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    Red/Amber led switchback lights tail light and turn signals
    on: Jun 16, 2017, 04.42 am
    Jun 16, 2017, 04.42 am
    A short time ago I made a post about turning the rear turn signals into running lights.  This conversion increases the footprint of your tail light.  The signals would flash red when used.  On a recent 2400 mile ride Timo mentioned that the red turn signals were somewhat difficult to see.  I don't want to be difficult to see, soooo I found a replacement bulb which is red for tail light,  it flashes amber for the signal.



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    Re: Red/Amber led switchback lights tail light and turn signals
    Reply #1 on: Aug 18, 2017, 02.29 pm
    Aug 18, 2017, 02.29 pm
    Thanks for sharing this, and the write up on converting the fronts. I just finished doing both conversions and couldn't be happier with the results!

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    Re: Red/Amber led switchback lights tail light and turn signals
    Reply #2 on: Aug 18, 2017, 03.42 pm
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    Awesome!  I really think it helps with visibility

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    Re: Red/Amber led switchback lights tail light and turn signals
    Reply #3 on: Aug 18, 2017, 03.54 pm
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    *Originally Posted by Xsv [+]
    Awesome!  I really think it helps with visibility

    No doubt about that! The only thing I did differently was to bolt the resistors in place. I measured one the other night, and after just a few minutes with a turn signal on it had already hit 145. So both front and rear sets of resistors are securely in place fastened to metal supports. And just in case, I added some heat reflecting material to the fairing to prevent any melting.

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    Re: Red/Amber led switchback lights tail light and turn signals
    Reply #4 on: Aug 18, 2017, 04.08 pm
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    *Originally Posted by explor202 [+]
    No doubt about that! The only thing I did differently was to bolt the resistors in place. I measured one the other night, and after just a few minutes with a turn signal on it had already hit 145. So both front and rear sets of resistors are securely in place fastened to metal supports. And just in case, I added some heat reflecting material to the fairing to prevent any melting.

    Probably a good idea.  I am happy with the position of the resistors on the rear.  However the fronts could be better.  How/ where did you bolt them up front?

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    Re: Red/Amber led switchback lights tail light and turn signals
    Reply #5 on: Aug 18, 2017, 04.49 pm
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    *Originally Posted by Xsv [+]
    Probably a good idea.  I am happy with the position of the resistors on the rear.  However the fronts could be better.  How/ where did you bolt them up front?

    Here's a couple pics, sorry for the blurryness lol. There's not as much metal there as I originally thought, at least on the right side. I used a grinding bit on my Dremel to turn a mounting hole on each resistor into an eyelet, then used the existing mounting screw to hold it in place. I also drilled a small hole in the bottom of the mirror housing and ran the resistor wiring up thru that. I soldered the connections first, then screwed the resistors in place. I see the right side has rubbed slightly on my heat reflecting material, so I may need to re-position that one. I might even make some extension brackets to move them both even further out of the way of all the plastic. I think your pic showed you used the shorter resistors, so rubbing probably wouldn't be an issue.
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    Re: Red/Amber led switchback lights tail light and turn signals
    Reply #6 on: Aug 18, 2017, 10.38 pm
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    Here's a slightly better way of mounting the resistor. It's just a flat bracket from Menards with the resistor bolted to it. It moved the resistor away from the fairing by a slim margin, but enough to stop it from rubbing. I'll enlarge the hole I drilled for the wiring so more fits through it, then I can bend the bracket and move the resistor even further away.

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    Re: Red/Amber led switchback lights tail light and turn signals
    Reply #7 on: Jun 23, 2018, 11.24 pm
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    Have you got a link to the bulbs you used?

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