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    I asked a while back about a Kuryakyn Constellation with a Memphis fats windshield. Found out it won't work.
    What light bar fits the 2003 1300R/S with a Memphis fats windshield? I have no light bar now just headlight and stock turn signals.
    How much headllight extension will I need for it also. Thanks.
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    I have the Kuryakyn Constellation lightbar installed on my 2004 VTX 1300S with a Memphis Fats windshield. I used the furthest out postion and the forward direction. I also used the Kury 4002 mount kit.
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    I can't speak for the Kury, but the Hondaline lightbar WILL work with a Memphis Shades windshield. I had to use Glen's 2" headlight exension to gain clearance. His 3" is the most common, but I went with the 2" because I also have risers and was concerned about wire lengths. Take a look at my albums and Pm me if you have questions.
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    I have Memphis Fats windshield with lightbar, that fits perfectly. It's a straight round bar that shares same mount as windshield. Unfortunately, I don't know what brand it is... sorry. If I can figure out what it is... I'll post. If I can find a better closeup photo, I'll post too.

    The lights are actually aimed highway running lights (with aimed pattern) and not just decorative fog light types. They really focus the light ahead in a controlled pattern like a headlight. I also upgraded the bulbs from 35W Halogen to 55W Xenon, which blaze super white and super bright!

    PS: I think adding aux running lights is a HUGE safety benefit! Not only do my lights seriously light up the road ahead of me, but it give me a much larger lighting presence footprint for oncoming traffic and cars turning in your path. To me, adding extra front lights is every bit as important as adding more rear lights! Ride safe!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mmusicman View Post
    I have Memphis Fats windshield with lightbar, that fits perfectly. It's a straight round bar that shares same mount as windshield. Unfortunately, I don't know what brand it is... sorry. If I can figure out what it is... I'll post. If I can find a better closeup photo, I'll post too.

    The lights are actually aimed highway running lights (with aimed pattern) and not just decorative fog light types. They really focus the light ahead in a controlled pattern like a headlight. I also upgraded the bulbs from 35W Halogen to 55W Xenon, which blaze super white and super bright!

    PS: I think adding aux running lights is a HUGE safety benefit! Not only do my lights seriously light up the road ahead of me, but it give me a much larger lighting presence footprint for oncoming traffic and cars turning in your path. To me, adding extra front lights is every bit as important as adding more rear lights! Ride safe!

    Thanks Mmusicman, picture helps and I like the look of that one. It may be a Cobra, maybe Showchrome, but can't quite tell from the angle. Thanks for the help and good description. I agree to the need the light out front. I was torn between a fairing and lights and I decided the lights were needed and the fairing was wanted. Nice scoot too you have.
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    I have a Memphis Fats shield with a Cobra lightbar on my 05 1300S. The lightbar is installed with the Cobra 04-0030 light bar relocator kit, which is a just a flat plate mounted to the bottom of the lower triple clamp that moves the headlight and light bar approximately 1" further forward. The windshield has full range of adjustment with this relocator kit.

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    Here's a close-up... but still don't know the brand. It is mounted behind headlight same place as windshield bracket..
    PS: thanks for the compliments


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    Quote Originally Posted by Freddo66 View Post
    I have a Memphis Fats shield with a Cobra lightbar on my 05 1300S. The lightbar is installed with the Cobra 04-0030 light bar relocator kit, which is a just a flat plate mounted to the bottom of the lower triple clamp that moves the headlight and light bar approximately 1" further forward. The windshield has full range of adjustment with this relocator kit.

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    Thank you very much. I have been looking at the Cobra and may go with it. That picture helps too. Thanks for the information and the help. With the pic I have a good idea of the size of the spots too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mmusicman View Post
    Here's a close-up... but still don't know the brand. It is mounted behind headlight same place as windshield bracket..
    PS: thanks for the compliments

    Thanks for taking the time to re-post. I love the look of that setup. Looks like a national cycle but they say theirs won't fit with any windshield but theirs. I will look some more now that I have a pic to compare it too. I am positive that lightbar is the National cycle N944. Do you know you can get snap on chrome visors for the spots? Number for them is N9005.
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    I have the National Cycle Lightbar and it fit well when I had a Memphis Shades windshield. Still fits and works well with my W.O.C. fairing.


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    Thank you Northrider 1300. Same year bike as mine so that helps too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Digs View Post
    I am positive that lightbar is the National cycle N944.
    That's it! I took a look at the manufacturers site, and it is same as mine.

    One note: I mentioned I upgraded the 35W Halogen bulbs to 55W Xenon which was an amazing improvement! The lightbar outshines the headlights by more than double! If anyone attempts the upgrade be aware.. I also learned the ground lug inside the light housing is not adequate, as I have had BOTH sides eventually fail and burn up. I simply eliminated the "ground lug" and securely connected the ground wire directly to the socket housing.

    Another important note about adding light bars.... BE SURE TO USE RELAY!!! You MUST use a relay that gets it power directly from battery!!! Attempting to add this extra load to existing headlight ABSOLUTELY will burn up your start switch, which is about $60-$80 to replace, and can leave you stranded when it fails. It will fail!

    You can trigger relay to lightbar with a toggle switch, but I see NO reason to ever turn these off. Simply have the head lights trigger the relay to turn on the running lights. This will also turn them off when starting. I don't know the color off hand, but you will need the center wire that feeds the high/low HL switch. All wiring can be done in the headlight housing, exept running power to battery. Be sure to utilize a fuse holder at battery connection point!

    There are several important upgrades you can do to a bike... and an extra lightbar is definately one of the most important for safey in my book! Plus they look GREAT! Happy riding!!!

