|The "Other" turn signals in the mirror design|
Well, you know me by now so obviously I "had" to do these LED turn signals in the rearview mirrors trick a little bit differently than the Stealth Turn Signals design.
The LED unit is a sidemarker from Lockhart Phillips. It is a 5 LED item with an amber colored tear drop shaped lens cover.
It is mounted inside the mirror with clear silicon glue along the edges. The wires are routed through a hole in the mounting surface of the mirror stalk (drilled a 1/4 in.Dia. hole. Perpendicular to the plastic housing of the mirror).
With this unit from LP and the way it is positioned the mirror retains its full motion.
Tools required: Drill and file (or Dremel Tool) and some sandpaper. Clear Silicon glue or equivalent. Soldering gun and suitable gauge wire for jumper (about an inch total).
Front view of the turn signal. I plan to put the original turn signals back on the bike and somehow turning them into fog or driving lamps (lousy alternator notwithstanding).
I have actually found a unit that would fit the original turn signal housing. They're cheapies but anything would help.
Side view of the cutout and the LP unit fixed into place.
The LP unit is tear drop shaped so it is a bit awkward to make the cut out fit. But, perseverance prevails.
Here is an internal view of the LEDs. It is a tight fit indeed. However, with a little finesse it will fit nicely. Note the heat shrink tubing. It extends into the hole to increase protection of the wires.
It lights up pretty well at night. Could be better though.
This is the P.C.B. from the LP unit. There are 5 L.E.D.s and a resistor. Cut the resistor off and replace it with a jumper.
I replaced the original resistor with this 100ohm item. It was too dim so I took it off completely. Much improved and has not blown up yet.
Ignore the crappy solder job.
This is a bit tricky so take your time.
Take a good look at the fit of the mirror, the bolt pattern, the shape of the fairing mount point. I would highly suggest that you remove the fairing, the aluminum mounting arm, mirrors and the mounting bolts.
Reassemble the above with only a snug turn of the hex driver. Then drill the 0.25 dia hole from the inside of the arm into the (and through the rubber) plastic housing. Do not go all the way through! Just enough for the tip of the drill to enter the plastic housing.
Now, disassemble the pieces and continue the drilling of the housing - guiding the drill so that it exits in the right spot - you know "Inside the mirror housing - not on the outside!).
Here we are looking at the access hole on the fairing mount bracket. This is where the lead wires exit the mirror and enter the fairing.
Here I replaced the "parking" lamp with a red colored bulb. Just for the fun of it.
It is pretty cool looking at night since it stays on with either low or high beam on.
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