I found these LED signals on the web and thought they were really cool
and the shape I liked. What I didn't know was exactly how cool they were. I ordered 2 pair for (obvious reasons) but they are only available in aluminum.
So I knew I would have to paint them. Here's a pic with taped off glass.
Notice in the poor picture there are 2 reds leads and one black lead. I will explain this later.
Here they are pictured with the 2nd of 6 coats of Krylon. Alittle sanding of the aluminum finish was needed at the beginning.
And yes, many light coats were much better than a couple of heavy coats. the first couple of coats will be bumpy, but they will smooth out with the additional coats.
Now that they're painted to match the bike, it's time to install.
Let me first state that all lights were removed and installed without removing any fenders or cowlings. I know people have asked if it is possible and the ansewr is yes. My mechanic and I worked together and he has small hands and could easily get into those tight areas. The rear was the worst but it is do able. I did use a 1/8 inch rubber shim behind the front lamps. This was placed between the lamp and the plastic cowling to add bit more clearance and it made the lamp sit at the proper angle.
Here's a close up of a front signal light on the bike and not lit.
Here's a pic of the signal on the bike from the back side.
Also rear pic.
Now I know you've been waiting and wondereing about those 2 red tails...... The units actually has 2 colors. Amber and red. As you look at the next pics you will see various stages of on and off for the colors. You can not connect the red in front(illegal in almost every state on private vehicles) but in the rear I wired them as additional brake lights. (kind of like hyperlights) There are two rows of red in the middle as you will see.
Yes I substitued LEDs for the regular tail light bulbs also.
The other surprise is in the flash. Two led's remain lit as the other creating the arrow flash.
Here's a front view 4 way flash.
Here are some side notes:
The next time I have to paint, I would take the units apart..seperate the stem from the head. I also just, I mean like yesterday, found a powder coating place in South Florida.
These are all metal units so would not recommend for offroading as if you were to hit them in a laydown/drop, it will defintley put a hurt on your fairings.
Blinker/flashing rate: yes it is faster than normal but tolerable. I purchased Trick Flasher
but have not yet installed it. This will allow me to program 5 different flash rates. I also install Back-Off
LED amber side markers. These are little dots which mount in the plastic by drilling a hole and setting them in. I will wire them to the flashers as side blinkers.
LED running/brake lights for the OEM side cases. This will take some doing as I want to create an auto type connection when putting on the luggage so I don't have to manually plug and unplug. I believe I have found a strip of 7 LEDs which can be mounted behind the red reflector with little problem. This farkle will be down the road....
for now, it's time ride.......