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post #1 of 47 Old 12-20-2005, 01:49 PM
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Can I get brighter lights?

I was riding with some friends last month in the lead position. When we stopped for a break, they claimed they could hardly see my turn signals. It was a sunny day, but they insisted they were dim.

This has prompted me to begin looking for either a brighter bulb, clear lenses, or even an LED conversion. Has anyone else had similar problems?

My headlights are phenominal and I wouldn't change a thing about them - although some others on Stromtrooper have swapped out the stock headlights for Sylvania Silverstars. The guys I ride with have said my headlights DO NOT NEED TO BE BRIGHTER. I figure since it's the off-season in Pennsylvania, I would upgrade my turnsignals and maybe my brakelight. Any thoughts?

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post #2 of 47 Old 12-21-2005, 12:14 AM
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Brighter Turn Signals

I just fixed the dim turn signal problem this weekend, and it took all of 10 minutes. I went to Lowe's and bought a $6 roll of shiny aluminum repair tape (found in the paint section). Unscrew each signal lens and line the interior with the easily formed taped (kind of like foil). Replace lens cover and your signals are easily twice as bright. Since there is no reflector of any sort on the stock signals, the shiny lining really makes a big difference.
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I just fixed the dim turn signal problem this weekend, and it took all of 10 minutes. I went to Lowe's and bought a $6 roll of shiny aluminum repair tape (found in the paint section). Unscrew each signal lens and line the interior with the easily formed taped (kind of like foil). Replace lens cover and your signals are easily twice as bright. Since there is no reflector of any sort on the stock signals, the shiny lining really makes a big difference.
I might have to give that a try! I recently installed the Emgo clear turn signal kits.. that did help quite a bit IMHO. Using the aluminum tape with this new set up may improve things even more. I will let you know! :wink:
 
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I went to Lowe's and bought a $6 roll of shiny aluminum repair tape (found in the paint section).
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Re: Brighter Turn Signals

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I just fixed the dim turn signal problem this weekend, and it took all of 10 minutes. I went to Lowe's and bought a $6 roll of shiny aluminum repair tape (found in the paint section). Unscrew each signal lens and line the interior with the easily formed taped (kind of like foil). Replace lens cover and your signals are easily twice as bright. Since there is no reflector of any sort on the stock signals, the shiny lining really makes a big difference.
WOW! Thats a great idea. Now I have something to do relating to my bike this weekend.

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Thanks for the idea csr67. I think I'll get some "high intensity" 1156 amber bulbs from NAPA or Advance Auto, line the interior with the foil tape and install clear lenses. That oughtta do the trick.

Thanks everyone for your help.
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Call me cheap, but instead of the foil tape I just used ordinary aluminum foil. Push it into place, tape the edge to hold it down and replace cover. Really did make a difference.

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Thanks for the idea csr67. I think I'll get some "high intensity" 1156 amber bulbs from NAPA or Advance Auto, line the interior with the foil tape and install clear lenses. That oughtta do the trick.

Thanks everyone for your help.
Be cautious with high intensity bulbs - I put them in the parking lights of a BMW car years ago - over a few weeks they slowly melting the inside of the turn signal lense....

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Foil Tape

I'm glad you guys like the foil tape idea. I think the roll is 100' long, so I probably have enough tape to mod. all the V-strom signals in North America!
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I'm glad you guys like the foil tape idea. I think the roll is 100' long, so I probably have enough tape to mod. all the V-strom signals in North America!
I certainly wouldn't hold you to 'all' the North American V-Stroms but I'll get mine in line if you're willing!!!!

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