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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-18-2016, 07:27 PM Thread Starter
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LED Brake Running Lights to GIVI Trunk

Hi everyone, I wanted to post a note regarding adding running and brake lights to a top case. I was inspired by a post I dug up researching the topic (Added brake lights to my Givi top case - Luggage - VFR Discussion) and felt like it would be helpful to put some more details and specifics out there.

The trunk case here is an e360. Like a lot of trunk cases, my impressions are functionally they're great but you sacrifice conspicuity due to their shading of the tail light which could lead to those dreaded words; I didn't see you... I know admore sells a kit for this but it is super expensive and I'm not a fan of how they set it up so I took the long route with great results!

I've added 3 weatherproof LED light strips that wrap the entire red I look like one but i'm not a reflector. They were purchased thru Superbrightleds.com and are this item: https://www.superbrightleds.com/more...led-3528/1466/

The website has very specific sizing information in the Specifications Section that was key to choosing the right LED strip. These are 10.15mm wide 3.5mm tall and can be cut to length (there are indicators every 3 inches along the strip where you can cut). Red LED light was selected based on research. The LED strips come pre wired which I was very thankful for. I then spliced the pre wiring to a 4 wire trailer harness. These are pretty generic affairs which are cheap. I wired all of the LED grounds to one trailer harness wire and then each of the 3 positive LED leads to a seperate wire. My wiring diagram then turns 6 wires (3 positive 3 negative) into 4 (3 positive 1 negative). The harness sits outside the bottom of the case for quick release when the trunk is removed. Yes...I drilled thru the case. 4 times in fact. Yea I didn't love it but it looks clean when all is done so whatever.

The other end of the wiring harness got zip tied to the underside of the trunk rack via an unused bolt location, ran into the left side of the seat, and then connected to the tail light wiring. I used the same method that Admore uses, Posi-Tap connectors 20-22 gauge. These are painless as can be. I connected the 1 negative wire from the harness to the ground, 1 of the positive wires (bottom LED) to the running lights, and 2 of the positive wires (top two LEDs) to the brake light. Identify which wire is which on the tail light wiring by disconnecting the harness and testing with voltmeter. All this shrink wrapped and we were on our way. This procedure could easily be adapted for most cases, just get the right length LED strip and number you need for a given trunk with the other points still being applicable.

Let me just tell you, this thing LIGHTS IT UP SON. I love it, I feel safer, more conspicuous, and I really enjoyed saving money where it counts and spending it where it does as well, on the actual lights themselves.

--Ben
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Saw this beast in person and spent a good 5 hours behind it. I have to say, it looks G O O D running in person, so much that I've ordered supplies to do it to my Traffic // case.
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Yep, stock lights leave something to be desired. Those aux lights look great and are a solid option that I debated going with. With the large trunk eclipsing that area of the bike I went with lighting up the case because:
  1. It puts the light up higher at a large SUV/Truck's line of sight
  2. The red "not a reflector" on the hard case is misleading for a car driver; they can expect it to light up if you're braking because its looks give the impression it is going to. Throw in a couple texts and things get dicey.

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GREAT solution!


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very nice! How did you install it under the red plastic?

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The red plastic cover can be removed from the case. Couple of screws on the underside of the handle and a couple of screws inside the case and the trim, including the red plastic, comes off. Once removed, the red plastic has three grooves on its inside. The LED strips fit into the grooves; 1 in each.
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perfect, thanks!

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