Custom Dynamics License Plate Bolt Lights
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
Great Solution for Replacement License Plate Lights
I bought a bike that already had license plate bolt lights installed as the previous owner had chopped down the stock fender. It's a cool concept for replacement lights but the ones on the bike were very dim. After some research I found these Custom Dynamics lights come highly rated so I ordered them.
Pros: Quality construction. They feel and look like they are built well. Long lead wires, making installation easy. Nice and bright. A huge improvement over the ones I had previously.
Con: If you can call this a con. The bolts are a lot longer than they need to be. Depending on the application, this could cause issues with installing but it was fine for me.
August 13, 2014
Simple solution to getting hassled about plate lights
If you've got a tail tidy and no longer have a plate light, these plate light bolts are a simple solution. I've had them installed for a few months on the back of my wr250x and despite being bounced around quite a bit, they seem to be holding up.
The one knock I have is that the "bolt" part of the light is pretty long, which can making tidy up your wiring a challenge if your plate is mounted to a relatively thin bracket.
June 2, 2014
Lights Work Well
I put two of these in place of license plate bolts since i have a fender eliminator kit. The lights are white LED and work great, just enough light and look good! My only complaint is the area where the nut attaches was a little long in my view, but not a huge deal also remember you may want to have black flexible plastic tubing to hide and protect the wires.They were really easy to wire up and overall very happy with them. They are made by custom dynamics.
April 27, 2014
Bright, easy to install.
Requires splicing, but it's really not a big deal. Have some wire strippers and electrical tape, and you're good to go.
The wires are really much longer than anyone would need, so have some twist-ties on hand to help keep things organized.
April 21, 2014
Fairly easy to install, required some splicing. Looks great compared to the stock light it came with.
March 27, 2014
Simple and does the job
Ordered this for my zx10 after I put a fender eliminator so that being out after the sun goes down I can still ride legally. Constructed good and works great. Plenty of light on the plate.
June 3, 2013