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post #1 of 9 Old Jun 16th, 2006, 1:05 am Thread Starter
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PIAAs Mounted on the Mirrors - One Option

I'm posting some pics of my PIAA install on the mirrors.

I wanted to put the lights on brackets, but couldn't find any easy way to put them out where I wanted them - which was as high and as wide as possible (legal), yet right in front of the mirrors so as not to increase wind drag too much....

So I got the lightest weight PIAAs (004xt) and mounted them onto the mirrors with two bolts each and a layer of neoprene rubber between the bracket and the plastic mirror housing. There is a flat segment on the mirrors that is just wide enough to mount the bracket nicely (trust me, it's there). It took a little tweaking to get them aimed properly. Been driving around with these on for a few weeks, and have not had the mirrors come loose once.

I tucked the switches for these and some other gizmos in above the instrument cluster, and they all but disappear under the BMR shelf.

See the process below - thanks for looking!







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Cool!!! I like that setup!! Especially the switches!!

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Hello Michael,
I like where you mounted your Piaa's. Like you, I'm looking to mount mine as high and wide as I can.
I have a question on how you aimed them.
Piaa 004XT are not a dichroic light so they have a rectangular beam pattern with a fairly distinct horizonal cut-off at the top of the beam. Since your pic's show the lights mounted at an angle (not parallel to the ground) how did you aim them properly?
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Since your pic's show the lights mounted at an angle (not parallel to the ground) how did you aim them properly?
Oops... I missed this post last week. Sorry.

I have the housing aimed in the right spot, but I have not yet fixed spread pattern; it produces a "V" in front of the bike. I played around with the reflector - trying to get it loose from the silver housing easily - but to no avail. Options I've considered:
1. Leave it alone.

2. Force it.

3. Dremmel off the little tabs and glue it back in the right location.
I'm not really happy with any of these ideas, so the issue is still pending whilst I install my HID this weekend. I'm hoping a light bulb will go on while I'm out there. heh heh... If not, it looks like option #3 is default.

Lemme know if you think of something.
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... I'm looking to mount mine as high and wide as I can.
Hey Bruce, browse this and this if you haven't already.
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Hey Bruce, browse this and this if you haven't already.
I wonder if the JEEP with the rack of 4 or 6 lights up on the front edge of the roof line sells very well there???

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I do like the lights wide under the mirrors. However, it seems like the cost of a tip over could go way up.
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I like the idea, but in our area there are pot holes a plenty. They are big enough to make your mirrors pop off with out the extra weight.
(Imagine if you will, the mind of a man, that takes the time to tether his tupperware)
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I like the idea, but in our area there are pot holes a plenty. They are big enough to make your mirrors pop off with out the extra weight.
That was a concern, but so far so good. There's a guy on here somewhere who secured his mirrors to the bike via nylon bolts - the sort that will hold pretty tightly, but snap off with sufficient force. I had planned to do that if necessary.

I actually think the lights are somewhat ugly way out there on the mirrors during the day. But MAN do they have an effect at night!
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