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post #1 of 16 Old 11-28-2016, 11:58 PM Thread Starter
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Lighting kit for Kappa K48 top case?

Took a while to figure out what I even had (given that it has both Givi and Kappa marks on it!), but after some research I determined that my top case is a Kappa K48 with Suzuki branding. Like this:


Except mine has a "Suzuki Vstrom" badge where you see the silver "Kappa" badge in the photo.

Is there an easy way to add a brake light kit to the red reflector in the lid?

It looks as if there is some space in there, behind the reflector. Of course, I'd have to figure out how to route the wires.

The red reflector doesn't seem to be all that reflective. Been thinking of adding some reflective tape to the back of the case. It's always on the bike - functions as my "trunk."

Been pondering other auxiliary brake/supplemental turn signal lights as well. I have an aftermarket accessory fuse box under the seat (thanks to a previous owner). I'm pretty comfortable with soldering & running wires, so powering some additional lights shouldn't be too cumbersome.
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Is there anything here that will help you?.. I use their light kits in my givi v35 bags..

https://www.admorelighting.com

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Yup, I was looking at their SMT Light Bar with Smart Brake tech. It seems pretty neat.

I just have to figure out where I'd mount that. With creative use of fasteners/brackets/etc. I could probably find a place.
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Been pondering other auxiliary brake/supplemental turn signal lights as well. I have an aftermarket accessory fuse box under the seat (thanks to a previous owner). I'm pretty comfortable with soldering & running wires, so powering some additional lights shouldn't be too cumbersome.
Try searching eBay for "Universal flexible 32 LED motorcycle light strip tail brake stop/turn signlight"

These are bright, cheap, easy to mount, last a long time. I have one mounted vertical on the back of each pannier and a pair on the top case. I wired the 'left' and 'right' leads together on the side cases to make a single, bigger turn signal each side.

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Wow, yeah that's cheap all right. First one I ran across was $4.95 with free shipping! Ordered two.

I could just stick the LED bar to the bottom of the metal shelf-type thing that my top case sits on & attaches to. A strip of 3M automotive trim adhesive would probably do the trick.

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Wow, yeah that's cheap all right. First one I ran across was $4.95 with free shipping!

I could just stick the LED bar to the bottom of the metal shelf-type thing that my top case sits on & attaches to. A strip of 3M automotive trim adhesive would probably do the trick.
I hate to 'ruin it' for you, but you won't even get to use your double sided tape. They come with 3M brand VHB tape already on the back. #greatvalue

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Excellent. At $5 each I wouldn't have minded supplying the tape myself, but that's even better!

Now I just need to forget I ordered them, and in a few weeks I'll get a nice surprise in the mail.
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Got the LED light bars today.

Wiring them in shouldn't be too tough. Since a small LED array like this draws hardly any current, I should be able to connect the bars in parallel with the existing lights, yes?
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Got the LED light bars today.

Wiring them in shouldn't be too tough. Since a small LED array like this draws hardly any current, I should be able to connect the bars in parallel with the existing lights, yes?
Exactly. Just connect in parallel.


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OK, but I have no idea how to go about this.

I don't want to mess up the stock brake light & turn signal wiring. I can see where it goes to the lights in the tail of the bike, but I have no idea how to connect the lightbar. Also there isn't much room in there to work.

There isn't enough wire included with the LED bar to reach all the way to the main electrical spaghetti mess near the battery. I could splice on extensions, but is there a simpler way to do this?
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