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post #1 of 11 Old 09-15-2018, 02:31 PM Thread Starter
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My tail light mod

Simple, yet effective, probably done by others as well. Foil tape and led from O'Reilly's simple 1157 replacement
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post #2 of 11 Old 09-15-2018, 02:53 PM Thread Starter
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Relay for tail/brake light?

Aren't the LEDs plug-'n'-play for tail/brake light application?
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My tail light mod/ turn signal led upgrade

Yep, the relay is for the turn signals. I probably shouldn't have placed it a thread labeled tail light. Thanks for pointing it out.

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Relay for tail/brake light?

Aren't the LEDs plug-'n'-play for tail/brake light application?

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Did the same... foil and super bright LED in the tail; much improved light output. Also got the idea here (or, was reminded) to add a strobe to the Taillight and I like it alot. Anything to draw attention to my 'stop much faster' bike's tail light being on so cagers know to stop too!!! NOW!

Lights are almost always one-a the first things I change when I pick up an old vehicle. When I got my first International Scout, I merely added foil (to all indicators) and new bulbs (LED not really around then) and then replaced the lenses (Giddum Up Scout and Super Scout Specialists... wow, who knew support for that vehicle was so easily found). It made the vehicle SAFEr. And it made it look better, too... but I was more interested in being seen, especially during the day (Halogen headlights, too). The Tail lenses were pretty much pink when I got the Truck!!!

On my '03 KLR though, I replaced OEM Turns with LEDs, replaced the Flasher with LED Flasher (so they'd flash right... TomS saved me from adding 4, count 'em, FOUR, resistors... that get very hot BTW), added diode to DashTurnIndicator (so either turn being on would correctly flash the dash indicator), added more correct wiring and a Relay/Switch for fogs, and re-constructed the Tail loom (it was held together with bobbypins and bubblegum). I scored some new Switches on the cheap, so replaced those as well (Headlight, On/Off). DPO got one thing right... he already had LED Headlight... YaY! Lastly I added a light circuit to have a light in my trunk. It even has a red gel on the lens so I'm tactically correct!

I don't think I should EVER have to deal with electrical issues on the road, so I set up my vehicles to eliminate the 'tail-chaser' of an event. I HATE diagnosing Electrical, I suck at it, and even though I have two Multi-Testers, I pretty much don't know how to use them (shame on me).

Your bike's coming (back) together MAAAN... NICE!
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I think it was Joni James!



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Did I just land in a BadA$$ Motorcycle Forum to get dogged about music from the 50s?!?!
OH MAN, do the talents of you folks never cease!

I'M WRONG!!!
Funny thing is, I been sayin' that quote for YEARS! I remember where I got it (History Teacher from HS), and it's wrong, Wrong, WRONG!!!
It's at LEAST Kitty Kallen (before Joni... sorry D!!!).

wow, I'm speechless...

me, speechless...
HA! NOW THAT'S FUNNY!!!

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Does the foil really help? Is it that much more reflective?
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Yes.
ANYTHING I can do to improve my lighting I’ll do. Yes, I often Tint Turns/Brakes, shame on me. I justify with dependable and brighter bulbs.
My point is anytime I am “in the lights“,
any and every
thing I can do I will do because of the favorable return in output.
My understanding is that most improvements in lighting, dependability being Job1, often illustrate exponential if not at least multiple increases in Output. I read somewhere along time ago in a galaxy far, far away. that just to wipe the dust off Incandescents including blowing air into the Lenses/Housings to clean it all out was worth a significant increase in light output.
Yeah I know, whatever.
It always pays off in a better looking Ride. I always appreciate a “well. lit“ vehicle, even if I don’t necessarily like the vehicle; ‘know what I’m sayin’?
Any “dependable“ improvement in lighting returns the favor with significant and more better Lighting all the way around.
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Does the foil really help? Is it that much more reflective?
Yes, the klr has a notoriously dim lighting system. I was very pleased with the improvement over stock AND by going with LEDs I get the wattage savings so I can add other accessories. Fog lights, gps, ets...

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