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The Great LED Experiment, Part 1
Written by onetrikpc on 9/25/2004 at 01:53 pm

--- In ipcrc@yahoogroups.com, "Kevin" <kevin@q...> wrote:
> --- In ipcrc@yahoogroups.com, "onetrikpc" <viana1@b...> wrote:
> > --- In ipcrc@yahoogroups.com, Kevin Quosig <kevin@q...> wrote:
> > > Well, after watching other PCers run around in the rain, bright
> > > sunlight, and places in between, I've decided to start playing
with
> > > brighter LED solutions for tail and brake bulbs. There has
*got*
> > to be a
> > > way to make the bikes more visible in over bright, low-light,
> > > low-contrast conditions (outright darkness is less of an
issue).
> >
> > >>>>>>>>>>>SNIP<<<<<<<<<<
> >
> > > if I can safely part the lense from the base, and it's not too
> > hard.
> >
> > 1TrikPC reply:
> > I could not separate the lens from the base, so I cut along the
top
> > and bottom and ONE vertical cut of each housing section. With
the 3
> > cuts, you can "hinge" each section and secure the arrays in
each
> > housing.
>
> Actually, a hair dryer, thin utility knife, and patient pulling
got the signal
> assembly apart (I had a broken one I kept to practice with). The
sealant
> softens with a hairdryer set to high and a pass with the knife
will slit and move
> the sealant. Do this about 4 times around the perimeter and it
eventually starts
> to give-way. Takes alot of patience, but once it starts to give,
and you keep it
> warm with the hairdryer, it comes right off.
>
> What I discovered this morning is that once it all cools off, it
sticks again! So in
> theory, re-sealing the lenses is a matter of heating-up the
sealant, moving it
> around and squishing the whole works back together (and adding
sealant
> where needed, which I have).
>

>>>>>>>><<<<<<<<<<
1TrikPC reply:
Hmm, wish I would have tried that. :o) The Headlight lens came out
with some gentle prying when I did the dual headlight conversion.
But I had no luck with the rear brake light housing.
>>>>>>>><<<<<<<<<<

> Whose LEDs did you use when you built yours? I ask because Custom
> Dynamics uses a different grade of LED than any supplier I have
found, so
> wash-out might be less of an issue with their "ultra-LEDs."

>>>>>>>><<<<<<<<<<
1TrikPC reply:
I bought bulk LEDs and resistors(100ea)from I think it was Newark
and the diodes and project board from Radio Shack. The LEDs are 5mm
and 5000mcd each. All in all, spent about $100 for the project,
including the experimental PC800 rear light assy from eBay.
>>>>>>>><<<<<<<<<<

>>>>>>>>>>SNIP<<<<<<<<<<<
> Are the rear signals stock or LEDs as well?
>>>>>>>><<<<<<<<<<
1TrikPC reply:
Stock. Only the front mirror mount signals have LED arrays. Maybe
one day...
>>>>>>>><<<<<<<<<<

> Hey, BTW, how are the dual headlights working out?
>>>>>>>><<<<<<<<<<
1TrikPC reply:
Fine until a bulb(H3) went out. I removed the assembly and
reinstalled the stock headlight. I do have a dual H4 setup that
should be completed before Bikeweek 2005. Should be much easier to
do a bulb change :o)
>>>>>>>><<<<<<<<<<

Regards,
Bob Viana
Jacksonville, FL

"onetrikpc" '89 PC800
"Killer ZB" 1988 Honda ZB50 (Street Legal FUN!!!)
"lil'red" '68 Honda CT90
"?" 2003 Blata Yamaha R1 replica Pocket Bike
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Revill Dunn [mailto:revill.dunn@legerity.com]
12/15/2000, 11:28 am
PC800: Rattles n squeaks
The weather has finally turned cold, at least what us wimpy Texans think is cold. Whirby has started buzzing, rattling and squeaking like a box of tupperware for the first five minutes until the plastic warms up. I've experimente
CalvinFold
9/24/2004, 01:05 am
The Great LED Experiment, Part 1
Well, after watching other PCers run around in the rain, bright sunlight, and places in between, I've decided to start playing with brighter LED solutions for tail and brake bulbs. There has *got* to be a way to make the bikes more visible in