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    So on my 05 RS I have a tall Cobra backrest for my wife. I have an insert with a design on it. I was wondering if/how I could light it up for a brake light and have the design show up more when the brakes are applied? Any suggestions would be appreciated, of course the easier the better.

  • #2
    Do you have a pic of the backrest and design you’re looking to light? Might be helpful to see what there is to work with.

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    • #3
      I can try to post one tomorrow as the bike is getting inspected and will have it home tomorrow.

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      • #4
        Search for “cat eye” tail lights on eBay. Or go LED.

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        • #5
          Tap into the wires behind the lic plate. The light would have to be a dual intensity preferably LED to do both the tail and brake lights.

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ID:	101628not sure if this will work and probably taking up to much space with this. This is my backrest that I am wondering if/how to add red LEDs to come on when the brakes are applied.

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            • #7
              It would be SUPER cool to light up the cut out spaces. It can be done, but would be a very complex project.

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              • #8
                LeLimoMan is right...it would be cool but I sure don't know how to achieve it. I'm almost wondering what red LED in a tape fashion might look like fastened to the inside of that bar (it looks flat in the pic). Start at the bend below the backrest all the way up and around to the bend on the other side. It wouldn't be facing backwards so it would be of no use in the daylight. But at night I wonder if it would reflect off the chorme making it turn red with some black shadows where the cutouts are....

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by YZ18 View Post
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                  Put a small spacer between the pad and bracket. Install a chrome reflective plate on the back of the pad. Install LEDs in the space.

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