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Whats up all-

I gotta say I am not a huge fan of the turn signals on the vulcan.. So I am putting some thought into either "Chopping" them like Kanuck69 did or just getting some LED signals.

I was looking for something that would do the job but wasn't sooo big... Even with the turn signal relocation brackets I found I just don't really like the location and believe it or not they are still slightly in the way of my saddlebags.

Soooo while searching for LED tail lights on Ebay almost all of them say they are NOT DOT approved. Please refer to example 1:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/LED-Chrome-Small-Rear-Turn-Signal-for-Kawasaki-Vulcan-VN-500-750-800-900-1500-/310385484696?pt=Motorcycles_Parts_Accessories&hash=item48446aa398&vxp=mtr#ht_2777wt_1163

I think I like these because they would easily mount on my taillight housing and they should still be super bright and visible.

So my question at the end of the day is... I understand that DOT approved helmets are very important but DOT approved equipment? I just cant see why it would matter on something like a turn signal...

Correct me if I'm wrong(which I probably am lol)... Thanks All!

And as always if anyone has bought a pair of LED turn signals that they mounted on the taillight that they love please toss me the link.

Thanks Everyone.
 

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Just guessing here, but it seems like the larger the light, the more conspicuous it would be. I've seen tiny signal/running lights on bikes that couldn't be seen unless you were in arm's reach. Not so with DOT approved lights.

So it's probably a safety issue.
 

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Well, it's not about size really. It can be about visible range. Most stock turnsignals can be seen from the front and rear, and from the side.

Tne signals in your link look as though they would be unable to be seen directly from the side. This could be bad, and may be the reason they are not DOT approved. I wouldn't use them, but keep in mind laws, and most importantantly, enforcement , varies alot from place to place. Not sure a cop will pull you over because of them, or if you have safety inspections where you live, if they'd notice anything.

Your choice here on taking that chance. But I'd look for some with DOT approval, or at least better visible range.
 

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Thanks Flight and KM-

Both of your thoughts make sense.

I def don't want to decrease visibility in any way...

I will keep the search on.. soooooooo

Anyone who has a pair of LED turn signals that would mount to the taillight plz give me a heads up.

Def gonna buy something pretty soon.

Much appreciated all
 

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Thanks Kc2dgq-

I appreciate those links.. I was searching Vulcan LED but I reckon any universal LED will work.. I did find out that the LED lights from Clear Alternatives are also not DOT approved and they work well.... I have the brake light made by them.

Sooo perhaps not loosing the visibility & brightness is what I need to focus on..

Thanks Again!
 

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Thanks KM-

Thanks for your link. It was def helpful and I have been searching for a little while now.. From my searches to get an LED / DOT APPROVED combination is pretty costly.. About $100 bux for two...

You can get DOT Approved... Or you can get LED.. but when you do the combination it gets a lil more costly.

Much appreciated, guess I have some decisions to make.:doh:
 

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I'd have to ask what your reasons are for getting LED lights. Can't remember the stock bulb wattage, but of course because it's a blinking light its not that much of a drain.

If your plans are to add more than 70w of accessories, LED's will save you a few watts, but you'd need to replace the front lights too.

If your not adding any extra power sucking stuff, it can be argued that reducing the power use of the electrical system with LEDs will just put more strain on the R/R unit.
 

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ahhhhh interesting.. from reading around on the site I was under the assumption that this was a good thing to do for the electrical system...and that's the only reason I was trying to make it happen.. My only plan in the future is to add a USB charger for my phone... but I don't know how much of a drain that would be because I have not done any research on it so far.... I did already convert to an LED taillight.

I am actually in the garage tinkering with this now.. I think I am going to attempt to do Kanuck's turn signal shave and mount them to the taillight.

If I was a little more skilled in the garage I would make your turn signal relocation bracket.. lol

Thank you for the feedback on the LED's.. and ps.. I am still going to do a write up on the UCLEAR system I purchased.. but I have only used it twice so far...
 

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Phone chargers, or even powering a GPS direct as I do, only uses a few watts. Less than one turnsignal bulb.

My concern would be installing driving lights, heated gear or heated grips. These can use anywhere from 20 watts to much more than the bike can handle. (over 70 watts)

If you have no plans to run high power stuff like this, there's no real reason to spend the money on LED signals unless for some reason you really like the look.


And yes, looking foreword to your Uclear report.
 

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Most cops (in my experience anyway) don't check for DOT approved items in a V and T stop (unless blatantly obvious). Ive run a "blue dot" taillight lense on all my bikes since the 70's, and never got called on it (one cop in Conn though said it looked "cool", lol)....Personally, I wouldnt get too crazy about the DOT thing (unless as I stated, "blatant")...aint ridden in Maryland though, even though been promissing my buddy on the DelMarva a visit for 18 years....
 

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In the Phoenix area, cops have started cracking down on illegal equipment, especially lights. Many riders are using those tiny lights that are practically worthless as turn signals or tail/brake lights. Many also mount the tail/brake lights on the side by the axle, where they cannot be seen front the other side unless you are way behind the bike.

I have a Honda Rebel project bike, and wanted to get rid of those huge ugly amber DOT turn signals, but could not find anything I liked that was DOT legal, so I just removed them altogether, and used arm signals, which IS legal here. But then I decided to ride to some nearby states, where turn signals are required, so I put the stock ones back on, with clear lenses and amber bulbs. Not perfect, but way better than those huge amber lenses, AND DOT legal. If you get stopped in AZ for using those non DOT signals, you are going to get two tickets, one for illegal equipment, and another for not giving a signal, since a signal with a non DOT light does not count. You can get those clear lenses for the Vulcan 750 too, I'm thinking about getting them next time I order something from denniskirk.com.
 

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.....makes note to self never to ride thru Arizona... ;)
 
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