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PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2007 10:45 am 
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Ok; so while this build won't be quite as extensive as some, I did want a central spot to document the mods & ask questions.

Some of you may have seen this same pic of my bike in the newbie forum:

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This is basically how the bike sat when I first got her home (as an 14th anniversary gift from my wife no doubt!).

Mods to date are:

- Added a few CF bits
- Picked up a CF Yoshi for $50 from a friend, but need to re-clear
- Replaced levers with the blacked out variety (one of them broke in a low speed slide caused by a *#%$ chick in a BMW)
- Chopped off back fender (gonna' go a little shorter pretty soon)
- Drilled & placed 3 LED's into each rear footpeg mount to work with turn signals
- Removed seats, cut out part of the factory foam & re-built with gel pads, comfort foam, smoothing foam, & recoverd - prolly the best mod yet!

Outside of general maintenance (clutch cable, chain & sprockets, rear tire) & removing / adding a couple-o-decals, that's pretty much it...

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2007 10:55 am 
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So with my first documented mod, I must give credit where credit is due.

I had been playing with the idea of buying another taillight & making my own integrated turn signal setup; but after seeing mitchellj3556's post on his R1 taillight mod - http://www.oldskoolyzf.com/forum/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=689 I was sold on the look.

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The only difference I had in mind (and part of the first thoughts of buying another factory light) was I'm one of those strange folks which actually like the red lens out back :???:

So I decided to take my ideas & mitchellj3556's lead & do my own little mod.

First off, I started with a bone-stock '01 R1 taillight I picked up of ebay for like $4 or $5 & took it apart as soon as it arrived:

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After pulling the thing apart (and a MUCH needed cleaning); I did something I did with the tails on my old Toyota pickup and lined the inside with a mirror-like vinyl (available at auto stores)

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After giving the full treatment to the inside, I went ahead & did the outside too as there were a few spots I couldn't get really well & the back of this stuff is just as reflective.

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I wanted the light to be split into two seperate chambers for the 'blinkers', and had thought about just cutting a material to split into two chambers, but had a little idea along the way.

I started off with a 3mm FF-PVC & some .080 styrene (I work at a printing company) and cut them to shape:

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I knew I wanted these to form one piece, so I drilled a hole all the way through and rounded up an aluminum barrel-clasp from work as well.

After putting these together, I clearanced the bulb sockets to later accept the completed 'wall'

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2007 11:21 am 
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After test-fitting my cuts, I had this idea to put lights into the dividing-wall as well as in the light itself.

so first I drilled & cut out a couple of slots into the PVC center

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After this, I drilled a couple of holes through each side of the styrene outer-walls and epoxeyd in my lights. After they had dried in, I backed them up with electrical tape to help prevent any 'cross-lighting' to the opposite side

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This was also backed with the mirror-vinyl; here's a pick of the finished wall

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After getting my chamber-wall together, I epoxyed it into place & taped everything up to dry

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I started off with a bead of epoxy to each side to fill the slight crack that was left, but it didn't hold paint to well (to block the adjacent light); so I tried paintable caulking - I didn't really like it too well, but it did hold the silver paing I was trying to use.

I did end up covering this mess with the mirror vinyl as well as possible before putting it together!

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2007 11:33 am 
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Next up, I covered the outside of the lens with masking tape and drew out where I wanted my lights - which by the way, with a little searching, you can really pick up these 5mm yellow LED's cheap on ebay... if you don't mind ordering from Hong Kong that is.. :lol:

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After drilling my pilot holes & then chasing with the correct size bit, I started epoxying in the bulbs - you may notice the black vinyl now covering the outside of the light... hey, I wanted blinkers - not bling!!

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2007 11:39 am 
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One thing Vash had mentioned about cutting his undertray is something I can somewhat agree with; he said he didn't want to cut up the part in case he wanted to return later on... I was much the same way with my taillgiht bezel.

After looking around at work, I found some 6mm black FF-PVC that I thought would work great.

This stuff is black all the way through, cuts & routes easy, and is near the thickness of the original part - something that was pretty good because I wanted as much of the lenses to show through as possible.

After pre-masking for protection, I cut my holes at 2 1/2" with 22/32 in between.

