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I love this idea of having a spot to keep all my notes and logs.

Aug 22/18 - Took delivery of the VTX, 31,000KM (19,000 miles)
Bike came with Batwing, Tsukayu hard bags with signals incorporated, Mustang Seat with drivers backrest, aftermarket exhaust and an Alpine stereo, all installed.
Owner had a collection of stock items that came with the bike, windshield, exhaust, seat, leather Hondaline saddlebags (and mounts). I discovered in the bags, a windshield bag, cupholder, stock air filter and licence plate holder.

Aug 23/18 registered bike with a temporary plate until I could get a safety inspection done. Went to go for a ride. Bike was running very poorly, sputtering and backfires. After a short ride this cleared up, but not 100%. Thinking about the stock air filter in the parts collection, I checked the airbox, finding a K&N filter. I replaced it with the stock filter and the bike ran as it should, and continues to do so.

Aug 24/18 Took the day off work to get the safety inspection done, it passed without issue. Completed the registration process and took a long ride to get acquainted with the bike. I decided I would not use the stereo, nor did I like the appearance of it, so I removed it and all the wiring. Sold it the next morning. Swapped the LED headlight bulb from my Shadow into the VTX.

Aug 27/18 Ordered Oxford Heaterz, heated grips. The one thing I felt this bike was missing.
 

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Installed the Oxford Heaterz Premium grips. Wired them to a relay so the power is a switched source. Oxford says that they are "smart" and will turn off when the bike is not running. I have the standard Heaterz on my Shadow and found that they can still run the battery down if left on.
 

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Last week I picked up my VTX Daymaker from my US postal address. Today I was working on my sled and decided when I was done that today is the day to install the Daymaker. As little is actually done at the bike, I removed the headlight and brought it in the house. Swapped out the old for the new. Followed the directions to a T. The bezel ring seems snug in the chrome bezel of the light bucket, hopefully it won’t interfere with the adjustment of the light.

Took it out and plugged it in and put the light in the bucket. The X is tucked in for the winter, so I was able to test it, but adjustment will need to wait until the spring.


Sitting on my VTX making vroom vroom sounds.

https://www.hondashadow.net/forum/members/albums/213858-smurfy71/2008-honda-vtx-1300t-16842-picture71386-vtx.jpg
 

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Moved things around in the garage to get the X out of the winter spot and into her parking spot. Started adjusting the Daymaker. This took much longer than expected. The ring that holds the light in the bucket was preventing adjustment. I had to sand it down to give it room to move in the bezel. After several attempts I finally got it so it moves enough.

Put the tire pressure monitoring system on that I got for Christmas. And swapped out my 12v plug for a 2 port USB charger with a built in voltage meter.

Next up will be the oil and final drive changes. It was good to hear her roar again.







Sitting on my VTX making vroom vroom sounds.

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For Christmas my son got me some smoked lenses and switchback LEDs for the front. One bulb was bad, so I sent them back. Put the replacements in today and the relay to prevent hyper flash.


Sitting on my VTX making vroom vroom sounds.

https://www.hondashadow.net/forum/members/albums/213858-smurfy71/2008-honda-vtx-1300t-16842-picture71386-vtx.jpg
I love that setup... Now you just need a light bar with Daymaker's... (My setup is almost the same with yours, I have the switchbacks, smoked lenses and a lightbar with 4.5" Daymakers in them)
 

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Are you on one of the many facebook groups? I got my used (never installed) Cobra Lightbar for $175 shipped. I then went ahead and put 4.5" daymakers in them. The night looks like daytime...
Pretty sure I'm in all of them!
 

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I purchased a Hondaline lightbar off a member of this forum and took a few hours to install it on the weekend. It looks great, I can't wait to see how it lights up the road at night. I purchased a set of H3 LED bulbs to replace the halogen bulbs that came in it.



I also replaced the taillight with a LED kit, and a smoked lens. The lights can also be connected to the signals, however I already have LED signals built into my saddle bags, so for now I left them disconnected.





 

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Thursday night I was leading a ride and the guy behind me at a stop asked if I was using my signals. I was, but apparently the left rear wasn’t working.

Today I dug into it, was a simple issue, the wire running from my saddlebag LED lights on the left were rubbing on the tire under the fender. Went through the plastic wire guard, the insulation and then broke the hot wire. There was a 1 inch section I had to cut out, join it back together and heat shrink. Fixed.

I figured while I was at it, I’d connect the taillight signals as well. Now there’s a back up.



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I purchased a Hondaline lightbar off a member of this forum and took a few hours to install it on the weekend. It looks great, I can't wait to see how it lights up the road at night. I purchased a set of H3 LED bulbs to replace the halogen bulbs that came in it.



I also replaced the taillight with a LED kit, and a smoked lens. The lights can also be connected to the signals, however I already have LED signals built into my saddle bags, so for now I left them disconnected.





Do you still have the Brand and part number for the H3 LED bulbs you put in your driving lights?
So many choices on ebay and dont want to pick an inferior product.

Thanks if you can supply the P/N and brand.
 

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Do you still have the Brand and part number for the H3 LED bulbs you put in your driving lights?
So many choices on ebay and dont want to pick an inferior product.

Thanks if you can supply the P/N and brand.


So did I. Same price I Paid. The light bar doesn't come up for sale often. It looks nice on your bike. What bulbs did you use?

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I got them on Amazon.ca, but I’m sure Amazon.com has them.

H3 LED Fog Lights Bulbs, ACUMSTE 50W 1960Lumens Extremely Bright Car Fog Lamps 6000K Powerful Car Daytime Running Light CREE 10SMD LED Bulbs for DRL or Fog Light Bulbs Replacement IP68-2pcs



Sitting on my VTX making vroom vroom sounds.

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I got them on Amazon.ca, but I’m sure Amazon.com has them.

H3 LED Fog Lights Bulbs, ACUMSTE 50W 1960Lumens Extremely Bright Car Fog Lamps 6000K Powerful Car Daytime Running Light CREE 10SMD LED Bulbs for DRL or Fog Light Bulbs Replacement IP68-2pcs https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07G8WYV36/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_mM2sDbRDBYK2B



Sitting on my VTX making vroom vroom sounds.

https://www.vtxoa.com/forums/members/95246-smurfy71-albums-my-vtx1300-picture40314-img-1373.jpg
Couldnt for the life of me come up with the power consumption of these LED bulbs, i see 50W but took that as the "equivalent" in power not the actual power draw to light them up. Do these really draw as much power as a 50W Halogen?
 
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