DIY LED Light rings for your Batwing speakers

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thecort

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Most of us are now familiar with the LED light rings that some big audio companies sell. They're on the north side of $200 from what I've seen. That's just the kit. Then you may need to have it installed.

I'm not some pro installer or anything remotely close to that. I can watch something once or twice & usually pick it up. I just installed these last night (while a little drunk..ok a little more than a little lol) in about an hour (should be less with the help of this write up).

First let me start by saying that if you choose to do this, it's at YOUR own risk! lol

Also, this install was installed on my 2010 FLHX. It's attached to Biketronics 6.5" speaker adapters. Your bike install may be different.

I went to my local Auto Zone & bought these LED's, in Blue (they do have other colors). They comes as two 14" long strips. That's why the package says 28". They emit the light from the side of the strip, not from the face.



Cost me $24.99+tax

I ended up getting power off of my tach wire harness. The reason is because I want them to come on all the time. Whether I'm riding or chilling at a bike night, while the music is playing I want them lit.

I pulled out the plug, stripped back the sheath & used quick connects to splice the wires. I spliced both LED's together to operate as one.
Each LED strip comes with two wires attached.
1-black w/ white stripe (power)
2- solid black (ground)
In these pictures you can see my connections:
-LED power wire (black w/ white stripe) connected to tach Orange w/ white stripe, wire.
-LED ground wire (solid black) connected to tach Black w/ green stripe wire.


Test & make sure it all works the way you like.

When you install the light strip face the LED's towards the speakers (front of bike). Like this:


Tip: Before you stick it down permanently figure out where you want your wires to go, then drill or in my case notch the adapter ring


Clean off the mounting surface with alcohol...uh...rubbing. Pull off the red tape & start applying it.

Now you'll be able to see the speakers, so start aligning the speakers with each other for a uniform look.



There are probably a few other ways it could be done but this is what worked for me. Any critiques are welcome. Also, Road Glide brothers, I'm sure you can apply this to your ride too.

Enjoy!
 
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yardsale

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Very cool. I imagine the amount of light reflected would depend a lot on the speaker cone material and how big the center mounted tweeters are. Sorry if I missed it but what brand and model number of speakers are you using? Thanks for putting this together. Well done!
 

thecort

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Very cool. I imagine the amount of light reflected would depend a lot on the speaker cone material and how big the center mounted tweeters are. Sorry if I missed it but what brand and model number of speakers are you using? Thanks for putting this together. Well done!
I guess it would. Just make sure, if you do it, to point the LED's away from the rider. It'll be way to bright (distracting) & you'll end up having this look:
Instead of this


Good luck & thank you for the compliment.


Tap it!
 
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