a quick and simple step-by-step guide that’ll explain exactly what to do and answer these common Honda Shadow questions:
- Which wires are/aren’t necessary when relocating a headlight on a Honda Shadow?
- WAIT A SEC—which wires go where??
- Do I even need my low beams?
All your answers are below - keep reading!
Finding the power source
The first step in relocating a headlight is choosing your headlight’s power source. On a Honda Shadow VT600, it’s a black and red wire on the back of one of the 9-pin plugs underneath your neck cover. For a Honda Shadow VT750, the wire actually looks the same (black and red). Once you find it, we’ll use this wire to power the headlight.
High vs. low beams
So you’ll see three wires coming out of your headlight—one is for high beams, one is for low beams and one is for the off position. In our experience, we’ve never found a need to use low beams on our Honda Shadows, so we don’t usually bother wiring it. We prefer to run our Honda Shadows with the option of “high beam” or “off” only.
Depending on where you live, this might not be an option for you. Although it’s definitely the simplest course of action, be sure to check your state’s laws first to make sure your custom bobber isn’t required to have a low beam setting. Better to be safe than sorry!
Wiring the headlight
Now, back to wiring. The black & red wire will function as your power source. When you take your headlight switch and your switch clusters off the bar, you’ll see a blue and white wire and all sorts of other wires up in there. If you leave all that intact, the blue and white wire will act as a cutoff for the headlight (meaning, when you start the bike the headlight dies). We recommend just using a simple on/off switch, that way your Honda Shadow’s headlight is either “off” or on the “high beam” setting.
Fasten the black and red wire to one pole of your switch and the blue and white wire to other pole of the switch. Once that’s done, you’ll need to ground the green wire from the headlight by attaching that to the frame.
Once all those steps are taken, you should have a switch that does one thing: turns the headlight off or on. You don’t have to worry about the blue and white wire unless you’re wanting low beams (as mentioned earlier).
Still confused? Check out this video for more details from “the man” TJ himself!
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