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topbox tail light
« on: 06 March 2015, 02:38:12 pm »

so topbox has a red plastic bit on the back similar to the tail light.


bought a 30cm led strip light, wire into the bottom of topbox to the back and wire in the lid round the edge to the back of topbox with a little contact switch so i can open the lid and it goes off so no wiring being pulled.


video all fitted using a custom made rack from  http://foc-u.co.uk/index.php?action=profile;u=1249





 
wired up and done.





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Re: topbox tail light
« Reply #1 on: 06 March 2015, 03:52:28 pm »
Looks good, I have the givi one fitted in mine, with the contact switch like you say. Makes a good addition to the bike.

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Re: topbox tail light
« Reply #2 on: 06 March 2015, 03:54:31 pm »
i originally planned to run the wire all the way through but opening the topbox would stretch them so put the contacts in the form of short 8mm bolts on the back ends of the box so they touch when the box is shit, so simple.


im tempted to get a 2nd red or a white and attach to the brake light aswell.

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Re: topbox tail light
« Reply #3 on: 06 March 2015, 05:13:10 pm »
anyone seen the new indicators from yamaha that double up as brake lights ? theres a video of them on youtube but im to stoopid to put a link up  :pc
 
 

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Re: topbox tail light
« Reply #4 on: 06 March 2015, 05:34:50 pm »


im tempted to get a 2nd red or a white and attach to the brake light aswell.

Ah, mine is just a brake light, would be good with both on there though.

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Re: topbox tail light
« Reply #5 on: 31 March 2015, 03:41:22 pm »
Updated now with video!!

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Re: topbox tail light
« Reply #6 on: 31 March 2015, 04:04:20 pm »
Nice one. I made a similar thing to my topbox. Don't know how to insert youtube video...?

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Re: topbox tail light
« Reply #7 on: 31 March 2015, 04:20:05 pm »
Nice one. I made a similar thing to my topbox. Don't know how to insert youtube video...?
click to share and it generally brings up the ur below the vid  for you to copy and paste
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Re: topbox tail light
« Reply #8 on: 31 March 2015, 05:00:10 pm »
Nice one. I made a similar thing to my topbox. Don't know how to insert youtube video...?


just paste the link itll come up as a box usually

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Re: topbox tail light
« Reply #9 on: 31 March 2015, 09:26:48 pm »
Here we go

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Re: topbox tail light
« Reply #10 on: 31 March 2015, 09:30:33 pm »
thats 100x better than mine!

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Re: topbox tail light
« Reply #11 on: 31 March 2015, 09:35:52 pm »
thats 100x better than mine!
Got to agree with you there Paul ;-)
Excellent work Rhinoeli,  would be grateful interested to find out in more detail how you done it??
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Re: topbox tail light
« Reply #12 on: 31 March 2015, 10:06:09 pm »
thats 100x better than mine!
Got to agree with you there Paul ;-)
Excellent work Rhinoeli,  would be grateful interested to find out in more detail how you done it??

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Re: topbox tail light
« Reply #13 on: 01 April 2015, 01:49:38 am »
theyre pretty easy to make tbh, just few holes in the box and wiring run through the rear middle panel

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Re: topbox tail light
« Reply #14 on: 01 April 2015, 08:53:05 am »
Lights coming from those shiny ebay surface mount 5050 LED strips taped under the red plastics. Connector is a 4 pin aviation-styled thingy, socket screwed in the bottom of the box, plug routed from the seat and under the rack. Topbox is on 24/7 so I don't need a quick-release connector (also most of those are only 2 pins... I need 4 for these lights)

Currently it is taken apart because I lost one of the red plastics after an accident. Parts arrived, just need time to reassemble the whole thing.

Meanwhile I designed a little controller which will enable all the lights to be "half brightness on" while driving, "full brightness" when braking, side lights flashing with the blinkers. Also includes a brake light flasher function and parking lights. Details later when I get out to the garage.

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Re: topbox tail light
« Reply #15 on: 01 April 2015, 09:58:11 am »
Sounds a good job mate, I was thinking along same lines but can't do indicators as not enough room in my wee topbox and in the UK I think the police would object to having red lights flashing at the back :-(
I know you can get 3 way waterproof connectors so wiring running and brake lights not a problem as they would share the negative lead then one each for positive on brake and running lights :-) I do take my box off sometimes so I was thinking along those lines :-)
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Re: topbox tail light
« Reply #16 on: 01 April 2015, 11:27:10 am »
Dam, I just checked my topbox and there is no way I'll be able to do this, it's just a reflector plate, no room at all to put even a thin led strip in behind it and the light wouldn't shine through anyhow :-(
So it's either a separate setup attached to the underside of the topbox bracket or a new box :-)
Ahh the joys of fettling again with a bike :-)
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Re: topbox tail light
« Reply #17 on: 01 April 2015, 11:57:34 am »
show me your topbox?


mine had next to no room i could barely fit an led strip under but a file and knife made room

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Re: topbox tail light
« Reply #18 on: 01 April 2015, 12:28:38 pm »
show me your topbox?


mine had next to no room i could barely fit an led strip under but a file and knife made room
It's off my kawasaki I had,  not sure if I want to butcher it just for a light,  but here it is. Plus after looking at it, it's not a red lens per say, it's got a sliver backing on it and no light would shine through it.
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Re: topbox tail light
« Reply #19 on: 01 April 2015, 03:50:40 pm »
ahh i see


mines not butchered as such, you will never see the area ive cut down unless you unscrew the red lense

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Re: topbox tail light
« Reply #20 on: 01 April 2015, 05:45:24 pm »
Does look good having a light in the box, but guess as long as I show extra lights, and if I can figure out how to mount the light I've got it'll be on there even if I take off the topbox.
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Re: topbox tail light
« Reply #21 on: 03 April 2015, 06:37:24 pm »
Managed to put on extra brakelight just under the topbox bracket, so will still be on the bike whenever I take topbox off, what do you think?
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Re: topbox tail light
« Reply #22 on: 03 April 2015, 09:33:52 pm »
looks good!


not sure on legality of them so id suggest unplugging for mot as i will with mine


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Re: topbox tail light
« Reply #23 on: 03 April 2015, 10:07:19 pm »
looks good!


not sure on legality of them so id suggest unplugging for mot as i will with mine


no ce mark and all that.
All marked and above board Paul,  wouldn't be a problem with mot.
All my previous bikes that have had this light on there's been no problems at all, I've also ran HID'S on other bikes and never had any hassle, either from mot's, other drivers or even the police and I've travelled behind many of them and even towards them and never been pulled over for making myself visible basically. So all I need now is my bulbs and I can maybe see in front of me at night and others will see me too :-)
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Re: topbox tail light
« Reply #24 on: 04 April 2015, 04:08:30 am »
looks good!


not sure on legality of them so id suggest unplugging for mot as i will with mine


no ce mark and all that.
All marked and above board Paul,  wouldn't be a problem with mot.
All my previous bikes that have had this light on there's been no problems at all, I've also ran HID'S on other bikes and never had any hassle, either from mot's, other drivers or even the police and I've travelled behind many of them and even towards them and never been pulled over for making myself visible basically. So all I need now is my bulbs and I can maybe see in front of me at night and others will see me too :-)


ahh thats great then!


maybe look into the spots i linked rather than expensive bulbs, same cost but proven to work amazingly, if youve got a bit of cash to throw around its not a problem, i sunk so much into mine after restoring then a new engine, got new bulbs that made no real difference but spots have worked.