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Old 03-07-2013, 07:48 PM   #46
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It's a lot of fun watching someone personalize their bike.
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Old 03-08-2013, 03:13 PM   #47
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So the odometer unit was successfully relocated, now for the turn signal unit- which still has the original odometer bracket attached:

Plenty of room now for the new headlight:


That speedo is beyond awesome!
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Old 03-09-2013, 02:53 AM   #48
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Nice job. Enjoying the build. I hope the bike & mods work out for you.
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That speedo is beyond awesome!
Thanks guys! Hoping to finish things up (for now anyway) this weekend.
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Old 03-09-2013, 03:02 AM   #49
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So, when I left off, the wiring was sticking out, and we needed to figure out how to reroute/modify things to get it to work with the bracket with the headlight pegs:


Even though I am feeling more confident with the band saw, I let Jerry make the cuts on the bracket as it seemed a bit delicate:





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Old 03-09-2013, 03:20 AM   #50
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Next up I get a lesson in wiring.... and learn that the word UNIVERSAL = FABRICATION!
I think Crookshanks was a little worried- he went into hiding (or maybe he just wanted a bath):


The original setup for the headlights had a plugin that looked like this:


That went into the square black receptical on the left. The new headlight had the round plug in on the right....


Also for the turn signals:
The originals had these THREE wires:

The new ones had these TWO wires:


PLUS I added and extra set of turn signals onto the headlight.... so I got to learn to strip wire and put on new connectors- this involved FIRE- so even more exciting!
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Old 03-09-2013, 03:31 AM   #51
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It was pretty outside:


Jerry drilled the holes for the new turn signals (these are in addition to the LEDs going onto the handguards)








And thus my education in wiring begins- first time ever with wire strippers:


Fortunately our supervisor was back on the job- I was going to need all the help I could get!


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Old 03-09-2013, 03:44 AM   #52
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New connectors:


With heat shrink seals:


New hood ornament:


He decides he better take a closer look at things before the humans botch it up completely:


New wiring to connect the two sets of turn signals:


And now it's my turn to play with fire:


And now to get this all connected up with fingers and toes crossed that things will actually work:


Meanwhile, a future rider stopped in:
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Old 03-09-2013, 03:52 AM   #53
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Back to playing with fire:




A friend of ours stopped by, so we were able to get some pics of us working together:




Front end back together- And YEAAAAHHHHH- the lights work:


The plan is to complete the wiring/new rear turn signals on the back end today and then call it good for the season. I do want to add a kickstarter dwon the road- but that will be next winters project!
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Old 03-10-2013, 02:29 PM   #54
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So the plan was to finish up the back end wiring for the new brake lights and turn signals yesterday, but due to a small glitch, ended up finishing up this morning.
Like the front end, the plan was for two sets of turn signals behind as well:



I stripped some more wire, while Jerry measured things up for the second set of turn signals:










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Old 03-10-2013, 02:36 PM   #55
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Apparently running the wires for the rear turn signals was the most crucial part of the whole project, as our supervisor jumped right in to take a paws on approach:













I think he did a good job!
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Old 03-10-2013, 02:46 PM   #56
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The next step was to sort out which wire went to what and then to combine the correct wires together to power the dual brake lights and turn signals:



Everything seemed to light up properly separately:


I made a nice little diagram:


We started combining the wires together, and here is where we ran into the glitch- Crookshanks was quite worried:


Both brake lights worked when we tested them individually, but when we combined them NOTHING- no parking lights, no brake lights, NOTHING. Yet they still worked separately:


We decided to step away from things as it was very frustrating. As we headed out to supper, the lightbulb literally went on in Jerry's head to what the problem might be- so a quick trip to the autoparts store.
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Old 03-10-2013, 03:03 PM   #57
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The problem turned out to be regular bulb in the lower light was apparently not compatible with the LED bulb in the upper light- so the solution was to replace the lower bulb with a LED bulb:



For some stupid reason, I did not take a picture this morning of the bike lit up like a christmas tree, but it did work!

The last steps were to get everything connected up and stash the wires neatly:




As I am yet again setting things on fire, Jerry decides perhaps the heat gun would work better:


Why yes it does.... wish I had had it for the front end too.





At this point we also added a little box so the LED blinkers would not blink so fast:


Crookshanks looks worried again:


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Old 03-10-2013, 03:07 PM   #58
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Apparently running the wires for the rear turn signals was the most crucial part of the whole project, as our supervisor jumped right in to take a paws on approach:
I bet he'd come riding with you. Next project, kitty sidecar!
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Old 03-10-2013, 03:19 PM   #59
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Not to worry Mr. Crookshanks- we are almost done!

Minor issue- the back tire was flat when it came of the lift- maybe a pinch flat- Jerry pumped it up, and so far seems to be holding air:


Just drink your coffee sir, nothing to worry about here!


This pic makes me look really tall or the bike is really short:


All the wires are neat and tidy- nothing to catch on the rear wheel:




Crookshanks seal of approval:
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Old 03-10-2013, 03:20 PM   #60
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Now for the final reveal:








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