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post #1 of 20 Old 03-21-2005, 08:47 AM
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Visually Pleasing indicators...

One of the best (and cheapest !) things I've done to Suzy are these clear indicator lenses from Custom Dynamics part no CTS-0009 - they really fit in with the rest of the bike now. I ordered the chrome coated bulbs, but they're just too dim, fortunately the clear covers come with orange bulbs. Quick delivery too - recommemded.




LED bulbs next - anyone found a 'clean' way to fix the flash rate problem ?

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You're bike looks great! question......are the turn signals less/more/same noticeable with the clear lenses? Also, how do you like the MRA shield?
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post #3 of 20 Old 03-21-2005, 09:58 AM
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You're bike looks great! question......are the turn signals less/more/same noticeable with the clear lenses? Also, how do you like the MRA shield?
I have the same setup and I also tried the chrome coated bulbs and Sylvania Silverstar bulbs.

The chrome coated are noticeably dimmer than regular amber bulbs.

The silverstar are just as bright but are blue when unlit, amber when lit.
If you like the blue look, they are really good.

I opted for the regular amber bulbs and clear lenses which are just as bright and visible as the stock setup. The color of the blue bulbs next to my blue bodywork looked a little disco. IMHO. Hope this helps.
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Hi !

As SpeedStar says, the orange bulb / clear lens setup is a good as stock (but still not bright enough in my opinion), and I'll probably leave it like that until I sort out some LED's. The chrome bulbs look good, but are just too dim (pictures of them are on my gallery - just follow the link in my sig). They reminded me of my first bike - a Honda MT50 - and its very dodgy power system...

The MRA screen is a big improvement over the stock screen, but I'm still fiddling with it (I'm 6ft tall, 32 leg) I think I'll move it down to the middle position again, and then add some spacers to the bottom to increase the rake..
post #5 of 20 Old 03-21-2005, 12:04 PM
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I ordered my clear lenses several days ago along with the chrome bulbs. I'll let you know my verdict when I get 'em.
post #6 of 20 Old 03-27-2005, 10:11 PM
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Handsome clear lenses. Anything that will help the turn signals become brighter is a good thing. Thanks for the tip.

Lots of aftermarket "fashion bulbs" have LESS light output than stock bulbs so be careful you don't actually decrease the amount of light you're trying to preserve or increase. Many fashion bulbs also run very hot and therefore have short service lives, so beware. Top shelf bulbs like PIAA can be trusted to put out more light and are very well-made. PIAA offers a one year warranty on their bulbs.

I was really surprised to see our turn signals have no reflectors in the lamp housings. That's pretty hard to justify. What's up with THAT Suzuki??
I took a low tech approach to improving this which costs almost nothing.

Remove the lens, the bulb, and the little metal housing retainer clip. Put some aluminum foil over the open housing and rub it to transfer the pattern to the foil. Cut out the foil larger than the pattern and cut a small hole to clear the bulb socket. Tuck the foil, shiny side out, into the housing. Put it back together. Your turn signals are now much brighter. It really works.

If you want no-BS brighter than stock bulbs, get some PIAA 1156 bulbs.

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post #7 of 20 Old 03-28-2005, 08:13 AM
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The chrome bulbs are definitely not very bright. In fact, during the day they are hardly visible. I think I'll get some regular orange bulbs because I don't feel very safe with these installed.
post #8 of 20 Old 03-28-2005, 08:22 AM
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I bought some chrome bulbs from Custom Dynamics and had the same experience, not very bright. I also bought a pair for another bike that uses 1157's (dual contact, like a DL tail bulb) and found the contacts on the base were not perpendicular to the little pins on the side that lock the bulb into the base, so the contacts didn't mate with the socket (i.e. they didn't work at all). There would be no similar problem with the 1156 types DL's use in turnsignals, but it's certainly an indication of some pretty sloppy manufacturing. I'm not dissing Custom Dynamics, they carry great stuff at great prices, but their chrome bulbs just don't cut it.
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As mentioned by MWValley, there are no reflectors in the stock signals. There are a couple of ways to remedy this. Aluminum foil works OK, but even better is 3M SOLAS tape. This is the stuff they use on the sides of fire engines and police cars. Unless you have your turn signals modified to stay on as running lights, you don't have to worry about the heat building up and melting the adhesive. The cheapest source I've found for SOLAS tape is Identi-Tape in Eugene, OR.

The method that I used on my 'Strom was to buy some cheap low-voltage 35w landscape lights at Lowe's and cannibalize them for the sockets and light bulbs. These lights use the same type of dichroic bulbs that expensive Motolights and PIAA lights use. With very little effort, the sockets can be inserted into the signal bodies. The difference is night and day. It's like using a 35 watt, pencil beam driving light for a turn signal. They are VERY visible at daytime, and almost painful to look directly at when it's dark out. I'll take one of my signals apart and snap some pics later. I've had this setup on my bike since December, and I've experienced no problems at all. Oh yeah, they flash at the correct rate without any mods to correct the speed.



I picked up the landscape lights on clearance for about $10.00 each, so the whole project cost me less than $50 for all 4 signals.

I suppose I could change over to the clear lenses (they do look really good.) I'd just have to insert an amber lense in front of the bulb inside the lense. The way they are right now, you can't tell that they aren't stock until I turn them on.
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As mentioned by MWValley, there are no reflectors in the stock signals. There are a couple of ways to remedy this. Aluminum foil works OK, but even better is 3M SOLAS tape. This is the stuff they use on the sides of fire engines and police cars. Unless you have your turn signals modified to stay on as running lights, you don't have to worry about the heat building up and melting the adhesive. The cheapest source I've found for SOLAS tape is Identi-Tape in Eugene, OR.

The method that I used on my 'Strom was to buy some cheap low-voltage 35w landscape lights at Lowe's and cannibalize them for the sockets and light bulbs. These lights use the same type of dichroic bulbs that expensive Motolights and PIAA lights use. With very little effort, the sockets can be inserted into the signal bodies. The difference is night and day. It's like using a 35 watt, pencil beam driving light for a turn signal. They are VERY visible at daytime, and almost painful to look directly at when it's dark out. I'll take one of my signals apart and snap some pics later. I've had this setup on my bike since December, and I've experienced no problems at all. Oh yeah, they flash at the correct rate without any mods to correct the speed.



I picked up the landscape lights on clearance for about $10.00 each, so the whole project cost me less than $50 for all 4 signals.

I suppose I could change over to the clear lenses (they do look really good.) I'd just have to insert an amber lense in front of the bulb inside the lense. The way they are right now, you can't tell that they aren't stock until I turn them on.
I did the same "mod" when I first got my 6Fiddy........
ACE had the bulbs in a 6-pak for 12 bucks (such a deal).
Initially I was concerned that vibration would kill the bulbs over time......8K (S)miles later, still working great.

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