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post #1 of 39 Old 06-28-2008, 02:22 PM Thread Starter
 
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Brighter Turn Signals

I went on a short ride with another Wee the other night. I didn't realize until then how pitifully dim the turn signals are.

So, what have you done to brighten them up? New bulbs? Reflective tape on the back of the housing?

How difficult is an LED conversion?
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post #2 of 39 Old 06-28-2008, 03:16 PM
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Easy fix.. Go to your local Home Depot or Lowe's and buy a role of the reflective foil tape. One roll is about $5, and it'll do approx. 300 turn signals. Open each signal, pop out the bulb holder and line the interior with the shiny tape. Replace bulb/lens and watch your signal brightness increase by about 200%.
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Are you talking about the aluminum ducting tape?

I don't have a Home Depot or any other large home type store near me, I'll have to order some.

Something like this: http://multimedia.3m.com/mws/mediawe...6EVs6E666666--

...or perhaps something like this?

http://www.amazon.com/mil-REFLECTIVE...4693111&sr=1-3

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Just after I bought my 6Fiddy I did a conversion to 21W halogen bulbs.


Removed the OE bulb and made up connectors for the wires...EZ install, very bright.

Initially I was worried about vibration ... but in 4 years it turned out to be a Non-issue.

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That's pretty cool. After 4 years, I guess there's no concern for heat issues.
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I went on a short ride with another Wee the other night. I didn't realize until then how pitifully dim the turn signals are.

So, what have you done to brighten them up? New bulbs? Reflective tape on the back of the housing?

How difficult is an LED conversion?
I got some carboard egg cartons from my fridge, crumpled some aluminum foil, then rubber cemented it in to the egg carton, and placed this behind the light bulbs.
Price was 2.00, including breakfast.

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That's pretty cool. After 4 years, I guess there's no concern for heat issues.
Glad you reminded me ... I tested them for heat after the install by leaving them blinking for the better part of five minutes. Warm yes, hot no.

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Are you talking about the aluminum ducting tape?

I don't have a Home Depot or any other large home type store near me, I'll have to order some.

Something like this: http://multimedia.3m.com/mws/mediawe...6EVs6E666666--

...or perhaps something like this?

http://www.amazon.com/mil-REFLECTIVE...4693111&sr=1-3
Yes, it's the foil tape shown in your second link. You should be able to find some at any hardware store. It's plenty shiny to reflect more light. There are absolutely no reflectors of any kind in the stock signal housings....
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Pull the covers and paint the housings white inside. Uber bright.
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post #10 of 39 Old 06-29-2008, 12:03 AM Thread Starter
 
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I think I'll try the foil tape first. Thanks guys :-)

Always a wealth of knowledge here.
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