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Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: NC, Raleigh
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I wanted to do the same kind of thing, and decided to build my own set of LED lights. I found a six-inch strip of 12v red LED's for about $3 and used some aluminum channel from a home store as the frame. I drilled two holes in one side of the channel and inserted some screws from the inside of the channel. I then glued the lights into the channel pieces that I had cut down to match the length of the LED's. I used clear silicone to glue the lights down, they seem to be holding fine. I then drilled two holes into the inner plastic side of the OEM bags and attached the nuts using some thread locker. I ran the wiring from under the seat, following the OEM wiring harness along the inside of the fender and attaching with some nylon wire ties. I thought about wiring into the tail light but I didn't want to disturb the wiring harness which is sealed into a rubber fitting pretty good. I added some black shrink tubing to the LED wires to give them some extra strength and hide them better.
See the attached pics: One is with the brake lights off, one with them on. I have a brake light flasher so they flash with the main brake light. They do not stay on with the running lights. You can purchase small 3" LED strips that can be setup for brake/running lights or brake/turn/running lights if you wish to go that route. My buddy has those on the back of his bags and they look pretty good (sorry no pics). I'm not sure on the cost of those, but if you're interested let me know and I'll follow up and try to get some pics.
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1973 HD Sportster (sold 2009 - sigh...)
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