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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-21-2017, 01:45 PM Thread Starter
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Wasn't my first choice, but ....

I purchased a set of running lights from a user on this forum but have no idea what brand they are and couldn't find out. No markings on them.
I ordered a set of white LEDs to install but they were from China and took 2 months to finally show up. Got tired of waiting so found some amber LEDs that would work. Had to do a bit of modification to get them to fit. I didn't really want amber, but they seem to be having a good effect when riding.

Cars would often pull out in front of me and I almost got T-boned by a semi once. Now, people are waiting for me to pass before they pull out, even when I am a good distance away.

I guess the amber color is good for safety and these LEDs are bright. I don't do much night riding so mainly wanted more daytime visibility.

These are the ones I installed:

https://www.amazon.com/Calais-Extrem...28pack+of+2%29

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-21-2017, 02:35 PM
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Where did you install these on the bike?

which model (spec) did you get?

What (specifically) modification did you have to do?

got any pics?

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Where did you install these on the bike?

which model (spec) did you get?

What (specifically) modification did you have to do?

got any pics?
I installed them in the normal fog light sockets on the lower cowl.
The bulbs were a bit too tall for the lights so I had to do a bit of "stretching" on the metal housing to give it just a bit more depth so the bulb would clear the lens. It only took about 3/32" of extra stretch.

This is a pic of the lights I bought and installed and one wth them on.
I have a 2005 wing, no abs or airbag; not sure which spec it is.
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I wonder if they have white ones for the headlights?

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Electrical connection used to cell an amber piece of some kind of see through plastic that fit to the cowl and secured with a single screw. I've got them over my Honda LED fogs that were thrown in with my $1000 Honda bucks worth of stuff when I bought the bike. The net is just like @prokey's pic. Sorry no pic handy at the moment and I just looked at their website, can't see them. Elegant, simple solution.
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I have the exact same yellow color as you have there.. BUT I also ALWAYS ride with my high beams on during the day also.. Try it more lights, more viz

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Last year coming down PCH, I saw an incoming GS with a yellow set of lights that was soooo freaking bright!! I thought they could have been clearwater lights.

But I was impressed that I could see this guy coming from farther than I ever noticed any light. It was almost like a fluorescent yellow.

Those bad boys have exceptional visibility.

Note: Clearwater light are superb, and superbly expensive.

I run high beams in the day also.

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@Big_Bird

I looked up the electricalconnection yellows...they are pretty neat and don't look that difficult to install, are they?

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I have the EC Amber covers on my fog lights, and installed switchback leds in the front turn signals. I agree that the Amber color does get attention from the drivers in front if me.
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Nando. One self-tapping screw. 30 sec per side if you take your time.

I thought it was a little dodgy but they have rock solid for years.

2010 and earlier is my experience. 2012+ cowl obviously different.
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