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Old 02-19-2013, 09:11 PM
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I know there are some pretty smart guys(and gals) on here, and I've been looking for an LED tail light with integrated turn signals for my Buell but don't want to spend the insane amount of money for one. I found some people that make their own for next to no cost. I was wondering if one of you electrical guru's could walk me through the wiring portion of this project? I'm not very good with electrical but always looking to learn something new...
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Old 02-20-2013, 01:59 PM
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BUMP!

I did a little research last night and here's what I basically understand about the circuit:

Hot for running light
Hot for brake light
Ground for running light and brake light

Hot for left turn signal
Ground for left turn signal

Hot for right turn signal
Ground for right turn signal

What I need help on is figuring out what specific LED's to buy(I don't know enough to know what all the specifications mean), and figuring out how to choose and wire the voltage regulators, resistors, or whatever is needed.

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What you could do is buy a crap ton of 5MM prewired LEDs and use those and drill them into a board?

The prewired LEDs available male doing the math yourself almost more hassle than its worth for creating things. Especially if you have fused hot leads already available (stock wires)
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Hey man your back!!!

Thanks for the input. To be honest I'm not really following you...I've never messed with LED's. Do you have any links or anything that would describe what you're talking about.
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I'll more then happy to help you out with the wiring part but would be remiss to suggest any particular LED. That is an area best left to members like SS4Luck who is up on the current offerings. He might even know of a direct replacement option.

I'll just sit back for bit ......
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Thanks guys! I used to hate anything electrical but I'm trying to "dive in". This seems like a good and fun project to learn on.
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Can someone help me with understanding how to choose the LED's? How should I be comparing these terms:

Lumens
Millicandela
Color Temperature
Color
Intensity

The stock lens on the tail light is red, so should I get red LED's or white/clear? Or should I buy an aftermarket clear lens and use red LED's? I'm pretty confused on the best way to go about this. Obviously I want amber LED's for the turn signals no matter what the lens color.

I think understanding what I've asked above is a good starting point...
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Super cheap on amazon.com
http://www.amazon.com/Qty-Lights-wir...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Get all you need, drill and silicone them in place on a board and install, wire the pos/neg wires to factory wires and youre done.
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those are standard 5mm sizes, you can also find bigger or smaller ones as well.
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Thanks bud. I'd like to understand a little more about the specifications of the lights before a purchase. And figure out how to do the integrated turn signals.
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