Custom Dynamics License Plate Bolt Lights
Be VERY gentle with them
Throws good light, but mine broke as I was tightening the nut. I used lock-tite and was not exactly torquing down since I knew it was just cast aluminum. But, it broke anyways. I left them in for the summer since it stayed in position and still produced light. Eventually I bought another brand that was essentially the same thing, but cost $7.98/pair instead of $20/pair. This time around I was even more ginger with more lock-tite.
Bottom line is that they work well, but they're very fragile and you will break them if you're not hyper-careful.
April 27, 2016
Was not made of cheap plastic
I have ordered several kits like this the last few years. Most of the ones you buy are from china or taiwan and made of cheap plastic, that breaks when you try to tighten.
These are made in USA and made of quality. Especially for the price. I will be ordering more sets to have on hand. Forget the others you see, even from big name bike parts catalogs, and buy these.
February 16, 2016
Great License Plate Light Fix!
I bought these looking for an easy fix for the missing license plate lights which I was dinged on during a safety inspection. Had them installed in the day daytime and wasn't really sure if the small LED lights would be bright enough. At night the lights are great and I'm confident they will pass inspection without issue. I would recommed this product. Great quality too.
November 23, 2015
Like these lights
They come with all the hardware and long enough wires if you have the fender that is by the suspension, just enough wires to run it all the way up and are pretty bright once connected. And have to love the black ones, blend right in and can't even notice them as much.
July 20, 2015
one of the bolts was a bit wonky
So one bolt wasn't quite aligned right but dang it is behind the license plate and I had no install issues so I figure it's not a big deal.
Quick to install and wire just need a couple wire nuts or other connector and wire it into the existing plate light...DONE. Took me about 30 minutes from start to finish, pretty much any one with a slight mechanical mind can handle these even if you don't want to "rewire" something. Black to Black and White to Yellow in my case...can't get easier when it comes to electrical.
May 21, 2015
2nd time installing these on a bike
I put these on my last bike and loved them, they worked great and even worked after I was in an accident! But that's besides the point.
I really have little experience in electrical, but I can understand the basics like splicing and how to find your ground wire and whatnot. My dad, on the other hand, has a ton of experience in electrical so he was a huge help for me.
Let me just say that if anyone is soldering you are doing way more than you need to. You can splice the wires, twist them together and tape them up and they'll work just a well as if you solder them with the added bonus that it's not permanent (or it's at least easier to separate them later on).
Simple installation, the instructions were kind of vague the first time I installed these, but really all you need to do is find your ground/common wire (mine was black) and then find your tail light wire (mine was red). Make sure you have the tail light wire and not your brake light! You can use a volt meter to do this, super easy. Then just splice the wires, twist and tape them together and flip your bike on to make sure everything works like it should before you tape everything together and put everything back on.
Very simple install, almost took longer to get my fairing off than it did to do the install.
February 8, 2015
I attempted to install these today. It ended up just wasting part of my afternoon and putting a bulls-eye on me for the police until I get another brands replacements in.
It started out ok. I removed the one passable light I had on the bike already and because of its design ended up not being able to reuse it. Didn't matter, I thought. I had new replacements in!
I loose wired the replacements to check function and wiring. Nice illumination! They work! Plenty bright.
Moved on to proper soldering. Using heat shrink wrap and a soldering iron, I trimmed back the wires and I managed to remember to place the nut and lock-washer on FIRST this time. Beautiful, nice weather resistant install. Anyone who works with electronics knows that you typically get the best solder job when it has to come back apart to properly install it.
Here is where the problem came in. When I only had one more step, which was tightening the nut on the stalk, one side was fine. The other, however, was not. It popped out. I tried to be sure I threaded it in correctly, but it pretty much kept spinning.
When I got it all back apart, it was clear where the problem was. The threaded portion which attaches the LED part to the mounting stalk was not correctly sized. One of the threaded portions were either under or over-size. You can handle it and it feels like nothing is wrong, but the moment you put some tension on it, it pops out easy as pie.
THIS IS FOR ANYONE THAT BUYS THIS: PLEASE CHECK THE PART THOROUGHLY BEFORE INSTALL. I am not necessarily saying for everyone not to buy it. The manufacturing process is not something exact. It is the nature of things that someone, somewhere gets a bum part. I am merely saying to check this product more thoroughly than you may other items. You will be able to check it by threading the nut onto the end of it and giving that a tug to be sure it won't pop out on you at the end of the install.
I am a machinist and have some dial verniers at home. I checked out the inside diameter of the LED portion and the outside diameter of the threaded portion of the stalk which mates up to it. They measured 0.340" and 0.341" respectively. For you to wrap your head around those dimensions, a piece of paper is typically about 0.003" in thickness, where the thread engagement on the product I received was around 0.001". That is why it popped out so easily. You cannot even say it was holding on by a hair, in this case, a hair typically is between 0.002" and 0.003"!!
Anyway, I have attached photos of the measurements to also show that the stalk portion threads are not damaged.
I was looking for an inexpensive option, but it cost me in time, and not to mention I will be buying another brand altogether.
Not going to bother the guys at Revzilla about it, not worth going to the post office to ship is back to them, nor the hassle of waiting for another possible bad item. Heck, I just spent way more time than I should writing this novel length review on an inexpensive item. I'm done. The fault lies solely with the brand.
November 23, 2014
Super simple fix
My plate was lacking lights, so I purchased these which happened to be the least expensive lights I found. So I was expecting cheap build quality and a quick fix. I was so wrong. The wires on this setup are very lengthy and made wiring up the lights a breeze. When I turned on the power I was astonished by how well they illuminated my plate. The bolts are sturdy and have held up 300 miles without budging or failing I am very pleased.
September 2, 2014