New Trim Lights


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penntoy123
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New Trim Lights

Postby penntoy123 » Sat Dec 15, 2012 4:39 pm



I was able to finish adding the new lights today. Next item is to have to seats re-done.




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Re: New Trim Lights

Postby Johnyy Smoke » Sat Dec 15, 2012 4:51 pm

Check out saddlemans-I got a seat cover from them for my gl1100 1980 for $60. Regards, Johnyy

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Re: New Trim Lights

Postby IAAustin » Sun Dec 30, 2012 10:03 pm

Just wanted to say it sure looks nice! Been meaning to undertake a lighting project like that myself. Did you use the flexible self-adhesive LED lighting? Thats what I've kind of been leaning towards and would appreciate your opinion on those.

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Re: New Trim Lights

Postby penntoy123 » Mon Dec 31, 2012 8:41 am

I did use the flexible 3528 LED's, they are 8 mm wide and they fit the chrome rails on the light bars. The light bars had the rails when I bought the bike. Right now I have all the lights on one switch, I plan to change that over to two switches to give me more of an option. I soldered all the strips and used 18 ga wire. The lights on the back were ok using this set up. I do not have rails on the front and the tape is not strong enough to hold the wired end in place. I did order the solder less connectors for the front strips, so I can add some double sided tape to help hold the wired end in place and I may go to a smaller gauge (22-24) wire. My soldering skills are not what the used to be and the wires like to touch because the strip is so light, the connectors will help.

I paid $12.99 on amazon.com for each reel of 5m, I needed a little under two reels to complete it. The connectors I paid about $5.00 for a pack of 5 prewire extensions (two connectors per extension) that will give me ten connectors to use.

In the future I plan on installing bullet connectors to wires to help when I tear down the bike for repairs.

The old system used incandescent lights and when I would turn them on the voltage on the meter would drop, now it doesn't even move. The lights pull less than 2 amps. Next I will be changing out the brake and turn signal lights to LED's, so I can have enough power to run some good driving lights.

I hope this helped, good luck.

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Re: New Trim Lights

Postby IAAustin » Mon Dec 31, 2012 9:10 pm

Sounds great, thank you!




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