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clearwater LIGHTS CBR500R Darla LED Light Kit Installation Guide

Installation Manual
Universal Kit
Darla LED Light Kit
Dimmable Patent Pending

About the Lights
Darla Clearwater Lights

Three CREE XML2 LEDs (ea) Fully Dimmable
2,400 Lumens (ea) Optic: Driving Beam
High Beam + Horn Features Power: 24W/2A (ea)
Size: 2.2” Dia.
Weight: 7 ounces (ea)

Don’t be fooled by the small package, Darlas pack a punch and are our most versatile light. Dallas is designed for maximum conspicuity, making you more visible to other drivers and illuminating your path at night. Over a hundred mounting options are available! Our Driving Beam projects 75% of the light down the road in a 15-degree beam and 25% in a 45-degree beam.

See And Be Seen
Ride Strong
Clearwater Lights

Clearwater lights include a simple and high-quality means of connecting to the motorcycle’s electrical system. “Posi” devices made by Posi-Products are used to securely and safely make electrical connections on the bike. You can view instructions on the proper installation of the Posi-Products on the manuals page of our website or on Posi- Product’s website at http://www.posi-lock.com. They simply screw together and mate the wires.

Parts List and Bike Preparation

Please be sure to read our instructions thoroughly before attempting installation.

  • Check the Parts list supplied with your kit to be sure all parts are handy.
  • First, park the motorcycle on hard pavement or concrete to ensure the bike will be stable during the installation. If you can mount the bike on a stand with tie-down straps, this will help secure the motorcycle.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for disconnecting the battery. This is important to prevent damage to the electrical system.

The parts above reflect a “standard” kit. If you have received a kit specialized for one bike, the parts may vary.

Parts List and Bike Preparation

The parts above reflect a “standard” kit. If you have received a kit specialized for one bike, the parts may vary.

Mounting The Lights

Fender Mount Overview: (detailed diagrams on next page)

  • Pre-assemble the lights, mounting bracket, shoulder washers (if needed), and spacers with new bolts. Add 1 or 2 plastic washers to the shoulder washer to make up the difference in thickness of the front fender if needed. Make sure to assemble one side at a time.
  • Gently screw all bolts in hand tight. Inspect the bolt length and spacer alignment before tightening the bolts. Keep the pictures below as a reference.
  • The mounting bracket can be mounted facing down (shown) or up to give the desired adjustability range.

D2 Universal Fender Kit

Mounting The Lights
Mounting Guidelines:
The Darla Universal Kit includes enough hardware to fit many bikes. Follow these guidelines for determining which hardware to use with your bike.

First, make sure the bolts, spacers, brackets, and washers you select have the same thread length as the factory’s fender bolt.
Use a shoulder washer when mounting directly to the fender so the pressure from tightening the bolt doesn’t crack the fender. If The shoulder washer is too long, use
plastic washers to make up the difference. However, make sure the shoulder washer bottoms out on metal, not plastic.

If you are mounting to a hole that has a large stud that comes up through the fender or is separate from the fender, and need to clear a step or other obstacle, add a spacer to the bracket as shown above.
If you are mounting to a hole that has a large stud that comes up through the fender (such as the Yamaha FJR) or is separate from the fender, flush-mount the bracket as shown above.

Mounting The Lights

Mounting Lights (Crash Bar Mount):

  • Find a suitable location for mounting lights on the crash bar or engine guard. We have a variety of crash bar clamp sizes.
  • Mount the bracket with clamps and attach the light to bracket.
  • Double-check alignment before tightening bolts.
  • There are many possible mounting angles with this bracket. Be sure that the location does not interfere with the normal operation of the bike.
  • Do not mount in a location that will expose the lights or wiring to high temperatures, such as within a couple of inches of the exhaust manifold or cylinder head.

D25 Crash Bar Kit

Wiring Diagram

Mounting The Volume Control Knob

There are three ways the volume control knob can be mounted: Mounting Dimmer #1: (M5x30mm Screw Mount)

  • Mount the volume control knob to the handlebar by using supplied bracket, spacer, and bolt.
  • Try to route wires from lights and volume control knobs along pre-existing wires. Make connections in a waterproof area.

Mounting Dimmer #2: (Fairing Mount)

  • Mount the volume control knob in the fairing by drilling a 5/16” hole and mounting with the included nut.
  • Check for a minimum 2” clearance behind the panel to allow for circuit board and wires.
  • Double-check the fitment of parts before drilling your panel. Measure twice, drill once.
  • Tighten 10mm nut and install rubber knob over volume control knob with a press fit.

