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Clear / smoke turn signal lens ... question

I just purchased a new set of these "Clear Alternitive" lens.
BTW. They look REALLY NICE !!

The install is very straight forward, but left me thinking about whats now missing.

The lens like the factory ones are partitioned, but the new one has NO reflective qualities in rear facing (non bulb area)

The factory lens has a reflector backing in that area. maybe some 3M reflective backing should be added ??

Is this an issue to worry about ?
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Add reflective tape and SilverStars

SiverStars are blue in color but when lit they are the proper yellow.

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I know what you mean, Scott. The clear lens looks great, especially with the Silver Stars, but the non-reflectivity of the rear part of the lens is noticeable. Let us know how it turns out.

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I tried putting Diamond Grade Reflective tape behind the rear section where the reflector used to be. No Joy!

I then wired in some Amber LED Strips with 5 or 6 LEDS in each strip.
These are running lights and work well.
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Wow...you read my mind! I also bought a pair of these. That was the *first* thing I noticed about them. There is no DOT certification for those lenses. I kept my OEM lenses in case I get tired of these.

LED's might send the wrong impression of turning. What is really needed is a reflector. I thought of a kids bike reflector fashioned and attached on the inside of the unlit portion. That might work depending on the optics interaction with the outer smoked lens. It still may throw some light back out.

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Motorhead,

Howdy and Merry Christmas and all that!

After my scientific research, asking three convicts, and consulting my dog "Cool Hand Luke". We all decided to buy the clear lens and use the fancy blue bulb thing. We also bought some school boy reflective tape and stuck it in the space whair the old reflector should be.

In case ya don't get the point, attached are some pics. Some taken in the shade. Some in the sun and a couple with a flash to show off the tape.

Cool huh!
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We also bought some school boy reflective tape and stuck it in the space whair the old reflector should be.

In case ya don't get the point, attached are some pics. Some taken in the shade. Some in the sun and a couple with a flash to show off the tape.

Cool huh!
OK, I'll bite...What the heck is "school boy reflective tape"?

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'05s are both running and signal lights

The '05's front marker lights are on all the time. Wouldn't take much to do that mod on an earlier bike. Relective tape gets a yellow cast because of the runing light but when hit with a headlight it gives a strong white reflection. I believe there are reflective tapes out there that are silver or white in color and reflect yellow.

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FWIW.
I have done the conversion to use 1157 bulbs. This gives a low brightness running light and high brightness turn signal, both in YELLOW.

I like the silverstar idea having a blue shaded bulb when off (Invisable) and yellow when lit But at $20 a pair ... OUCH !!

The "Schoolboy" tape ? DO TELL.

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OK, I'll bite...What the heck is "school boy reflective tape"?

Justin,

Just put on your draws and go to a K Marts and head for the school supply section. They all sells an el cheapo roll of reflective tape that the school boys buys for book bags and bicycles and stuff.

Reflects very well, thank you very much. It's easy to deal with, thin, and sticks to anything.

Luke and I just cut some pieces and stuck some on the inside of the plastic turn signel shell, just behind whair the old yeller reflector woulda been.

She looks clean as a county fair pig and reflects pretty darn good too.
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Just put on your draws and go to a K Marts and head for the school supply section.
Thanks, I never would have figured that out....

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They really look good with your Titan Silver. I wonder how they would look on my champagne? I also have the running light conversion.

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How it looks with reflective tape

Went to my local trailer supply shop and purchased some 2" wide reflective tape. Then made a paper template that fit the non reflective area, transfered onto & cut the reflective materal and applied.

The 3rd photo show reflection when hit by cameras strobe. The 4th shot with just the garage light giving a light source (At nite)

WOW it looks great !! cost all of $4.30 to do reflective backing .. and Yes .. some Silverstar bulbs too.

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1157 Silverstars @ Pep Boys, $10.99!

Try getting them there and save $$$ !!!
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