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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-15-2012, 06:03 PM Thread Starter
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I was cruisin down the road the other night and I saw a bike that was lit up like a Christmas tree but what stood out most was the plug wires were strobing!
I thought that was cool as hell and I wondered it must be built into the plug wires but are they as good of a conductor for the spark and if so what is the name of them and where can I get me some?
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Was it something like this?
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They look cool but anything in addition to the spark plug could drop the charge slightly and one thing about these vulcans is they need a good solid spark to start properly and run consistently. That's why among the most common issues discussed are the electrical and ignition systems. Using lighted wires [/B]may[/B]diminish the spark. I don't know if I'd chance it on a VN, but you might find that it's fine. Just something to be aware of.

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The Custom Dynamics ones are cool, but at 100 bucks a set....yikes!!
not to mention there are 4 plugs on the VN750....ouch!

JP Cycles claims that on theirs : "Will not affect plug performance in any way" and are about 9 bucks a piece.

I don't see how they can claim that...they must degrade the pulse signal at least a little.....but, for that price, it might be worth trying.
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Yeah it is a good price, and having that flicker on both sides of the bike Would look cool. You'd be among the few who can do that with a v-twin. If you go for it I think you really ought to do the pick up coil mod if you haven't already.

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Customized hard bags w/ lights
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Home made 'Vita-Volt' meter
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Tunes

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Yeah it is a good price, and having that flicker on both sides of the bike Would look cool. You'd be among the few who can do that with a v-twin. If you go for it I think you really ought to do the pick up coil mod if you haven't already.
somewhere in my "final scene of mad max movie" mess that i call a workshop is a strobe light i took off my zx1100 ninja, i think it must be neon, it's bright as hell even at daytime. the transformer/controller is about 2" x 2" x 1" and it has two strobes about 1/2" diameter and 2-3" long that mount with adhesive tape. it flashes like once a second. at night it's really bright. first time i saw it from the corner of my eye, i thought my bike was on fire! it was daytime and i was like "wtf is that???" haha. they were mounted near the muflfler tips. i am sure you could google it and find something similar, probably cheap. and it won't suck a milliamp from your coils. one could be mounted on each side near the bottom of the tank or whatever.

i kinda forgot i had it, might have to mount it now!

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kuryakyn made ones might be better quality, 2 or 4 could be used.

http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...WT.MC_ID=10010

i would be hesitant to cut the plug wires and add them though, could be a weak link in the chain. i admit it looks really kool at night, but not sure if price and reliability warrants it.

plus i do nearly no night riding!

if they actually use neon gas, and shunt most of the current around the neon, i don't think it would affect performance, we are talking about 20-40,000 volts on the secondary side of the coil. but there are no specs, so no way of telling.

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2003 VN1500 Nomad FI Bagger

2004 KLX400SR Dual Sport light adv bike

1969 CB750 K0 sand cast #1767

couple of nice GL650 Silver Wing Interstates, one with hack

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i found a cheap way to get the strobing effect i mounted two 12 inch led bars under the tank ran the power to a 10 amp fuse and ground to the green wire on the coil the lights get a pulsating ground from the pick ups without reducing power to the plugs creates a nice bright strobe but at high rpms they just stay on because the ground is pulsing so fast
i did mine with red leds so it looks like the engine is bleeding at night
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Do they stay on all the time or do you have them wired to a switch? With it being red (or if it were blue as well) I think it would be illegal to run with them turned on here. The only red lights allowed on non-emergency/police vehicles are rear facing and no blue is allowed at all.
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