Mounting Dimmer #3:
(Handle Bar Clamp)

  • Mount the volume control knob to the handlebar by using supplied bracket, bolt, and clamp.
  • Hint for High Vibration installations: To keep the Volume Control Knob from rotating itself under high vibration, put a dab of silicone adhesive under the knob and let it dry. Then push the rubber knob back on. The friction of the glue under the knob will keep it in place.

Mounting the Harness + Wiring

Mounting the Harness:

  • The harness should be mounted in a secure location close to the front of the bike. Use the provided zip tie pad, zip ties or a fastener of your choice to mount the harness. Choose a location away from direct heat and out of the way of pinch points and steering/suspension assemblies.
  • Route the THICK RED/BLACK power wires toward the battery.
  • Be sure to route all wires so that they cannot become tangled or caught in either a suspension or steering part. Use the provided zip ties to secure them in place. Again, check the movement of steering and suspension before riding.
  • It may be helpful to follow the existing factory wire routing.

Wiring + Connections:

  • Before connecting any wires to your bike, first diconnect the negative terminal from the battery, then the positive.
  • Please use the Wiring Diagram provided on Page 7 as a reference.
  • Dimmer: Connect the dimmer to the harness (GREEN connectors). If the wires are too short, the GREEN extension cable may be required.
  • Switched Hot Wire: The THIN RED wire from the harness needs to be connected to a 12V switched hot source on the bike using one of the PosiTaps. This will allow the Clearwater Lights to turn on/off with the key or when the bike starts. The lights are NOT powered from this trigger wire. The Clearwater Lights are powered directly from the battery.
  • High Beam Feature: Use one of the provided Posi-Taps to connect one of the THIN WHITE wires from the harness to the high beam headlight hot lead (+) on the bike. This feature sends a signal to the harness to turn the Clearwater Lights to 100% when the high beam is illuminated.
  • Horn Feature: Use one of the provided Posi-Taps to connect one of the THIN WHITE wires from the harness to the horn hot lead (+) on the bike. This feature sends a signal to the harness to turn the Clearwater Lights to 100% when the horn is pressed.
  • Note: If you have an H4 headlight bulb or a ground switched horn, you may need a diode pack or isolation relay respectively, otherwise the lights will not function as intended.
  • Power Wires: Connect the fuse/fuse-holder to the red wire from the wiring harness to the positive terminal of the battery, then black wire from the harness to the negative terminal of the battery.
  • Light Wires: Connect the lights to the harness. Light extension wires may be required depending upon the distance of the lights to the harness.
  • Again, make sure all wires are neatly routed away from direct heat, and steering/suspension components. Use zip ties to secure wires in place.
    TEST: With the bike running, the lights should be dimmable via Clearwater Lights Dimmer. Test the high beam and horn features (if enabled) and the lights should go to 100%. If all checks, congratulations, you are finished!

Alignment & Tips

How to Align the Lights
Ask an assistant to help you with this procedure. Make sure the bike is on level ground and have an assistant sit on the bike. Press a level against the face of the light, and adjust its angle. The goal is to adjust the lights so that the light is level with the ground. Passengers and luggage may alter the alignment of the light, so further adjustments may be needed. You may find that a slight downward angle (5 degrees) is helpful.

Do Not Kink The Grommet
To maintain the integrity of the water sealing grommet, do not kink, deform or put pressure on the grommet when dressing the wires during install of Clearwater Lights.

Posi-Tap (A):

  1. Unscrew the cap of the Posi-Tap (gray or large end).
  2. Slide the wire you wish to tap into through the slot in the cap.
  3. Re-attach the body of the Posi-Tap and tighten.
  4. Attach the other wire to the bottom using the same method as a Posi-Twist.

Posi-Lock (B):

  1. Remove both ends from the Posi-lock.
  2. Strip wire 1/2” and insert it into the bottom portion of the Posi-lock.
  3. Hand tightens the Posi-lock onto the bottom portion with wire, and repeat for another side.

Thank you for purchasing your Clearwater Lights. We hope this product will help make you a safer rider. Please feel free to send us comments or suggestions at any time. We learn from you. Visit our website for more exciting products to help you see better at night.
Ride safe!
Sincerely,
Glenn and the team at Clearwater.

The Clearwater Company – 11305 Sunrise Gold Circle, Suite D
Rancho Cordova, CA 95742
Phone: (916) 852-7029 I Fax: (916) 852-9410 I www.clearwaterlights.com
Revised 2/1/21

Documents / Resources

clearwater LIGHTS CBR500R Darla LED Light Kit [pdf] Installation Guide
CBR500R, Darla LED Light Kit, CBR500R Darla LED Light Kit
clearwater LIGHTS CBR500R Darla LED Light Kit [pdf] Instruction Manual
CBR500R, Darla LED Light Kit, CBR500R Darla LED Light Kit, LED Light Kit, Light Kit, Kit

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