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endoman100
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 23, 2009 4:25 pm    Post subject: Tail Lights mod. Reply with quote

Ive been thinking about doing this but with just two 1157 recepticals instead of four.
you're input would be helpful. think this way won't have to worrie about the flasher speed. and double my tail lights and brake lights.
hear's the link..
http://www.skene.org/k1100/tail_light/index.htm
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 23, 2009 5:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I did something like that to mine. The run-N-Lites people sell a kit called the "K-Tail-2" that does exactly that. I don't remember what it costs but it makes a huge difference in the back end.

http://www.run-n-lites.com/K-T-2.asp

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 23, 2009 6:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks I'll check that out as well.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 23, 2009 6:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can also buy 4 of these, trim the ends off of them with a Dremel and glue two into each side of the tail light lens. I've done that on both of my K1100s.



http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/RV-Trailer-Camper-Red-Thin-Line-6-LED-Marker-Light_W0QQitemZ370163119119QQcmdZViewItemQQptZMotors_RV_Trailer_Camper_Parts_Accessories?hash=item370163119119&_trksid=p4506.c0.m245&_trkparms=65%3A2%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 23, 2009 6:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

On the LT I hooked them up to a flasher that flashes them a few times and then remains solid. I think the flasher thing cost me about $15 on FleaBay.

Like so: (My camera doesn't pick up LED light too well - they are red, not orange, in real life.)

http://s82.photobucket.com/albums/j246/smithduck/?action=view&current=Quackerlites.flv
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 23, 2009 7:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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On the LT I hooked them up to a flasher that flashes them a few times and then remains solid


Very cool
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 27, 2009 10:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have the K-tail-2 and I think it's great! On my last K I did the two 1157 mod and that was good too. I like the k-t-2 set-up better though....and it's a bunch easier.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 27, 2009 11:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

wera32 wrote:
I have the K-tail-2 and I think it's great! On my last K I did the two 1157 mod and that was good too. I like the k-t-2 set-up better though....and it's a bunch easier.

where did you get the K-tail-2 kit ? and how much?
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 27, 2009 11:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another option would be to go with a filament 1157 (that would keep the bulb monioter happy) in one socket and then you could do something LEDish in the other. Like a flashy or spinny LED.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 27, 2009 11:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool Idea
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 28, 2009 12:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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where did you get the K-tail-2 kit ?




I'd try calling Run-n-lites. They may not make it anymore.

http://www.run-n-lites.com/K-T-2.asp
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 28, 2009 5:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Flying Duck wrote:
..I think the flasher thing cost me about $15 on FleaBay...

Any more details on the flasher, Duck? I'd like to track one down.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 28, 2009 9:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

K11Martin wrote:
Flying Duck wrote:
..I think the flasher thing cost me about $15 on FleaBay...

Any more details on the flasher, Duck? I'd like to track one down.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/REARALERT-BRAKE-LIGHT-FLASHER-STOP-LAMP-BLINKER-MODULE_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQ_trkparmsZ72Q3a1205Q7c66Q3a2Q7c65Q3a12Q7c39Q3a1Q7c240Q3a1309Q7c301Q3a1Q7c293Q3a1Q7c294Q3a50QQ_trksidZp3286Q2ec0Q2em14QQhashZitem290298885628QQitemZ290298885628QQptZCarQ5fAudioQ5fVideo
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 28, 2009 4:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Flying Duck wrote:
K11Martin wrote:
Flying Duck wrote:
..I think the flasher thing cost me about $15 on FleaBay...

