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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 03-19-2013, 11:50 AM Thread Starter
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Rear End clean up, lights etc.

This looks like a great kit and really looks clean. I don't want to get into to much custom wiring or screwing around. So are there any other options $265.00 is reasonable but just weighing all my options first for other kits.
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It does look good but over priced a bit. I would buy one for half the price. Led stripe doesn't cost that much as well as tag bracket.
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Kind of my thought

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It does look good but over priced a bit. I would buy one for half the price. Led stripe doesn't cost that much as well as tag bracket.
That is where I am trying to decide to dive in myself and do my own. I like the total look on this kit so my thoughts were to weld up a braket to hold the Lic. plate and then figure out how to create litterally the same led set up.

May have to dig in a bit and try to get the total wiring of LED's first. Including the flash function and make sure I get that right.

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Okay another question hopefully someone will see it within, did not want to start another thread. If I change only the rear OEM turn signal/running lights out with LED type will I run into the dreaded FAST FLASH syndrome?

Will I have to do all the Mods which are the equalizer and diode kit. Again this is only rear being done?

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Xelement Saddlebags and Tool Bag
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..yeah.... I'm sorry. you would get the fast flash syndrome if you were to switch out just the rear turn signals. you would have to do the resistor equalizer mod, but the good news is that you wouldn't have to do the diode mod. It would depend on whether you wanted to save power, or headache.

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..yeah.... I'm sorry. you would get the fast flash syndrome if you were to switch out just the rear turn signals. you would have to do the resistor equalizer mod, but the good news is that you wouldn't have to do the diode mod. It would depend on whether you wanted to save power, or headache.

very much appreciate the quick response and help. not so worried about the power draw as this is more about cleaning up the rear end look. I truly like so many of the bikes where they have rid their rear ends of the combo pack(bracket, lic. plate, turn/running lights all packed together) so found some clean LED bullets and can do my own Fab. work on the plate but then read about he LED fast flash deal.
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I did something simalur to this product back in 2009 when I got my 900. I want to say I spent maybe around $150. I ordered a led strip from Radiantz.com. The have an order form to order exactly what you want, length, tube tent, turn only, and turn with run/brake. I went with a 9" turn in smoke color since I kept my original run/brake set up. I want to say it cost me around $65. Now this strip is not flush on the bottom edge, it sat on the fender at the bottom edge and was not that noticable. It connected with automotive 3m tape that came already on the strip.

My plate was side mounted with a led lit frame. You can pick up a axl side mount plate holder on Ebay fairly cheap. The wireing is not hard to figure out, it's all pretty strate forward. And for the fast blinking issue, go to any auto parts store and pick up a heavy duty flasher. Change out the OEM flasher with the new one, this corrects the fast flash. Do a search on the forum and you should be able to find better info on which type to get. It's been a couple years since I put everyting on, so I don't remember the exact type I got.

With a little effert, you can find all the parts online. And one more thing, when I did mine, I did not have to remove the fender. I spliced into the wire that go to the rear bracket for the turn signals and secured everything with zip ties up inside the fender.


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I still love that look Gillisfire.

I bought the Low & Mean LED (pre-release pricing)...yup, a bit pricey, but what are ya gonna do?

First, though, I moved the plate up (my stage 1)...but was not satisfied...went to the L&M LED and am totally happy now.

I removed the rear fender and soldered/shrink-wrapped everything.

Like Gillisfire says, it can be done with parts...I just don't have the skills or time to make it look decent...and am not willing to fuss over a couple hundred bucks.

We cannot run our plates vertical up here in Canada...so I kept the horizontal mounting...I was really wanting to go with an axle nut plate mount, but again that can be problematic up here in the north...and I am not interested in attracting the wrong kind of attention.

Yes, I am flashing "fast" now...and do not really care for the moment.
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Thank you again for the added info out of the last two post, it really helps a fellow rider out for sure.

Because I run saddle bags and permanent sissy bar setup mine was just a bit different. Do not remember the members name or bike but found some more ideas based on their bikes. Still gets the rear with a clean look. So going to the following

Will go vertical on Lic. Plate but can cut/weld/fab my own, already have metal laying around. For lights going to go with LED's but in bullet style. Perfect clean, tucked in place that I can mount them. May not work but saw these on Ebay when getting my lights so got them coming I believe this will solve the fast flash issue, PLEASE tell me is I am WRONG, it did seems strange to wire in the resistor from + to - but been awhile since I had to think about resistance and Ohms and DC all combined, my first thought was it would short but the instructions clearly state jump between + and - please forewarn me if this looks wrong. here is the link to see what I am saying http://www.ebay.com/itm/200818930127...84.m1497.l2649

But if all goes as planned then that get the killer cleaned up rear end look I envy over your guys bikes, so much cleaner, kudos to all of you and your work.


NOW THINKING: maybe I should have gone this route, but tell how bad my idea of the resistors above is please
http://www.ebay.com/itm/LED-Flasher-...6aa119&vxp=mtr

or this one
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Acumen-LED-K...df39f2&vxp=mtr

Starting to over think this so just tell me the best method or choices above, Thanks

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Okay another question hopefully someone will see it within, did not want to start another thread. If I change only the rear OEM turn signal/running lights out with LED type will I run into the dreaded FAST FLASH syndrome?

Will I have to do all the Mods which are the equalizer and diode kit. Again this is only rear being done?

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You can get a flasher relay for $20 on ebay. I installed the Low and Mean LED with License plate kit and the turn signals did flash fast. Do not get a load equalizer - its a waste. You can find your flasher relay box in front of the battery. It just pulls off and the new one from ebay just hooks right into it - work perfectly. Plug and Play is the way to go.
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