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Rear blinkers as running lights
« on: October 09, 2018, 12:27:18 am »
I'm trying to increase visibility in the rear of the bike. I have looked into putting lights on my Givi truck, adding accessory lights in the rear, and thought of turning the rear blinkers into running lights that will blink when I turn the blinkers on.

Anyone do this? Do I need a gizmo or gadget to make this work? Figure hard wire the blinkers to always be on then when I hit the blinkers the rear's will blink. Will it work?

Thx

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Re: Rear blinkers as running lights
« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2018, 12:36:45 am »
Switchback lights!

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Re: Rear blinkers as running lights
« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2018, 12:37:37 am »
I'm trying to increase visibility in the rear of the bike. I have looked into putting lights on my Givi truck, adding accessory lights in the rear, and thought of turning the rear blinkers into running lights that will blink when I turn the blinkers on.

Anyone do this? Do I need a gizmo or gadget to make this work? Figure hard wire the blinkers to always be on then when I hit the blinkers the rear's will blink. Will it work?k

Thx

Someone has that tech here in the NE, that will turn the blinkers into running lights.....someone will chime in with the correct COG’er and how to contact....

See, switchback lights....linky  for help? Also, the reflective stickers that apply to the bags do quite a nice job too and are cheap IMO.

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Re: Rear blinkers as running lights
« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2018, 12:51:57 am »
It is Gixxerhp Listed under industry members I'm very pleased with my set up  :great:

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Re: Rear blinkers as running lights
« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2018, 01:34:11 am »
I added two red and two yellow all on the sides of the license plate. :beerchug:

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Re: Rear blinkers as running lights
« Reply #5 on: October 09, 2018, 03:14:21 am »
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Re: Rear blinkers as running lights
« Reply #6 on: October 09, 2018, 03:26:39 am »
My Switchback lights that i sell!

Look at my Forum page , im a industry member here!

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Re: Rear blinkers as running lights
« Reply #7 on: October 10, 2018, 01:47:26 am »
YES. THE SWITCHBACK LIGHTS!! One of the best add on that I have put on.

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Re: Rear blinkers as running lights
« Reply #8 on: October 10, 2018, 03:15:14 pm »
+++ on the Switchbacks.  They work for front and back signal lights and do both turn signals and break lights (back).  So when in use the rear goes red blinking when the turn signal is switched on, and in my case the BackOff device blinks both the rear stop light and both turn signals go red flashing then solid red until released.  Front Turn Signal goes from white light to blinking yellow in turn signal mode, then back to white when the turn signal is turned off.
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Re: Rear blinkers as running lights
« Reply #9 on: October 11, 2018, 12:08:37 am »
I added red Whelen LIN3 lights as brake/signals on each side of the license plate. Now the factory signals and tail/brake are all red running lights.

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Re: Rear blinkers as running lights
« Reply #10 on: November 06, 2018, 03:20:54 am »
Hi All,

New member and 1st time poster. Just got this bike in July and have been upgrading it nonstop. Here's my permanent solution that replaces the stock light sockets with standard 1157 bulb sockets. That pesky non LED bulb compatible stock flasher relay also has to be replaced with something more modern to enable use of most LED bulbs.

The 1157 sockets have to have a set of tabs removed ( A Dremel makes fast work of that) and the stock light housings need to have a small amount of material removed so that the locking side of the new socket will fit. The stock sockets will go back in and lock in place if you should happen to need to do that for whatever reason. Lights and sockets were bought from superbrightleds.com, the flasher and socket came as an assembly off of amazon.
This is the replacement 1157 socket, notice the 2 tabs that need to be removed/ground flush

What it should look like after removing the 2 tabs

The wires may seem like a tight fit to the housing, but they're fine once its locked in

The next step is to modify the housings. the fronts are easy, I just slowly removed material with a utility knife until I had just enough clearance to get the new sockets in. The rears are chrome plated, so go very slow, or you may risk doing damage to that chrome plating.

My pics of the rear light housing aren't that great, so I won't post them.
That flasher is next, it'll fit right into the stock spot. Cut the old one loose & make sure you solder up the wires correctly. Secured with zip ties and good electrical tape, wouldn't want it going anywhere.
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Turn Signal, its even brighter in person >:D

Obviously you need to be proficient with soldering and wiring to make this a long term upgrade, I would not recommend doing this hastily, because you don't want any shorts while your out in the middle of no where riding. It can be done in 6-8 hours depending on how fast you are. Use heat shrink instead of tape where possible.
The power for the front parking light was borrowed from the "city light" circuit, the power for the rear was borrowed from the taillight circuit (they feed off the same fuse if I recall correctly)
*Flasher relay with harness https://www.amazon.com/3-Pin-Flasher-Relay-Signal-Conversion/dp/B075F8H6J7
*1157 Light bulb socket https://www.superbrightleds.com/moreinfo/vehicle-bulb-sockets-adapters/ba15-bayonet-base-sockets-wired/1147/2730/
* LED bulbs https://www.superbrightleds.com/moreinfo/tail-brake-turn/1157-led-bulb-dual-function-27-smd-led-tower-bay15d-bulb/2625/5699/

If anyone wants to go this route and needs some clarification, let me know.

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Re: Rear blinkers as running lights
« Reply #11 on: November 07, 2018, 01:56:52 pm »
Thanks Kris. Looks good!
All good info. I may be going the 1157 route.
I did this on my C-10 when I had it...Really makes the rear more noticible..

Another member {Gixerhp} sells a plug and play LED set up that does the same and uses LED...
Getting lazy in my old age and like the simplicity.

Undecided which method I'll do at this point...

decisions, decisions...……..

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Re: Rear blinkers as running lights
« Reply #12 on: November 08, 2018, 04:38:36 am »
Thanks Kris. Looks good!
All good info. I may be going the 1157 route.
I did this on my C-10 when I had it...Really makes the rear more noticible..

Another member sells a plug and play LED set up that does the same and uses LED...
Getting lazy in my old age and like the simplicity.

Undecided which method I'll do at this point...

decisions, decisions...……..You are correct I make the Plug and play kits, as well as i Double the warranty on all the parts for 2 years, for the bulbs and the flasher, as well as the harnesses are lifetime. Im not going ary where!


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Re: Rear blinkers as running lights
« Reply #13 on: November 08, 2018, 03:04:17 pm »
YES. THE SWITCHBACK LIGHTS!! One of the best add on that I have put on.
Couldn't have said it better.  Much improved lighting both front and rear.  Likely will never burn out either. 
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Re: Rear blinkers as running lights
« Reply #14 on: November 08, 2018, 04:08:15 pm »
YES!!! Gixerhp. Switchback lights. Awesome add on for the bike. You will be impressed!

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Re: Rear blinkers as running lights
« Reply #15 on: November 08, 2018, 07:16:41 pm »
^^^^  +1

This is the way to go!