A friend has told me he read on the forums that folks with these lights are developing cracks in their fairings, can anyone report on that? also, any do-it-yourself-ers to report on the install, I/m still a bit confused as to where the holes get drilled.
I found a thread in which DentDave describes mounting these lights:
In that thread, post #16 (page 2), Jeepster mentions possible fairing cracking. In post #31 (page 4), DentDave -- the following year -- says no problems so far.
That's all I could find on this forum, with some quick searching.
However, much as I think these lights look pretty sharp... just sitting there, in pics... I think it may not be the best idea. I'm not trying to disparage them, rain on anyone's parade, get into an argument, etc. That said, here are some things to consider:
1) It seems to me that the lights are definitely putting weight on plastic, ABS, or whatever the fairing's made of. Seems like you're looking for trouble if you add weight/torque to something that wasn't intended to be sort of structural.
2) On the safety front, from what I've read and experienced, you want a "light triangle" for best conspicuity (as opposed to lights in a straight line). The larger the frontal area encompassed by the light positioning, the more likely a cager -- say, waiting to possibly make a left turn in front of you -- is to be able to estimate your approaching speed, because the more likely he is to be able to see a change in your position (because a larger area provides a greater change in perspective, with a change in position). So, I think fender- or caliper-mounted lights are better for safety. Or something along the lines of how the extra lights are mounted at the outer reaches of the front of the engine on a Gold Wing, for instance.
But the Arizona lights do look nice, and if they work for those of you who have them installed, more power to you. And maybe you'll chime in and say that your fairings are doing fine, it's a non-issue, etc.