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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-07-2010, 12:39 AM Thread Starter
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Question adding lights to front

i'd like a little more light in the front, especially since my buddy was sent to the ER by a left turning truck.
the light bars seem to be way to expensivie... but i found these clamp on type lights at Dennis Kirk... part number 21-4626..
http://www.denniskirk.com/jsp/produc...Id=214626&mmy=

http://www.denniskirk.com/jsp/common...214626&imgId=0

anybody use lights like these?
and i have a choice of 39/41mm or 49mm tubes.. anybody know what size the fork tubes are?

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the fork tube is 38mm... how good are your fabricating skills? Making a light bar is real simple, all you need is a piece of 1" tubing, a drill, 2 1" ID clamps, and a piece of scrap metal to make a bracket.

The easiest place to mount the bracket is off of the front brake Splitter (the fitting behind the horn cover). just make a bracket that bolts to the splitter, and mount the clamps, place the tubing onto the bars. Drill holes under where the lights will mount to run wires through and one hole in the middle of the bar to pull the wires out and run up to the headlight bucket...
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Kuryakyn stuff is a bit pricey, but is usually of very high quality, so I won't discourage you from doing this.

But if you want to save some money, you could go to Walmart and see if they still sell a driving light kit from "Optronics" in their automotive section (it's about $15-$20).

A while back, I did this, and changed out the bulbs to 35-watt units, from either Lowe's or Home Depot. Then you can take the advice of Slim above, and make a bar for the bike's fork tubes.

According to my bike's voltmeter, the charging system isn't struggling to cope with these two 35-watt lights running. Of course, your mileage may vary--check yours vs your bike's charging system voltmeter to make sure.

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I just checked WalMart yesterday for driving lights. $18.98 gets you a nice looking set that's small enough to look good. Most auto type lights are too large to fit the size of a bike. I'm going to pick a set of these up and replace the 55w bulb with LED H3's

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When you get the Walmart lights, tell us the part number, and a picture would rock!


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A part number and picture, you ask....?

Check it out...Walmart should be real close to this:

http://www.nextag.com/Optronics-Plat...A445E8608E2D80

With this kit of lights, you're really just after the lights and some of the wiring--the master switch and most of the connectors are not designed for motorcycle duty.

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The Optronics light suits my pocketbook a lot better than the Kury`s. I think Gemguy may have a set of those on his scoot. I know someone here posted some driving light pictures of that brand name and similar price range.

I saw a couple of cruisers the other night, and one of them had some small driving lights mounted down near the ends of the front axle. I only saw them from the front, and do not know how much they lit up the road. They did however make a very noticeable light triangle for oncoming drivers, about 24" to 30" high, by 12" wide at the axle. According to some safety experts, a light triangle similar to this one, or those found on a railway locomotive, are the easiest for oncoming drivers to estimate distance and closing speed of the bike or train.

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thats an interesting option i hadn't thought of... thanks for bringing that up.
i looked at the walmart ones and some at PepBoys, but the chrome didn't look all that great. i've bought chromed tin stuff before, and the tin starts rusting pretty quick.
i saw some other less expensive clip on type brackets in the Dennis Kirk catalog.. maybe i'll see if i can get something mounted down lower on the lower fork tubes.

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I believe the lamps I am thinking of on Gemguys bike, had the bracket attached with the upper clamp bolt on the steering fork tubes. Just one more option to consider.

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This all sounds good. If anybody has fabricated a bar mount on their fork and has a picture, I would like to see it. I would buy chromed plastic before I would buy chromed tin. But brass would be the best.


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