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Can anyone recommend an AFTERMARKET tail light? *PICS* 11 Jan 2019 09:09 #796528

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baldy110 wrote: Wow your a real peace of work you ask for pics of tail lights people are kind enough to post them up then you in turn comment on how you don't like their bikes. A lot of research, time and money go into these. I've owned the above KZ650 since it was new, rebuilt it numerous times. If you know anything abou these machines you would it's not a cafe bike but a period correct bike built how they were back in the day.
You sir ard an idiot, I'm done with you and your attitude.


I confess that may have looked mean but Im being honest.
I dont like the bike. AND you didnt say what tail light that is, you just showed off your bike. I would have liked to know what tail light that was. If someone looked at that post all they could take away was you posted your bike.

I never called names either.

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Can anyone recommend an AFTERMARKET tail light? *PICS* 11 Jan 2019 10:03 #796531

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baldy110 wrote: With Integrated blinkers.


To me, this is more impressive:

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Can anyone recommend an AFTERMARKET tail light? *PICS* 11 Jan 2019 11:50 #796536

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Smoked with incorporated indicators poxy pic wont post! Gotcha you bugger
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Can anyone recommend an AFTERMARKET tail light? *PICS* 11 Jan 2019 12:03 #796537

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ZX9R Light. on a homemade anodised alu bracket on a shortened and braced rear subframe.
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Can anyone recommend an AFTERMARKET tail light? *PICS* 11 Jan 2019 12:13 #796538

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davido wrote:


ZX9R Light. on a homemade anodised alu bracket on a shortened and braced rear subframe.


Looks Good Buddy !!!!
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Can anyone recommend an AFTERMARKET tail light? *PICS* 11 Jan 2019 12:29 #796541

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davido wrote:


ZX9R Light. on a homemade anodised alu bracket on a shortened and braced rear subframe.


Now this, THIS is what im talking about! This looks amazing!!
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Can anyone recommend an AFTERMARKET tail light? *PICS* 11 Jan 2019 13:21 #796545

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baldy110 wrote: With Integrated blinkers.



Hey there. I was just told by a friend I have been cranky all week and I thought of this post. Your bike is fine and it is indeed a labor of love and a work of art. While it might not exactly be my taste, its still a job well done, so I wanted to apologize to you.

Nice bike.
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Can anyone recommend an AFTERMARKET tail light? *PICS* 11 Jan 2019 14:47 #796546

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Apology accepted, thank you.

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Can anyone recommend an AFTERMARKET tail light? *PICS* 11 Jan 2019 18:38 #796558

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650Dude wrote:

davido wrote:


ZX9R Light. on a homemade anodised alu bracket on a shortened and braced rear subframe.


Now this, THIS is what im talking about! This looks amazing!!


Found an even better one. Fast foward to 5:32

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Can anyone recommend an AFTERMARKET tail light? *PICS* 11 Jan 2019 18:57 #796559

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Sorry I don't have time to look it up right now but if I remember correctly people have used like a 2003 cbr600 light or a zx12. if you google it and kz I'm sure it will come up . Also look at z1enterprises at the fender eliminator kit for kz 900 or 1000 or z1. Basically it is a few simple pieces of aluminum. it is slick and adjustable for how much you want of the light sticking out past the ducktail. The pictures will show you how you can make one for yourself if you decide to go that route.
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LED Brake Light Conversion 11 Jan 2019 19:28 #796560

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Im doing the fender elimination thing on my KZ650 and a few dudes have put a ZX6E tail light (upside down) on their KZ's. I have a mockup here done by some dude, and here is how it looks on his bike.

Are there any issues wiring in a ZX6E *LED* light to a stock set up?

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Because leds dont have the resistance of a filament bulb your brake light failure idiot light will think that the bulb has blown and light up. You will need to put in a resistor of equal value to the filament bulb resistance to fool the failure unit into thinking there is still a filament bulb in it.
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...……..and of course, the resistor(s) will defeat the great advantage of the LEDs; efficiency, as the resistor will do exactly the same as the original filament; wastes 80% of the electric energy to the lamp in heat, same or worse than the stock incandescent.

....every one his/her own, but I would either keep the incandescent, or eliminate any failure circuitry, for the directional or rear lamp for good. The LEDs are very reliable and don't need these wasteful watchdogs.

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He's not doing for power saving, he wants to change the whole tail light look and anything modern he buys is almost certainly going to be led.
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No real issues.
led rear light runs off 12v just like any other.
If you have a failure warning light that stays on just disconnect it or remove the bulb.

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Warren3200gt wrote: He's not doing for power saving, he wants to change the whole tail light look and anything modern he buys is almost certainly going to be led.


Yep I bought this today:

2001 ZX6E light. Now I have to figure out how to make a mount. Im great with numbers and the financial industyry, which Im in, but im terrible when it comes to fabricating stuff. Someone used this template on their KZ650 but to be honest im miffed at how to make my own:

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Making Brackets for KZs... 12 Jan 2019 16:09 #796615

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Need to make a bracket for a fender eliminator. It would be my first time actually fabricating something.

what is a sturdy but bendable gauge of sheet steel to make a tail light bracket?

Below is the ZX6E light I will be putting on my KZ650 .

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Making Brackets for KZs... 12 Jan 2019 16:19 #796616

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For an easy proof of concept bracket and for your skills use a cardboard.
Later, if you get the right fitment copied on an 2,00 mm an aluminum plate.
Aluminum is easier to bend as a steel plate.

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Scirocco wrote: For an easy proof of concept bracket and for your skills use a cardboard.
Later, if you get the right fitment copied on an 2,00 mm an aluminum plate.
Aluminum is easier to bend as a steel plate.


Thanks for this! Also, aluminum is sturdy enough to prevent the tail light from bouncing around?
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If you bent it right, yes

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