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    amb67
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    Dipped Beam Wiring Mod (Old & New Switch Types)

    Aprilia RSV Light Switch Dipped Beam Wiring Modification


    Firstly, this is mainly for RSV's that have had the headlamp dipped beam converted to HID but can be used on all RSV's.

    What will this modification do?

    It will allow the dipped beam to remain on when you activate the main beam switch. This will give you much better night vision due to having all three lamps illuminated at the same time.

    Currently, when you hit the main beam button your dipped beam will go out. Try it and see, if it doesn't then you don't need to do this modification.

    Apparently we have two types of light switches fitted to the RSV, we will call them old and new for this exercise. Please refer to the correct part of this 'How to' for your switch type.

    Old-style Switch
    For the older switch type, un-solder the black wire and re-solder to the centre connection point.

    Standard wiring


    Modified wiring


    New-style Switch

    The newer switch looks like this when you get it apart:



    Remove the plastic cover that hides the dip switch then pop the dip switch out.

    Either unsolder the black wire (A) and re-solder it to the white wire (B) or solder a short piece of wire between A and B (I think this is easiest). Make sure you use a similar gauge wire to the other wires in the switch.

    See picture below



    Reassemble the switch and your conversion is complete.

    This is a how to guide and all modifications are done so at the owners’ risk.

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    danf1234
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    Is this applicable to the 04 and onwards model bikes?

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    amb67
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    Quote Originally Posted by danf1234 View Post
    Is this applicable to the 04 and onwards model bikes?
    I'm unsure that the 04 models have an issue with the dipped beam going out as us pre 04 model owners do.

    The old and new style switches refer to two different types fitted to the 98 - 2003 models.

    Perhaps someone with a bit of electrical savvy could have a look at the lighting set up on the 04 models and let us now if it is applicable.

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    amb mate is this in the how to forum yet? if not get onto the mods
    your write ups a sh1t hot mate but your creating me more jobs

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    Sorry STL for all the work I'm creating for you. LOL

    PM'd CrashTD so should get moved soon.

    Working on a HID how to at the moment, is taking a little longer than anticipated.

    PS. I'm also trying to change my dash illumination colour to blue too, will let you know how I get on.

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    Damn, looks like im getting the soldering iron out this weekend top how to. simple, easy to follow and very useful!

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    Mr ABM67, I have just performed the switch re-wire after seeing your above post, I have a 2002 model Mille on an 03 plate, I had the newer type switch and all is working well. Now when I'm riding down the road with my new HID kit and I flick on my full beam I will be able to see even more. .......many thanks for a great mod.....smiffy

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    I've got the old style switch. I'll get in the garage and get on that tomorrow. Very clear and straightforward.

    What's the HID conversion, cost hassle etc? My bike has the standard set up.

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    Does anyone know why Aprilia didn't design the headlamps to keep the dip lights on when you turn on the full beam? I am thinking about doing this mod but in the back of my mind I'm thinking that those great Italian electrical engineers at Aprilia might have had the same idea but backed off because of a potential overload or burn out situation.

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    Mick Oliver
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    Thanks well descrbed will make the mod this weekend

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    amb67
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shake n Bake View Post
    Does anyone know why Aprilia didn't design the headlamps to keep the dip lights on when you turn on the full beam? I am thinking about doing this mod but in the back of my mind I'm thinking that those great Italian electrical engineers at Aprilia might have had the same idea but backed off because of a potential overload or burn out situation.
    You must be joking!! LOL

    Great Italian electrical engineers do not exist in the Aprilia factory, for sure.

    I've been running mine modified for months and have never had an issue, have you read any posts of melted wiring looms etc.... after doing this mod?

    No neither have I.

    I am running a HID dipped beam so the actual current drain is less than that of a 60/55 H4 bulb.

    If you've not converted to HID yet then I'd recommend it as one of your first mods. Helps be seen and to see in poor light conditions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amb67 View Post
    You must be joking!! LOL

    Great Italian electrical engineers do not exist in the Aprilia factory, for sure.

