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Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Greg@RME, Jan 23, 2011.
Great job Greg!
Does Highway Dirt Bikes sell some sort of housing for the Vapor that you're using with the top clamp? Or is it the Vapor Dash you have?
That is a HDB Vapor with Dash, Billet Protector - http://www.highwaydirtbikes.com/HDB_Shop/index.php?app=ccp0&ns=prodshow&ref=BDP_VAP_D
I see. Adding to my to do list...
Love that dash -- I may have missed it, but what are LEDs hooked up to in the HDB LED bar thing? and what type of LEDs did you use?
I am looking at the exact same setup -- vapor, vapor dash, billet guard, and hdb top clamp with powerlets and switches. I'm debating a little bit the LED bar from HDB, and the vapor indicator dash, which I've heard can be too dim. How exactly do you have it set up and whould you change anything?
The LED's are HDB parts, they came with the switches and there were a couple different colors to choose from. I went with Red, since red = power. They're connected to the switches, in line, so that when you push the button/switch, they light up when the ignition or headlight has power. (The ignition has to be on for the headlight to be on, of course.)
The Vapor indicator dash lights are very dim, and I keep loosing the blue 'High Beams' cover... it's quite bothersome. I need to order a new one and superglue it in place, apparently. The lights are dim enough that I can't see if I've left the blinkers on, etc. I'm not a huge fan, it's not like you can make a quick glance down to see if your brights are on, if you're in neutral, if you left a blinker on, etc It takes a bit of looking at the dash to see what the Vapor Dash lights are telling you.
It's been about a year and I'm still happy with everything, other than the dim Vapor Dash indicator lights. I like the idea of the lights, but the execution and real world use aren't that great. The HDB parts are stellar, very high quality and they really make that dash look as great as it does, I'd highly recommend the Highway Dirt Bike parts!
You could get the Vapor without a dash and just work the factory blinker/neutral/brights indicator into the rest of the setup. That would probably be the best overall setup and now that we're talking about it, that may be what I do soon.
Hope that answers your questions and good luck!
Nice job. Re your wiring, I have just fitted Ohlins rear shock and Ohlins front end to my DR. Have removed original ignition switch and fitted a smaller lighter two wire ignition.
I am not an electrical guru so seek your advice if you would. The red wire is power and I have connected that to one side of my new ignition switch.
The orange wire? I have connected that to the other side of the ignition switch (which is live when the key is turned on) and I have no power. Fuse is good.
Hey Ron, I HATE electrical work myself and I'm far from a guru... that said, I'll do my best to help you out! First off, here's a wiring diagram for the DR650 -
At the bottom, just Left of center is the ignition switch. You have 6 wires running into the switch; Red, Orange, Orange/Yellow, Black/White, Grey and Brown.
With the stock ignition switch and with the ignition in the 'ON' position, you can see that the Grey & Brown are connected, the Black/White & Orange/Yellow are connected and finally, the Orange/Red are connected.
With my bike, I hard wired the Grey & Brown and also the Black/White & Orange/Yellow together, then soldered them... DON"T forget the 100 ohm ¼ watt 5% resistor between the Orange/Yellow and the Black/White! If you try to start the bike without the resistor, it will turn over, but won't make spark!
Once you do this, you should be able to use the Red & Orange as the On/Off switch with your aftermarket switch.
Clear us mud? Hope that helps... keep us posted!
Since this got bumped back up, I need to update this thread. I've made some changes to the old DR and need to post up about them. Will work on that this weekend...
I just found your thread and really like it. Will have to think about doing some of these things to my DR when I get the time. Great looking result too.
The mighty DR............I spent so much $$$$$ and time making mine MINE I called it my hotrod Lincoln. .I'm actually sorry now that I sold it. Enjoyed your build.
What fantastic mods. I too bought a few bits from HDB and the stuff is tits! Very high quality. Next year Im going to sort out the igntion switch on my DR and buy the top clamp and gauge cluster as you have.
Can you tell me what you think of the HBD mirrors? I think I may settle for a top clamp package and some farkle bottons with LED lamps. Figuring out what to do with the oem dummy lights is the issue as well as the switch.
Any way to upgrade those vapor dash lights maybe? An LED setup or incandescent?
I found the same thing, then I changed to the LED lights that came with the Vapor surround, MUCH better. I'm not sure if they had those back when you did it, I'd guess not.
Actually that isn't why I'm bumping this thread, I was wondering after all this time how you are going with your TUbliss system? I'm looking at getting a DR350 wheel for my rear and going TUbliss front & rear - pretty much the same as your set-up.
Now the TUbliss are gen2 which they say is much better, I'm hoping to have very few hassles and run a long time with this system. The TUbliss tubes are reasonably priced so I'll probably buy a spare of each and I'll remove and check the TUbliss components during any tire change.
TUbliss still good on yours? Would you go that way again if you were doing it all over today?
Please give your long term review on this system!
My last post to this thread was in 2012, over 3 years ago!
I actually sold the bike Summer of 2012, so I really can't give you a long term review of the Tubliss system on my DR. That said, the new owner seemed to enjoy it. I liked it enough that I put the Gen 2Tubliss on my dirtbike and have been enjoying it without issue. I actually sold that, too...
3 years on would have been really good, but you sold your DR650?
I don't know how you con look yourself in the mirror!
Oh well, I'll find out for myself, I'm gonna go for it.
I'll be getting an 18" DR350 wheel, 18" Gen2 TUbliss, 21" Gen2 TUbliss and then I'll have to decide on what tyres are the best for what I will do with the bike. I'm tempted by Mitas E07 for good long lasting 50/50 tyres and being able to air them down a heap might help make up for less traction off-road. But maybe I'll also get some good dirt/mud tyres to swap to for true off-road single track use.
I loved my DR, but I upgraded and I'm VERY happy with the change...
I think you'll be happy with the DR350 wheel and Tubliss F & R, it served me well.