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post #1 of 35 (permalink) Old 07-09-2007, 10:23 PM Thread Starter
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Clear Alternatives LED tail/brake light

I figured adding this to the Vendors Forum would be a good idea for any future Vulcaneers looking to upgrade to LED's....

Clear Alternatives: The only maker of a LED tail/brake light board for the VN750.

Forget those cheap replacement 1157 bulbs. Go with a complete board !!!

You can order the board HERE, and/or the clear lens HERE.
The clear lens is not needed, seeing as the LED's are red, but if ya want that modern look, they've got them.

I give them a big thumbs up !!


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For more pictures and links to the site, see http://www.bulldogsbike.com/ledtaillights.htm


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Hyper, did you install the board yet? Did I over-read the tiny type, and it's just a plug-in?

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Thumbs up You want the Red Lense!

You know, The clear lense would be a bad Idea. The led's being red emitting light and the lense being red should intensify the red color. When the (Red)light has to travel trough any other color but it's own(Red) It can effect the overall outcome of that light. You would be relying on the led's to light all the clear break light cover. From the direct rear not to big of a problem, but from the side where your seeing a small area of the board all you would see would be the led's. Oppossed to the red lens refracting the light like it should. Red light + Red lense = Bright! Check it your self. Take the break light cover off.. Hit the breaks. Put the cover on.. Hit the breaks. Which do you think is more intense. Now think of the lense off as a clear lense.
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Hyper, did you install the board yet? Did I over-read the tiny type, and it's just a plug-in?
Installation was ridiculously easy (as mentioned in other threads).

The board hugs the grooves that the cover screws go into and the cover then holds it in place. It uses the same bulb housing as is already in the standard tail light assembly . . . the only bear was that the 'light fixing' (for lack of a better word) that plugs into the socket doesn't have much grip on it for pushing and turning it in to lock in place. Still, that just means it takes 2 minutes instead of 1 minute with a standard light.

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I put mine in last night. Trying to get the socket in was the only problem I had. Since someone posted yesterday thet their's came with the black wire disconnected I wanted to be very careful and the wires are not long enough to move the board out of the way to get you fingers in there easily. Not a big problem though. I love how bright it is. Kind of like shouting at the cars behind you "I'm slowing down damnit!!"

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I used a pair of needlenose pliers to get a grip on the plug and put it into the socket. Other then that the hardest part was unscrewing the lens! (Yes I used plural because I put one in my VN750 taillight I have on the sidecar too)
I told my husband..
If anyone ever rear-ended me and had the nerve to tell the officer.. "I didn't see them"
Just go over and hit the brake light!
Ok, maybe a bad idea since then they could claim they were blinded by them *L*

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I put mine in last night. Trying to get the socket in was the only problem I had. Since someone posted yesterday thet their's came with the black wire disconnected I wanted to be very careful and the wires are not long enough to move the board out of the way to get you fingers in there easily. Not a big problem though. I love how bright it is. Kind of like shouting at the cars behind you "I'm slowing down damnit!!"

Add a Signal Dynamics BackOFF XP brake light modulator and you are ROCKING...


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Installation was ridiculously easy (as mentioned in other threads).

The board hugs the grooves that the cover screws go into and the cover then holds it in place.
Also, the two O-rings placed over the screw post's (after the board is put in place) help hold everything in.

These can be a little tricky to put on. I held one side on the post with a small screwdriver, then used a small dental type pick to work the other end over, pushing them back until the board was held solid against the post's.

I had to do a little filing on the mounting post's too. The flat tabs above and below the screw hole seemed to have a bit of the mold flash left on them, so the board wouldn't quite fit.
I didn't want to force it and snap the thin pieces at the edge of the board.


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I didn't have any trouble getting the o rings in place (once I figured out where they went) but getting the plug into the socket was a hassle. I tried putting it into the right socket (looking at it from the rear) and just couldn't get enough of a grip to push and twist it in. Then I tried the left socket and it went in a lot easier. Maybe it was the angle or something. Just for the record, I'm right handed.

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