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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-20-2006, 07:25 PM Thread Starter
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Writeups for clear taillight/blinker integration and squeaky windscreen fix

I've been writing some of these writeups in my blog. Check them out if you're interested. They've got pics and instructions:
Squeaky windscreen fix

I lost the article I wrote on the clear lenses. Here are pics of it and a brief description though - you get the idea of what to do from these:
The flasher assembly to replace:
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/44/15...a7329983_b.jpg
Closeup of the flasher to replace:
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/49/15...e12690f3_b.jpg
Flasher back where it belongs:
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/50/15...a6337ca7_b.jpg
Closeup of the connection that holds the silver side panel on the bike (so you can see how you are supposed to take it off):
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/52/15...c5f31125_b.jpg
Closeup of the back of the same side panel (so you can see how you are supposed to take it off):
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/54/15...2e06e547_b.jpg
Stock wiring in the tail:
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/47/15...b360e261_b.jpg
After removing the stock brake light assembly:
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/51/15...8f7fbdce_b.jpg
Comparison of the old assembly to the new:
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/48/15...477e7be2_b.jpg

Here is where I got tricky:
I didn't want to cut the stock blinker wires. Instead, I opened up the blinkers themselves. This is what they look like inside. Note the quick-disconnect connectors used. This is the stock setup:
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/46/15...ff5f2723_b.jpg

Once you pull those tab connectors off, you end up with stock cables that look like this:
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/45/15...002044ab_b.jpg

I got the matching connectors at radio shack, and crimped them onto the new brakelight assembly. Then I could just plug the stock wiring into the new connectors on the new brakelight assembly. I then wrapped those connections in electric tape:
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/48/15...6abf2cef_b.jpg

I then wrapped all of the wires in red flexi-tubing for a clean look:
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/49/15...32878e01_b.jpg

Zip tied it in place (racing yellow!) to stop it from rubbing or wandering:
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/56/15...1e3c12c8_b.jpg

All done!
http://flickr.com/photos/thecodepoet...7594127551547/

If any of that didn't make sense, let me know and I'll elaborate. the nice thing about the way I did it is that I didn't cut any stock wiring so I can always undo it, and it looks really clean under there.

Take care,
Ryan

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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-21-2006, 04:41 AM
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I know what you mean regarding the squeaky screen, it can be very annoying. The trouble I found was the wind noise through the gap like a partially closed door in a draught. I sorted it by using some draught excluder around the headlamp to seal the gap, this cured the squeak at the same time.


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very nice "how to do it".

Remmember at the end to: take a sleep, wake up, check your work!

The guy MUST be drunk when he finishes!!! lolol
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Nice one.
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I've been writing some of these writeups in my blog. Check them out if you're interested. They've got pics and instructions:
Clear Alternatives tail light install with integrated blinkers
Squeaky windscreen fix

Do you want to mirror those on the MVFAQ? Both quite useful and frequent

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Sure, go ahead. You can copy the entries, or just link to them, though I would prefer the link.
The pictures are hosted on my flickr account, so you can just use those URLs.
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Anybody try to use the stock red "glass" on the LED housing, so it looks "stock"?

I want integrated blinkers, but don't want a clear lense. I'm also not feeling putting LEDs into my rear vents.

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and the HUGE lower triple clamp. that thing is braced like king-kong at at a bondage party.
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Anybody try to use the stock red "glass" on the LED housing, so it looks "stock"?

I want integrated blinkers, but don't want a clear lense. I'm also not feeling putting LEDs into my rear vents.
Tried something similar, unfortunately it didn't work well with the stock red glass as the LEDs on the aftermarker unit light up red, and red on red glass doesn't show very well.

If you have LEDs that light up white it should work well.


P.s nice writeup.
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Tried something similar, unfortunately it didn't work well with the stock red glass as the LEDs on the aftermarker unit light up red, and red on red glass doesn't show very well.

If you have LEDs that light up white it should work well.


P.s nice writeup.

I asked them to supply me one unassembled but they weren't interested

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I asked them to supply me one unassembled but they weren't interested
What you can try is an LED bulb (bio), make sure it lights up white and not red (hard to come by), this will work but only brake and tail.
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