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post #1 of 16 Old Jul 20th, 2009, 12:00 pm Thread Starter
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PIAA Light Help Needed

I have the PIAA lights on my 2005 LT. They are mounted under the lower head lamp. I am using the supplied brackets.

I am getting much vibration with these lights. This occurs at idle or whenever I hit a bump in the road.

I have added rubber washers and it helped somewhat.

Has anyone had this same issue?

The installation was simple, just 2 screws.

Thanks
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I have the PIAA lights on my 2005 LT. They are mounted under the lower head lamp. I am using the supplied brackets.

I am getting much vibration with these lights. This occurs at idle or whenever I hit a bump in the road.

I have added rubber washers and it helped somewhat.

Has anyone had this same issue?

The installation was simple, just 2 screws.

Thanks

Hi,

I have them on my '03 LT and love'em. If they wiggle at idle and or a bump, I don't know it. I have them on during the day as well as at night the few times I ride at that time of day. Too many deer to ride in the evenings around here, However, the PIAA's sure shine up the roadside ahead of me to give me a chance to avoid hitting a deer.

Maybe you have a loose screw or two on your tupperware somewhere near the light brackets.

Just my .02 cents worth.

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Re: PIAA Light Help Needed

The best brackets for mounting these are the Ezy-Mounts. You will get no vibration at all with these, which I can attest to from 105,000 miles over 3 LTs with these installed.

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I think David just hit the nail on the head. If your lights are simply mounted on the tupperware with the two "feet" supplied with the Piaa's your asking for trouble. Nothing of substance to support the lights other than the plastic. The mounts that david noted are easy and support the light to the side of the bike at two different points. My Piaa's do not move separate from the bike...
If we are incorrect about the mounting issue (no pun intended) post some pictures of your set up.

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Where do the ez mounts go?

Anyone have a picture of this?

I have the mount that is held in by 2 screws to the inside of the fairing.
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Where do the ez mounts go?

Anyone have a picture of this?

I have the mount that is held in by 2 screws to the inside of the fairing.
I looked on the vendor pages and found the EZ-mount website. In it is a pic of the PIAA mounts inside the fairing near the fork tubes.

Click here.
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Thanks Dick.

I do have the EZY mount kit. Not sure why mine vibrates.

Guess it's time to remove the side panels and take a look around.
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Thanks Dick.

I do have the EZY mount kit. Not sure why mine vibrates.

Guess it's time to remove the side panels and take a look around.
Here's a pic of my last LT with PIAAs installed on Ezy-Mounts. I think you said yours are held on by 2 screws, and I think that may be your problem. The Ezy-Mounts attached with 3 screws as I recall.
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Bracket to inner fairing panel = 2 factory screws each side
Light to Bracket, for 1100X = 1 screw each side

Check all inner fairing screws to make sure they are all tight, and then check the inner fairing plastic panels for cracks, possibly around the attachment locations ?

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Just shows how good my brain is!

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+1 for the Ezy-mount brackets, used for 5 years on my 99' and last 4 years on my 05' with no problems.

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Re: PIAA Light Help Needed

With the EZ mounts mine vibrated on my '05 and the '08. Get some thick foam pipe insulation and jam it between the EZ mount and the plastic tray above it that is attached to the inside of the fairing. That should eliminate most or all of it.

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Aiming suggestions ?

I've got the kit and Ez Mount brackets, ready to install and wondering how to aim them once installed. Looks like the Allen screws on the side will be inaccessible! Will I have to remove the side Tupperware?

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I have mine tight enough not to move "easily". The mounts are pretty strong as not to flex much when I turn them up or down. Only had to re-adjust one so far...

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Did you have to remove the mount to adjust it? It seems that when the light is mounted, there is no way to adjust it. All screws are up tight against the tupperware.

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Re: PIAA Light Help Needed

I just received this from the manufacture of the Easy Mount and it works:

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the inside allen presents the biggest challenge. the Truth
is, if you follow the instructions, you will not have any problems.

You tighten the outside allens, tight enough, so that you can barely move
light, but not enough to prevent movement.

After you have decided when your adjustment is right, tighten inside allen,
as tight as possible. As long as there is pressure on the captive lock of
the allen on the outside, it will not become loose, if you follow these
instructions.

Ride safe, Jim

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