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ClearWater Lights Installation Manual

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Installation Manual

Universal Kit

Krista LED Light Kit



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Step 1: Parts List and Bike Preparation

•  Check Parts list below with your kit to be sure all parts are handy. If 
something is missing, please call us at (916) 852-7029.

Please be sure to read our instructions thoroughly 

before attempting installation.

Please take the time to review the included instructions. Installation 
of the new Clearwater Krista Lights is straightforward. But, be sure to 
follow some of the suggestions to keep the installation safe and reliable. 
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact us.

Thank you!


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Step 1: Parts List and Bike Preparation

Bike Preparation:

•  First, park the motorcycle on hard pavement or concrete to insure 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 manufacturers guidelines for disconnecting the battery. This 
is important to prevent damage to the electrical system.

•  Krista is a very bright LED auxiliary light. It uses advanced digital 
circuits to monitor and control light output. Do not use these with on 
coming traffic unless the dimmer is turned down all the way. Krista 
is designed as an off road only light due to it’s light output and beam 
pattern. The wide circular pattern is very useful in mountain roads on a 
motorcycle as it keeps light on the road and in the tree canopy. As the 
bike leans, light is still focused on the road. Be certain to use the lights 
in a manner that does not blind oncoming traffic. Use these with caution 
and ride safe.

Krista Technical:

Krista is a very bright LED light that uses digital drivers to produce 
very efficient light from (3) 12 watt LED’s. By using a proprietary digital 
volume control, we can “dim” the lights via a remote mount volume 
control. This rotary knob sends a digital signal to our microprocessor 
that changes the pulses of electricity to the LED’s. As we increase the 
time that the lights are “off” the human eye perceives this as dimming. 
We switch our lights on and off at a rate of 250 times per second, every 
second. Increased efficiency occurs with the dimming as well. Krista can 
also be used in a “low” beam mode and a “high” beam mode. The factory 
handlebar high beam switch is used to select the two different Krista 
modes. Light output approaches that of a 150 watt halogen bulb while 
only using 35 watts of power. Krista is easy to install and has many, 
many uses. Krista is also serving overseas as an emergency operating 
room light on a remote island hospital.

Installation Tips:

There are two main parts to the installation of your new Clearwater 
Lights. The mechanical portion, and the electrical portion. With this 
manual, we will go over the basics of both which should allow you to get 
your lights up and running. If you purchased a bracket made specifically 
for your bike, refer to our manuals online at 




for that specific installation. 


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Step 2: Mounting The Lights / 

Crash Bar Mount

Mounting The Lights: 

(Crash Bar)

•  Mounting the Krista to the Crash Bar is very simple. Pre-assemble 
the lights, and mounting bracket loosely with the supplied parts. Locate 
where you would like the light to be pointing and the orientation of either 
on top or hanging below the bar. Snug the bolts on the clamp so you 
can now adjust the alignment of your lights. When using the M10 single 
mount, you can adjust the light left and right allowing a wider range of 
motion and sight. Use the M6 double clamp mount when wanting a more 
rigid and straight aimed light set up.

M10 Single Mount

M6 Double Mount


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Step 2: Mounting The Lights / 

Light Bar Mount

Mounting The Lights: 

(Light Bar)

•  Krista comes with an assortment of stainless steel bolts that can allow 
a variety of installations. A light bar is the easiest installation. Select the 
correct bolt to fit your bar. Some mounting bars are stamped sheet metal 
and will need a shorter bolt. Krista comes with a mounting bracket that 
has two different bolt patterns to match some popular lighting mounts. 
Pre-assemble the lights, mounting bracket, shoulder washers and 
spacers with new bolts. If you are mounting to a billet light bar, you may 
need to add a few of the supplied washers to space our bracket away 
from the light bar. Gently screw all bolts in hand tight. Inspect the bolt 
length and spacer alignment before tightening the bolts.

Quad Mount

Double Mount


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Step 2: Mounting The Lights / 

Specific Bracket Mount

Mounting The Lights with Model Specific Brackets:

• We have a variety of brackets available for specific bikes where the 
standard light bar and crash bar mounts do not allow for the instal-
lation of Clearwater Lights. Below are images of some of the more 
popular brackets we offer. You can download a specific manual on-
line at our website 



if needed.

