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Old 11-16-2011, 09:10 AM   #11
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Eric -
I would suggest 7075-T6 aluminum as its hard, but easily machined. SS is female dog to work with as well as heavy.

The R80 is more problematic in mounting lights as it doesn't have the Roo Bars the R100 has. If you frame mount or on the cylinder guards too low they don't give you the look-ahead coverage you want. I suggest you machine a mount that clamps on the forks between the top and bottom brace. Not only can you aim them with the forks - you can reach out and point them on the fly. That's what I did on my PD off the Roo bar.

Piaa lights are an absolute - unequivocal waste of money. There advertising is right on the edge of lying and rippoff. You are served better with inexpensive, replaceable driving lights that have the lummens and pattern you want. The Optilux 1500 or 1400 (Hella) sell for around $35 and you won't cry like a baby when you drop the GS and break them. I have the 1500 on my GS in the photo, but they may have been discontinued/replaced with another model. Put SilverStar bulbs in them and the light is in the spectrum you want and clear. Put your money in other improvements.

My 2¢

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