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Afterwards, I traced off the factory part, and brought out my trusty jigsaw & cut away. After getting the basic shape, I finished up with my dremel.

This is what I ended up with

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2007 11:43 am 
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Here's a quick pic of the first test-fit on the bike.

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I threw on a couple of coats of clear last night (which should be dry now) and cut a 'foamy' from Wal-mart as kind of a gasket / light blocker for any imperfections & that's where I stand right now.

This has came along pretty good so far; I'm ready to get it together, but our band plays tonight - the wife has plans for us tommorow - we have a ride Saturday - church Sunday - practice Monday... you know how it is...

Anyway, I wanted to post this up and get you guys thoughts - beyond that, I guess you'll just have to wait like I am!! :lol:

Ride safe,
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that looks amazing. need the finished pics please. common dude skip the concert and finish this up, lol.


great concept and look forward to seeing it work. also i think you have a high quality piece and should be proud of your labor.

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vashtsdaytona2 wrote:
that looks amazing. need the finished pics please. common dude skip the concert and finish this up, lol.


great concept and look forward to seeing it work. also i think you have a high quality piece and should be proud of your labor.


Thanks vash - man, you know I'm gonna' be sneakin' outta' bed at 3 in the morning to mess with this thing :lol:

It's like a stinkin' addiction, I can't leave something halfway done :roll:

I was hoping to finish it up before the ride this weekend, but I'm not sure I'll be able to pull it off - but if I skip mowing the yard... Hmmmm...

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2007 1:00 am 
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oh how i know the feeling. reminds me form back in the day when i made models. had to make sure i had tons of time availble so i could see it to the end in a sitting.



side bar and not to hijack. you would possilbe be able to get other small pieces of plastic like that? or maybe nylon or somthing like that? only like 2 mm think or so??

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2007 7:45 am 
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Sent you a PM Vash 8)

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Very interesting....so you're still going to use the stock running/brake bulbs and the LEDs are the turn signals? Do the yellow LEDs show up as yellow or red through the red lens? I'm also curious about how the directionality of the LEDs will effect their light output with the placement on the lense? Do you have any specs on the viewing angle, and the output (mcd) ?

Sorry about all the questions...I've just never seen LED's used like that before....gives me some ideas.

+1 on the finished pictures! Keep up the good work!!


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diztroy wrote:
Very interesting....so you're still going to use the stock running/brake bulbs and the LEDs are the turn signals? Do the yellow LEDs show up as yellow or red through the red lens? I'm also curious about how the directionality of the LEDs will effect their light output with the placement on the lense? Do you have any specs on the viewing angle, and the output (mcd) ?

Sorry about all the questions...I've just never seen LED's used like that before....gives me some ideas.

+1 on the finished pictures! Keep up the good work!!


Thanks diztroy,

Yep, I'm going to first try this with the stock bulbs for the running / brake lights - I believe the mirror vinyl will do the trick on lighting them up enough & I'd like for the turn signals to show up brighter than the brake as well.

At this point, I'm actually hoping the light will show up an orange / amber color; but I can't say for certain... that's one of those that has been driving me nuts wanting to see for myself...

For the amount of light output; I had bought some LED's from another source once before (± $14 for 3 LED's!) and thought the output was pretty good - those were the one's I installed in my passenger peg mounts.

These show to have the same output, but I really don't know how much I trust the numbers people print - especially when they're the one's doing the selling; I'm hoping they'll be close to the same though. For reference, I bought a pack of 20 of these of ebay for like $17.

Here's their specs on the bulbs:

Emitting Color: Yellow
Size: 5mm
Forward Voltage (V): 1.8 ~ 2.2
Peak Wavelength (nm): 585 ~ 595
Luminous Intensity Typ Iv (mcd): Average in 5000
Reverse Current (uA): <=30
Viewing Angle: 20 ~ 25 Degree

On another note - that same supplier had some blue #194 wedge bulbs in a pack of 10 that I picked up cheap compared to the local shops - I'm hoping to install those in my gauge cluster soon as well...


Hey - don't sweat the questions bro; trying to answer these and not sound like an idiot helps me learn too! :oops:

See ya,
Jeff

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