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LED Lights for Givi V46

I have searched the forum but have not found what I like as far as lighting the V46 with brake lights and possibly turn signals.

Just like the 12V Kawasaki outlet up front ($135 OEM) ~$15 here, I am not willing to spend $140 for admore led lights. I am looking to spend ~$30 total on the project.

I am hoping someone else has done this before and if not, I will post up when I finish this project.

I am starting with the V46NT (Clear lenses) and the goal is similar to admore.




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Maybe not the pattern, but the lights themselves look great. Thanks!
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I installed a set of 12 v led strips from the auto parts and connected then to the break lights with a SAE connector. Since you have clear lenses use red leds. No turn signal though. For turn and break use three sets of leds and connect them using 4 pin trailer light connector. The leds sets are $15 per pair and the connector is $3 to $ $10. I did my set for the V35 and the E450 with three sets of leds and three connectors.
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I installed a set of 12 v led strips from the auto parts and connected then to the break lights with a SAE connector. Since you have clear lenses use red leds. No turn signal though. For turn and break use three sets of leds and connect them using 4 pin trailer light connector. The leds sets are $15 per pair and the connector is $3 to $ $10. I did my set for the V35 and the E450 with three sets of leds and three connectors.
I believe this is more likely the rout I am going to take. I have several auto parts stores around and will be scoping them out soon.

Did they fit under the lenses without drilling?
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More than enough space under the lenses for the led strips. I had to be creative to route the cables. I filed notches on the V35's to route the cables out of the lenses and into the trim covers. I drille a hole in the back and bottom of the top box the wires out to the connector. Black electrical tape worked as cover up for the cables inside the top box. If I do not point it out most people wil not see it. These boxes are marked for wiring so it is easy to find the least damaging plce to drill. Here's a pict of the end product:



Total cost was about $60.

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More than enough space under the lenses for the led strips. I had to be creative to route the cables. I filed notches on the V35's to route the cables out of the lenses and into the trim covers. I drille a hole in the back and bottom of the top box the wires out to the connector. Black electrical tape worked as cover up for the cables inside the top box. If I do not point it out most people wil not see it. These boxes are marked for wiring so it is easy to find the least damaging plce to drill. Here's a pict of the end product:



Total cost was about $60.
Now we are talking! I am leaning towards this route.
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Recommend you buy the LEDs from anywhere EXCEPT the car parts store. They are cheap and have a very limited viewing angle. There are tons of places to buy decent, yet inexpensive LEDs on a PCB pre-wired for 12V.
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Recommend you buy the LEDs from anywhere EXCEPT the car parts store. They are cheap and have a very limited viewing angle. There are tons of places to buy decent, yet inexpensive LEDs on a PCB pre-wired for 12V.
Can you post some links to some lighting suppliers you have bought from please!

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I lit up the inside of my Mustang like Yankee stadium with some square 12-LED panels I got from Amazon

http://www.tontodonato.com/images/Mu...l_dome_512.jpg

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Can you post some links to some lighting suppliers you have bought from please!

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(the round 48led clusters are BRIGHT!

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Places I've ordered from in the past. No complaints.

https://www.kawasakiversys.com/forum...er-forums.html
Thanks for the reply. I did find but I found all of my lights locally.

I have all the hardware now, just need to get everything installed and do a writeup on how I did it. I am a little over budget but way below the price for an admore kit. Right now I have $57 invested on the lights and harnessing.

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Even simpler, take a look at this.
https://www.kawasakiversys.com/forum...er-forums.html

I just did it to my Coocase S48. Of course it already has lights, but this made it much more visible. Lights were about $25 for the pair at my local Harbor Freight.


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small tip from when I lit the inside of my car... many LEDs are very bright and focused. If you don't want that, a little high grit sand paper rubbed on the plastic can help disperse the light for more diffuse coverage.

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So, I have Happy Trail panniers coming and was thinking about wrapping flexible LED strips on the outer corners. The LED strips at superbrightleds.com look decently priced and I could cut and solder strips to size, then tap into the signal wires.

Capn, I'm very interested to see what you come up with...

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I also am interested in the results. The taxman said a nice refund is on the way, and I'm looking at the E55 and E41's, but have a tough time stomaching the thought of an additional $250 - $300 for the Admore lighting for all the cases.
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I also am interested in the results.
Teaser: Lights are installed on the case and have been powered up with a 12V power supply. I am very pleased with they way they look. I have the wires dangling inside the case at the moment as I am trying to determine the best cabling and routing to the bike. I have decided to make some of the lights as turn signals as well. I should have this job completed within the week. So far I am at $42 for the LED's. Dont plan on being more than another $10.
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Got everything installed and buttoned up. Too tired to do a writeup tonight, hopefully by the weekend. I have less than $60 invested in this and a whole lot of planning and execution. Thanks to everyone who offered advice on my original search for hardware!

I ended up with running lights, turn signals, flashing brake lights using the previously installed Backoff XP. I am very pleased with the install. Looks like a factory job in the fact you cannot see the LED's with the bike off and they are lit well when it is running.
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Here is the how to!

Here you go folks! Post any questions and comments on the build thread please!
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