Adding a light strip to a newer Vespa top case
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Hooked
2020 SuperTech, GTS300, 71Rally 180, 64VBB, 79&80 P200
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Location: North West Georgia
Tue Jan 14, 2020 8:45 am quote
I added a Scooter West / Admore Lighting top case light set to my wifeís 2012ís top case and really liked the increased visibility. Older Vespa top cases had the reflectors on them that made it easy to hide the added LEDs; newer Vespa cases donít have them. This is what I came up with and at a fraction of the cost.

Some observations; the lightís wiring comes out of the end of the light. I removed material approximately a square centimeter in size from the bottom wire end of the bar so I could bend the cord to pass through a hole under the end of the bar. Thus hiding the wiring hole. Once mounted I filled in the divot that was left with silicone. The lightís wires are very fine, 28 gauge I think. I painted mine to blend in but after the fact I think it would have been fine. The price is such that Iíve ordered a couple extra to keep as spares.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07W8L4VGR/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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Brake and tail lights.

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Turn signals on the ends.

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Hooked
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Location: Bakersfield
Tue Jan 14, 2020 3:12 pm quote
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i actually installed the same exact one on my cutdown at the bottom of the frame... picked it up on ebay for a whole 2 bucks
Veni, Vidi, Posti
2007 LX150 2015 GTS 2013 BV 350
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Mon Jan 20, 2020 10:45 am quote
Nice! Suddenly a new item on my project list.....
Hooked
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Wed Feb 12, 2020 6:13 pm quote
Good tip! And the eBay tip too...I can wait a few weeks for the parts to arrive.
Molto Verboso
2006 LX150 (carbed) | 2007 GT200
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Location: Toronto
Wed Feb 12, 2020 8:33 pm quote
Nice!

How did you wire it in? I guess you had to splice into the wiring harness? Or is there a reversible way to use an unused connector, or something like that?
Hooked
2018 GTV300 SG, 2012 LXV 125ie 2V, 2015 Primavera 3V 150ie and V90
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Sun Feb 23, 2020 5:14 am quote
Nicely done!! By any chance do you have pictures of how the wiring was done? I just bought a Primavera and was about to buy the AdMore led bar that I installed on my LXV, but Imlove your solution.
Hooked
2020 SuperTech, GTS300, 71Rally 180, 64VBB, 79&80 P200
Joined: 05 Jan 2009
Posts: 189
Location: North West Georgia
Tue Feb 25, 2020 9:55 am quote
My apologies, apologies, I havenít looked at this thread since starting it. There have been a couple of good questions posted.
The wires coming from the light bar are very fine, like 28 gauge, so I soldered them directly to a 5 pin automotive all weather connector. I use An old video cable to go from the wiring harness to the connector. Soldered that side together too. I used, and squeeze on splices to connect the wires to the wiring harness. Before I attached the connectors I used crimp on spade connectors to function test every thing. I happen to have a lot of spade connectors handy; if you donít have spade connectors handy you could just twist the wires together for a functions test.
I put the connector in so I could remove my top case. I take it off in the summer time. If you plan on leaving it on all the time you could skip the connector and just solder the wires together And tape them out of the way in the topcase.
Also, a long, old VGA cable works well between the light bar and the harness. The cables I had were five wire and 22 gauge. Thatís in between the light bar and harness wire gauges.

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Used step drill bit to optimize hole size

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Down for photo. Velcroíed to the bottom of case



Last edited by usmusket on Tue Feb 25, 2020 10:14 am; edited 5 times in total
Ossessionato
BV350, Primavera 150, Yamaha Zuma 125
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Tue Feb 25, 2020 10:06 am quote
usmusket wrote:
Now I put the connector in so I could remove my top case. I take it off in the summer time. If you plan on leaving it on all the time you could skip the connector and just solder the wires together And tape them out of the way in the topcase.
Nice work! I would use the connector in any case. Never know when you might need to remove the top case.
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