LED tail light fit

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LED tail light fit

Postby Boxermed69 » Thu May 12, 2011 11:07 pm

Well, Nick (Skiddy Boxers) et al, here goes - I shall attempt to describe the job using pics as well. This may or may not end in tears...

Bought the replacement smoked LED tail light from Partplaza in the States via Ebay. A bit salty at £75 delivered, but ain't no pockets in a shroud, what?

Delivered well packed and undamaged in 9 days. One complete light unit and an extra bit (more later), but no destructions :?. Contacted vendor - he had stated it was a 'plug and play' unit, but why the extra box with wires, and why no instructions? Answer: "You may need the adaptor box, but if it works ok without - go you ahead. Instructions aren't needed" :o

Hey ho, let's give it a go! Seat off, side panel fasteners out (2 each side). At this point, those without pannier frames can just pop the panels off. Mine has the frames, so rear (1 screw) and mid (2 screws) mounts on each side released. By slightly loosening the remaining front mounting screw on each side the frames then can be pivoted about these and the rear swung away from the bike - only a few inches required to allow access to the light unit mounting screws. These removed (can't recall if its 1 or 2 screws each side) allows the complete assembly to be eased out rearwards. This exposes the 3 blade terminals (pic1). Once these are released the unit is free. The 2 screws through the light unit's 'ears' (also pic1) separate it from the surround/guard.

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It was comforting to note that the replacement light is just about identical to the old :) . However, the 2 outer male spade terminals turned out to be thinner, requiring the female ends on the loom to be squished a little to make a snug fit. Had to remove the plastic covers to achieve this - they were mullered in the process, so the nice clear rubber sleeves provided in the new kit were pressed into service. Needed to trim the length a little. A word to the wise: don't inadvertently transpose the 2 outer connections - you'll have permanent brake lights... :oops:

All seemed to be working so the whole shebang was slapped back together in reverse order with a smear of copaslip on the fasteners.

Been to Wales and back and all seems fine - as suspected the requisite resistors must be built into the unit - it is 'plug and play'. This begs the question: why the funny adaptor box? (pic2) :scratch:


Well, here are the before and after pics. You will note that the original lens looks as if it's been polished with P60 for a day. Had to at least try to get the crazed black enamel paint off it (WTF?). That Nitromors is some mean sh*t :shock:

The new light works well and I think looks smucking fart - and I guess that's all that really matters. I hope this thread is of interest and maybe pokes someone else into action - I mean, if this mugwumper can do it...

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Speaking of which, I've managed to balls up the pics, so (hopefully) pic2 follows :roll:

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Postby Boxermed69 » Thu May 12, 2011 11:13 pm

Yep, that worked well......arse! :x

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That better? :oops: :? :P
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Postby Gaztopz » Sat Jul 02, 2011 10:52 pm

LED's use a lot less current than conventional bulbs, and can make the bike believe that the bulb has blown due to this.

The extra box is normally used to draw extra current so the bulb warning light doesn't activate.
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Postby Boxermed69 » Wed Jul 06, 2011 10:38 pm

Thanks Gaztopz, that makes sense. Done a few hundred miles now with no warning lights. Still works just fine. Shame the vendor couldn't be bothered to find this out from the manufacturer when questioned. Big up this forum, again :D
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Postby bikerboy » Fri Apr 11, 2014 9:53 pm

Boxermed69 wrote:Yep, that worked well......arse! :x

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That better? :oops: :? :P


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Postby Mitch1100 » Sat Apr 12, 2014 12:20 am

Does it modulate with different flash patterns? Box may be if bike has Can Bus.

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Postby nab 301 » Sat Apr 12, 2014 6:53 pm

Boxermed69 wrote:That better? :oops: :? :P


I thought "my" sidecar had ended up back in your driveway , and then I looked at the date of the post... :lol:
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Postby Boxermed69 » Mon Apr 14, 2014 3:38 pm

nab 301 wrote:
Boxermed69 wrote:That better? :oops: :? :P


I thought "my" sidecar had ended up back in your driveway , and then I looked at the date of the post... :lol:


Ha ha! Has that fella done owt with the chair Nigel?

Mike :)
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Postby weaselonastick » Tue Apr 15, 2014 1:38 am

Gents... my $0.02 worth.
I purchased a LED replacement for my R11S from Adventure Tech here in Canada. http://adventuretech.ca/

It takes the place of the bulb and reflector in the housing... plug-and-play. Has multiple settings; from on/off like a normal bulb, to the setting I have it set on (as soon as you're on the brakes the light pulses slowly, with the pulses speeding up to a solid light over about 1-2 sec.)

Works great for me.

Price listed is $125CAD... with the current exchange rate, that's dirt cheap.

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Postby Mitch1100 » Tue Apr 15, 2014 2:59 am

Mike
I tried to order one from http://adventuretech.ca/ a couple of weeks ago, told they were no longer available for R1100s.
I've ordered a brake light modulator from Lakeside Electronics, LLC
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Postby weaselonastick » Tue Apr 15, 2014 3:06 am

Well crap... that's too bad, because it's a good unit. Good luck with the Lakeside unit.
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Postby nab 301 » Wed Apr 16, 2014 9:42 am

="Boxermed69"][
Ha ha! Has that fella done owt with the chair Nigel?

Mike :)


I'm not sure Mike , I'll see if I can contact him.
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