DIY: Stop light for top box

Ok, so the option was for me to purchase a top box stop light at a price of about $70 (or a little less depending on promotions). I thought I could do it a bit cheaper or if not, at least is made by my hands and I’ll be proud of the results.

Disclaimer: I never remove my top box from the bike. I don’t see why one would, but I understand that different people have different needs. The below setup is VERY easy to adapt to someone who removes top box on a regular basis or occasionally. Just cut the cable where the top box meets the bike and fix two metal brackets to meet each other. Should be simple enough and should cost you another $1 to do it at most.

Although I made this for my top case, a Givi E470, it can be made for just about any top case.

I started by purchasing a $1 COB led light bar from eBay, white in colour. Just like this one.

COB light bar from eBay

 

Drill a small hole to fit the cable through it.

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You don’t need any special other holes, just get the cable between the top and the bottom parts of the box.

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I’ve connected the positive and negative to the break light cable. Without any hassles, you can mount it directly to the cable end, near the break light bulb. I chose to fit the cables in that cable, after checking carefully which is which. If you can’t find this one or you think you might break something, just join them near the light bulb.

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I’ve used a silicone glue gun that I borrowed from my children. Use this or any other glue to fix the cable inside the case so the cable sits neatly. Works like a charm

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The result… it’s quite good and looks OEM.

final result
Total cost: $1

Uluru Trip – Itinerary

This is my itinerary for the Uluru Trip. I’ve got some good advice from the Melbourne – ULURU and back thread I started. I took into account all of the opinions there and I made the following plan for the trip.

It’s not going to be long, but it’s the most I can afford to stay away from my family.

The plan was made so I would be away from wife and kids only 1 weekend and get back by the second. Hope it will work out.

Leave day: 16 May 2016 ( backup: 19 June)
From To KM’s Hours Days
Melbourne Adelaide 760 9 1
Adelaide Farina Sation 597 7 1
Farina Coober Pedy 424 8 1
Coober Pedy Uluru 751 9 1
Uluru Kata Tjuta / Mt Olga 53 1 1
Total Km’s 2585 34 5
Return
From To KM’s Hours Days
Kata Tjuta / Mt Olga Oodnadatta Track 571 7 1
Oodnadatta Track William Creek 358 7 1
William Creek Andamooka SA 284 9 1
Andamooka SA Adelaide 595 7 1
Adelaide Minyip VIC 528 8 1
Minyip VIC Melbourne 342 4 1
Total Km’s 2678 41 6
Total KM’s Total Hours of ride Total days
5263 75 11

I will make another post with what I did for the trip to prepare and how my bike will look like. Ah also the farkles I’ve added …