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06-05-2010 03:30 PM
newOldUser G_Loc, I'm sure you're right about the flashlights. I see v-leds is running a sale on their universal DRL/Fog lights. Looks like those units would be bright enough to aid in being seen.
06-05-2010 02:15 PM
G_Loc If you want LEDs for DRLs, a better bet is to fork out the cash for a quality product. Buy a nice housing then pick a bulb that will fit from here: http://www.v-leds.com/DRLFOG-LED/c43...orLanding/true

Cheap LED flashlights may seem bright at first, but they flat out suck.
06-01-2010 04:55 PM
newOldUser
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I've often wondered if there's not an easy way to convert LED flashlights into driving lights. Haven't gotten around to exploring that yet. Some of those Harbor Freight lights are pretty strong and cost a fraction of what driving lights cost.
I know I'm bringing this thread back from the dead, and hijacking it to boot but...

Skalding, I had the same thought the first time I got a free flashlight from Harbor Freight. Dang, those things are bright and small. They are about 3 inches long by 1 inch wide and have 9 leds in them. Powered by 3 AA batteries. You could replace the batteries with rechargeable ones and then just recharge them after every ride. Or get really slick and add some solar cells and recharge them while you ride. Maybe one, 2"x2", solar panel for each light would do it.

A little velcro, zip-ties, duct tape and some paint.....hmmmmm....
02-09-2010 09:52 AM
ramcharger
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I've often wondered if there's not an easy way to convert LED flashlights into driving lights. Haven't gotten around to exploring that yet. Some of those Harbor Freight lights are pretty strong and cost a fraction of what driving lights cost.


sure there is and its one word......ductape! lol.... hey it worked for my friends truck.. we had a wreck hit a telephone pole doing 40 head on took out the right light. well till we got paid we had to have a truck to drive in..so we busted out the back of the head light and put a flashlight in there with ductape to hold it in place rofl.. worked for 1 1/2 weeks and never got pulled over... put out better light too =)
02-08-2010 12:24 AM
G_Loc Incandescent light bulbs are too 19th century for me
02-06-2010 03:52 AM
jebusbud replaced my T/S with LEDs all around. you will need a dual load equalizer or LED flasher relay to make them flash at the regular rate (if you replace front and back) got mine from jp cycles for about $40 a set, amber front and red rear with the kuryaken run turn stop controler (which ended up not working right on the brake function after a while.) ended up removing the turn signals all together during my current bobber project, but was very happy with them while i had them.
02-05-2010 11:19 PM
VN750Rider/Jerry In 44,000 miles on my '02 Vulcan, I have replaced one right front turn signal bulb, and a halogen headlight bulb, when the low beam filament burned out in it, and the little warning light came on on the dash panel. I continued to use it on high for a couple of months before finally replacing it, because I was afraid the high beam filament would burn out too, leaving me in the dark.

As far a vibration, what vibration? My Vulcan 750 is probably the most vibration motorcycle I've ever owned, amazing since it uses a single crankpin. That balancer must be doing a great job. It has a slight rumble as low speeds, which goes away at higher speeds. And it lacks the "buzz" of an inline four.

A friend of mine with an '08 Dodge pickup had a tail light go out on him, it had a row of LEDs in it, and a circuit board, but it was a one piece sealed unit. fixing it required replacing the entire tail light assembly, at close to $300 bucks. If a tail light burns out on my '66 Ford pickup, it's a $2 bulb, and even the complete lens is $45, from a vintage Ford parts catalog, the reason it is so expensive is because it is a reproduction, and the price is proportional to how many they sell.

I have found it is best to stick with old technology, unless there is a REALLY good reason not to. Just because something is obsolete does not mean it is no good, it just means they don't make it anymore. Fortunately, I have a huge stack of catalogs full of obsolete Ford parts. Jerry.



BTW, Harbor Freight sells mostly junk, some of it is better than most of it. I have owned a Harbor Freight hydraulic engine crane for several years, and it still works fine. It has been used several times, not only for engines, but to hold up motorcycles (mostly dirtbikes) so I can work on them. I also have a drill and a 4" die grinder I bought from them several years ago, and both still work fine. OTOH, the cheap imitation Dremel I got from them lasted less than 2 months, while my real Dremel lasted 10+ years of abuse. I now own another real Dremel. Jerry.
02-05-2010 03:11 PM
G_Loc I went through 3 or 4 brake bulbs on my Vulcan in less than 5,000 miles. All the vibration must've been killing them
02-05-2010 02:52 PM
93VN750 I kept blowing my tail light on my Meanie, switched to an LED 1157 style bulb. Have not blown it in almost 2 years, and it is M U C H brighter than the incandescent bulb in both tail light and brake light modes. Best $ 20 I have spent in a long time.

If you do not see the advantage of LED over incandescent's, you're looking in the wrong place.

Jon
02-05-2010 02:47 PM
G_Loc Just a follow up... I ended up buying LED turn signals for my car from v-leds.com... WOW. Much brighter than standard bulbs and they look better. Front and rear turn signals plus the LED flasher ended up costing me $146, so it definitely wasn't cheap.

Now I definitely need to do this to the motorcycle at some point
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