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post #1 of 18 Old 04-30-2006, 05:00 AM Thread Starter
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Brighter turn signals...

Take off the turn signal lenses and the bulb holders inside, then carefully mold aluminum foil ("tin fawl" if yer from Ahia) inside the turn signal housings. It significantly increases the brightness, and the price is right.
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post #2 of 18 Old 04-30-2006, 07:18 AM
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This is a great mod - costs zero and makes a big difference in turn signal visibility. I did this months ago and highly recommend it.
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Take off the turn signal lenses and the bulb holders inside, then carefully mold aluminum foil ("tin fawl" if yer from Ahia) inside the turn signal housings. It significantly increases the brightness, and the price is right.
Yup.....that is going to be a future mod for me, but I am gonna use aluminum HVAC tape and line the housing. My clear lenses and bulbs seem brighter than stock already, so this will help even more. You still enjoying your bike? The Ohio Strommers are starting to increase in numbers! 8)

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Has anyone tried the LED signals from Shock Racing?

They claim they are a "direct replacement" for the stock signals. Does that mean they bolt up to the stock location or do they also mimic the stock signal draw so the lights flash at the correct rate?

I'm trying to decide if I'll go the tin-foil route or look at replacement lights.

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Heavy, just go to Home Depot (or similar store) and buy a roll of the "aluminum foil" tape. $5. You know you have the right stuff if you can see yourself in the reflection from it. Don't use other reflective types of tape, because they will not be as effecient in reflectiving the maximum amount of light out.

I did my turn signals with this stuff and they do seem brighter. I can't justify buying new turn signals just for this, or even brighter bulbs because of other issues such as your wattage limit, etc. involved.

The only drawback is it's a pain to cut the pieces to fit in the housings.

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I have reflective tape in all signals with LED's outback and 50 Watt halogen bulbs in the front. The front are real bright and no flasher issue or heat issue. Flash On.

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I went with 20W Halogen "garden" lights. . . .

Perfect fit in the housing and app. 150% brighter.


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Are the garden lights clear or amber. I have amber in my daytime running lites on the forks and they are very noticeable. The pair of running lites are cheaper than a signal from Zuk so if I do a drop test and need a signal I will be heading to Can Tire.

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Stromette found use #87 for SOLAS tape! It's a signifcant improvement...but then again anything is better then the nothing that's inside these signals, huh? :roll:

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Are the garden lights clear or amber. I have amber in my daytime running lites on the forks and they are very noticeable. The pair of running lites are cheaper than a signal from Zuk so if I do a drop test and need a signal I will be heading to Can Tire.
I used clear as that what was available at my local ACE hardware (9.84 for a box of 6 if I remember correctly). I didn't see any amber but it sounds like a great idea.

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