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post #1 of 33 Old 11-04-2018, 01:27 AM Thread Starter
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LED Bar Light installation in DL650A

Hi, I recently installed the Rigid Industries E-Mark 6" SR-Series LED Bar Light in my 2016 DL650A. It lights phenomenally and the range is really impressive, my only problem is that occasionally, in full dampers, the LED Bar reaches to strike the fender. If any of you have installed this type of LED bar lights on your V, I am very interested in knowing the type of support you used. Thanks and happy rides!!
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post #2 of 33 Old 11-04-2018, 02:51 AM
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Looks interesting. How much clearance would there be under suspension compression, if the LED strip was mounted to a fork brace, instead of under the cowling? Not sure of the vibration though.
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You mean something like this? (see attachment). Well it would give me more clearance, but I'm thinking it would produce a shadow on the road, coming from the main lights when the LEDs are off, could that be possible?

On the other hand, it wouldn't look nice; it would look like something external to the fuselage of the bike's nose... Ugly! This would not matter to me at all; however the issue of the shadow would be what worries me more...

And there is also the thing about vibration you mentioned, because to be positioned that far the LEDs would need a metal arm, so the vibration would increase. That could be solved by using a thicker arm I think.

Next week I will take the bike back to the people who made the mounting thing. I went there yesterday and we were talking about a solution; the man says that the option would be to raise the light bar about an inch or something. That would pressure a bit the cowling (which is plastic anyway), to avoid having to cut it to make room for the light bar. And he also mentioned that we could adjust the front suspension to raise it a bit.

In any case, I guess the modification we're gonna do needs to give me about 1.5/2 inches of clearance.

I'm still scratching my head with this solution we are gonna do next week, we'll see there in the workshop if this works. But in the meantime I'm thinking about other solutions, and consulting with other riders to see if someone has invented a better mount than the one we already did.

Please excuse this loooong answer, I'm thinking out loud; this helps me find solutions, haha!!

Thanks Gert!!
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post #4 of 33 Old 11-04-2018, 10:49 AM
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Me I would cut into the lower fairing to get it up under the headlight.

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Yup, we are gonna try first by raising the LED box as far as possible, blending a bit the plastic of the fairing (by pressure). If that doesn't give us an acceptable result, then we would cut. CUT!!

That play cannot be undone, so... care would be a must!!

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Your pix in post #3 is not correct. The fork brace is installed on top of the front fender, where the forks and fender meet. The light will follow the direction that the fork / wheel is pointing. No sure whether the LED strip is the same length as the width of the forks, nor how it would look once mounted on the fork brace or how much light it would cast when mounted lower.
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Oh ok, I see. Well we considered that option too, however there is aomething to keep in mind and is the vibration... the wheel vibrates more than the bike so it is possible that the light beam would be bouncing on the road, which wouldn't be ideal. But it is an interesting solution anyway, thanks Gert!

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A weather strip rubber could help to dampen some of the possible vibration on the LED strip. Normally a vehicle LED strip should be able to handle more vibration abuse than the normal motorcycle globe would.
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I think the custom light bar you posted in #3 is the answer. However, if there is room under the nose to cut and tuck the lightbar in there I would not hesitate to do that.

Then you have to ask yourself how much brighter or eye-catching is the light bar over two separate lights and is it worth the mounting hassle?

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A weather strip rubber could help to dampen some of the possible vibration on the LED strip. Normally a vehicle LED strip should be able to handle more vibration abuse than the normal motorcycle globe would.
Great appreciations Gert, thank you very much buddy!!

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