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Any good rec's for a good flashing brake light system? Should I have it installed or is it fairly easy? Thanks.
 

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There's a LED replacement bulb that's plug and play. I put it on mine and it flashes three times the solid red.
 

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search for "back off brake light". I have one on mine and is great. Can't remember which brand I got but I hook my blinkers to it and now they work as running and brake lights for more attention.
 

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I have the plug and play flashing brake/running light from Supperbrightleds as well. Works like a charm and is brighter than stock. Less than a minute to install once the lens is removed.
 

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That's a good idea. Didn't know they offered those. I will have to go that route. Did you also change your turn signals to leds? If you did, what bulb did you use?
 

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That's a good idea. Didn't know they offered those. I will have to go that route. Did you also change your turn signals to leds? If you did, what bulb did you use?

I'm running these in my rear tun signals:
https://www.superbrightleds.com/mor...ed-bulb-dual-intensity-45-smd-led-tower-/814/

A note however, those are Dual intensity (1157) bulbs. The stock rear turns are signal intensity (1156).

As I have the Kawasaki light bar installed replacing the front turns, I took the socket out of the stock front turns and installed them in the rear.

I wired it up using the stock rear 2 wire plug to the ground and bright positive wire of the socket. The Low power positive wire got tied into the running lights. (One could also tie the wire into the brake lights if preferred)

I also replaced the amber lenses with red ones.

http://www.customdynamics.com/Kawasaki_motorcycle_clear_tail_light_lens.htm


To keep the STOCK setup however,
a set of these would be the equivalent for single intensity:
https://www.superbrightleds.com/mor...d-bulb-single-intensity-45-smd-led-tower/526/

EDIT/addendum:
If you swap all 4 turn signals to LED, you'll need to add either load stabilizers (which defeats half the reasons for going LED)
Or you'll need to add a Diode kit:
https://www.superbrightleds.com/moreinfo/car-install-supplies/metric-bike-diode-kit/1190/

and an electronic flasher:
https://www.superbrightleds.com/mor...versal-motorcycle-electronic-flasher/787/842/

Without the diode kit, when you turn either left or right signal on, you get 4 ways flashers instead.
 

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I'm running these in my rear tun signals:
https://www.superbrightleds.com/mor...ed-bulb-dual-intensity-45-smd-led-tower-/814/

A note however, those are Dual intensity (1157) bulbs. The stock rear turns are signal intensity (1156).

As I have the Kawasaki light bar installed replacing the front turns, I took the socket out of the stock front turns and installed them in the rear.

I wired it up using the stock rear 2 wire plug to the ground and bright positive wire of the socket. The Low power positive wire got tied into the running lights. (One could also tie the wire into the brake lights if preferred)

I also replaced the amber lenses with red ones.

http://www.customdynamics.com/Kawasaki_motorcycle_clear_tail_light_lens.htm


To keep the STOCK setup however,
a set of these would be the equivalent for single intensity:
https://www.superbrightleds.com/mor...d-bulb-single-intensity-45-smd-led-tower/526/

EDIT/addendum:
If you swap all 4 turn signals to LED, you'll need to add either load stabilizers (which defeats half the reasons for going LED)
Or you'll need to add a Diode kit:
https://www.superbrightleds.com/moreinfo/car-install-supplies/metric-bike-diode-kit/1190/

and an electronic flasher:
https://www.superbrightleds.com/mor...versal-motorcycle-electronic-flasher/787/842/

Without the diode kit, when you turn either left or right signal on, you get 4 ways flashers instead.



Are you saying that if my setup for front and rear signals is totally stock, and I swap all 4 bulbs for LED's that when I hit left or right turn signal, I am going to get 4 way flash?

I wont call you out on it because you have obviously done it, but if I am understanding you correctly that seems very odd. Every bike I have owned folks always talk about needing load balancers and this or that, but I just upgrade to LED's and they just flash quicker than they did before. Which on this bike would be good cause they flash really slow in my opinion. Will probably be doing the upgrade this weekend so we shall find out one way or the other.
 

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I'm running these in my rear tun signals:
https://www.superbrightleds.com/mor...ed-bulb-dual-intensity-45-smd-led-tower-/814/

A note however, those are Dual intensity (1157) bulbs. The stock rear turns are signal intensity (1156).

As I have the Kawasaki light bar installed replacing the front turns, I took the socket out of the stock front turns and installed them in the rear.

I wired it up using the stock rear 2 wire plug to the ground and bright positive wire of the socket. The Low power positive wire got tied into the running lights. (One could also tie the wire into the brake lights if preferred)

I also replaced the amber lenses with red ones.

http://www.customdynamics.com/Kawasaki_motorcycle_clear_tail_light_lens.htm


To keep the STOCK setup however,
a set of these would be the equivalent for single intensity:
https://www.superbrightleds.com/mor...d-bulb-single-intensity-45-smd-led-tower/526/

EDIT/addendum:
If you swap all 4 turn signals to LED, you'll need to add either load stabilizers (which defeats half the reasons for going LED)
Or you'll need to add a Diode kit:
https://www.superbrightleds.com/moreinfo/car-install-supplies/metric-bike-diode-kit/1190/

and an electronic flasher:
https://www.superbrightleds.com/mor...versal-motorcycle-electronic-flasher/787/842/

Without the diode kit, when you turn either left or right signal on, you get 4 ways flashers instead.
I was thinking of getting this http://www.signaldynamics.com/tri-s...ke-light-and-running-light-conversion-module/ but with your information, I shouldn't need to. Thank you. I will have an extra set of front sockets once I get the light bar installed so it won't cost me much to do this switch.
 

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Are you saying that if my setup for front and rear signals is totally stock, and I swap all 4 bulbs for LED's that when I hit left or right turn signal, I am going to get 4 way flash?

I wont call you out on it because you have obviously done it, but if I am understanding you correctly that seems very odd. Every bike I have owned folks always talk about needing load balancers and this or that, but I just upgrade to LED's and they just flash quicker than they did before. Which on this bike would be good cause they flash really slow in my opinion. Will probably be doing the upgrade this weekend so we shall find out one way or the other.
Dark, my information assumes that your dash/indicators have only a single light to indicate either turn signal is on. Has something to do with the way the indicator light is wired and the voltage feeds back across the bulb making all 4 signals flash.

If you do a search, there's actually a lot of threads on this happening to other on here.

I've had this happen with both my 900 and my rebel 250. Both of which have only a single turn indicator. With my VN750, I had an indicator for each side, so the diode kit was not needed.
 

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I was thinking of getting this http://www.signaldynamics.com/tri-s...ke-light-and-running-light-conversion-module/ but with your information, I shouldn't need to. Thank you. I will have an extra set of front sockets once I get the light bar installed so it won't cost me much to do this switch.
Glad the info could help, let alone make sense with a lack of photos.

That kit looks like a cool idea, but is bit pricey in my opinion for what it does.

If you happen to need any more detailed info, let me know and I'll be happy to help.
 
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