How to install a Motorcycle LED Accent Light Kit

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How to install a Motorcycle LED Accent Light Kit??? Very good question… I hope to get a lot of good comments on this topic.

I have been working with Motorcycle LED Accent Light Kits for a little over 18-years. Under no condition do I consider myself an expert on the subject; I just feel I have a lot of knowledge and experience on the subject matter. Chris Byrd, better known as Byrd Man, in Lake Worth, Florida, Tom Hansen of Zuma Cycles in Valdosta, Georgia and Eloy Carrete of Fantasy Lights in El Paso, Texas are just a few of the guys that I consider to be true experts and should be in the hall of fame of installing LED accent lights. If you know of other installers that are the true artist installing motorcycle LED accent lights post their names and location on this blog…

In the early days, like in the 80s and 90s, Boogey Lights was one of the first to install Neon Tubes on motorcycles to create accent lighting. It wasn’t until the late 90s and early 2000s that LED bulbs started being produced at a lower price to make the scene for motorcycle accent lighting. I have no idea who was the first to use LEDs connected to a motorcycle battery to produce accent lighting. But for sure more than 20-years ago using LEDs to shine onto chrome was in its infancy. The first kit I ever saw was a kit made with LEDs and all components purchased at Radio Shack.

I was selling on eBay some 18-years ago a single color 20-LED kit that consisted of 20 single LED bulbs, butt splices, cradle mounts, wire, plastic wire ties, fuse holder with fuses, on-off switch, etc, etc… with installation instructions. This kit sold for about $29.99…

This was the first kit I sold on eBay

I sold hundreds if not thousands of these kits in a very short period of time. It was the hottest thing going for a while. I then invented a wiring harness which took the single LED bulbs and wired them into a pre-made harness to place under the gas tank shining down onto the headers. This wiring harness kit replaced the single LED bulb kits. I sold this wiring harness kit for the same price of $29.99. The manufacturing cost of the wiring harness kit was $1.00 below the manufacturing cost of the 20-LED single bulb kit.

I sold hundreds of the wiring harness kits.

During this time a few companies, including my old company, were selling individual single color flexible strips but normally not in a kit form. These were sold individually. During this time I made a trip to Shanghai to visit my supplier. This supplier became my good friend and he still supplies me to this day. During this trip, he gave me some samples of a new multicolor flexible strip he had produced. These strips were brighter than anything I had ever seen, very heavy duty and easy to install. So later that day sitting in the bar/lobby of the Shanghai Regis Hotel he and I designed my first motorcycle LED flexible strip kit. It was a 207-LED MultiColor light kit. This new kit was divided into four individual sub-kits: Remote Control, Engine, Road Coverage, and Wheels. Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying I am the inventor of Motorcycle LED Accent Light kits the way we know them today but for sure I was one of the first to put this into an easy to install kit form that comprised of four sub-kits: Remote Control, Engine, Road Coverage, and Wheels. The main leaders during the early days of the motorcycle LED lights business were Boogey Lights, Custom Dynamics, and a couple of other companies. Boogey Lights converted from Neon Tubes to LEDs in the early 2000s and Custom Dynamics came on the scene in about 2002. The point is there were just a few companies during the early days when I came out with the easy to install multicolor LED light kit. Now we get to INSTALLATION…

This is the Kit we are going to install. The modern day version of the 207-LED MultiColor Accent Light Kit…

