Aftermarket saddlebag lights


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Aftermarket saddlebag lights

Postby spiralout » Thu Apr 02, 2015 12:28 pm



When I got my '96 it had already had the saddlebag side reflectors replaced with the 4 bulb style light kit. They haven't aged well and have turned an opaque pinkish white and look horrible. Has anyone else had this problem and what brand reflectors were they so I know what not to replace them with.




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Re: Aftermarket saddlebag lights

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Apr 02, 2015 2:05 pm

I'm not sure who the manufacturer of the four-light lenses are, but both Add-On and Show Chrome make six-light lenses:

http://cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail/gl1500_ ... t/83/49558

http://cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail/gl1500_ ... hts/83/326

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Re: Aftermarket saddlebag lights

Postby spiralout » Thu Apr 02, 2015 2:51 pm

Thanks. I know for sure Show Chrome used to make 4 bulb ones and Drag Specialties did too. I found these for cheap http://www.amazon.com/Drag-Specialties- ... ingdocs-20. I'd just like to know for sure who made these. Can't find any p/n on 'em.

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Re: Aftermarket saddlebag lights

Postby Happytrails » Thu Apr 02, 2015 3:51 pm

You dont think they buff out?
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Re: Aftermarket saddlebag lights

Postby spiralout » Thu Apr 02, 2015 8:50 pm

Happytrails wrote:You dont think they buff out?

I haven't tried yet, but no, I don't think they will. The opaqueness(sp?) seems to be all the way through the plastic.

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Re: Aftermarket saddlebag lights

Postby Happytrails » Thu Apr 02, 2015 9:35 pm

spiralout wrote:
Happytrails wrote:You dont think they buff out?

I haven't tried yet, but no, I don't think they will. The opaqueness(sp?) seems to be all the way through the plastic.


I add the 6 light showchrome when I got my bike. Its ok but being picky I think fit and finish could have been better. I am probably only one who notices this.
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Re: Aftermarket saddlebag lights

Postby Bluewaterhooker0 » Thu Apr 02, 2015 11:29 pm

Two thoughts. If you can find some used OEM reflectors for a descent price, you might consider buying them and converting them to LED strips, as I, and many others have done. It will be a far superior lighting effect to 4 or 6 bulbs.
Second thought. I recently re-inherited a 1999 Mustang (long story), in unusually great shape. The 3rd brake light on those is a known fading issue, experienced by many others. I found where a guy had sanded down the lens, with 200 sandpaper to expose new plastic. Then, wet sanded it with 400, and wet sanded again, with 600. Then spayed clearcoat on the lens for a glossy finish. I did this myself, and you would swear I have a new 3rd light on the car. I'm picky, and can't tell it has been done to the light. It worked great. You have nothing to loose, since you are looking to replace. You might try that, and see if it works.

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Re: Aftermarket saddlebag lights

Postby wingpilot08 » Fri Apr 03, 2015 4:00 pm

I had used a translucent spray paint on a clear lens that with 2-3 coats would make it look like new....here is a link to the article

download/file.php?id=4328&mode=view&mode=view

download/file.php?id=4328&t=1
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Re: Aftermarket saddlebag lights

Postby joeincalif » Thu Apr 09, 2015 9:22 pm

They haven't aged well
They are on a 96 wing. No telling how long they have been there but if put on a few years after the bike was new they could be 16 years old!


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