Daytime running lights on crash bars

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Bill Harris, Jun 3, 2010.

  1. Bill Harris

    Bill Harris Confirmed Curmudgeon

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    I have a pair of 6"x2", 60-series amber LED turn signals that I want to use as DRLs. I plan to mount them on the crashbars and am looking into making a pair of clamp-on mounts for them, which shouldn't be that hard. The crash bar tubing is a tad less than 1" (24mm).

    But if I can get something ready-made, I'll consider using 'em. The only thing I've seen are TrailTech "Anti-vibe" frame mounts, which are probably overkill.

    http://trailtech.net/frame_mounts.html

    Here is a cut-and-paste of how they should mount:

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  3. worwig

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    I've had great luck with these from an auto parts store for light weight items like that.


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  4. Bill Harris

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    Good ideas. If I need to go heavy-duty, my local hardware store has split shaft collars like the clamps that ruedaloca shows and also the rubber-covered clamps like worwig shows.

    These LED lamps are light and I can probably use a light mounting system. What I envision is a couple of the rubber covered clamps holding a vertical plate with the lamp fastened onto the plate with 3M automotive trim tape.

    Thanks, folks!
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  5. Bill Harris

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    I made a pair of mounting brackets using the rubber-covered clamps and have all the bits and pieces collected to make up a wiring harness , which plan to do this evening. I'll post full pics when I'm done.

    These 60-series oval amber turnsignal/brakelight/tail light assemblies that have two "power" wires-- one for full bightness and the other for reduced brighness for use as a tail light. Full brightness would be great as daytime running lights/conspicuity lights. But I have a concern that they might be too bright for nighttime use and might cause glare or distraction to oncoming traffic on a dark rural road. I could easily mount a toggle switch to select high/low brightness but will need to put the extra wire in the wiring harness.

    What is your experience with the Whelan TIR/LIN lights used as daytime running lights or the Photon Blaster DRLs? Too bright at night?
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  6. GSWayne

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    Boating stores sell stainless steel rubber covered clamps I have use to mount small lights to my crash bars.
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  7. Megamoto

    Megamoto Yes, I do look like this.

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    Use mirror mounts.

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    I used them to fit a set of spots on the crash bars on my DR800.

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  8. Bill Harris

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    All done. As I said, a set of rubber-covered clamps to a flat plate and the LED lamp body secured with 3M Weatherstrip adhesive. I have the /5 switch-board modified to have a headlight & bright DRL-only (no taillights) for daytime and another setting for headlight-taillight-night brightness marker lights. At night, the DRLs were almost obnoxiously bright and I was able to use a dim setting.

    They provide a distinctive bright triangle pattern with the headlight in the daytime mode, and a distinctive pattern with the headlight and running lights in the nightime mode.

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