How to install a Motorcycle LED Accent Light Kit?
1) Remote Control: (See Photo below) We will install my “workhorse” 16-Function Remote Control.
a) Locate your battery… Remove your seat and disconnect the NEGATIVE (-) cable of your battery…  Negative battery cable must be disconnected from the battery in order to avoid safety hazards! Make sure the Negative cable does not touch or make contact with your Positive terminal of the battery.
b) Locate the Remote Control Box as close to your battery as possible… Secure in place. (See the Picture Below) The Black (Negative) wire is connected to the Negative pole of your battery. The Red (Positive) wire is connected to one wire of the In-Line Blade Fuse Holder and the other wire of the In-Line Blade Fuse Holder is connected to the positive pole of the battery. Insert a Fuse into the Fuse Holder. The optional Yellow (Brake) wire is connected to the Positive wire of the Brake Lights. If you do not want all your lights to come ON every time you activate your BRAKES do not connect the Yellow Wire… Just cap it off… But try it I think you will like it…
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Now you are ready to test the Flexible Strips… You have three (3) connectors on the Remote Control Box. To expand this you must use the “1 to 5 Connectors” or a “Y-Connector”… When you push the Male/Female Connectors together be careful that the “Pins” of the Male/Female connectors line-up… Do not force them together!!!
d) Press the “Upper Left” button of the Remote Control Key FOB to turn the lights ON & OFF… Press the “Upper Right” button to view the 16 Functions of the Controller… Press the “Lower Right & Lower Left” Buttons to change the speed of Fade, Flashing & Strobe Functions…

 

2) Engine Kit:

This Engine Kit has two (2) 36-LED Flexible Strips with connector wires on both ends of the strip and five (5) 9-LED Flexible Strips with connector wires on one end of each strip. Start with the two (2) Strips 20 inches long and each contains 36 Multi-Color LEDs. You will notice that there are connection wires at both ends of the Flexible Strip. This will allow, if you wish, to cut the strip ONE single time in a multiple of 3-LEDs… Please cut the Strip within the “copper”. See Note Below…

I like to install one 36-LED Flexible Strip to the bottom of the right and another to bottom left side of the gas tank shining down on the two chrome headers. But place the two strips in such a way so I can not see the strips looking at the side of the gas tank.  BUT, before you place any strips first you must clean the location where you are going to stick the strips… They will not stick to dirt, grease, and grime… Any household degreaser cleaner is used to clean the location… Then dry the location… Then rub the location with an Alcohol Pad. Make sure the location is dry. Then rub onto this location a small amount of an Automotive Adhesive Primer, let it dry a few minutes… NOW you are ready… Peel the paper from the back of the strip… Place the strip in place… DO NOT put excess pressure on the resisters or the LEDs on the strip… Connect an extension wire to one end of each strip… Connect the extension wire to the Remote Control Box… Seal the other end of these two Flexible Strips with Silicone Sealant and tie down this end of the 36-LED Flexible Strip… That was easy. You still have five (5) 9-LED Strips to place.  Let’s finish the Engine.  Place a 9-LED Strip behind the BREATHER between the two-cylinder heads shining to the other side… Place another 9-LED strip behind the HORN between the two-cylinder heads shining to the other side… Always try to connect two Strips together with a “Y-Connector” then connect the “Y-Connector” to an 18” or a 3-foot Extension Wire then connect it to the Remote Control Box… You still have three (3) 9-LED Strips that you can place anywhere under your gas tank to shine down on chrome. Placing between the Breather and Horn gives an explosion of accent light. So concentrate on that location.

3) Road Coverage Kit:

This Road Coverage Kit has two (2) 27-LED Flexible Strips with connector wires on one end of the strip. If these two strips are installed correctly it will create an amazing effect as if you are riding on a cloud of light. So placement is most important. It is recommended to install these two 27-LED Flexible Strip to the bottom of the frame at a 45-degree angle on the right and left side shining down to the highway… They must shine out at a 45-degree angle… If placed more than a 45-degree angle you will see the LEDs when you stand back and look at it and if placed directly to the bottom of the frame they will be crushed when your bike is placed on a lift or worst yet torn off when you go over a speed bump. Be careful where you place these two strips. PLEASE DON’T FORGET to clean location before sticking the strip to frame… CLEAN LOCATION…  First, you must clean and prepare the location where you are going to stick the strips… They will not stick to dirt, grease, and grime… Any household de-greaser cleaner is used to clean the location… Then dry the location… Then rub the location with an Alcohol Pad. Make sure the location is dry. Then rub onto this location a small amount of an Automotive Adhesive Primer, let it dry a few minutes… NOW, finally, you are ready…Remove the paper and stick strips into place on to the bottom of the frame at a 45-degree angle on the right and left side shining out and down to the highway… Attach both Strips to 18” or a 3-foot Extension Wire connect both wires to a “Y-Connector”.  Connect this “Y-Connector” to a “1 to 5 Connector” connected to the Remote-Control Box… Secure the wires of these Strips in place with the Plastic Wire Ties. Seal the other end of these two Flexible Strips with Silicone Sealant and tie down this end of the 27-LED Flexible Strip. Now you will ride on a cloud of light…

