GIVI Monokey V46 Lights On 2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT
GIF of finished lights
Thanks to Cap'n Kirk for doing the hard part! I pretty much followed his instructions and everything turned out great!
My shopping list:
- relay is out of stock but any 12V automotive relay should do; they are pretty standard.
Zip ties, shrink tubing, electrical tape, soldering, etc...
A couple of things to note:
The LED strips I ordered turned out to be different than the ones Kap'n Kirk used. Mine had fewer LEDs overall but as a result they are super bright. Just remember to divide up your LEDs to your liking based on your unique situation. I had some extra left over which is why I decided to put another small strip in for the center light (behind the 4 translucent circular lenses)
As stated before, only cut the LEDs on the marked sections. Despite this knowledge, I thought that cutting one short would be ok (and discarding the cut end), however cutting anywhere else will break that whole segment you're cutting (both sides of the cut). Lesson learned the hard way!
To expose the connectors for the cut LEDs, I found a razor blade and a flathead screwdriver to be most useful. Patience is key to prevent damaging the connector pads! After soldering on the wires, I covered using more shrink tubing.
Be sure to remember to remove the reflective strips in the lenses! Otherwise your LEDs won't shine through..
I forgot to get a picture of the 330 Ohm resistor I used. Just remember to use a lot of electrical tape on it to deter bending. I tried to keep the actual resistor itself exposed in case it got hot.
Thanks Kap'n Kirk! Overall this was a fun project to work on and I'm happy with the results. Now I light up like a Christmas tree!
For further visibility, I recommend these:
Visibility Safety Vest
Reflective Rim Tape
Front fog lamps (I used the OEM lights offered by Kawasaki for my specific bike)