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Fitting an on/off light switch on a Yamaha TTR250
It's a very simple operation. All you need is a light switch and soldering equipment.
Firstly take the tank off and find the 9-pin connector that includes the headlight feed - a red/yellow wire. Using this wire allows both headlight beams to be switched off but leaves everything else, including the parking light, on.
It is important to check if your switch lead reaches to the 9-pin connector. The switch I used (Type B here) has long enough leads to reach which made the job easier. Otherwise you may have to extend the switch wires or cut into the light switch loom a little nearer the handlebars.
I run heated grips and a GPS so it is worthwhile being able to switch the headlight off. A few extra amps to the heated grips never goes amiss.
Slip some heat shrink tube over the switch wires (green and orange in the pics) well out of the way of where you are going to solder. The photo below shows the green switch wire loosely connected to the feed wire and ready to be soldered.
My soldering isn't brilliant but the joints were strong enough so that was the trickiest bit of the job done!
All back together and the switch did what it was supposed to do!
The switch was easy enough to fit and I like the "idiot" on/off markings as I get easily confused
Job done - about 30 minutes tops.
An alternative method is to cut the green wire in the loom just ahead of the 4-pin headlight connector as shown in the photo below. This would suit switch Type A here as it has a shorter lead.