Any more details on the flasher, Duck? I'd like to track one down.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/REARALERT-BRAKE-LIGHT-FLASHER-STOP-LAMP-BLINKER-MODULE_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQ_trkparmsZ72Q3a1205Q7c66Q3a2Q7c65Q3a12Q7c39Q3a1Q7c240Q3a1309Q7c301Q3a1Q7c293Q3a1Q7c294Q3a50QQ_trksidZp3286Q2ec0Q2em14QQhashZitem290298885628QQitemZ290298885628QQptZCarQ5fAudioQ5fVideo

I work in an Operation Room as at tech. I do have a mecanical background. I have repaired everything on my bike myself..not afraid to do anything aslong as it comes with instructions. is this easy or hard?? if i get this can I ask one of you how to make it work..I don't have funds to waste. but i do like the Idea of a flashing break light.
Thanks in advance endo Cool
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 18, 2021 2:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know LEDs are the future but I particularly like the OEM nature of the K-TAIL-2 ENHANCEMENT from Run-N-Lites so have ordered it from EPM Performance imports. I was impressed they can still offer it so looking forward to receiving it in a few weeks.

I might add a couple of the Eagle Eye LEDs as dedicated fog lights if I feel the need in the future.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2021 5:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well the wiring kit turned up, seems to be well made:

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Had a look at the plastic after removing it and surprised to see it seems to have been burnt by heat and slight melting:

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Is this normal as it must affect the bulb's brightness.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2021 6:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes. It's normal for the plastic above and around the tail light to darken like that. The bulb is always on and generating heat. It has no significant impact on the tail light brightness. The inside of the tail light compartment is not reflective like the brake light compartment is.

I don't know what it does in the brake light but if you put the Run-n-Lites dual filament bulbs in the turn signals then over time the turn signal lenses will slightly melt/warp. I've seen this on a couple of med-high mileage Ks with turn signal Run-n-Lites that I've purchased.

I have a pretty bright red LED bulb that I use for the tail light. I purchased several different LEDs to experiment with because I needed to experiment to find one that was bright but did not generate too much heat. I found that of the four or five different LED bullbs s that I tried this one is pretty bright but does not generate a lot of heat. It has 12 3030 LEDs. Since the tail light compartment is not reflective it really doesn't matter how much light goes out to the sides so having the LEDs all pointed straight back yields good results.

Technically it's not legal since it doesn't shine white light on the license plate but that's not an issue to me and we don't have vehicle inspections where I live. (If we did have inspections then I'd just swap in the old bulb for the inspection.Wink)


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 26, 2021 3:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very helpful as usual! I’ll try and get a replacement plastic unit from a low mileage K as the damage just annoys me now I’ve seen it. I’ll probably take your advice and look at a white LED and as it runs in series with the new Run-n-lites bulb I should be fine with bulb check light I guess!
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 26, 2021 8:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bazsm wrote:
Very helpful as usual! I’ll try and get a replacement plastic unit from a low mileage K as the damage just annoys me now I’ve seen it. I’ll probably take your advice and look at a white LED and as it runs in series with the new Run-n-lites bulb I should be fine with bulb check light I guess!


Unless you buy new or from a bike with VERY few miles you're not going to find a tail light lens assembly that isn't brown above the tail light. (How brown that is is one of the things I inspect when looking at a K to verify the mileage.)

If you put a white LED behind a red lens then it will appear pink.

After my post yesterday I found a 14cm white LED bar to illuminate the license plate with white light and ordered some of these to mount to the bottom of the tail light:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/203087207917?var=503400384015

When they show up in a few weeks I'll test it out and post my results here.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 27, 2021 2:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Flying Duck wrote:
Unless you buy new or from a bike with VERY few miles you're not going to find a tail light lens assembly that isn't brown above the tail light. (How brown that is is one of the things I inspect when looking at a K to verify the mileage.)

If you put a white LED behind a red lens then it will appear pink.

After my post yesterday I found a 14cm white LED bar to illuminate the license plate with white light and ordered some of these to mount to the bottom of the tail light:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/203087207917?var=503400384015


I've just bought a rear unit off eBay and the photo didn't look too bad so fingers crossed but not everyone rides with their lights on in the UK so we'll see!

The original bulb is white so I don't see why the light will appear pink but again we'll see!

Interesting idea with the LED bar but it could be over complicating things!
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