BMW 1200RT


Yamaha FJR

BMW F650-800GS

Kawasaki Concours

Suzuki DR650


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Step 3: Mounting The Volume Control Knob

Mounting The Volume Control Knob: 

(Bar Mount)

•  Mount the Volume Control Knob to handlebar by using supplied 
bracket and bolt to the existing controls.

•  Route wires from lights and volume control knob bracket to area 
under left side of forks. Connections can be made here and be kept 

Mounting The Volume Control Knob: (

Fairing Mount)

•  Mount Volume Control Knob in left side faring location. Rubber pulls off 
with a little force– use a small screwdriver to pry if necessary. Hold box in 
your hand. The 10mm nut underneath removes. Drill appropriate hole in 
fairing panel (double check location for room behind the panel...) Insert 
volume control knob shaft, secure with washer and nut. Re attach knob with 
sweep range at 7:00 and 5:00. (Mounting may vary depending on model of 

•  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.


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Step 4: Wiring


•  Run the Red and Black power wires directly to the battery (non-GSA 
version only). The fuse will protect the system in the event of a short.

•  Locate the power relay box in a safe location. Secure with a zip tie. It is a 
good idea to face the relay box with the wires coming out the bottom. This 
helps keep everything dry.

•  Route the two Black connectors for the lights to a convenient location 
where they will not interfere with steering or any other moving parts.

•  Install the switch (non-GSA version only) in a convenient location. Refer to 
the sticker on the switch for proper placement.

•  Switch - Crimp spade lugs to red, yellow and black wires from relay box. 
Attach to corresponding tabs on switch. (See wiring diagram)

•  Using Posi-tap, attach red (turn on wire) to a switched 12v wire. See 
wiring diagram for your motorcycle.

•  Install connectors as shown in the wiring diagram on page 9.

•  Note: extra crimp on connectors provided in connection kit for if you would 
like to shorten the wires.

High Beam Feature:

•  Locate your bike’s High Beam headlight hot (+) lead. This will make 
your lights go to full power when you turn on your high beam. Use a 
Posi-tap to connect one of the white wires from the relay box to this wire. 
It does not matter which white wire you use; both trigger the same way. If 
you do not want to use this feature, simply tuck the white wire away in a 
neat fashion.

Horn Feature:

•  Locate the Horn’s hot (+) lead. This will make your lights flash to 
full when you sound your horn. Use a Posi-tap to connect one of the 
white wires from the relay box to this wire. It does not matter which 
white wire you use; both trigger the same way. If you do not want to 
use this feature, simply tuck the white wire away in a neat fashion. See 
addendum for ground switching bikes.

Wire Routing: 

(Please consult owners manual for  wiring diagram and color codes)

•  Be sure to route wires so that they cannot become tangled or caught 
in either a suspension part or steering part. Check movement of both 
steering and suspension before riding the bike.

•  It is sometimes helpful to follow existing wire routing.


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Step 4: Wiring



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Step 5: Alignment / Drip Loop Instructions

Aligning The Lights:

•  As Krista is designed as an auxiliary light, adjustment is up to the 
user depending on his needs. 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. With a right angle board or object, position the board on 
the floor and slide it up to the light. 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. Often times it is 
helpful to angle the right side light toward the right side of the road. This 
helps with identifying road terrain and potential critters.

No Drip Loop

With Drip Loop

Using a Drip Loop

•  Though our lights are sealed for ultimate all weather use, sometimes water 
sneaks by. To make sure this doesn’t happen, we highly suggest using a drip loop. 
When installing the wiring to your lights, use a drip loop as shown below. This will 
keep water from dripping directly into the light and instead fall off before it can 
reach the back of the body. 

•  To do this just leave a bit of extra wiring and let it hang below the light. You 
could make a complete loop if you like, but just make sure the wire hangs below 
the light as shown below.


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Posi-Twist (A):

1. Strip all wires to be inserted 3/4”.
2. Twist all wires together.
3. Completely unscrew the top from the Posi Twist.
4. Feed the twisted wires through the bottom portion of the Posi-Twist.
5. While ensuring the wires do not slip out of the bottom of the Posi-Twist,

attach the top and tighten.

Posi-Tap (B):

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 (C):

Attach the wires to the screw in connectors using the same method as 




Posi-Products Installation Instructions:



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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!


Glenn and the team at Clearwater.

The Clearwater Company 


 2546 Mercantile Dr. Ste B 

Rancho Cordova, CA 95742

Phone: (916) 852-7029




Fax: (916) 852-9410





Version 7.5 | 12/14/12