Bug eye driving lights


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offcenter
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Bug eye driving lights

Post by offcenter » Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:16 pm



I've never liked the look of the light bar that I bought
for the Goldwing. The driving lights stuck out too far and looked
like a pair of bug eyes sticking out on those long stalks
away from the fairing.
So yesterday I decided to do something about it.
After a good deal of thought and some
VERY CAREFUL MEASURING, I narrowed the light bar by 2 1/2 inches
on each side, which brings my driving lights in so they are right next
to the fairing. MUCH better in my opinion.
How I did it:
That bar is chromed steel so welding it would ruin the chrome. And I'm
such a crappy welder that it would have looked like hell.
So, I used a tubing cutter like plumbers use to cut copper water pipe, and
removed 2 1/2 inches from each side right under the edge of the fairing
where the joint wouldn't be seen. The chrome tube has an inside
diameter of one half inch, so I found a couple of 7/16 inch bolts about three
inches long each, and cut the heads off of them.
Then I smeared the bolts with PC-7 epoxy which dries rock hard, and slipped
the bolts inside the tubing and slid the pieces back together and let them
harden over night.
BINGO! You can barely see the joint and I'm confident that the PC-7 will hold
til long after I'm dead.
See the before and after photos below.
(I hadn't hooked the wires up yet when I took the photo)






George in Jersey.
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Re: Bug eye driving lights

Post by tnt9339 » Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:05 pm

Those must make some serious light.

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Re: Bug eye driving lights

Post by offcenter » Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:56 pm

They certainly do!
I spent the last 50 years riding bikes with pitiful headlights, making night riding a real adventure.
Now they have LEDs! I converted the entire front of that bike to LEDs, and it is BRIGHT!
I like riding the back roads, and in Jersey we have DEER, LOTS OF DEER!
Finally, after all these years, I can actually SEE what's ahead of me at night.
Those driving lights are wired to the high beams so I don't blind anyone when
riding normally.
And those lights are cheap too. It was about $12 for the pair of them on EBAY.
I have them on both of my Goldwings.
Here is my '76 Wing with the high beams on.
The small rectangular lights at the bottom stay on all the time
as daytime running lights.


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Re: Bug eye driving lights

Post by Aussie81Interstate » Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:45 pm

That does look a lot neater and tidier..

I would be interested to see the brand of driving light if you say they only cost about $12 each - and as mentioned they light up the road well. :)

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Re: Bug eye driving lights

Post by offcenter » Sat Jan 12, 2019 12:10 pm

Ask and you shall receive! LOL!!!
Here is the link to those lights on Ebay.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/2pcs-4-5-42W-C ... rk:33:pf:0
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Re: Bug eye driving lights

Post by Aussie81Interstate » Sat Jan 12, 2019 5:52 pm

Thank you - they look interesting...

I might look into a pair - now I have to find out where to mount them.

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Re: Bug eye driving lights

Post by offcenter » Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:17 pm

Aussie81Interstate wrote:
Sat Jan 12, 2019 5:52 pm
Thank you - they look interesting...

I might look into a pair - now I have to find out where to mount them.
Don't look into them. You'll go blind! LOL!!!!
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Re: Bug eye driving lights

Post by DougEFresh1123 » Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:05 am

They look great, I've been looking for some lights to swap mine out to. I think we may have started with the same lights before you switched yours to the round LEDs. Mine came wired to an auxiliary switch so I'll probably keep it that way and only use them for night driving. Thinking I'll aim them down and out to prevent blinding on coming traffic and aid in lighting the roadside. My plans are to do the LED headlight, positioning lights, cornering light LED conversion and adding a headlight modulator. Maybe I'll also convert the cornering lights to run at all times as well.
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Re: Bug eye driving lights

Post by aholloway17 » Sat Feb 23, 2019 10:35 pm

What a great idea! I am ordering parts as I type this but I do have one question. How did you attached the bar to the underside of the fairing?

Thanks for posting!
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Re: Bug eye driving lights

Post by CrystalPistol » Sun Feb 24, 2019 1:27 am

That gives me an idea …. maybe I can convert mine to brighter LEDs, these are 55 watt small sealed beam like bulbs with a narrow beam, I like them but they do get hot.


I thought I had pics with lights on? That's camera flash where it looks like headlight is on I believe.




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