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03-18-2007, 09:18 AM
I was told by the guys who inspect my bike every spring that I need to light up my license plate. Last year I cut off the shovel and made my own bracket but didn't run any lights or wireing to the bracket. So this is where you come in.

It needs to be lit and Im up for ideas, now I am kind of hands on and was thinking of LEDs but its hard to find orange ones and Im not sure if I want to light up the whole bike with orange LEDs but at the same time I think 1 LED on the rear would look stupid unless I use only 1 white LED. Are there any other opions? Now what ever I use needs to be able to run off of the stock battery and sleaker the look the better.

03-18-2007, 09:39 AM
You can drill like I did and pop your stock light in there. I can snap a picture later for you. You cant even tell it is there unless you look under but it lights up the plate well.

03-18-2007, 10:05 AM
Look for LiteBolts. They replace your license plate screws and the have white LEDs in them. Work fine for a plate light.


03-18-2007, 01:17 PM
I drilled through the plastic with a huge drill bit. To make sure it was a good fit, I used wood to test the diameter first. You could also heat up a socket if you don't want to buy the huge bit. I don't recall what size the bit was. Then I just stuck it in there facing down of course.

03-18-2007, 01:24 PM
Here are some pics

http://img252.imageshack.us/img252/2839/img2710up9.th.jpg (http://img252.imageshack.us/my.php?image=img2710up9.jpg)

http://img338.imageshack.us/img338/3452/img2714ad5.th.jpg (http://img338.imageshack.us/my.php?image=img2714ad5.jpg)

http://img338.imageshack.us/img338/3926/img2713kn9.th.jpg (http://img338.imageshack.us/my.php?image=img2713kn9.jpg)

http://img251.imageshack.us/img251/4346/img2718vs1.th.jpg (http://img251.imageshack.us/my.php?image=img2718vs1.jpg)

03-18-2007, 01:25 PM
Also, much much easier if you remove the tail fairings when you drill.

03-19-2007, 05:56 AM
so is the bulb is open to the elements? What I mean by that is there a cover over the light or is the light all by its self?

03-19-2007, 09:36 AM
Look for LiteBolts. They replace your license plate screws and the have white LEDs in them. Work fine for a plate light.


I think Sweetlou used LED washer sprayers..
I'm putting these on my list..
Thanks for the link Junior!

After reviewing the prices I'll be making my own!
I thought it was $39 CDN.. ($4.99 USD right??)

03-19-2007, 09:58 AM
I bought a set of these (http://cyclegraphics.com/platelites.shtml). I got the red reflective ones in the hopes they will satisfy the requirement to have a red reflector on the rear in Texas.

They work really well, but they don't look as slick as the LED bolts.

03-19-2007, 09:59 AM
Did it work?

03-19-2007, 10:12 AM
Do a search at Targa. They have quite a few options.


I did mine like katanasoldier. Mine is exposed to the elements, which bothers me a bit. When I get the new tail put on, it won't matter anymore.

03-19-2007, 10:15 AM
Did it work?
They function great, but it's not due for inspection for like another 10 months, so I'll have to wait and see.

03-19-2007, 12:58 PM
Yup slightly exposed but tucked in good. Beats getting pulled over at night.

03-19-2007, 03:42 PM
Off Ebay I bought a couple of LED Bolts .. they are basically bolts that have been drilled out and had LEDs mounted inside them .. they were as cheap as chips .. drilled up into the plastic undertray just in front of the plate bolted them in and wired the up to the old plate light .. and its looks good.. I got the white LEds because the cops here get peaved if you use colours .. but they come in a good variety of colours ..

03-19-2007, 05:44 PM
.. they were as cheap as chips .. .

Nice phase there!! :lol:

I may drill my own. How much did you pay on Ebay?

03-20-2007, 07:10 AM
Something like 2.95 .. bugger all .. 8)

03-20-2007, 11:15 AM
What about a trailer plate light from AutoZone? I saw a couple pics here on the forums, IMHO it doesn't look all that bad and the bulb is covered.

03-26-2007, 04:44 PM
LED is the way - Bolts or a tiny lamp with three diodes (see link on my profile)

03-26-2007, 06:48 PM
i never understood why you would need a rear light since any cop pulling you over would have his lights on your plate anyway.... but I'll have to wire up some type of LED's to light mine soon...

05-06-2007, 08:33 PM
Here is the solution I found that I am using to illuminate my license plate:


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