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On the assumption that one cannot have enough lights on a two-wheel vehicle, I collected over time various LED light, some being installed on previous scooters. Bur I had a pair of lights and flushing modulator (from Circuit City) that did not make it into my old VSX.

So last week...

The scope of the mod was to use one of those LEDs and install it behind the rear reflector lens, thus increasing the visibility.

Time: a few half hours throughout the working week days.
Special tools: Dremel, soldering iron.

Hope you find the post useful,

Marius

Note to the forum administrator: I attached the pictures in chronological order, however the preview is showing them in reverse order. I cannot find a way to correct the problem.
1. rear light assembly taken apart and cutouts made into the housing and the reflector. 

Note the broken stud of the reflector. The "washers" (do not know the technical name) that hold the reflector onto the housing do not come out easily. More
1. rear light assembly taken apart and cutouts made into the housing and the reflector. Note the broken stud of the reflector. The "washers" (do not know the technical name) that hold the reflector onto the housing do not come out easily. More
2. cut-out details.

Special attention should be given to the shaving of the reflector plastic chrome trim. I used a Dremel with one of the dental like bits. Unfortunately, the lens is solidly glued to the the trim and as such, the trim needs to be cut wi
2. cut-out details. Special attention should be given to the shaving of the reflector plastic chrome trim. I used a Dremel with one of the dental like bits. Unfortunately, the lens is solidly glued to the the trim and as such, the trim needs to be cut wi
3. masking.

With the LED and masking in place, I used epoxy into the inside of the housing.
3. masking. With the LED and masking in place, I used epoxy into the inside of the housing.
4. light group update.

By now everybody has left over pieces of Solas tape from the top case reflectors project. So this is what you can do.
4. light group update. By now everybody has left over pieces of Solas tape from the top case reflectors project. So this is what you can do.
5. epoxy step.

Note the broken stud. I drilled the stump out and epoxy-ed the broken piece.
5. epoxy step. Note the broken stud. I drilled the stump out and epoxy-ed the broken piece.
6. epoxy setting step.

Color coordinated elastic bands are optional.
6. epoxy setting step. Color coordinated elastic bands are optional.
7. electrical work (the most tedious)

Coordinate the polarity of the LED and do a test before final assembly. I failed in my attempt to use heat shrink tubes, so the final work does not look neat.
7. electrical work (the most tedious) Coordinate the polarity of the LED and do a test before final assembly. I failed in my attempt to use heat shrink tubes, so the final work does not look neat.
8. final product.
8. final product.
9. alternate view.

The design "modification" of the left cowl will be posted later? But it makes the scooter more ergonomical
9. alternate view. The design "modification" of the left cowl will be posted later? But it makes the scooter more ergonomical
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Nice job! It really shows up very well. I am not sure I would have thought of that.


Extra lights are great to have. Gotta let the cages see us, Beale.
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Very nice job - well documented! Clap emoticon
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Well if your riding about at night going home or somthing n get knocked off arleast they cant say they did'nt see you eh mate good idea
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that's awesome!
same stuff ... added led light on the rear - piaggio fly
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Nice Job! I also had this done on my GT, But took an easier route.
I cut threw the the holder and the reflector to expose the lense, and used the light bulb for the license plate to light both.
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Nice job, great photo-documentation. Thanks for posting!

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