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Smoked Integrated LED Tail-Light

 

I've wanted one of these for ages, but wasn't willing to pay the high prices of ClearAlternatives etc. When I saw a brand new on Ebay for £27 I jumped at the chance and ordered a smoked on straight away. There were no instructions however and I had to make it up as I went along and bodge it a bit. You get what you pay for really!

Here is what you get in the kit, a smoked tail-light cover, the light itself, a ring of plastic for their awful fitting system and some crimps to wire in the indicators:- 


The first step is to get the original tail-light unit out and take off the stock red cover. You reuse the stock reflector housing with this kit. You can buy some replacements where you get the whole unit, these are much much easier to fit and I would probably recommend one unless you are pretty handy. A lot of people have trouble getting the unit on and off the bike. The easiest way to get it off is to remove the seat and side pods, unscrew the four large bolts and two smaller ones underneath that hold the rear part of the bike on. Then you slide the tail-light out from underneath. There are a couple of pictures showing how to do this later on when I put the unit back onto the bike.

There are just two screws to undo to the the tail-light off the bike. Then you just carefully pry off the red cover from the reflector. Here you can see I have removed the stock cover from the stock reflector unit:-


Here is how the ring from the fitting system screws onto the back of the circuit board:-


The screws go through the circuit board and screw into the ring to hold it in place:-


I found that the ring put pressure onto the wires and filed some of it off to leave them space. I drew on with a sharpie first where I wanted to remove the plastic:-


And here you can see where I filed the two gaps for the wires:-


I covered the back of the whole thing using my glue gun for three reasons: 1. to keep the ring in place solidly instead of just with two screws. 2. to ensure that none of the circuit tracks or LEDs vibrated loose over time and 3. to make it more waterproof:-


Here is roughly where you have to drill holes in the reflector. There are two holes needed for the screws and two for the wires going to the indicators:-


I didn't put the holes in exactly the right place, so they messed up the ring. It was a stupid system anyway and it would probably have fallen to bits after a couple hundred miles:-

The first step in my ingenious solution to the useless mounting system required longer screws and filling up the edges of the ring with the glue gun so they have something to screw into:-


The second step was to run a screw into in at the top and the bottom of the reflector to hold it in place. This works the best and holds it in really solidly. As you can see, I put glue over the top of the screw to stop it getting wet and to ensure it doesn't vibrate loose:-


I was able to angle the LEDs up slightly and use the screws to hold them in place this way so that they shine more into the direction of cagers' faces.

Here is the screw in the bottom before I covered it in glue:-


Here is one of the screws using the original mounting holes and you can see how the wires are routed:-


The next setback was that the smoked cover didn't fit exactly into the stock reflector housing. I snapped off two of the stock mounting tabs trying to get it in before giving up. I pulled out the strip of foam that used to be there and ran the glue-gun all around before pushing the cover on. I let it dry and then did another layer of glue around the outside to make it waterproof and hold it in place even more. This looks ugly when the unit is off the bike, but it's all covered up when it's installed.

Everything is held in place securely by the glue-gun:-


Here the unit is mostly done:-


And here is another view of the wonderful glue holding large parts of my bike together:-


Here is the direction you go in when putting the unit back on:-


And this is the best angle to slide it into place:-

There are now just two wires coming out of the unit that connect into the indicators and the bulb connector that powers the rear/brake light:-


Here you can see the socket the bulb will plug into. There is also an additional connector I wired into the brake light connection I made a while ago. This plugs into the brake-light on my Givi top box:-


Here the bulb connector has been plugged in:-


I decided that I wanted even more lighting at the rear and that I would buy a second brake light to wire in underneath the integrated one. There will be details posted on that next. It will plug into the white Tamiya connector shown to get the ground connection and the 12 volts that is activated when the brake-light needs to come on. The second, single connector will provide power the 12 volts for the always on power. This is just a generic car connector the same style as the horn uses:-


There is a lot going on in this picture. The white plug in the bottom left with the three wires going into is the stock connector to the tail/brake light. The longer wire below that will connect to the indicators to enable the indicators built into the new tail-light. I covered it in flexo-wrap for protection and looks. The wire in the centre of the picture provides power for my R&G LED number-plate light that came with the fender eliminator:-


Here is a close-up of the back of the tail-light. You can see the extra connectors on the right that the second tail-light will plug into. You can also see how I routed the cables going to the indicators on the left:-


I wasn't going to mess with the stock wiring loom, so the extra connectors for the tail-light had to be built into my indicators themselves. here you can see one of the finished ones. The connector is just another generic automotive connector:-


Here's the unit plugged in:-


And here's a rubbish picure showing it while the indicator is active. It's as bright as the indictors themselves:-

Here is a nice picture from above. It's shining slightly upwards instead of directly horizontally for better visibility:-


Here's a nice picture showing it working (not braking):-


And here is a nice view from the side:-


And a closeup showing it looking sexy:-


I love it. Really really bright and I'm not as worried about people not noticing my indicators now when I'm turning right. The braking and tail-light is brighter than the stock one and it should last forever. Looks much nicer than stock too whether it's on or off.

All of these pictures don't really show much. The best way is with a video. My camera doesn't work too well at night, so the quality is pretty poor, but you can see how it works. I may make one in the day-time later too:-

 

 

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