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Recently i saw an intriguing topic on making our blinkers dual puropose running/marker lights and blinkers. Someone reported that details were lost, so I decided to investigate. Sounds like a worthy project. Last night I noticed that the bulb in the blinkers is indeed dual element, so hopefully the socket is designed for dual elements, leaving me the task of wiring the unused element to a power source.

I will start peeling off the front chin cowl tonight and have a look. I think this would be a nice safety addition to my scooter. I will take pictures along the way, or report any roadblocks.
 

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Ok here is the update.

First off it was a success. I will caption the pictures so everyone can see what is under the hood. Also I want to extend big props to the Burgman Knowledge base. The AN400 front cowl removal instruction were invaluable, and made the job stress free. This was my first time in removing the cowl, and it went well.

Step 1 review the above mentioned cowl removal instructions. After sliding the assembly forward it was easy to access amber bulbs and their sockets. The bulbs are 1157 style with two round contacts on the base and the base act as ground.
 

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The part of this project that you will have to plan for is the connector you will need to make the new electrical connection to the unused element of the bulb. You can see in the socket below that there is a post for the connection but Suzuki left out the wire and female connection to complete the circuit. That is what I had to fashion. I used a small connection to one of my RC servo motors that when spread out provided a tight fit, and the metal used is good spring steel. (quality Airtronics servos).
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Now here comes the easy part. Make a Y pigtail harness with one male spade with two wires coming out. This will plug into the marker light plug that you will no longer need. I chose this route since I already was using the other marker light plug to power my new SuperbrightLED aux light.
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I have to say I am very happy with the results. It adds a presence to the front of the bike. I am happy to entertain any suggestions, and answer questions. My writing skills and post editing are sometimes rough. :D

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Nice Job TwoWheelTim, Dump the Bulbs when you get a Chance!! 24 Watts with Those Bulbs Blinking , i think about 250lm Running, i think 400lm both Filaments

I plan on using these Leds, Bulbs just don't Supply very much Lighting and to much Power Drain Speaking on how Slow there are when a Led is with it..

Im gonna Build Them, I Made a Order of 10 and a, Second Order Of Reds ,Of course the California Color Code for Vehicle Lighting is RED,WHITE,AMBER for turn Signals.

And your right about presence, The Bike by itself is very embarrassing, Can't even see the Bike at night or Day, front or Back or Side.

I was planing on doing the MOD for the Rear but there Only 1156, Will have to Modify the Rear Turn Signals as a Running Light.

it seems to be cheaper to make them then to buy the $$$ LED 1156-1157 which just arn't cutting it as far as Brightness, And don't seem to come close to the Output of the Filament Bulb :cry: trying to avoid the High Wattage of those Filament Bulbs.

TwoWheelTim, Since you did the front See if you can do the running on the Back.
Post back.

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I'd like to know a bit more about that center light that's mounted right under the S on the front.

Also, awhile back, I pulled the front and rear reflectors and replaced them with LED lights/reflectors and bought a wiring kit that allows one to use them as both driving lights and turn signals.

I got them from Two Wheel Touring. I just checked and they're not showing the amber (front) anymore but you can always write/call and ask. They man who runs this company runs it from his basement so it's usually better to email. Also, the lights aren't a perfect fit, but a touch of clear silicon and you'd have to be pretty close to tell any difference.

BTW, I agree with Elliott, I've replaced all my smaller bulbs with LEDs and I really enjoy that. I've only had one problem and that was with those little bitty lights below the headlights. I've had one LED burn out but outside of that, I've been told they make a difference, especially when the front turn signals are wired as driving lights.
 

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Aha, I did this mod but didn't have a female connector for the socket, so pushed a #18 wire into the third hole and bent the wires, it works :)
I ran power from the (unused) power outlet.
 

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That light came about after I mounted one on my small scooter. It really enhanced the lighting and provides good fill light and some extra reach at night.

The lights are from superbrightleds and they run about $35.00 usd. Each draws about 10W has a 20 degree beam and come with a good mount bracket and about a 14 inch wiring harnes. I really like them, have the main output aimed so it overlaps the low beam pattern, and the fringes extend a little beyond. I haven't been flashed by oncoming drivers yet.

The light output is super 720lm and can be used on 9 to 60 volt systems. It is a little whiter than the stock, defiantly not blue color, but higher in the spectrum than the stock bulbs.
 

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[attachment=1:7uthn7o8]Luxeon_OFF.jpg[/attachment:7uthn7o8][attachment=0:7uthn7o8]Luxeon_ON.jpg[/attachment:7uthn7o8]Bruce, the Temp is to Hot for the #194 you will have to find a High temp Led that can Handle the Temps in the Headlight Asse ,

I got my Luxeons led together for the break light Asse i will have to find a Suitable Heat Sink to handle these, I all so Built some Luxeon for my Turn Signals using 1 White and 2 Red-Orange.
the white mixed with the red-orange seems to be more attractive.

Sorry about the glare it's just to bright for the Camera,

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Actually, the one 194 that burned out was from a company that Sean (don't remember his handle) said don't buy from.

Personally, I think they're useless but in some European countries they are required.
 

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I know what you mean there so small, Can't fit any thing big in them, i was thinking of putting the #194 bulbs back in them but been having good luck now 3 years, Found some 194 Silver stars with all the glass colors, but will wait until one of them go out.

But may be one reason why I'm having better luck is i drilled holes in the back where the 194 Port is ,to let in air Since i did that i had never lost a 194 Led. there not big holes just about 10 Ball point pen Holes.

Don't know for sure but seems when the 194 Light are OFF with just the headlights On seems like a empty spot there. :lol:

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bump for Busa rider wanting to know.
 

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Tim, are you or they saying you have to take the entire front of the bike & lights off to get at the turn signal sockets, bulbs and wiring? It doesn't look like that from your pictures?
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Yes the top part of the front fairing has to be removed. I tried without removing it, but the riders right socket could not be reached. Wasn't to hard, Micbergsma has some great videos Utube on this.

See post #4 you can see the inside struts, and bits of the front of the bike.
 

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Tim, did you pull the windshield off?
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Tim, in your 3rd post, picture #5, what is that little nubby thing you are showing in your fingers?
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The windshield did not have to be removed, just the upper cowl bit.

I think the rubber piece was just a little plug in the end of the socket. Probably to keep the elements out. I was able to reinsert it once the wire was in if I remember correctly.
 

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Today I finished a project which included; always on "orange parking light" mod and "dual LED driving lights" at the front wheel.

I want to thank TwoWheelTim for the hint of stealing power from one of the tiny stock marker lights for the parking lights and stealing power from the other marker light for the my LED driving lights. Made the job much easier.

I also what to thank Mike1nw for the hint of just using a bare wire inserted into the unused 3rd connector hole of the front turn signal connectors for power to the parking light elements since I had no connectors that would mate to the stock connectors. Works great.. BTW on my 2006 AN650 Suzuki uses a bare wire inserted into the turn signal sockets to connect to the bulbs in the mirrors.

I also want to pat myself on the back for getting the front Leg Shield (entire front nose piece) back into place with out too much $%[email protected]&^%$#%.

The only issue is that the stock parking light elements (not used by Suzuki) have fairly weak output. On a test run today in full sunshine my wife leading on her scoot said that if I had my high-beam on she could not see the orange parking light at a distance of phone pole to phone pole. If I put the low beams on she could see them at that distance but no further. So if I ever have to go into the front Leg Shield again I'll look for brighter elements for the parking lights.


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Congratulations, :salute:

You had some cool ideas / pictures in your gallery. I like the reflective tape on the front forks.
 
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