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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
I remember reading a thread on here about someone having fitted L.E.D 's somewhere in the Cooling Fan Housing.

Can anyone remember this and post a picture, or give and Idea how they did it..

Many Thanks

Stu
 
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Discussion Starter · #3 ·
Re: Here it is.....

Stu, fitted my tre with 3 led's each side of the rear light in the black section lookscool but not sure how legal, by the way i have a new rear unit to put it back standard if and when i deside to sell or when the MOT is due. I will attempt to get a photo posted later

Steve
 
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Discussion Starter · #4 ·
<img border=0 src="http://www.futures-investor.co.uk/benelli/leds%20004.jpg" />

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I've added some LEDs to my Tornado. I bought three kits and built them together. The ones in the cooling fans are by Extreme - they are single bulbs that can be pointed in any direction. (About £20 for four.) I took off the rear seat and drilled two holes the size of the bulb, then stuck the light in position with Thixofix. (I found double sided pads didn't stick well to the plastic of the fairings.)

I also bought a kit with six pods of 6 LEDs and two strips of LEDs. I have these inside the fairing in the vents by the seat, the long side engine vents of the lower fairing, some at the front inside the engine cover (inc. the other two from the kit above) and some under the headlight area. So all in, I have 40 LED lights on the bike..

As they are hidden, it is quite subtle, though. But certainly turns even more heads than the bike did before (which was a lot, what with the noise!)

The second kit was about £70 and came with an on/off switch. I hid this under the seat but it was a pain to take this off all the time to turn them on/off. So I bought a remote unit with key-switch from Max Power, which was about £25 (ebay).

All this took several goes to do as I added more and more until I got what I wanted, and to get all the wiring neat and tidy, joining wires, etc. About 10 hours all in I guess.

With the lights glued inside the fairings, it makes removing the fairings awkward, so I have connectors on the sides which I can unscrew and disconnect before removing the fairing. So the leads from the battery area through to the sides stay on the bike. And the lights with leads are attached to the removed fairings.

I have also spent a lot of time stripping the paint off the alloy bits and polishing them up to a chrome finish. I'm about one third the way through this, and have spent about 50 hours so far doing that!

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Discussion Starter · #5 ·
I think the LED's in the tail section look okay but for me the rest seems over kill. The Tre is a lovely looking bike and to have it light up like a xmas tree seems to detract from the overall look from it. In saying that, you've spent an awful long time phil doing that work so I'll raise my glass to you me ol' son for all your hard work;) Oh, and get that chain lubed and cleaned whilst you're at it:b

Al8)


Quick edit ......

The more I look at those pics the more I like what you've done Phil:eek

Nice job mate:smokin
 
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Discussion Starter · #6 ·
lights

I think that is an amazing job mate. I love the fan lights. I agree that the bike is a work of art but man at night when people can't see how beautiful she is i bet those lights look pretty cool!!!
 
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Discussion Starter · #8 ·
Re: lights

The tail section was the bit that I was gonna look into

Was gonna splice into the brake light wiring to put LEDs in the fan tunnels (also helps as the connectors on the actual light fitting depend on which way ther wind is blowing as to whether or not they decide to work)

Any one else tried this?
 
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Discussion Starter · #9 ·
lights

Thats what I was looking at doing...

Not the best with electrics so would have to get help when it comes to fitting them..

Wondering though if the lights would be better in front or behind the fans...

Stu
 
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Discussion Starter · #10 ·
Re: lights

Stu,

They were not difficult to fit. It was my first attempt at anything electrical, so it took me a while to make sure I did it right and neat. But the connection to the battery on all the kits was just bolting the wires under the battery terminals. And the wires of the lights are all red or black, so you just join those together, either twisting them together or using the plastic connectors (like you can see in the side shot of my bike).

If you wanted to put the lights behind the fans, you'd have to remove the rear fairing as it's limited access to drill any holes otherwise - where I put mine is the only place you can get to.

Also, to the comments of the lights being OTT, in some photos they have come out brighter than they actually look in real life. The whole thing subtley glows, similar to the fans, but all over the bike.

Phil
 
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Discussion Starter · #11 ·
Re: lights

Talk about completely f*cking up the look of an amazing looking bike :eek

The Max Power brigade has arrived :hat
 
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Discussion Starter · #13 ·
Re: lights

I must admit that I was looking into getting some illuminous yellow paint and painting the fans so they glow in the dark, the LED in the fans might be a simpler method!

I'm with the minority here rearding overkill, fans YES, the whole bike.... NO!

My Triumph used to be lit up like a Xmas Tree until the damn thing got written off!

Andy
 
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Discussion Starter · #15 ·
Re: lights

IRFuel: Talk about completely f*cking up the look of an amazing looking bike The Max Power brigade has arrived


I'd liken it to lighting up a statue so it can be seen at night, as opposed to a work of art being stuck there in the pitch black where no-one can see it. The TRE is a work of art - the best looking bike IMHO, apart from perhaps the limited edition Agustas.

The LED lights are known as 'accent lights' which are meant to show off its best bits.

Sticking LEDs on a common-as-muck hatchback or piece of Japanese crud... that's completely different and a total waste of time and money.

I hate Max Power style as much as you. I am hoping to get more of a RoaringToyz chromed out look on mine.
 
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Discussion Starter · #16 ·
Re: lights

Why?? Did it short or summat???
Sort of, it definately got shortened by the side of a Chrysler Jeep that pulled a u-turn in front of me!

Thing is, the stupid t**t was coming towards me at the time and didn't bothered looking through the wind screen to see what was coming towards him!

Andy
 
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