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    I should also note I don't know how my bar compares with other brands... but I'm satisfied with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mmusicman View Post

    PS: I think adding aux running lights is a HUGE safety benefit! Not only do my lights seriously light up the road ahead of me, but it give me a much larger lighting presence footprint for oncoming traffic and cars turning in your path. To me, adding extra front lights is every bit as important as adding more rear lights! Ride safe!
    I agree. I made sure to carry forward my aux front lighting even WITH my HID headlight. It's got nothing to do with filling in light spots, the HID does well enough for that, for me, it's the safety of having a redundant system, should the headlight fail at night (my luck, this is when it would) thru a corner, on a night with no moon.

    Auxillary lighting in the front will let me slow safely to a stop, or possibly keep riding (though very slowly) to get somewhere safer than middle of a corner late at night.
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    If metal trim isn't in the way on the windshield,
    I'd just get out hollow cut jig saw blade and cut the windshield to fit with light bar and head light.

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    Found a nice photo of the National Cycle lightbar... (not mine)


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    i've been looking at getting that national cycle one. i like the look of it.
    sounds like it's the easier mounting option as well, gee that sure clinches it for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shadowfist View Post
    i've been looking at getting that national cycle one. i like the look of it.
    sounds like it's the easier mounting option as well, gee that sure clinches it for me.
    I like it really well too but then read the reviews on cruisercustomizing and it doesn't get good reviews at all. Now this could be the competency of the people installing them and I don't do electrical at all. But if I do get one I think I will get the Kuryakyn wireing harness with the relay and switch built in to it already. I really like the looks of the National Cycle lightbar and will probably end up getting one. I would like to know how bright they are too. Good luck with yours if you get it shadowfist. Maybe I should ride up and we could install them together if we get em.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mmusicman View Post
    Found a nice photo of the National Cycle lightbar... (not mine)

    Thanks, you have been a good help on this thead.
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    I know that the Hondaline and Cobra are plug and play wiring, I'm not sure about others. Here is a picture of my Hondaline using Glen's 2" headlight extension. Clearance with the Memphis Shades Fats is perfect. The good thing about using Glen's extension is that it brings the headlight and lightbar out together.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Titanium-X View Post
    I know that the Hondaline and Cobra are plug and play wiring, I'm not sure about others. Here is a picture of my Hondaline using Glen's 2" headlight extension. Clearance with the Memphis Shades Fats is perfect. The good thing about using Glen's extension is that it brings the headlight and lightbar out together.
    Thanks for the info and pictures. Very helpful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Digs View Post
    Thanks for the info and pictures. Very helpful.
    yes, thank you, those were quite helpfull, and you may have changed my mind. ;-D
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    Great tip from Mmusicman. You need the relay. I did not and had no problems for about 2 years, then the starter switch went out and had to be replaced. That was an expense I could have avoided if I had consulted this board first instead of just following the package directions.
    The spot lights on this light bar are about 2x or more brighter than the headlight.

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    I have a National Cycle 2 up windshield with a Cobra light bar fit right on P1020484.JPG I bought the Light Bar from a member @ VTX Cafe never opened. I think it looks great and have had complements. The member also sent me an extension for the light mount but didn't need it. It is brushed alumnium . If you need it you can have it shipped extends the headlight 3 "
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    Quote Originally Posted by Northrider1300 View Post
    Great tip from Mmusicman. You need the relay. I did not and had no problems for about 2 years, then the starter switch went out and had to be replaced. That was an expense I could have avoided if I had consulted this board first instead of just following the package directions.
    The spot lights on this light bar are about 2x or more brighter than the headlight.

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    Thank you for the input. I believe I am going with the Cobra but not positive. Mmusicman did give good advice here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by robero ruckmero View Post
    I have a National Cycle 2 up windshield with a Cobra light bar fit right on P1020484.JPG I bought the Light Bar from a member @ VTX Cafe never opened. I think it looks great and have had complements. The member also sent me an extension for the light mount but didn't need it. It is brushed alumnium . If you need it you can have it shipped extends the headlight 3 "
    That is very generous of you. I think I am getting the Cobra and their 2" extension. If I run into problems I will let you know and will work out something with you for the 3 inch extension. Thanks again.
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    After much thought and listening to all your input I ordered the Cobra lightbar with the extension kit and visors. I sure hope I like it after all that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by robero ruckmero View Post
    I have a National Cycle 2 up windshield with a Cobra light bar fit right on P1020484.JPG I bought the Light Bar from a member @ VTX Cafe never opened. I think it looks great and have had complements. The member also sent me an extension for the light mount but didn't need it. It is brushed alumnium . If you need it you can have it shipped extends the headlight 3 "
    Robero I have the same bar as you. I picked up yesterday and it doesn't fit on my 06 S with my Memphis Fats screen. As I understand it, the bracket and bolts you have moves the light bar assembly out away from the sceen. I would like that bracket. Would keep me from having the return this floor model bar that I got a good deal.

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    Hi Digs.

    I want to purchase the Cobra Light Bar for my VTX 1300C. I have a Honda windshield on the bike, so I will need the extensions. I called Cobra and they told me they don't sell the extensions and I'd have to have them fabricated. Please let me know about the "extensions" you've been talking about.

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drumboy52 View Post
    Hi Digs.

    I want to purchase the Cobra Light Bar for my VTX 1300C. I have a Honda windshield on the bike, so I will need the extensions. I called Cobra and they told me they don't sell the extensions and I'd have to have them fabricated. Please let me know about the "extensions" you've been talking about.

    Thanks.
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