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Hi All,

Considering some more lighting for my 06 V2K and looking for any comments.
The PIAA Cross Country HIDs look pretty nice, but the question is how to best mount them on my 06 with no highway bars.

http://www.chromeauto.com/piaa-1282.html

What I am thinking is use PIAAs bar clamp...

http://www.bikebandit.com/piaa-l-bracket-motorcycle-bar-clamp

...and mount them to the existing turn signal bar. The turn signal housing where it mounts to the bar is a nominal 1" dia and the 1" brackets *should* fit nearly against the turn signal housing. My turn signal bar is mounted with rubber grommets and is pretty loose. Would have to tighten that up and just live with shorter turn signal bulb life (or go LED).

Another thought was to fabricate two extension plates/brackets (one each side) that would mount under the turn signal bar bolts and extend out forward (and down some). I kind of like this better, but is more work.

What do you think? Any other mounting suggestions?

Thanks,
Woody
 

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Considering the price of those lights you might want to take a look at Moto Lights as another option:

https://www.motolight.com/index.php?page=Home

They have kits to install them as a caliper mounted, fender mounted or strap mounted system. They also have options for different finishes and light bulb wattages. Added bonus is they come with a 3 yr warranty and they will replace burned out halogen bulbs for life, for the light’s original owner.

 

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Yeah, the PIAAs aren't cheap, especially since they don't come with a light bar or any other easy way to mount 'em (in my case anyway).

The motolights look great and would handily take care of the mounting issue, but I really like the high light output and low current draw of the HIDs.

I get to think about this for a while since Santa will have to get them for me ;) I like immediate gratification, but in this case have plenty of time to ponder.

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Considering some more lighting for my 06 V2K and looking for any comments. What do you think? Any other mounting suggestions? Thanks, Woody
wood'str, here some pix of a fix I found to work. these are some auto store units for reasonable. they mount up snug under the front forks. I checked front wheel travel and do not have fender collision issues.
is important that your HID lamps dont impair your turn signal visibility or... you may have issues with oncoming traffic.
your welcome. out, ponch
 

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Good point, Ponch.

I took another look and (if I get the PIAAs) decided where may be the best place to mount them. That would be using the forward bolt for the front fender. Gets 'em away from the tSigs and low enough that *maybe* I wont blind too many ;)

Al it will take is a spacer to fill the counterbored hole and a flat metal bracket extending forward a bit. Got a 1" x 1/4' bar of stainless reserved for the bracket (maybe about 4" long? need to measure...). Will polish it, but would rather chrome it since the S.S. scratches so easily. Might be cost prohibitive though - don't want to spend half of the PIAA price on making the straps shine.

Will probably put a dab of 3M 5200 polyurethane adhesive in the spacer/bolt area to prevent droop of the bracket/strap.

Hummm.. Since the lights are black, maybe black power coating would be a good option....

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I took another look and (if I get the PIAAs) decided where may be the best place to mount them. That would be using the forward bolt for the front fender. Gets 'em away from the tSigs and low enough that *maybe* I wont blind too many ;) Woody
woodman, if I may suggest not installing any lights on the lower portion fork legs, as they be the un-suspended part of your front wheel assy. Any fixture attached here is subject to every bump in the road and will live a very short life and see an early demise. besides the lights themselves will be bouncing all over the place. just not a good place to anchor them.

they really need to be anchored to some part of the frame or suspended portion of the skoot. If low is a desirable placement, consider this; I'v mounted lights on another skoot under/ in front of the foot pegs. It was kinda cool... till a rock took one out.

there is always a downside to most anywhere you put them. There is no optimal place w/o relocating the turnsignals...??? maybe you could put your PIAA's there and move the turn signals to a diff location... such as LED's embedded on the front side of your mirrors.. Up High and visible.. any thought to this fix? out, ponch
 

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I let Cobra do the thinking for me on where to put driving/running lights. I just orderd the Cobra light bar and will install next week. Its only about 260.00 for light bar. Extra lights are key to safety. I am in the process of doing upgrades and maintenence. Just changed oil with kawi synthetic blend and kawi filter, orderd running lights, orderd new rear tire, Metz me 880 for 189.00, orderd chrome switch covers by Kuryakyn and chrome Vulcan reservior cap. When does it stop, Im thinking about getting a mustang seat also.:eek: Almost forgot, I also want to order chrome visors for the running light and head light.:eek: I have to stop now!!!!!
 

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When does it stop, Im thinking about getting a mustang seat also.:eek: Almost forgot, I also want to order chrome visors for the running light and head light.:eek: I have to stop now!!!!!
mac'rs, very much like drugs... 'cept maybe ez'r on the wallet. the drugs. must excercise great discipline when in the "bling" zone. 2 ways to kustomize yor kreature; add more shiney stuff for mucho dolares, or.... strip yor girl down to her bones... you kinky bastard! out, ponch

ps. (Extra lights are key to safety) slowing down is the key to a long life. enjoy it.
 
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