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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-29-2008, 08:43 AM Thread Starter
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Clear Alternatives LED Brake Lights

I just purchased the LED brake lights from Clear Alternatives. Should be arriving by Friday, and I'll install it then. I'm planning to keep my stock light cover, and I'm hoping the LEDs shine brighter through the cover than the stock bulbs do. I've seen pics where they are brighter when the brakes are applied, but I can't tell when only the running lights are applied. Anyone have them installed with the stock (red) cover? Do the LEDs shine brighter both with the brakes and while running w/o the brakes?

I bought them to lower the electrical load on my baby AND because I hoped they were brighter.

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On both tail light and brake light they are WAY brighter!!!
Many here have bought it (including me) and really are happy with it over stock.

Bulldog is the one who convinced Clear Alternatives to produce it. (Thx B.D.!)


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Yes, it was because of Bulldog's posts, as well as several other posts confirming their preference for the LEDs, that I bought these babies. I actually used Bulldog's link to the Clear Alternatives website for purchase.

Thanks Bulldog! I'll let you know how satisfied I am with the new LEDs once the arrive and I install them...

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VN750.com Grill Cover
LED license plate frame
Clear Alternatives LED brake light
Cortech mini tank bag on rear rack
Pirelli MT66 Tires: 110 front / 150 rear
Splines lubed when tires installed at 10,650 miles
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But, just so you are aware, the way the lightboard plugs in can be tricky.
It uses what looks like a regular bulb socket with a couple of wires hot glued/epoxied into it.
Some here had a wire break off when installing it, so be careful. Clear Alternatives did replace those though.


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Thanks for the tip, Hyper. I'll be sure to be careful with the install.

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'05 VN750
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Kawi tank bib
Kawi rear rack
Small windshield
DEKA M/F battery
VN750.com Grill Cover
LED license plate frame
Clear Alternatives LED brake light
Cortech mini tank bag on rear rack
Pirelli MT66 Tires: 110 front / 150 rear
Splines lubed when tires installed at 10,650 miles
Splines lubed again at 14,400 with stubby valve stem install

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But, just so you are aware, the way the lightboard plugs in can be tricky.
It uses what looks like a regular bulb socket with a couple of wires hot glued/epoxied into it.
Some here had a wire break off when installing it, so be careful. Clear Alternatives did replace those though.
I just installed mine a couple of weeks ago. The bulb socket was completely filled with clear silicone. I could not see where the wires attached and it seemed that they would have been difficult to accidently pull out. Hopefully that's a design improvement they've made.

My bulb socket was very easy to turn in and as I posted on another thread, my only difficulty was getting the o-rings to stay put.

I will echo what others have said, much brighter! I'm still looking at other running/brake light options like an LED license plate frame. No matter how bright, one small light doesn't seem enough.
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I'm still looking at other running/brake light options like an LED license plate frame. No matter how bright, one small light doesn't seem enough.
Rick, I already have an LED license plate frame, where the LED strips are located top and bottom. They shine at two levels, low as running lights and super bright brake lights. They work great. I paid $72 for them. They also come available with amber turn signal LED strips on the left and right, if you wish to pay more and hook them up to your turn signals.

I highly recommend them to you. They greatly increase visibility and they give a much brighter brake warning to those behind you, both day and night.

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Small windshield
DEKA M/F battery
VN750.com Grill Cover
LED license plate frame
Clear Alternatives LED brake light
Cortech mini tank bag on rear rack
Pirelli MT66 Tires: 110 front / 150 rear
Splines lubed when tires installed at 10,650 miles
Splines lubed again at 14,400 with stubby valve stem install

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Had the CA's on my 750 and loved, put their board on my 900 classic also. One thing I noticed on both bikes was that the headlight did not dim when the bike was at idle.
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Clear Alternatives here as well. Used stock lens cover and are amazingly bright. Another thing that surfaces when folks installed them was the loss of side view because of the outward only direction of the LED's. A couple of folks kept one bulb installed to add light shining out the side of the brake lens to assist with illumination. I did not and haven't had any problems with only the LED's.

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You can just buy the red 1157 style LED's from ebay... I used one of those in my old honda and it works great. I have the one with 57 LED's. The vulcan 750 uses 2, but I am not 100% sure it is the 1157 style fixture or not... a pair cost me $20.
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