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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 07-17-2012, 07:23 PM Thread Starter
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LED Running lights

Saw a new BMW K1600GT with front long bar LED running lights and an ad for some Philips 5 light LED running lights and I was inspired. Ordered the kit from Amazon yesterday and I will take a shot at mounting them on the front of the bike on either side of the radiator. Will send pictures of the process if it turns out well ( or you will never hear from me if it doesn't ). Wish me luck.

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i installed just what you describe in blue, down both side radiator tanks of my blue 09 and also along the rear seat support rails (just inside the passenger peg supports) last year IMO looks good.
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i didnt want my bike to look like a moving Christmas tree, but the V needed some extra lights to be seen. So here's mine.
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Yeah, I am just looking for some added visibility that looks decent. Was going to go the TwistedThrottle Denali route but they are a tad expensive and I don't do much ( if any ) after dark riding.

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i didnt want my bike to look like a moving Christmas tree, but the V needed some extra lights to be seen. So here's mine.
That is slick. How did you do that and what did you use?

Now you just need a colder light for your top running light to match!



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That is slick. *How did you do that and what did you use?

Now you just need a colder light for your top running light to match!
Am working on it. Cant seem to get my hands to the base of the bulb without taking off the sides.. I dread having to open up all the plastics just to replace one single bulb.*

For the rear, i used a pair of 2" LED strip that came with adhesive at the back, *stuck inside the housing and tapped the wyre to the plate lighting line.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/2-x-2-LED-St...495252&vxp=mtr

Plenty of other colour options but i chose to use white so the amber is still visible whenever i indicate my change of direction.

Meanwhile for the front i used this,*

http://www.ebay.com.my/sch/i.html?_n....c0.m270.l1313

Metal bar with a 90 degree bend, Bolted onto the side shroud like this.





However it was not as bright as i hoped for, am thinking of either adding another pair or remake another bar so the bulb sits further out instead of hidden below the covers, for maximum visibility.

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Saw a new BMW K1600GT with front long bar LED running lights and an ad for some Philips 5 light LED running lights and I was inspired. Ordered the kit from Amazon yesterday and I will take a shot at mounting them on the front of the bike on either side of the radiator. Will send pictures of the process if it turns out well ( or you will never hear from me if it doesn't ). Wish me luck.


Hope to see you in lights....

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Now that is just awesome! Now how did you do that?!?!



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Led strips zatz, led strips.

I'm not sure if you got my pm replies as the ipad kept on giving a blank page everytime i hit the submit button, but here's the pic af a different mounting option.

Here's the way they mounted something bigger. I am thinking of doing the exact same metal mount so my lights will sit further out, as it is kinda hidden now













Instead of the halogen lamp that draw whole lot more power, u can use this instead.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/White-Superf...1c3256&vxp=mtr

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Hi Zatz,

If weatherproof LED strip similar to http://www.oznium.com/led-flex-strips/photos.

Cost about USD 5. Gets the power from the V pilot light. Thanks.

Andrew!
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Well, I was able to get some LED lights on the bike.

Some details :

- I used the crash bars as a mount point for the top using a rubber-lined 1 inch clamp and some 3/32 ( I think ) aluminum strips that I bent to fit.
- The bottom of the strips are velcroed to the radiator and, after a couple hundred miles, are keeping the lights pretty tight.
- I ordered some Phillips Daylight 4 LED DRL's. I got the kit from Amazon and it was about $90. Support for these is via 800 number, there was no information on-line other than the manuals.
- I wired them to the Fuzeblock ( unswitched ) but did not follow the instructions. They say to run a second red wire to a "switched" circuit to trigger when the lights will come on. The control box even has a neat blue LED that lights up when you find it. When I connect that up, the lights never come on.
- These lights are designed for a CAR which ( I think ) explains the fact that when the bike goes into a "hot idle", the lights will go off. Blip the throttle and they come back on
- As a feature ( I think ), the lights will stay on for about 5 seconds after you turn off the bike. Kinda cool.
- These are BRIGHT lights. During the day, they are visible. At night, they act almost like little driving lights. They light up about 20 feet in front of the bike in a white light. The wife reports they are brighter than the headlight even though they are aimed down.

Overall, I like them. We'll see how durable the mounting system is but I think it increases my visibility ( which was my goal ) and they look unique. The picture doesn't do them justice.
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I have 2 LED strips green, and angel eyes LED that I put the on green.
I mounted them on the bottom of the fairings, I wanted to accentuate the curves of the bike, I think it looks nice.
Everybody looks at them (even the police men) and at night are amazing.

I wired them with the turn signal, they go OFF when the turn signal goes ON.

I couldn't make a good photo for them, look 10 times better than the photo
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Looks good, Chid!
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some pictures I managed to take lately, one with HID and one without.

The projector is always ON.
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some pictures I managed to take lately, one with HID and one without.

The projector is always ON.
I really like the angel eyes.

How did you open the headlight assembly ? can you make a write up or a how to on the process.

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some pictures I managed to take lately, one with HID and one without.

The projector is always ON.
Snazzy!! I love HID's too but that is very very nice mate.

I'd also like to hear where you got them costs etc.. I'm sure we all would.. love it

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Just remembered this and thought I would make a note. The way that I installed the LEDs was to put them on the "unswitched" side of my powerbox. When running like this, they would come one when I fired up the bike and they would stay on a brief amount of time when I shut it off. I am just speculating here but I believe that the voltage stayed high enough for a short amount of time to keep them on.

My speculation is well-founded. When I went to store the bike for the winter and hooked up the battery-tender, the lights came on and STAYED ON. I had to switch the lights to the "switched" side of the power box to correct. Not sure if anyone else has run into this but keep them lights switched...

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Snazzy!! I love HID's too but that is very very nice mate.

I'd also like to hear where you got them costs etc.. I'm sure we all would.. love it

I just saw the questions now, so this is the answer:

I did post a HOW-TO some time ago, here it is:
Dual bi-xenon and angel eye

I'm loving it every time I go out at night, the cut-off from the projector is AMAZING!
And to keep it on topic, I wired the LED strips with a relay, so when I put the turn signal, the LED strip and the turn signal are flashing alternatively. cool!

I had no problems until now, it's everything I was expecting!
If you have any more questions, shoot!

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I've ordered a pair of these http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/3308067844...84.m1497.l2648 and they arrived today. I've fitted them to the bike, but I have to wait on the light switch coming before I can wire them up. A mate has a set on his scoot, so I know they're plenty bright enough.





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