Anyone turn the reflectors into LED turn signals
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Fri Apr 30, 2021 4:21 am quote
I came across this Vespa reflectors turned into LED turn signals when someone had mentioned about extra gas tanks one of them was something that went in the pet carrier, this thing was listed below as well,searchweb201602_,searchweb201603_

I was wondering if anyone had tested them out and also have people had success buying on Aliexpress, I have never bought anything from there and I was wondering what the consensus was.Generally I find most things there to be crap or too good to be true.
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Fri Apr 30, 2021 4:41 am quote
Why put turn signals on the side of the scooter?
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Fri Apr 30, 2021 5:25 am quote
My friend did this to his Zuma just for the extra lighting benefit. They worked as advertised but the product quality wasn't the best to say the least. Looked great at night though, and you can never argue the improved safety factor.
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Fri Apr 30, 2021 6:51 am quote
JKJ-FZ6 wrote:
Why put turn signals on the side of the scooter?
I think it adds to more visible points, afterall the reflectors out there serve a purpose and if you can make them blink it could be a elegant touch to have more visibility.
Would I do it, not so sure.
I would rather remove the reflectors and drill small holes an 8th of inch in diameter on the plastic side fairings and put in small LED bulbs in them and tie them to work with the turn signals and make them switchback to solid when not being used as blinkers. Thats a bit of work and Im lazy to make it happen at the moment.
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Tue May 04, 2021 11:41 am quote
I'd be more apt to put indicator lights on the tops of rearview mirrors, to get them out in plain sight. I'd agree that more lights are better, generally. but it would be nice if the second and third cars back in line behind you were aware of your intentions as well. As well as cars stacked in oncoming lanes.
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Tue May 04, 2021 1:33 pm quote
I did that on my Honda Helix. The stock reflectors are inset into the bodywork, instead of added on after the fact, and the accessory replacement ones weren't quite identical (which wasn't surprising, since they were clone parts). It took a little fiddling to get things to fit for the rear ones, because the bulb sockets added bulk where there wasn't expected to be any.

I took full advantage of knowing an electrical engineer who helped me make a mini wire harness that we attached to the turn signals. I don't remember the details about how, but we set it up so all the new reflector lights became always-on running lights, as well as flashed with the appropriate side turn signals. (I say with, but they actually flashed opposite. As in, the signal lights would flash on, the reflector lights on that side of the bike would turn off, and vice versa as long as the indicator switch was on).

It was kind of a pain to set it all up, but I liked the extra visibility, especially considering how much of a lowrider the Helix is to begin with. Wiring on a Vespa would be a bit trickier, since you can't just pull all the bodywork off. Personally, I probably wouldn't do it with those. But I was one of the folks who put extra running lights on my GTV that Vespa eventually included as standard a few years later. I installed an Admore kit on my topcase, too.
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