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reflectors to lights

Postby 02jmpr » Thu Jan 30, 2014 2:15 pm



I've probably missed this but, would someone please tell me if I can install the led strips directly into the factory reflectors on my 1500SE? I was going to buy the saddlebag side lights, trunk side lights and lower corner turn signal lights for my bike and just use them until a bulb burnt out then do the led conversion but..... If someone can confirm I can split apart the factory reflectors and fit leds in there that will save me a bunch of money!

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Re: reflectors to lights

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Jan 30, 2014 2:41 pm

In the "How to" section....viewtopic.php?f=14&t=11057

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Re: reflectors to lights

Postby 02jmpr » Thu Jan 30, 2014 2:47 pm

That DIY says he purchased the light kits first. It doesn't say whether or not its possible to put lights in the factory reflector housings. Thanks for the reply though.

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Re: reflectors to lights

Postby ka4yqi » Thu Jan 30, 2014 3:01 pm

The ones on the trunk sides are ready to accept light. Just take apart and put the leds in. Never tryed to do the sides on the saddle bags on the factory ones. Be nice to be able to.

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Re: reflectors to lights

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Jan 30, 2014 3:12 pm

I had the EL type on my 88...they were DOA.
Just like in the how to...I did break a few tabs but was able to seperate the lens from the mount.
I opted for ccfl...in retrospect,when they fade out,if ever,I will have a "do-over" with LED strip lamps.
I also used a small bead of clear silicone to seal them back up.

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Re: reflectors to lights

Postby 02jmpr » Thu Jan 30, 2014 3:44 pm

That's great news!! I'm almost positive the trunk side reflector housings are also bulb ready from the factory along with the fairing side reflectors. All I have to do now is crack open all the different housings and gut 'em (sans the turn signals) don't wanna mess with new flasher or compensator). I'll also turn all rears into brake/running combo and set the side lights to alternate flash as others here have instructed. Thanks everyone!! This will save me well over $100.00 that I need to spend elsewhere on the bike. :D

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Re: reflectors to lights

Postby 02jmpr » Thu Jan 30, 2014 3:46 pm

ka4yqi wrote:The ones on the trunk sides are ready to accept light. Just take apart and put the leds in. Never tryed to do the sides on the saddle bags on the factory ones. Be nice to be able to.



I read that bass ackwards. Probably just saw what I wanted to see. I guess the question still remains for the saddlebag side reflector housings.

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Re: reflectors to lights

Postby ka4yqi » Thu Jan 30, 2014 4:11 pm

Maybe you did. Sorry. I never tried to take the ones on the sadldlebags apart. Didnt have a spare set around in case I screwed up. Also the middle one on the rear with the lower brake lights. It would be nice to be able to install the leds in them without buying new lights.

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Re: reflectors to lights

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Jan 30, 2014 4:35 pm

I'm in the middle of doing it right now on my bike. It's not an easy job - the lenses are held onto the back with the nastiest, stickiest adhesive goo. You have to heat it gently with a heat gun, not enough to melt the plastic, but enough to soften up the goo. Then you dig it out with a screwdriver and your fingers until you can gently pull the light halves apart, bit by bit. Once you've got it apart, you then have to clean the remainder of the goo out of the channel. It's taken me a good hour to get each light apart.

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Re: reflectors to lights

Postby 02jmpr » Thu Jan 30, 2014 4:58 pm

Thanks Wingadmin. I'll try as long as it's possible. I want the final outcome to be lights where reflectors are so.... If I ruin them trying to get lenses off then no biggie I'll just have to buy the aftermarket light kits and either leave them with incandescents or mod those housings

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Re: reflectors to lights

Postby wingpilot08 » Fri Jan 31, 2014 7:58 am

As Wingadmin said..use a heat gun to soften the adhesive, then gently pry them apart. I didn't remove all the adhesive, I just reheated the stuff with the heat gun and pressed it a back together..worked well for me!!
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Re: reflectors to lights

Postby RoadRogue » Sun Feb 02, 2014 5:36 am

I did the same as wingpilot, just take your time ,heat the joint slowly and start prying. Its kinda like hot melt glue the hobbyists use. I did my saddlebags and trunk all the way around. 8-)
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Re: reflectors to lights

Postby 02jmpr » Sun Feb 02, 2014 11:33 am

Ok, great! I only want to buy 1 roll of LED. Would you all recommend 5050 or 3528? I thought maybe 5050 everywhere would draw too much off my old factory alternator but I would prefer the brighter light. Also, what gauge wire is recommended?

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Re: reflectors to lights

Postby Fiberthree » Sun Feb 02, 2014 12:42 pm

The 5050s are brighter than the 3528s. You could use those for the brake light circuit or put a 330 ohm or 470 ohm resistor in line to limit the intensity. 22ga wire should work fine.
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Re: reflectors to lights

Postby RoadRogue » Sun Feb 02, 2014 7:19 pm

As stated by Fiberthree the 5050's would make great brake/turn signal lights .I used the 3528 strip lights and am very happy with the look. I bought mine from Hitlights on Amazon. 8-)
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Re: reflectors to lights

Postby Bluewaterhooker0 » Fri Feb 07, 2014 11:49 pm

These are done the way I think you are wanting. I used all the original reflectors. The glue is a PITA, but take your time with it, and it can be done. I used the MAX LEDs by Alpina (see link). They use #5053 LEDs. Very bright and conspicuous, even in daylight. Need to use red LEDs for the red lenses. Each 12" strip will do 1 reflector (2 -12" strips to a package). You may also want to use some contact cement or silicone to supplement the 3M adhesive that comes on them. I had to take one apart after the initial install to re-glue the strip to the plastic case. Been on for a year now with no problems.

http://www.amazon.com/Alpena-77702-Red- ... B00D1SWPTM
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Re: reflectors to lights

Postby a@r » Sun Feb 09, 2014 6:54 pm

Here is some pics of my 1500
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Re: reflectors to lights

Postby a@r » Sun Feb 09, 2014 6:54 pm

Sorry the top 2 are sideways.

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Re: reflectors to lights

Postby Fiberthree » Mon Feb 10, 2014 11:15 pm

LEDs in the middle of the trunk are the 5050s.
LEDs in the middle of the trunk are the 5050s.


LEDs in the factory saddle bag and trunk side lights.
LEDs in the factory saddle bag and trunk side lights.


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