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    92 Sportster 1200. Saw some sort of similar posts on here for this question but thought some additional help might be needed as i'm new to wiring. I'm sure there's going to be a very simple answer but i'm having a brain fart on how to run the wiring for my headlights. I'm trying to wire up two Aris triangular headlights and will use an on/off/on switch for them. Each headlight has a black and white wire coming out of them. There is also a white wire grounded inside of each headlight. Is there a good way to run so that one of my headlights acts as a low beam, and then if i flip the switch over, they'll both light up (high beam)? Need the help of the wiring wizards. I'm most confused about how the wiring harness of the bike will tie into the headlight switch and then how the switch will tie into the lights. Basically the whole deal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DRare View Post
    92 Sportster 1200. Saw some sort of similar posts on here for this question but thought some additional help might be needed as i'm new to wiring. I'm sure there's going to be a very simple answer but i'm having a brain fart on how to run the wiring for my headlights. I'm trying to wire up two Aris triangular headlights and will use an on/off/on switch for them. Each headlight has a black and white wire coming out of them. There is also a white wire grounded inside of each headlight. Is there a good way to run so that one of my headlights acts as a low beam, and then if i flip the switch over, they'll both light up (high beam)? Need the help of the wiring wizards. I'm most confused about how the wiring harness of the bike will tie into the headlight switch and then how the switch will tie into the lights. Basically the whole deal.
    Ok I'm not going to be a smart ass on this but it's hard not to, this is a very simple question to answer if you think about it for a second.......

    Just run two hots off of the main hot and your problem is solved since your wanting to run two switches.....

    Do you own a test light???? If so use it if not go buy one.....
    Last edited by Tattooo; 04-12-2020 at 8:16 PM.

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    "two hots off of the main hot" meaning the hot from the headlight? How will i connect the switch to the wiring harness? and also would i still need to use the white wire coming out of the headlight as a ground then if the headlights are both grounded inside the housings?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DRare View Post
    "two hots off of the main hot" meaning the hot from the headlight? How will i connect the switch to the wiring harness? and also would i still need to use the white wire coming out of the headlight as a ground then if the headlights are both grounded inside the housings?
    You need to connect the switch to the harness with a wire..... I don't know how else to answer your question..... This stuff is easy just think about it for a minute...

    You should have a ground in your harness from your old light..... That's what a test light is for and a voltmeter is helpful... And a manual with a wiring diagram....

    What you really need to do is take the headlight apart and actually see where the wires are going to be sure.....
    Last edited by Tattooo; 04-12-2020 at 8:55 PM.

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    I'll dig into my factory wiring harness tomorrow. The issue I'm having is that now that i won't have turn signals or a hi beam, the wiring looks totally different. I'll dig into it further tomorrow and update with pics of the headlight i'm talking about. Thanks Tattooo.

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    would i still need to use the white wire coming out of the headlight as a ground then if the headlights are both grounded inside the housings?
    Yes, you need to ground the headlights to the frame, otherwise they will be trying to ground through the neck bearings.

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