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Question LED replacements for Tail Light and Turn Signals?

So, now that I have my VN2KLT, I'm looking to do what I did on my old VN900LT and replace the tail light and turn signals with LEDs.

Is there a replacement LED board for the tail light, that uses the existing housing, and does NOT have integrated turn signals in it? Just a bunch of red LEDs? I remember having a bugger of a time finding one for the VN900LT.

Also, what turn signal LED replacement bulbs do you suggest? And will I need to replace the stock flasher unit?

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I don't know about being able to get just the brake light board replacement. But I do know you have to replace the stock flasher once you install LED blinkers.

I went with the LED brake light w/integrated flashers, but also kept the existing flashers and converted them to LED's. Haven't changed out the stock flasher yet because the weather has been too nice to have any desire to tear down the bike to gain access to the flasher. It's below the shock and to do the job will be probably a few hours down time.

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I went with the LED brake light w/integrated flashers, but also kept the existing flashers and converted them to LED's.
Was is a whole tail light enclosure with the LEDs inside? Or did you keep the existing fixture and just replace the bulb inside? And, could you just not hook up the flasher part?

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LED replacements for Tail Light and Turn Signals?

I went with the whole tail light enclosure LED brake/turn combo. And decided to hold off on installing the LED flasher for now.

Without the LED flasher the turn signals flash super quickly. Some guys don't mind others prefer the longer flash rate. I'll probably ride without until winter then I'll swap out the flasher.

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Thanks for the pics! Didn't answer my questions though.

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Thanks for the pics! Didn't answer my questions though.


LOL....yeah sorry. Just edited my above post.


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Now for Stupid Question #248:

How the heck do you open up the tail light assembly? Remove the red cover? You know...so you can change the light bulb if it burns out? Buggered if I can figure it out.

Also: The stock flasher unit - is it a 2 or 3 pin flasher? One that could be replaced by this: http://www.customdynamics.com/trick_...rd_DOT_Flasher

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You gain access by taking off the entire housing. Requires you to unbolt from the fender. Bolts of course are in the inside fender. IIRC there's a total of 4 holding it on. And there's a plastic wiring harness cover that comes out to.
Once the housing is off its a matter of just turning the bulb one way to release it from the housing. Much like most automotive bulbs.
I would also recommend replacing the license plate bulb at the same time.

It's an easy 2 beer job. Depending on how fast you drink.

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Ah...so there are bolts on the back / underside of the fender. Sneaky. Thanks!

For the life of me, I was very puzzled. Then again, might be due to the rum & coke I'm drinking. Hey...I just worked a 10 hour shift. It ain't morning to me. :-D
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Is the all in one tail light DOT compliant? I see it on Ebay and Amazon but no mention of DOT. I just assume it's not. Also, do you use a flasher for your brake? If so, which one?
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