Auxiliary Brake Light for $10
Okay, this is the latest of my silly little mods on the cheap. I wanted to get one of those chrome license plate trim rings that had the LED brake light included. But they cost $65 and up. So, being a cheap S.O.B., I went to Northern Tool.
I purchased a Blazer model# CW1531R, 4" LED Sealed Running Board Light. I already had a cheapo chrome trim ring around the license plate. I took a piece of thin sheet stainless steel (aluminum would work too) that I had lying around and using the license plate as a template, I snipped out the shape shown below as a backing plate behind the license plate. I drilled holes to match the license plate and then put it all together to mark where to drill the light mounting holes so the light would end up being tight against the trim ring. If you oversize all the holes in this plate a little bit, it will make your life much easier in that you can wiggle things around a little to get it all to fit just right.
The LED light grounds through the backing plate into the bike frame just via the mounting bolt. As always, I used stainless steel fasteners. For the positive side I had to run one small wire behind the license plate through a little hole that was already in the fender where the stock license plate mounting bracket attaches and then inside the fender up into the rear of the stock brake light. There are two 10mm nuts you need to remove inside the fender to get the stock light housing out of the fender. There is no need to take the lens off of the stock brake light housing. You need to tap into the blue/red wire to get this light to act as a brake light. If you tie it to the red wire it will function as a running light. If you could find a dual brightness version of this LED you could have both functions. Of course, after tapping in, I sealed everything back up again with either heat shrink or electrical tape.
Anyway, just thought I would share.
'07 VN900 Classic
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