    I've been running mine modified for months and have never had an issue, have you read any posts of melted wiring looms etc.... after doing this mod?

    No neither have I.

    I am running a HID dipped beam so the actual current drain is less than that of a 60/55 H4 bulb.

    If you've not converted to HID yet then I'd recommend it as one of your first mods. Helps be seen and to see in poor light conditions.
    Im with Alan, this is a brilliant mod, but to be fair after adding a HID kit i hardly use the full beam, but when the weather is a little better and we start doing the Friday night ride outs until around 2am in the morning im sure it will come into its own!

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    Shake n Bake
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    Quote Originally Posted by amb67 View Post
    You must be joking!! LOL

    Great Italian electrical engineers do not exist in the Aprilia factory, for sure.

    I've been running mine modified for months and have never had an issue, have you read any posts of melted wiring looms etc.... after doing this mod?

    No neither have I.

    I am running a HID dipped beam so the actual current drain is less than that of a 60/55 H4 bulb.

    If you've not converted to HID yet then I'd recommend it as one of your first mods. Helps be seen and to see in poor light conditions.
    I agree, I haven't heard of anyone having melted wires either but I bet I would be the first!
    I don't think I'll install HID lights this year partly due to the cost and partly because I'm more of a day rider. But as the bike is currently in a state of undress I think I try the light mod.

    Keep your eyes peeled for a pissed off RSV rider pushing his bike home!

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    Cost? I paid £30 for my HID kit!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TTrouble View Post
    Cost? I paid £30 for my HID kit!!!
    That seems cheap, where did you get that from?

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    Best mod you can do.

    and for 30 quid its worth it.

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    Where can you get one of these HID kits from

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    amb67
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mick Oliver View Post
    Where can you get one of these HID kits from
    Try this guy Mick Click Me.

    I have had a few kits of him now for my bikes and a few mates cars too and they are excellent bits of kit.

    They can take about 2 weeks to arrive but worth the wait IMO.

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    Mick Oliver
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    Thanks bud got the link will give it a try

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    petrolpete
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    Wink smashing a nut with a sledgehammer

    Quote Originally Posted by amb67 View Post
    Aprilia RSV Light Switch Dipped Beam Wiring Modification


    Firstly, this is mainly for RSV's that have had the headlamp dipped beam converted to HID but can be used on all RSV's.

    What will this modification do?

    It will allow the dipped beam to remain on when you activate the main beam switch. This will give you much better night vision due to having all three lamps illuminated at the same time.

    Currently, when you hit the main beam button your dipped beam will go out. Try it and see, if it doesn't then you don't need to do this modification.

    Apparently we have two types of light switches fitted to the RSV, we will call them old and new for this exercise. Please refer to the correct part of this 'How to' for your switch type.

    Old-style Switch
    For the older switch type, un-solder the black wire and re-solder to the centre connection point.

    Standard wiring


    Modified wiring


    New-style Switch

    The newer switch looks like this when you get it apart:



    Remove the plastic cover that hides the dip switch then pop the dip switch out.

    Either unsolder the black wire (A) and re-solder it to the white wire (B) or solder a short piece of wire between A and B (I think this is easiest). Make sure you use a similar gauge wire to the other wires in the switch.

    See picture below



    Reassemble the switch and your conversion is complete.

    This is a how to guide and all modifications are done so at the owners’ risk.
    Well that is a way of doing it.
    I am not over keen on messing around with the loom.
    I have myself achieved the same by soldering a diode from the high beam relay to the low beam relay (cathode side of the diode on the low beam + coil side of the relay and Anode side on the + coil side of the High Beam relay).
    The benfit of this is that it is reversible in minutes and also means you don't have to mess around with the loom. (I have got some pictures somewhere and will try and post them up).
    Oh and I have also since fitted a HID kit, if you fit a HID kit this mod is essential as the HID light unit takes time to fire up and this could be potentially dangerous as when the high beam is switched off it will take a few seconds for the low beam to come to full brightness.
    Pete

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