adding LEDs to the stock bag reflectors


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adding LEDs to the stock bag reflectors

Postby RBGERSON » Fri Mar 04, 2016 8:37 am



Is that possible?? Before I start tearing into these things. Is it possible to open the reflector case up install a strip of red LEDs, glue? it back together and then wire the LEDS to the stock rear running lights?? If it is; where is best/easiest place to tap into the rear running lights..so that the "new " side lights are on when ever the bike is running.

If not where is the best..read.. cheapest to buy aftermarket side bag running lights.


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Re: adding LEDs to the stock bag reflectors

Postby spiralout » Fri Mar 04, 2016 1:54 pm

I don't know if it's possible with OEM reflectors or not but WA opened up some aftermarket and installed LEDs here

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Re: adding LEDs to the stock bag reflectors

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Mar 04, 2016 3:16 pm

I don't know that the stock reflectors have enough room to do that. You also don't want the LEDs right up against the reflector, because you then end up with little dots of light, instead of an overall glow - and that's the only way you could do it with the reflector.

Either buy a set of aftermarket lights and pull them apart, or buy a used set on eBay.

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Re: adding LEDs to the stock bag reflectors

Postby RBGERSON » Fri Mar 04, 2016 8:33 pm

Thanks for the info. I did take one reflector off and looked at separating the from the reflector. While the len is hard and probably would crack with much pressure the backing seems more like rubber and is flexible. But prying the backing at each tab site and then trying to hold it up/off the tab is tough and if I screw it up..it's toast. so I backed off; to think of a way to do it slowly..maybe sticking a paper clip or toothpick at each tab as I the back cover off each tab. Once they are all up the lens should pop off..w/o cracking????

Next question where does one tie into the running lights..the best stop and what has to be removed to get to it..
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Re: adding LEDs to the stock bag reflectors

Postby Charlie1Horse » Fri Mar 04, 2016 11:33 pm

Try heating with a blow dryer. It will help with the adhesive on the lens.
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Re: adding LEDs to the stock bag reflectors

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Mar 07, 2016 1:53 pm

RBGERSON wrote:Thanks for the info. I did take one reflector off and looked at separating the from the reflector. While the len is hard and probably would crack with much pressure the backing seems more like rubber and is flexible. But prying the backing at each tab site and then trying to hold it up/off the tab is tough and if I screw it up..it's toast. so I backed off; to think of a way to do it slowly..maybe sticking a paper clip or toothpick at each tab as I the back cover off each tab. Once they are all up the lens should pop off..w/o cracking????

Next question where does one tie into the running lights..the best stop and what has to be removed to get to it..


The lens is very brittle, and it's not just mechanically fastened - it's also glued in place with a horrendous, sticky, putty-like adhesive.

The way to do it is to use a heat gun. This does not make the lens any less brittle, but it softens the back part (which is ABS) so that you can pull the back up over the lens tab. It also softens the adhesive and makes it pliable enough that you can get it apart.

Once they are apart, you need to clean all the remaining adhesive out of the grooves, again using heat and a small screwdriver.

This whole process takes HOURS and HOURS. When I put LEDs in all of my trunk lights and bag lights, it took me probably 20-30 in hours total to get them all apart and cleaned, without breaking or cracking a lens. Don't rush it, or you'll crack a lens, and that's big bucks.

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Re: adding LEDs to the stock bag reflectors

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Mar 07, 2016 2:46 pm

Oh, I forgot to answer your other question. I picked up running light power from the trunk above - I tapped into the trunk running lights, used a connector (to allow for the removal of the saddlebags), and ran that down inside the saddlebag.

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Re: adding LEDs to the stock bag reflectors

Postby millerized » Mon Mar 07, 2016 4:04 pm

Not sure about under the reflectors, but it's not that hard to pull them apart to see if it's possible. Someone mentioned a low temperature oven, something around 150F or less. I used a heat gun and about 5-10minutes of round and round the other things (lights et.al.). Using a flat tip screwdriver, slowly wedge and spread, making sure the little hooks are up and out of the way. Going back together, you can reuse the existing goo, or run a bead of either hot glue or silicone and clamping until it's set.




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