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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 05-25-2012, 09:55 AM Thread Starter
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testing the waters...light bar and possibly LED turn signal boards

OK...I figured I would post to see if anyone would be interested in either of these projects I am working on.
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my version of a light bar.
They are completely hand made of aluminum stock and brazed together. They are bolt on....using the existing holes that hold the horn bracket on the VN750. All you would need to do is replace the existing bolts with a longer set and add a spacer under the bracket (I used an over sized nut). They will be drilled for the mounting, but not drilled to accept the light pods you are using. I will finish them to a sanded and lightly polished finish.

This is what it will basically look like (without the holes on the square posts):


You can drill the posts to your liking for mounting whatever you decide to use as light pods. They can mount facing up, out to the sides, or underneath the bar as you like.

You can see how mine looks in my album:
Optronics Light install Bracket Ver. 2
https://www.vn750.com/forum/album.php?albumid=470


I am thinking around $55 +shipping (EDIT on 6/17/12) each should cover materials and labor. I am not trying to get rich on this....just offering a bolt on alternative that looks decent.

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I am also making LED drop in boards that add running lights to the rear signal stalks, but these will require either replacing the rear stalks with front stalks, or I can tell you how I modified mine and replaced the existing socket with a dual filament socket , or running a wire for the running light from the tail light to the stalks. They can also be used to replace the front turn signals if made with only amber LED's

The boards will be similar to the dynamic cluster type sold online for 60 bucks a pair +shipping (EDIT on 6/17/12). I can probably make them as:
1) only amber turning lights
2) amber turn/amber running lights (for the front)
3) red running/amber turn (for the rear)
4) red running/ amber turn/ high intensity red brake (which requires even more mods to work).

not sure of the price on this yet, but they will be around $60/pair for all of the above except option 4, which would be more.

these are also hand made including the production of the Printed Circuit board.
I will try to post photos of this soon, or check my albums for when I add the photos.
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These are not going to be mass produced and flawless...they may not be perfect, but will function fine.


Anyway....if this is something people are interested in, I would love to hear feedback and suggestions on this thread.

Thanks!

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what about mounting the light bar to the horn bracket itself. (where the horns actually mount) would that snug it up under the light more and cause the driving lights to be inline with the headlight

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I think Knifemaker's design was more in tune with that concept.

I suppose you could do that, but the holes at the bottom of the horn bracket are directly into the heavy bracket on the forks themselves.

I didn't go that route because I wanted a "triangle" of lights....and it is much more sturdy where I have it. If the bar were mounted on the top of the horn bracket, I would think it would vibrate more causing the lights to be constantly shaking. I also wanted the plastic cover for the horn bracket to be put back in place when mounted.

The other problem I had with mounting it higher would be that the blinkers would get lost and not be as visible to oncoming traffic. I may even flip my lights over to he hung under the bracket to get more separation from the signal lamps...and a better "triangle" of lights.
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bump.....I have one light bar made if anyone wants one.
Is the lack of response due to the proposed pricing?

I was really hoping to get some feedback, so let er rip!
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my biggest problem with your lightbar is that its flatstock instead of round bar. IMHO a round lightbar would look better.. especially with and engine guard. another reason you aren't getting much response is... your light bars are very easy to replicate in a basic garage.
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I realize it looks pretty simple, and not made of round bar and chromed....but you can get those for a couple of hundred dollars online.

Round aluminum bar tends to be weak, and steel would require welding and chrome finish to look good....unless you painted it I suppose(not to mention the added weight). which is why I came up with this design.

My intention was to offer an inexpensive bolt on bar for those that do not have the ability to fabricate their own. I think this bar is sturdy as hell and looks decent even if it isn't round bar and chromed....imho.

If anyone is interested, just PM me.

Photos and details about the LED boards are coming soon. I have a set installed on my bike and they are working flawlessly (as is the light bar).
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Actually looking at how you mounted your lights and how I mounted mine:
http://m.flickr.com/#/photos/knifemaker1954/1490874152/

I don't really see much diffrence position wise. Mine seem to be more "triangulated" to me..... I used square aluminum tubing. Saying "Round aluminum bar tends to be weak" is silly, round tubing is very strong... If it's wall thickness is sufficient. Hey they make frames out of tubing don't they? Lol.

I sold my bar for 65 bucks and that included the lights a switch and wiring instructions. I think you'd have more takers if you had lights already installed on the bars. (If you buy them by the case of six you can get the Optronics lights for alot less than Wal-mart sells them.)


And by the way, mounting them to the rubber damped horn mounts actually kept them from shaking due to engine vibration.

You do have a good simple design, I just think you'd sell more if the lights were included.


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from Tofer76: "what about mounting the light bar to the horn bracket itself. (where the horns actually mount) would that snug it up under the light more and cause the driving lights to be inline with the headlight "

from KM: "I don't really see much diffrence position wise. Mine seem to be more "triangulated" to me"

I should have specified that if KM had mounted his on top of the bar as opposed to hanging below, it would be more inline with the headlight.

in any event, it is obvious that there seems to be little or no interest in this bar so I am not going to pursue this on this thread any longer. If someone wants info or wants one for themselves, you can PM me and we can negotiate a price that works for you.

As far as the lights go, If anyone is interested in a custom made LED board, contact me as well.
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in any event, it is obvious that there seems to be little or no interest in this bar so I am not going to pursue this on this thread any longer.
...dont you dare !!!!!!!!....you come up here one day, FOR the day, and I'll feed ya and we'll work on it...this thing has merit...just because a few pooed it, dont mean squat !!! (they envious !)...just the peanut gallery....quitters dont ride with The Wolf...and that aint happenin with you bro...yer cursed with me forever....lol, like it or not...



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I have interest in the bar...been watching the progress/comments. I am definitely interested in light triangulation. Bring the bar on.. !

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