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post #1 of 3 Old 03-19-2019, 12:30 AM Thread Starter
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LED front & rear + new bicycle rack!

Hola a todos! Was out of town for a month, then was sick for 2 weeks, so naturally I had to come back with a bang. Didn't really plan much coming into this project just kind started doing shit. Ended up adding 2 30degree LED spot lights to the front, 2 LED strips to the rear side cases, and a new and improved bicycle rack system! OH and a new modular helmet and bluetooth headset!

There are a lot of pics, I'm uploading them to this Amazon Drive folder since there's a max of 5 for this post. I'll upload pics of the completed bike here.

I'll try to give a complete parts list and summary of what I did for each thing (front LEDs, rear LEDs, and rack). Here goes...

Front LEDs

How I done did it:
Since I was working on multiple projects at once I figured I might as well take the whole thing apart, for the front it is much easier to work with the tank and plastics off. I first attached the relay along with the rest of the wiring kit, fed it along the left side of the frame, and allowed some slack to run off either end of the front of the bike when finished. I kinda of ghetto rigged the light mounts with just some L-brackets mounted where the legit under-headlight mount would go (currently working with a friend to get a custom one 3d printed). I mock mounted them so I could wire them to the harness. I then attached, crimped, connected, wrapped in electrical tape, and blessed them. Obviously throughout this process I would test them to make sure I didn't f something up (which I do (and did) quite often). Now plastics and tank back on. Make sure the wires are not rubbing against the forks and you can turn freely, used zip ties and tape where necessary to secure them. I think I also used some liquid electrical tape on the connections.

Parts:
2 LED Spot lights $18 linky
Universal LED Light Wiring Harness Kit 9V/12V/24V with Relay 30A Fuse On/Off Switch $14 blinky
Male spade electrical connectors $5? Home Depot
Your mount of choice. I went with the classy 2 L-brackets from the Home Depot route. Works well so far, they haven't budged and don't shake while riding.
Total: $37ish



Rear LEDs

How did it did it:
Let me start by saying this was so hard (for me) but such a great learning experience. It was so frustrating but man does it feel good to have some nice LEDs on my cases now! I did do some research on this front but not enough and I didn't heed enough of said advice. lol...
So I started by taking apart my backend removing the plastic tail section that houses the tail light. Basically the majority of the work is going to be in this section so feel free to take it inside and get to know it better. I should have started by testing which wires were hot when brakes, signals, and tail lights were activated, but I kinda just guessed by reading online and looking at it. My advice - TEST AND LABEL the wires it will make your life much easier. I was NOT replacing my tail light with the LEDs, just adding AUXILIARY lights. So I just had to splice into the existing wires and match them up with the corresponding wire that will be wired to the LED. I bought about 4 feet of this cable that had 4 wires in it not sure what it was called, but super handy since they're all nice and protected. I cut and stripped an inch or so of said wire and spliced into the existing tail and signal wires. Since I had 2 separate LED strips (one for each side case) I would wire BOTH turn signal wires from the LED strip to the single existing signal wire. I hope this is making sense so far, it's pretty late here Anyways. One thing to note as above, continuously TEST the lights to make sure you didn't f something up in the process. Best to catch your mistakes sooner than later, trust me. Once I finished splicing and wrapping each connection I wrapped each bundle in tape and put the tail section back on. I fed the wires down each side along the plastic interior. Now here's where it gets interesting. The cables that the LED strips came with are probably only a foot long, not long enough to cover the length of the box and into the bike. I did not want to wire them straight up and into the bike somehow (I forget why but I had a good reason). So I ended up getting some extra wire, attaching it to the LED wire with waterproof connectors, heat shrink over it, and liquid and solid(?) electrical tape. This connection point is outside the bike hence the heavy fortification. Now on the connection inside the bike I used male and female spade connectors so that if I did need to move the cases far away from the bike I would be able to by disconnecting it from the inside. Thing to note: The LED strip wires are SUPER small and fragile, if you can find a strip with thicker wires that would be phenomenal because these things really do not inspire any confidence whatsoever.

Again, I really hope this is making sense if you guys have any questions please ask!

Parts:
2 of these LED strips $10 each. There are cheaper options, I just decided to go with these based on reviews. linkaso
Liquid electrical tape $7
Spade connectors $7
Waterproof connectors $4
Crimper $25 (returned cuz it wasn't able to crimp the female spade connectors)
Multimeter $12
Wires $5?

Total: $55 - $80



Bicycle rack!

How it happened:
Been itching for a solution to my previous ghetto bike rack and this is what I came up with.
I used 2, 2ft sections of 1in PVC pipe, attached the cradles to the ends of the pipe and secured the pipes to my awesome rack. I had to sand down the tips of the pipes so they would enter the cradle's opening and just hammered them in. Then I drilled holes in the pipe, laid it across the rack, and attached a 6in bracket to the bottom of the rack. I used a U-bolt and a T-bracket for the ends closest to the cradle. It's pretty self-explanatory by just looking at the pictures. What may look a little weird is my wheel holder system. It's basically a hanger arm screwed into the back of my rack attached to an L-bracket at the other end that is attached to the stock rack. Kind of self-explanatory if you look closely lol. It works pretty well because of the pedal and orange bungie that keeps the wheels from swinging. The red bungie keeps the handlebar from swinging.

Parts:
Bicycle cradles $15 can't find the link anymore but they were from this site https://www.etrailer.com
2, 2ft 1in PVC pipes $5 Home Depot
Bolts, lock nuts, brackets $15

Total: $35


I hope this inspires at least one person to do this or something else to their bike! No reason not to do whatever it is you've been wanting to do, just do it. Thanks for reading everyone. Please give me your feedback on my shoddy handywork and bogus designs! If you have any questions feel free to ask!
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post #2 of 3 Old 03-19-2019, 03:15 AM
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Nice problem solving skills.

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Thanks Nicad! The more I fumble the better I get. I could probably wire my next bike in only a few hours where as this took me about 2 full days due to all the hiccups and trips to the hardware store.
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