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Bill Harris 06-03-2010 02:39 PM

Daytime running lights on crash bars
I have a pair of 6"x2", 60-series amber LED turn signals that I want to use as DRLs. I plan to mount them on the crashbars and am looking into making a pair of clamp-on mounts for them, which shouldn't be that hard. The crash bar tubing is a tad less than 1" (24mm).

But if I can get something ready-made, I'll consider using 'em. The only thing I've seen are TrailTech "Anti-vibe" frame mounts, which are probably overkill.

Here is a cut-and-paste of how they should mount:

ruedaloca 06-03-2010 02:57 PM

Techmounts at Twistedthrottle ... other sizes too !.

They works !

worwig 06-03-2010 06:16 PM

I've had great luck with these from an auto parts store for light weight items like that.

Bill Harris 06-04-2010 06:26 AM

Good ideas. If I need to go heavy-duty, my local hardware store has split shaft collars like the clamps that ruedaloca shows and also the rubber-covered clamps like worwig shows.

These LED lamps are light and I can probably use a light mounting system. What I envision is a couple of the rubber covered clamps holding a vertical plate with the lamp fastened onto the plate with 3M automotive trim tape.

Thanks, folks!

Bill Harris 06-10-2010 07:12 AM

I made a pair of mounting brackets using the rubber-covered clamps and have all the bits and pieces collected to make up a wiring harness , which plan to do this evening. I'll post full pics when I'm done.

These 60-series oval amber turnsignal/brakelight/tail light assemblies that have two "power" wires-- one for full bightness and the other for reduced brighness for use as a tail light. Full brightness would be great as daytime running lights/conspicuity lights. But I have a concern that they might be too bright for nighttime use and might cause glare or distraction to oncoming traffic on a dark rural road. I could easily mount a toggle switch to select high/low brightness but will need to put the extra wire in the wiring harness.

What is your experience with the Whelan TIR/LIN lights used as daytime running lights or the Photon Blaster DRLs? Too bright at night?

GSWayne 06-12-2010 03:00 PM

Boating stores sell stainless steel rubber covered clamps I have use to mount small lights to my crash bars.

Megamoto 06-12-2010 03:22 PM

Use mirror mounts.

I used them to fit a set of spots on the crash bars on my DR800.

Bill Harris 06-21-2010 09:28 PM

All done. As I said, a set of rubber-covered clamps to a flat plate and the LED lamp body secured with 3M Weatherstrip adhesive. I have the /5 switch-board modified to have a headlight & bright DRL-only (no taillights) for daytime and another setting for headlight-taillight-night brightness marker lights. At night, the DRLs were almost obnoxiously bright and I was able to use a dim setting.

They provide a distinctive bright triangle pattern with the headlight in the daytime mode, and a distinctive pattern with the headlight and running lights in the nightime mode.

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