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post #1 of 5 Old 08-14-2006, 08:05 PM Thread Starter
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Home-made LED side marker lights

As most of you know I'm pretty picky about being seen and I thought a pair of side LED marker lights would be perfect for the bike, especially for the sides where there arnt any active light sources. So if your coming at someone, and they kinda have a side view, they might miss you entirely. These are incredibley effective at increasing your side visibililty.

Most people are suprised when I tell them that these are not stock, so that says they look pretty good. Like usual digital cameras wont capture LED's brightness, but these are the same as you see on semitrailers. Very bright and distint.

I power them off the rear brake lights as that was close and convienent. I drilled small hole in the plastic, and routed the wires straight through, so that the lights would sit flat on the bike. Then used some plastic epoxy to make sure they wont move. Dont have to worry about bumping them either as the rear luggage racks protects them. Might not be very visible with passengers on back depending on their leg size but for everything else they will work great.

Total cost:
20 bucks for the lights, and about 2 hours of time.

Overall I'm very pleased with how they worked out, and think they shoudl be stock

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Just letting you KNOW ! Good farkle and a safety thing to boot. May I offer a suggestion, put 2 more on the front cause it can't hurt and we all know the power draw is next to nothing with LEDs.

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Looks great!

Is it legal to run an amber marker light in the rear? I thought it had to be red for rear and amber for front.

Anyway, I like it. Hope you don't mind if I steal the idea and use it myself.

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As far as I know amber is legal as long as its on the sides. I did some research on the dmv site and it seems to be legal. If anyone knows otherwise it would be nice to know

As for front markers, the forward turn signals are also running lights, I just havent hooked them up yet I'll have to do that tommorrow. Dual lights are nice.
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Found it

Under the IL DMV Handbook Chpt 11.

Restricted Equipment

Your motor vehicle may not have the following equipment:

RUNNING BOARD LIGHTS: These are limited to one on each side, which must be nonglare white or amber lights.

# FLASHING or MOVING LIGHTS: Flashing or moving lights other than turn signals or hazard indicators are prohibited. This does not apply to police or emergency vehicles.

# RED LIGHTS: Red lights visible from the front are prohibited. This does not apply to police or emergency vehicles.

Keep in mind thats IL only, other states may be different.
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