LED daytime running-lights in handguards

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by PhaseShifter, Jul 31, 2010.

  1. PhaseShifter

    PhaseShifter Been here awhile

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    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.

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    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/Image/Catalogus/LightProgram2010/Code_LightProgram.html see page 142 type 4SMDE
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  2. motorcity

    motorcity Adventurer

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

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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.:1drink
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  5. Avocet

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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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  6. MisterMo

    MisterMo mach schnell!

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    :clap 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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    I like the amber colored lights better than the white. Great idea thanks!:clap
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    I put amber turn signals up there on my 1150 years ago, they still work good.
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  9. smile-maker

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    very cool. looks nice from the angles seen! :thumb

    (could you make the picture a wee bit smaller?)
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  10. MisterMo

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    Very cool, like the idea a lot!
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  12. PARIAH

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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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  13. goktwo

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    Good Job :freaky
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  14. MisterMo

    MisterMo mach schnell!

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    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 :ear about the 12 led model though.

    I'll let you known when I get them in.
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  15. Z50Pilot

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    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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  16. SCQTT

    SCQTT Zwei Kolben

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    Maybe, but they are not that friendly with Audi and LED strips seem to be their "signature/trademark" right now.

    I'm sure LEDs will become defacto on everything within the next five years, especially hybrids.

    I think we'll see the popular BMW Halo (possibly LED halo) around the hi- beam for daytime visibility.
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  17. MisterMo

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  19. GSman of La Mancha

    GSman of La Mancha So!? My dog loves me...

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    Excellent idea!

    I am a little slow - could you help me understand exactly where you got the power for these LEDs? I know you mentioned a low watt bulb up front... Can you tell me which wires? What you used to connect the wires? A picture would be great.:dutch
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  20. jdc_va_usmc

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    This thread is relevant to my interests.
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