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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-09-2013, 07:50 PM Thread Starter
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I've wanted to add additional lights to the front my my CCT but am not a fan of the usual large driving lamps nor spending $$$$ on small bike specific "bullets".

Of course, how to mount them on a CCT is another issue that kept me from doing anything until now. Came across a pair of 35w chrome auto driving lights for $28 at O'reilly Auto Parts. Read about other using the caliper bolt to mount lights with a special bracket.

Here's what I came up with:

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Mounted using 3/4 inch longer bolts and some 1/2" Dia. x 3/4" long bushings in the lower caliper mounting hole. This particular style of light mount lends itself perfectly to this method of installation:



Wired them up to the spare "upper light" plug that lurks inside the fairing. My goal isn't additional road illumination, I just want to be more visible in peoples side/rear view mirrors.



Luckily we have a local non-chain hardware store that stocks useful things like bushings and lots of metric bolts and such. So, with the cost of the bushings, drill bit (the bore in the bushings was a hair too small) and the lights I spent about $40 total. I'm happy with the results and will probably end up replacing the bulbs with even brighter LED bulbs down the road.

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I highly suggest that you remove your hardware store bolts from your brake caliber mounts and replace them with proper Grade 8 bolts designed to handle the job.

That is one of the biggest warnings from Motolights. They supply the correct length grade 8 bolt and if the bolt they supply you with is not the correct length they warn you not to go to a hardware store to buy a bolt but to contact them and they will supply you with the correct length Grade 8 bolt.

You are risking your brake caliber coming loose if the substandard quality bolt fails.
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I highly suggest that you remove your hardware store bolts from your brake caliber mounts and replace them with proper Grade 8 bolts designed to handle the job.

That is one of the biggest warnings from Motolights. They supply the correct length grade 8 bolt and if the bolt they supply you with is not the correct length they warn you not to go to a hardware store to buy a bolt but to contact them and they will supply you with the correct length Grade 8 bolt.

You are risking your brake caliber coming loose if the substandard quality bolt fails.
That's quite an assumption, being a mechanical designer for the last 20 years, I do know what bolts to use with what. My "hardware" store bolts are proper grade 8 bolts (well grade 10.9 since they are metric).

And, just as an FYI. Stock caliper bolts are Grade 8.8, which is grade actually equivalent to Grade 5 SAE.

But, you make a valid point on making the right bolt selection for mechanical usage.

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Kind of funny how folks assume none of us understand the grading of hardware.

Was nice of him to make sure you're safe though.

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Looks nice.
I wonder how long it will stay working, being it is below the suspension. There will be a lot of jarring of the lights.
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I just went the opposite and more pricey route. I upgraded my Clearwater Glendas (800 lumens each) with their new Darlas (2,000 lumens). Both are the same size housing and mounting. I like that they connect to both high and low beams and are at 100% on high and on low they are at whatever you have set the dimmer control at so you don't dazzle oncoming traffic. You don't go blind when dimming for an oncoming on a dark two laner. Another thing I like about Clearwater lights is they make bike specific CNC and powder coated mounting hardware. On X bikes, they mount at the bottom side bolts on the cowling--no hammering by being attached to an unsuspended brake caliper bolt. Fortunately(?) a girl who hit me while driving daddy's Mercedes while on a cell phone and had good insurance, provided me with a nice slush fund for such goodies.

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Looks nice.
I wonder how long it will stay working, being it is below the suspension. There will be a lot of jarring of the lights.
That's an interesting question. These lights have an interesting internal assembly. Rather than being hard mounted to the housing, the lamp housing rests against a spring that pushes the lamp against the retaining ring/cap. The lamp base is also just "floating" in the housing.

So, In theory, it should help mitigate any jarring effect from the suspension. But, we'll see! I have lights on my NC700X mounted in a similar fashion (using one of the fender bolts) and haven't experienced any problems.

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Looks nice.
I wonder how long it will stay working, being it is below the suspension. There will be a lot of jarring of the lights.
I bought my current brake-caliper-mount Motolights in 2006, and had them on my Burgman 650 for about three years, with the stock 35-watt halogen bulbs. No problems, never changed a bulb. In 2009, I replaced the bulbs with 5-watt Cree MR16 LEDs; had those on for about another three seasons, no problems.

A little over a year ago, I sold the Burgman, and moved the Motolights to my then-new XCT, after purchasing new XC-compatible mounts and bolts from Motolights. Again, no problems.

So, you raise a good point, but for me it's a non-issue. I've never read about such problems. Do note, however, that this kind of mounting does increase unsprung weight. Given the weight of the Vic wheels and suspension components, this, too, is not an issue ... but I wouldn't put these on a MotoGP bike, for instance.

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I have lights on my NC700X mounted in a similar fashion
Sorry for the derail here, but I hafta ask, how ya liking that NC700X?

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Sorry for the derail here, but I hafta ask, how ya liking that NC700X?
Frankly, it's one of the best bikes I've owned. Something about it makes want to constantly ride. The "frunk" (what owners call the tank storage space)is the greatest thing since sliced bread.

It's low on power and the suspension is pretty basic, but it just does what it does right. Now that I have my Shad Comfort Seat, I wouldn't think twice about long distance rides.

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