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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 09-02-2016, 04:38 PM Thread Starter
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I have been doing lots of research on here and on-line about LEDs. It looks like several people on here have converted to LEDs. I have learned a lot about RLU's, flashers, and SPST relays and switches.

Some have gone with the a HID head light and others have used the OPT7. For blinkers, tail lights, brake lights, running lights and even license plate lights it seems to be all over the place. Some have used direct replacement "bulbs" like this or clusters like the ones from Custom Dynamics.

Currently I am thinking about going with the OPT7 head light and clusters from Custom Dynamics for the blinkers. I still don't have a clear idea about the tail light or license plate light.

Most of the Threads I have read through on here are a few years old. So I was hoping to get some feed back on what people think about the choices they have made. What changes you have made? Plus any experience on what to stay away from.

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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 09-02-2016, 05:16 PM
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I am absolutely satisfied with my LEDs. I got my stuff from Custom Dynamics. I changed out my front turn signal bulbs for LEDs as well as the rear. I don't remember if the front stock turn signals acted as running lights or not but they do now for sure. The rear turn signals are also now on all the time as running lights as well as acting as brake lights in addition to just being turn signals. I have an LED license plate holder that has an upper and lower row of red LEDs that are on all the time as running lights and also come on as brake lights. There are also amber left and right vertical rows of turn signals which only come on whenever the turn signals are flashing. Plus the standard twin bulbs in the stock brake light housing were changed out for plug-in LED bulbs. So, in effect I now have, on the rear, four turn signals instead of two, and an additional four running lights over and above what is in the stock brake light housing, and an additional four brake lights. The end result is a MUCH more visible rear end. The only stock bulbs on the bike, aside from whatever is in the instrument panel, are the headlight which I'll leave alone and the license plate bulb, which I plan to change. When I added the LED license plate holder I didn't realize that the top row of new red LED lights block the clear white stock license plate bulb from shining onto the plate. At one time I was toying with the idea of somehow extending the stock housing out rearward enough so the light would then reach the plate but I might just get some LED "bolts" to replace the regular bolts that hold the plate assembly onto the bike. I'd power the new LED bolts (which can be bought through Custom Dynamics) off of the same power source that the stock license plate light bulb uses. I'd just remove the stock bulb but leave the stock housing in place. Adding the LED license plate holder meant a whole bunch of new wires needed powering. When I hard-mounted my saddlebags I was forced to relocate the rear turn signals back to the rear of the fender and this meant extending all of those additional wires which was, for me anyway, a pain in the ass. I still have a bird's nest of wires that I need to clean up but since I now have the rear wheel off for a tire change and spline lube, this is the time for me to jump into that semi-project. Bottom line: It can be a small project to get all of the wiring done but once you're done you'll LOVE the end result!!

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