Adding LED's to my 2008


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wingpilot08
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1988 Bunkhouse camping trailer
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1975 CB550-4 final mileage unknown
1982 Yamaha 650 Maximum 30,000 miles
1987 Yamaha XVZ-1300 Venture 109,000 miles
1996 Honda GL1500-SE 210,000 miles

Re: Adding LED's to my 2008

Post by wingpilot08 » Fri Aug 19, 2016 11:45 am



Those were just LED side emitting strips that I bought from EBay, not a kit, no drilling, just remove the front panel and they are self adhesive. Will pull up the ebay number for you. Yes, just connected to the mirror wires. Because the LED strips have both White and Amber LED's, they were wired to the running lights for white and turn signals for amber.

Here is the link to the lights:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/162060290493?_t ... EBIDX%3AIT


08' GL1800-HPNA - Red 32,000+ miles
1988 Bunkhouse Trailer/Camper
Darkside #1720
bikes owned:
1975 CB550-4 final mileage unknown
1982 Yamaha 650 Maximum 30,000 miles
1987 Yamaha XVZ-1300 Venture 109,000 miles
1996 Honda GL1500-SE 210,000 miles

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MikeB
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Re: Adding LED's to my 2008

Post by MikeB » Fri Aug 19, 2016 12:08 pm

I copied wingpilot96. The LED's around the headlight are LED eyebrow lights. They are item number 162060290493 on Ebay. They are self adhesive, switchback white amber LED's. They sell for $26.99 with free shipping. They are wired to the turn signal wires. I added Hitachi connectors to the LED leads to make them plug and play. They flash with the turn signals. I caught the lights at just the right time to show the amber and white lights at the same time.
My turn signals are switch back LED's from Cyclemax of Ohio. They are white for normal running and glow amber while the turn signal is on.


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Re: Adding LED's to my 2008

Post by waituntilthebeep » Fri Aug 19, 2016 12:23 pm

Just ordered a set. Now the real question... what did you have to do to the strips to get them to bend around the tight radius of the light assy? They look just like the same materials that the ones I just installed on my mirror buckets (Posted a 2 part article on that Monday) and they do not bend around corners sideways.

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Re: Adding LED's to my 2008

Post by MikeB » Fri Aug 19, 2016 12:28 pm

They are very flexible. Appears to be made of a silicone like material. They go around the corner of the headlight very easily.
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1988 Bunkhouse camping trailer
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bikes owned:
1975 CB550-4 final mileage unknown
1982 Yamaha 650 Maximum 30,000 miles
1987 Yamaha XVZ-1300 Venture 109,000 miles
1996 Honda GL1500-SE 210,000 miles

Re: Adding LED's to my 2008

Post by wingpilot08 » Fri Aug 19, 2016 12:32 pm

MikeB wrote:They are very flexible. Appears to be made of a silicone like material. They go around the corner of the headlight very easily.
Ya beat me to the answer...it is silicone and VERY flexible...just be sure that you have the LED facing OUT..these are side emitting strips! Clean around the light with an alcohol pad to ensure the strips stick.
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08' GL1800-HPNA - Red 32,000+ miles
1988 Bunkhouse Trailer/Camper
Darkside #1720
bikes owned:
1975 CB550-4 final mileage unknown
1982 Yamaha 650 Maximum 30,000 miles
1987 Yamaha XVZ-1300 Venture 109,000 miles
1996 Honda GL1500-SE 210,000 miles

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DOUBLE DARK SIDE #1467 on Michelin Primacy and BT45

Re: Adding LED's to my 2008

Post by waituntilthebeep » Fri Aug 19, 2016 12:38 pm

Right on. Thank you for that info. I also went online and bought a Hitachi connector kit so I can make them plug and play. Will be doing the install over Labor Day weekend I figure.

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Re: Adding LED's to my 2008

Post by MikeB » Wed Aug 24, 2016 5:27 pm

The is one thing I neglected to mention about the led strip flexibility. Though they do go around corners very well, they do not like to bend more than about one or two degrees longitudinally. That is not a major issue with the GL1800 headlights but can be a bit of a problem with the GL1500 headlights for those that want to use them there.
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Re: Adding LED's to my 2008

Post by waituntilthebeep » Wed Aug 24, 2016 6:47 pm

MikeB wrote:The is one thing I neglected to mention about the led strip flexibility. Though they do go around corners very well, they do not like to bend more than about one or two degrees longitudinally. That is not a major issue with the GL1800 headlights but can be a bit of a problem with the GL1500 headlights for those that want to use them there.
That was what I was referring to with my initial question. The strips I put into the mirror buckets would bend in a tight curl as long as you rolled them flat ways. To try and get them to flex around any kind of radius at all sideways was an absolute no go because the copper trace material in them was not having it. I understand now after looking at my headlights that you are affixing them around the outside perimeter of the housing, not on the face of it. I will do a DIY on it when I do mine like i did with the bucket lights. Maybe that will help someone in the future.



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