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I found a small panel LED car dome light replacement on eBay for $5 and thought it would be a good fit for the VN750 license plate R5W bulb. I know that switching this particular bulb to LED is a bit overkill, since it saves only 5 watts of power, but every watt counts. Anyway, I needed a quick and easy winter project.

The LED panel light came with several connectors for various car dome and door sockets, but none fit the license plate socket, so I made a custom connector using the existing bulb. First, I wrapped the R5W glass bulb in a paper towel and broke the glass using a set of pliers and de-soldiered the existing wires. Next I soldiered in the new LED wires, careful to match the correct polarity. I made a c-loop using a piece of wire cut from a coat hanger to server as an installation handle. I just inserted the open end into the empty bulb base. Finally, I filled the base with silicone adhesive to hold it all in place (see attached picture). The back of the LED panel came with an adhesive strip backing, which I used to mount the panel to the VN750 bulb reflector. Fit perfectly.

The result is a brighter, bluish-white light at a fraction of a watt and the whole mode took only a few minutes (my kind of mod).


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it looks good man !

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job well done.





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Great job!

The loop you put in the socket is just what Clear Alternatives shoulda done with their tail/brakelight LED board.


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should last longer than a regular bulb, i'll bet it will last forever.
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I'll have to get one now!


85 VN700 "Old Yella"

REBUILT ENGINE
CUSTOM PAINT
VANCE & HINES CRUZERS
EAR SHAVED AND RE-JETTED W/K&N'S
DUNLOP ELITE K591 FRONT & REAR
VOLTMETER
SYNTHETIC BRAKE FLUID
SYNTHETIC OIL & GEAR LUBE
PLEXISTAR 2 WINDSHIELD
SPLINES LUBED
ACCT'S GREASED W/TOC SPRINGS
COASTERD
LEATHER SADDLE BAGS
LEATHER TOOL AND ROLL BAG
PICKUP COILS GAPPED AT .018"
NGK CAP, WIRES, IRIDUMS
BARNETT FRICTION PLATES & SPRINGS
CUSTOM GRIPS, MIRRORS, LEVERS
ORIGINAL STATOR & R/R 14.5v
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I have ordered a few of these and am still waiting for it to arrive - been 2 weeks. My plan was to replace all lights Indicators and Tail. Just a note of caution to anyone who wants to use these - please ensure they have resistors in the circuits if not you will soon blow the leds. What I expect from my project is to have something brighter and better than the ClearAlternatives solution but at a fraction of the cost. If i am successfull - expect a DIY here for the benefit of all.

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I have ordered a few of these and am still waiting for it to arrive - been 2 weeks. My plan was to replace all lights Indicators and Tail. Just a note of caution to anyone who wants to use these - please ensure they have resistors in the circuits if not you will soon blow the leds. What I expect from my project is to have something brighter and better than the ClearAlternatives solution but at a fraction of the cost. If i am successfull - expect a DIY here for the benefit of all.
Make sure you change out your flasher unit.


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REBUILT ENGINE
CUSTOM PAINT
VANCE & HINES CRUZERS
EAR SHAVED AND RE-JETTED W/K&N'S
DUNLOP ELITE K591 FRONT & REAR
VOLTMETER
SYNTHETIC BRAKE FLUID
SYNTHETIC OIL & GEAR LUBE
PLEXISTAR 2 WINDSHIELD
SPLINES LUBED
ACCT'S GREASED W/TOC SPRINGS
COASTERD
LEATHER SADDLE BAGS
LEATHER TOOL AND ROLL BAG
PICKUP COILS GAPPED AT .018"
NGK CAP, WIRES, IRIDUMS
BARNETT FRICTION PLATES & SPRINGS
CUSTOM GRIPS, MIRRORS, LEVERS
ORIGINAL STATOR & R/R 14.5v
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Yes - Have that in the To-Do list

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I have ordered a few of these and am still waiting for it to arrive - been 2 weeks. My plan was to replace all lights Indicators and Tail. Just a note of caution to anyone who wants to use these - please ensure they have resistors in the circuits if not you will soon blow the leds. What I expect from my project is to have something brighter and better than the ClearAlternatives solution but at a fraction of the cost. If i am successfull - expect a DIY here for the benefit of all.
I have upgraded the turn signal, brake and running lights using Radiantz 1.85" dual intensity clusters. Found them on eBay for $3/piece (Retail for $24). I used three clusters for the brake/running light, one cluster in each turn signal and two clusters in a second brake light (picked up a trailer lense housing from an RV supply store for $4) that I mounted it on the sissy bar. Wired all to clusted the existing bulb casings, just like the license plate LED panel in the picture, making installation plug-n-play.

I will say that the Radiantz clusters are much brighter than the LED panel I used for the license plate. I'm not sure which LEDs you purchased, but hope that they brighter than the LED panel I bought for the license plate.


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