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My '02 VFR was crying for a new taillight that wasn't ugly old amber... here's how I did it. 1. Buy the replacement taillight. I actually bought an OEM '06 unit (smoked lens), it looked good... but I also bought a clear lens aftermarket unit on eBay which looks much better! 2. The '06+ have different turn signal bulb sockets... so your '02 bulb sockets will not fit in the updated taillight. Yes you can probably Dremel it, but make your life easy and buy the two replacement signal bulb sockets from the dealer or online. 3. So we have the taillight, and the turn signal bulb sockets... how do we get the '02 wiring to attach to these? The connectors are different (of course). There are a few threads on here about this, but I didn't see any that detailed it step by step right to the finish - so here goes. The '06+ style socket has two little stake connectors - save yourself a trip to Radio Shack, and go dig out your old computer from your closet. Fine a connector that has similar-sized units and get the connectors out! Personally I can never figure out the little release tabs, so I default back to my Dremel. Straight from the computer... Wires with appropriate-sized stake connectors. Test fit. Heatshrinked, with bullet connectors on one end for ease of install. Will do the same to the actual bike wiring. Didnt have clear silicone on hand, so I used RTV to 'lock' the crimp connectors on. Just fill in the void, it will dry and seal them in place. Success! Get at the tail signal light wiring - cut out the old connectors, and (in my case) use bullet connectors. 4. Insert signal bulb sockets into new taillight, attach bullet connectors. The wires are NOT polarity-sensitive, just hook them up. 5. Ride off into the sun with your updated rear end!
So, after seeing a few recommendations for superbrightleds.com, I decided to give them a shot at replacing my sucky 7443 dual-intensity incandescent taillight bulbs. The OEM replacements aren't hard to find, but lately the Sylvania version has been burning out on me nearly weekly. I find that more annoying than expensive, but still, I have better things to do than pop my seat off and change bulbs. After the last bulb burned out, I decided to nip this crap in the bud and look at LED options. Superbrightleds.com has several that will fit our 7443 wedge-base socket, but I decided to go with the biggest and baddest, at about $25 each: These are red 45-LED SMT devices that put light out in pretty much all directions. Remember to use the same color as your lens (trying to be clever and shine a white LED through a red LED means you get washed-out, pink brake lights.) Superbrightleds shipped fast and I have no complaints whatsoever. I tried installing the bulbs yesterday, but found that the fact that the LED unit is about 1/4" longer and not rounded like the glass bulb creates problems with the bottom socket. I futzed with it for about 10 minutes and just could not get it in, so I figured I would have to at least loosen the rear cowl to make some room. I ended up doing the cowlectomy this evening and it takes all of 10 minutes in itself. It's really 8 bolts in two hex sizes. No big deal. I got both LEDs installed and to my eye, they are every bit as bright as the OEM bulbs. More importantly, they are dramatically faster in their illumination; so much so that it is undoubtedly safer to some degree. Overall, I'm happy with the setup and the service I got. If I don't have to jack with these for a few years, I'll be real, real pleased. Here's a quick vid; LED on top, half-spent incandescent on bottom: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgCEh24EGdo