Monday, April 30, 2012
Fitting LED high level brake light to the Givi V46
I have a Givi V46 topbox with the optional brakelight kit. I am after greater visibility as I ride all through Wellington's winter in the usual heavy traffic.
I went to the Admore Lighting site - www.admorelighting.com - and bought their LEDV46-TM (mini) kit. This replaces the incandescent bulbs with LEDs that are permanently on and brighten with the brakes, thus mirroring what the taillight does. (USD$69). This kit uses the standard Givi connector under the box, so there's no mucking around with wires at all.
A quite straightforward fit with good instructions. They provide positap connectors but I soldered and heatshrunk everything. It is definitely much brighter and well worth it to me. They also do a kit that turns the side reflectors into indicators, but NZ doesn't allow red indicators.
Here's the kit (it's Admore's stock pic and doesn't come with a drill bit or need one):
And here's the kit with brakes off
and brakes on (the difference doesn't show as well as it does in the flesh, so to speak). I later disconnected the permanent on tail from the top box as it was hard to tell if the brake was on or not. Works well and very conspicuous.