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Old 07-31-2010, 08:44 AM   #1
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LED daytime running-lights in handguards

Almost two years ago i was involved with a head-on collision, a youngster on a moped (is a 50cc scooter, wich youngsters are allowed to drive them from age 16) was hidden behind the back of a large truck driving opposed to me, when the truck and i passed each other, the youngster appeared from the behind the truck and turned left ..... Eversince that day i am affraid of not beeing seen by other traffic, so i painted my helmet fluo-yellow and bought an extra set of daytime running-lights and placed them near the tank. Recently i had a hanguard that was slightly scratched and it made me think how to fit in the LED units. After a small hour of work, this was the result. Made the LED powersuply hooked up to the small 3watt lightbulb in the BMW's headlight-unit, so its automaticly turned on when energized the engine.







I first drilled a few 4mm holes and cut out the plastic from the handguard with a sharp stanley-knive. DO NOT file, otherwise its gonna look ugly!


I bought the LED units in a car-shop in Holland/ the Netherlands for €35,--
I am pretty sure a shop like this is in your neighborhood too

http://www.autostyle.nl/userfiles/Im...htProgram.html see page 142 type 4SMDE

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Old 08-01-2010, 08:51 AM   #2
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nice!

That is just a terrific simple idea. The higher and wider you can put running lights the better.

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Old 08-01-2010, 10:04 AM   #3
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Would also be a good place to install some Photon blasters.
http://www.skenedesign.com/lights/PB_Features.shtml
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Old 08-01-2010, 07:37 PM   #4
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Brilliant Idea.. I wonder if one could throw a row of orange in there and attach it to the turn signal without the signals flipping out.
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Old 08-02-2010, 06:49 AM   #5
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Great idea, but I would have mounted them inboard a bit more. Those are going to take a hit if the bike goes down. Of course I never drop my bike so I don't know why I'm worrying about that.
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Old 08-02-2010, 12:04 PM   #6
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I was at the BMW RA rally this past weekend and saw the same setup with the Photon Blasters. I'm gonna do it but haven't decided b/w your white LEDs and the Blasters. Do you mind sharing your source for the white LEDs? Cost? Thanks!!

$10 says BMW does this standard within the next 2 years.
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Old 08-02-2010, 04:50 PM   #7
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I like the amber colored lights better than the white. Great idea thanks!
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Old 08-02-2010, 06:54 PM   #8
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I put amber turn signals up there on my 1150 years ago, they still work good.
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Old 08-02-2010, 11:25 PM   #9
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very cool. looks nice from the angles seen!

(could you make the picture a wee bit smaller?)
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Old 08-03-2010, 11:01 AM   #10
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just bought these....

I'll check back in a couple weeks when I get them installed and let y'all know how it goes. I don't think they're as effective as the photon blasters, but for $20 vs. $150, it's hard to pass up.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...=STRK:MEWNX:IT

(I bought 4 strips at $5ea, shipping incl.)
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Old 08-03-2010, 12:16 PM   #11
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Very cool, like the idea a lot!
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Old 08-03-2010, 06:42 PM   #12
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No problems with the canbus? Cool.

Post this in the penny tech thread and bring it back to life.
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Old 08-03-2010, 10:18 PM   #13
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Old 08-04-2010, 06:21 AM   #14
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I'd go with the 12cm 12 LED, white color. I like white for the front and orange for the side (front) and red (rear) better.
Where'd you get them? (link please). Are they "super brite"?

At the BMWRA rally last weekend I saw a set of the photon blasters set up. I thought they looked good and seemed about the right size. These were the closest in size to those. I'm about the 12 led model though.

I'll let you known when I get them in.
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Old 08-04-2010, 06:48 AM   #15
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LED's in handguards

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Let me know where/how you're planning to mount them.
I got a pair of the 12cm white ones for $10.90 and was planning to mount them at the lower border of the grey handguard portion, I guess I'll drill 12 ~4 or 5mm holes in the handguard and mount them from the rear...
There was another thread where someone mounted LED's in his handguards this way (drilling individual holes). He started drilling and when he went to mount the lights there was in issue with the LED's not lining up.

I could not find the thread and can't remember exactly why they did not line up. I think the final solution was to drill a hole, put through a light, then drill another hole...
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