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regarding leds, trunk lights, brake flasher...

Post by ex vtxer » Mon Nov 13, 2017 12:05 am



I'm hopeful those with 2015 (2012 -newer models i hear are different, dont truly know so dont mean to offend anyone) knowledge can tell me how to go about doing what i want. i've gotten all sort of answers in searches and also from Kuryakyn, ADD ON, Electrical Connection, Superbright, and a couple of others.
here's what i want to do:
1) make my whole trunk have running lights,
2) use a brake flasher so my trunk lights at least one set flash at eye level
and
3) use leds
4) possibly instead of a 1 & 2, can i put on a spoiler with a regular rack or do i have to put on rack risers for it to fit (this is in case i cant do what i want)

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*now i've been told the electronic flash relay allows me not to have to put on load *resistors (some say not)
*some say if use electronic flash relay i can use leds in front and rear turn signals
*some people, a Kuryakyn tech, told me that my 2015 allows for the low led draw on turn signals, that i had not heard of
*i've been told some brake flashers work, some wont



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Re: regarding leds, trunk lights, brake flasher...

Post by ex vtxer » Wed Nov 15, 2017 3:14 pm

I guess I asked too much at once.
Thanks everyone.

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Re: regarding leds, trunk lights, brake flasher...

Post by PastoT » Wed Nov 15, 2017 5:33 pm

I haven't a Gen2 GL1800 but on the 2002 I've replaced all my lights with LEDs and for the turn flashers to function I disconnected the turn flasher harness from the back of the instrument console and jimmy rigged a solid state electronic flasher module in for 8 bucks at the car parts store. there are only three wires that need to be connected to the harnesses flasher plug. So a few 3" wires and flasher from autozone and the spade connectors were the trick. As for modifying the tail lights that are illuminated I can't really provide good info but I'd check with http://electricalconnection.com/ for a solution the Gen 1 is nearly plug n play.
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Re: regarding leds, trunk lights, brake flasher...

Post by ex vtxer » Wed Nov 15, 2017 6:00 pm

thank you for reaching out brother. much appreciated. bless

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Re: regarding leds, trunk lights, brake flasher...

Post by AZgl1800 » Wed Nov 15, 2017 6:49 pm

The Electronic Flasher negates the use of load resistors.

The brake lights on the trunk, on my bike, are part of a spoiler across the top of the trunk.

they flash several times and then go solid.... they are fairly bright, but of old vintage.

all the other stuff on my bike is OEM, and could stand a nice upgrade to the newer style lighting.
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Re: regarding leds, trunk lights, brake flasher...

Post by PastoT » Thu Nov 16, 2017 11:29 pm

Very true, no load resisters with the electronic flasher module (that's at least 4 less cut up harness wires!) I bought load resisters with my lights and fortunately did not have to splice them in as I bought the new flasher module just in time. I like the flash-to-solid brake lights also, I did the same to mine a couple years ago and added two strips of Superbright LED stick on strips down each side of the rear center fender to visually present a noticeable change to the light configuration when brakes are applied. For the foggy winter days I added a refracted red laser projector that fans out about 10 feet behind the bike and creates a large red fan in the fog making my arse look even bigger! :lol:
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Re: regarding leds, trunk lights, brake flasher...

Post by PastoT » Thu Nov 16, 2017 11:42 pm

I never figured I'd be seeking a lighting upgrade on the 1800, they are more than adequate once fog lights are installed but I was tired of buying headlights so I found LED bulbs for everything all around and noted a nice increase in running voltage (+ .3 volts) with the reduced current draw. The high beams were the worst things to replace, OMG I'd rather change the air filter any day. All worth it though, 16,000 lumen with the high beams on and another 6,000 in added in lane assist projectors for really nasty weather nights. However I do worry about setting tumbleweeds on fire! Its sunglasses at night for me :roll: It took two years to find bulbs that fit and worked well and didn't cost an arm and a leg. Now if you have the money there are solutions easily purchased that work with our reflectors, tail and turn signals were mush easier to find and install. Next time I ride to AZ I'll try and let you know, I get to Tucson each summer.
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Re: regarding leds, trunk lights, brake flasher...

Post by ex vtxer » Fri Nov 17, 2017 10:09 am

AZgl1800 wrote:
Wed Nov 15, 2017 6:49 pm
The Electronic Flasher negates the use of load resistors.

The brake lights on the trunk, on my bike, are part of a spoiler across the top of the trunk.

they flash several times and then go solid.... they are fairly bright, but of old vintage.

all the other stuff on my bike is OEM, and could stand a nice upgrade to the newer style lighting.
which electronic flasher did you guys use? i was looking at Electronic Connection.
thanks...

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Re: regarding leds, trunk lights, brake flasher...

Post by ex vtxer » Fri Nov 17, 2017 10:12 am

PastoT wrote:
Thu Nov 16, 2017 11:42 pm
I never figured I'd be seeking a lighting upgrade on the 1800, they are more than adequate once fog lights are installed but I was tired of buying headlights so I found LED bulbs for everything all around and noted a nice increase in running voltage (+ .3 volts) with the reduced current draw. The high beams were the worst things to replace, OMG I'd rather change the air filter any day. All worth it though, 16,000 lumen with the high beams on and another 6,000 in added in lane assist projectors for really nasty weather nights. However I do worry about setting tumbleweeds on fire! Its sunglasses at night for me :roll: It took two years to find bulbs that fit and worked well and didn't cost an arm and a leg. Now if you have the money there are solutions easily purchased that work with our reflectors, tail and turn signals were mush easier to find and install. Next time I ride to AZ I'll try and let you know, I get to Tucson each summer.
which LED bulbs are you using PastoT? ive been reading on SoCal Leds...at least for the front...



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