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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-02-2007, 05:37 PM Thread Starter
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LED Front Blinkers

I'm changing over to LED everything (headlight?). Is there a replacement for our front blinkers other than using the LED 1157 bulb? There are plenty of reviews on this site that say they are not worth the money but is there another choice? I've seen the boards available but I don't want to reduce the light from the side of the lens for safety (boards project forward).

Anyone try the H3 / H4 bulb LED replacement? I like spotlights but not on a VN's charging system!

Ideas please, I'm trying to reduce wattage that is a constant drain other than the headlight and ignition system. Tail light is already LED as will be gauges.

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-02-2007, 09:58 PM
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-02-2007, 10:27 PM
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These may not be the kind of thing you had in mind, but I think they're pretty cool:

http://www.customdynamics.com/kisan_vectra_light.htm

Of course, these would probably require one to replace their rear view mirrors with something else that has a flatter bottom (or top) shape.

Oh well, you can't have everything....

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instead of a LED 1157 bulb you could use a LED board with 24/36 LEDS.. IIRC those can be found on customdynamics website and run about $50 a pair...those boards come with a pig tail wire which has a 1157/1156 plug attached to it so that it is totally plug and play...

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Quit waisting your money. LED 1157/1156 front and back blinkers are not worth it and a safety hazard due to lack of brightness and improper design. The board type might be better, but close to $50.00 plus for a pair is just plain stupid for whatever gain you might realize. If the bikes electrical system is that bad, then its time to junk the bike. Although, in reality, it is quite adequate for what it was intended with proper maintenance.

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Chill out Vulcan Bob!

Ouch! Sounds like you need to switch to decaf.

LED's have a function and a style. How many of us have paid $300 plus for after market exhaust to replace a perfectly functional stock system? We did it for the sound we want, and if we are lucky, a performance boost.

If the claim to have 100k hour life span, virtually no drain on the charging system, brighten the lenses of our running/stop/tail/turn lights while adding some uniqueness to our rides, $50 doesn't sound unreasonable to me.

What you all think?
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The LEDs replacements, if designed correctly, can offer brighter light with a near equal angle of view as the standard lights. An example is the Clear Alternative tail lights. The people I have ridden with have commented how bright the light is. Plus there is the power savings. Less power needed to light the lights means more power going to charging the battery and to other accessories.
The turn signal LEDs kind of concern me. Not that they are bright enough. It's the power draw. If you replace the turn signals with LEDs then you have to add resistors in the line to maintain the normal blink rate. Adding a resistor to maintain the current draw kind of eliminates the low current draw benefit of the LEDs. I believe there are flasher modules that are designed for LEDs. Not sure if they are made for the VN750.
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If the bikes electrical system is that bad, then its time to junk the bike. Although, in reality, it is quite adequate for what it was intended with proper maintenance.
Unfortunately the VN750 was designed with a generating system that barely keeps up with the electrical demand when at low RPMs. Anything above 3000 RPM and it's fine.

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Save power for what? If you don't use the saved power from using all LED'S then the RR will just burn it up by going to ground with it, thus overheating the RR. The stator puts out the same power with or without LED'S and it has to be used up somewhere. That's why it was designed with a little reserve capacity and it wasn't designed for extra electrical loads. Now design a better RR and you have something. Yes there are LED flashers available and it wouldn't be too hard to install one in place of the existing flasher.

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