Pathfinder LED Installation Question


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Pathfinder LED Installation Question

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I read the DIY guide on installing the 1st generation SoCal LED lights. It appears that the drivers and connectors go into the square hole on the right side of the bike. Do the 2nd generation drivers go into the same square hole? Do you secure them some way or just push them through and let them hang? It seems like there are moving parts back there (like forks) that could damage the drivers.



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Bentrider wrote:
Mon Sep 30, 2019 6:29 pm
I read the DIY guide on installing the 1st generation SoCal LED lights. It appears that the drivers and connectors go into the square hole on the right side of the bike. Do the 2nd generation drivers go into the same square hole? Do you secure them some way or just push them through and let them hang? It seems like there are moving parts back there (like forks) that could damage the drivers.
I push them through, then zip-tie them in place so they aren't dangling around where they might interfere with anything.

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I wrestled with the same issue as to where to place the driver modules. I had wanted to put them through the rectangular holes in the fairing but securing them is a bit of a problem, unless you have the hands of an 8 year old.
I ended up attaching them to the fairing behind the headlight assembly. I used 3M VHB (Very High Bond) double sided adhesive tape. It worked quite well.






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MikeB wrote:
Tue Oct 01, 2019 12:10 am
I wrestled with the same issue as to where to place the driver modules. I had wanted to put them through the rectangular holes in the fairing but securing them is a bit of a problem, unless you have the hands of an 8 year old.
I ended up attaching them to the fairing behind the headlight assembly. I used 3M VHB (Very High Bond) double sided adhesive tape. It worked quite well.
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Thanks Mike, great idea. I especially appreciate the pictures. It shows exactly where to put the drivers for clearance.

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Bentrider wrote:
Tue Oct 01, 2019 7:25 am
MikeB wrote:
Tue Oct 01, 2019 12:10 am
I wrestled with the same issue as to where to place the driver modules. I had wanted to put them through the rectangular holes in the fairing but securing them is a bit of a problem, unless you have the hands of an 8 year old.
I ended up attaching them to the fairing behind the headlight assembly. I used 3M VHB (Very High Bond) double sided adhesive tape. It worked quite well.
IMG_20190724_142930401.jpgIMG_20190724_142443960.jpgIMG_20190724_142436999.jpg
Thanks Mike, great idea. I especially appreciate the pictures. It shows exactly where to put the drivers for clearance.
Thanks again Mike. I mounted the drivers like you did and it worked great. AND the 3M VHB tape is awesome! 90 lbs holding force per square inch. Wow!

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You are most welcome. Yes, the 3M VHB tape is great stuff.
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Re: Pathfinder LED Installation Question

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Bentrider wrote:
Thu Oct 03, 2019 3:40 pm
Bentrider wrote:
Tue Oct 01, 2019 7:25 am
MikeB wrote:
Tue Oct 01, 2019 12:10 am
I wrestled with the same issue as to where to place the driver modules. I had wanted to put them through the rectangular holes in the fairing but securing them is a bit of a problem, unless you have the hands of an 8 year old.
I ended up attaching them to the fairing behind the headlight assembly. I used 3M VHB (Very High Bond) double sided adhesive tape. It worked quite well.
IMG_20190724_142930401.jpgIMG_20190724_142443960.jpgIMG_20190724_142436999.jpg
Thanks Mike, great idea. I especially appreciate the pictures. It shows exactly where to put the drivers for clearance.
Thanks again Mike. I mounted the drivers like you did and it worked great. AND the 3M VHB tape is awesome! 90 lbs holding force per square inch. Wow!
I use the VHB tape for EVERYTHING. Prep is important - I clean the surfaces being bonded together with rubbing alcohol first.

You can also get small wipes of "adhesion promoter" that make the VHB stick much stronger:

https://www.amazon.com/3M-Adhesion-Prom ... ref=sr_1_1

You open the packet, wipe it on the surfaces, let dry, and then apply the VHB tape.



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