1996 XV750 Brake Light Modulators (New Jersey)

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lunawoodworking
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1996 XV750 Brake Light Modulators (New Jersey)

Post by lunawoodworking » Thu Nov 18, 2021 4:13 pm

The other day I noticed a fellows brake light flash a few times then stay steady - after a the second traffic light I realized he was not pumping the brake, however, instead he had a brake modulator. The key take away is that I NOTICED this, and to me that means other people will as well, and safety is good.

Has anyone added one of these devices to their Virago , and are there any recommendations of brands to either look for or avoid? I know there are many dubious 'budget friendly' options out there - I would rather spend an extra buck and get something reliable rather than throwing my money away multiple times on garbage.

Thanks...

Eric

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Re: 1996 XV750 Brake Light Modulators (New Jersey)

Post by jsyzdek » Thu Nov 18, 2021 11:42 pm

I have LED bulbs in the rear brake/parking combo light, and those bulbs do the blinking action on their own, without any extra hardware. I didn't need to modify anything: they use the same 1157 bayonet socket style.
I think they are these:


I haven't had any issues with them. They are bright and they have good contrast between parking light and the brake light function. On some bulbs the contrast is really low and it's hard to tell if you're braking or not. These are fine. Plus the few flashes: that grabs people's attention.
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Re: 1996 XV750 Brake Light Modulators (New Jersey)

Post by lunawoodworking » Mon Nov 22, 2021 9:35 am

Thank you - I will check these out.

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Re: 1996 XV750 Brake Light Modulators (New Jersey)

Post by jsyzdek » Mon Nov 22, 2021 10:42 am

No problem.

BTW: I run these in the front parking/turn signal lights:


Similar, but amber color, and they don't flash. They are brighter than the standard 27/8W bulbs and they draw a lot less current. If you replace the rear red ones and the front orange ones, the "static" draw (when you turn the key on, or want to leave the parking lights on for a while with the key turned all the way left and removed), will drop from 32 to ~4W, which means dropping by just over 2A. This is enough to run heated grips without overloading the electrical system.

What I don't recommend is replacing the rear turn signals with LEDs. Replacing the front ones decreases the circuit impedance a bit and so the turn signals flash a little faster, but nothing crazy. Once you replace the front AND the rear, they will hyper-flash. No bueno. Given that the rear orange lights are purely turn signals and only work when the turn signal is on, I decided to replace the front, double-function lights.
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Re: 1996 XV750 Brake Light Modulators (New Jersey)

Post by lunawoodworking » Sun Dec 05, 2021 5:03 pm

Well by golly that bulb actually worked (sorry, I am a born skeptic). The question was whether to get the clear bulbs or the red bulbs. I did see a video online which touched on this issue and the conclusion they came to was that the red bulb behind a red lens was best for the high intensity lights. The reason being is that the white starts to overwhelm the red lens and wash it out. Since the red bulbs put out a red light, they did not wash it out - though it was difficult to tell on a video.

My only concern is how well the license plate will be illuminated. One of my neighboring towns makes a sport of pulling people over for license plate infractions, usually in the form of those dealer frames they put on your plates, if any part of the state name or motto is obscured you get a ticket for obscured plate (money maker)... so a red light on the plate might provoke a response. I guess I will find out in the spring.

I did run the year make and model of the bike through the Amazon 'Will it fit' thing and it came back as no it will not. They lied... well, at least in the case of my bike.

I tried attaching a video clip to this, however it came back as an invalid file type (MP4), does anyone know whether videos cannot be posted, or if a certain file format is required.

Thanks again for the tip on these bulbs.

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Re: 1996 XV750 Brake Light Modulators (New Jersey)

Post by ViragoJoe » Mon Dec 06, 2021 6:40 am

lunawoodworking wrote:
Sun Dec 05, 2021 5:03 pm
Well by golly that bulb actually worked (sorry, I am a born skeptic). The question was whether to get the clear bulbs or the red bulbs. I did see a video online which touched on this issue and the conclusion they came to was that the red bulb behind a red lens was best for the high intensity lights. The reason being is that the white starts to overwhelm the red lens and wash it out. Since the red bulbs put out a red light, they did not wash it out - though it was difficult to tell on a video.

My only concern is how well the license plate will be illuminated. One of my neighboring towns makes a sport of pulling people over for license plate infractions, usually in the form of those dealer frames they put on your plates, if any part of the state name or motto is obscured you get a ticket for obscured plate (money maker)... so a red light on the plate might provoke a response. I guess I will find out in the spring.

I did run the year make and model of the bike through the Amazon 'Will it fit' thing and it came back as no it will not. They lied... well, at least in the case of my bike.

I tried attaching a video clip to this, however it came back as an invalid file type (MP4), does anyone know whether videos cannot be posted, or if a certain file format is required.

Thanks again for the tip on these bulbs.
luna,

Go with the RED LED Bulbs. Trust me, they'll light up your plate a blind cop will see it!

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Re: 1996 XV750 Brake Light Modulators (New Jersey)

Post by jsyzdek » Mon Dec 06, 2021 12:37 pm

I hear ya about money-making stuff. I always think of that as I do stuff to my vehicles.

So far I haven't had any issues with cops picking on stuff like that.

Lastly: the good thing with Amazon is that if something isn't just right, you can return it for free. I've done that many times.
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