4) Front and Rear Wheel Kit:

This Front and Rear Wheel Kit has two (2) 9-LED Flexible Strips each with 6-feet of Connector Wire (Front Wheel) and two (2) 9-LED Flexible Strips each with 6-inches of Connector Wire.

The Front Wheel Kit:   Let’s start with the Front Wheel… The best location on the Front Wheel is on the inside of the right and left fork shining into the wheel… CLEAN LOCATION… Same process as above.  First, you must clean and prepare the location where you are going to stick the strips… They will not stick to dirt, grease, and grime… Any household de-greaser cleaner is used to clean the location… Then dry the location… Then rub the location with an Alcohol Pad. Make sure the location is dry. Then rub onto this location a small amount of an Automotive Adhesive Primer, let it dry a few minutes…  NOW, finally, you are ready… Locate the two (2) 9-LED Strips with 6-feet of wire attached to each. Remove the paper and stick strip into place on right-side and left-side of the wheel… As stated, the Front Wheel Strips have 6-feet of wire… Run the wire up the brake line, under the gas tank back to the Remote-Control Box… Seal the other end of these two Flexible Strips with Silicone Sealant and tie down this end of the 9-LED Flexible Strips. Secure the wires of these Strips in place with the Plastic Wire Ties.

The Rear Wheel Kit:  Locate one strip on the right side and another strip on the left side of the frame shining into the Rear Wheel… Again CLEAN THE LOCATION to place the STRIPS… Same process as above.  First, you must clean and prepare the location where you are going to stick the strips… They will not stick to dirt, grease, and grime… Any household de-greaser cleaner is used to clean the location… Then dry the location… Then rub the location with an Alcohol Pad. Make sure the location is dry. Then rub onto this location a small amount of an Automotive Adhesive Primer, let it dry a few minutes… Remove the paper and stick strip into place on right-side and left-side of the Rear Wheel… Connect each strip to a Three (3) Foot Extension Wire… Run the Extension Wires up the frame to under the seat and then to the Remote Control Box…  Seal the other end of these two Flexible Strips with Silicone Sealant and tie down this end of the 9-LED Flexible Strips. Secure the wires of these Strips in place with the Plastic Wire Ties.

9-LED Round Wheel PUCK: The optional 9-LED Round Wheel PUCK give a great amount of accent lighting all around the wheel and very easy to install.
The 9-LED MultiColor Wheel Puck with 6-Feet of Connection Wire will make your Wheel shine… This PUCK fits on the inside of the Brake Caliper. Verify you have enough space between the inside of the brake caliper and the wheel. There must be at least 3/4″ between the inside of the brake caliper and the wheel. Same process as above.  First, you must clean and prepare the location where you are going to stick the PUCK… It will not stick to dirt, grease, and grime… Any household de-greaser cleaner is used to clean the location… Then dry the location… Then rub the location with an Alcohol Pad. Make sure the location is dry. Then rub onto this location a small amount of an Automotive Adhesive Primer, let it dry a few minutes… Remove Backing from PUCK and place it to the inside of the Brake Caliper, hold in place a few seconds. Tie in place with Plastic Wire Ties.  Run Wire of PUCK alone the Brake Wire to under your seat. Tie to the Brake Wire with Plastic Wire Ties. Connect to Remote Control Box.

Finished… Well almost… Before you put your seat back in place make sure ALL wires are tied off and stowed correctly in a way that the seat will not crimp the wire when the seat is back in place. Very important, you do not want to see hanging wires anywhere on your bike.  Make sure the Remote Control Box is tied securely in place. The Antenna Wire should be stretched out and hanging a bit outside in the opening but of course out of the way.

I look forward to hearing your comments… Joe…

                                   


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