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    LEDs on a sled they look great but a few things you need to know before doing. I've been installing lights on sleds and many other things for about 11 years. Now when installing lights on a sled if possible install a battery when doing so if you don't have a battery on the sled a sport bike battery is small and will fit many places. Tieing into the power suply of a sled can cause a fire! And on the newwer sleds can fry the brain not a cheap fix. LEDS are great they use no power and they are bright! When you install them on the running boards or up in the tunnel heres a tip take som siocone and run a bead aroun the lights this helps keep any moisture from getting to the 3m tape and they will stay on for a long time. And for you powder riders just about any led will work because powder is not that hard on them but for the Michigan riders like me powder can be hard to find and the trails throw some rocks and icy snow get some well made lights. any questions just ask i would love to answer any questions that will make you install easier for you. I do have some pics of battery installs I've done to give you some ideal what I'm taliking about. Thanks LED-DOCTOR I'm not a Doctor but I will take a look!

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    I must ask, at 12v drawing extremely little to no amperage how could LEDs cause a fire? They don't even get hot themselves?

    Edit: Don't mean to come off like a dick, it's a legitimate question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 88400
    I must ask, at 12v drawing extremely little to no amperage how could LEDs cause a fire? They don't even get hot themselves?
    Thats a goor question! Not really sure but have seen it happen and i also found it online were it said don't do it. I will try to find online were i found that. But sence i watched one burn up and it came down to the lights being hooked into the power source I have not sense Thats why I said it could cause a fire. So for the last 5 years I've custome installed Batteries to be on the safe side. As for the newer sleds the computer will pick up that there is somithing drawing from somewhere and it can cunfuse it enough for it to go bad. And most brains are not cheap. Trust me If i felt that just hooking into the system was the way to go I would say have at her. But I just want people to research it first I love this site and the people here and I just like to give a heads up. I will search for the site that is not for the tie ins to the sleds power sorces and post it. Thanks

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    Granted my sled is less technologically advanced than most, carbed thank god, I wouldn't worry about a computer. I honestly could not imagine 4 5" LED strips drawing 80mA each, info gotten here http://www.oznium.com/led-flex-strips/tech, most likely wired onto a small switch could possibly start a fire ya know. I'm in no way arguing what you say or know because lord knows you have A LOT more experience than I haha. Just with my electrical and automotive backround I'm just curious. I don't want to light my sled on fire either!

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    How do 12V lights look on a 9V system

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    BTW I also put a 3amp fuse in line on the LEDs i did tonite on my sons for xtra insurance

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dekk85
    How do 12V lights look on a 9V system
    They will work but not sure how bright though and some times if there isn't enough juice it will kill the lights.

    Quote Originally Posted by xc600rmk
    BTW I also put a 3amp fuse in line on the LEDs i did tonite on my sons for xtra insurance
    That was smart and sense you said that you have some on your sled and they have been on for awhile I'm sure you are in the clear.

    Quote Originally Posted by 88400
    Granted my sled is less technologically advanced than most, carbed thank god, I wouldn't worry about a computer. I honestly could not imagine 4 5" LED strips drawing 80mA each, info gotten here http://www.oznium.com/led-flex-strips/tech, most likely wired onto a small switch could possibly start a fire ya know. I'm in no way arguing what you say or know because lord knows you have A LOT more experience than I haha. Just with my electrical and automotive backround I'm just curious. I don't want to light my sled on fire either!
    I've seen that sight before they are price a little high for china made stuff but i like there chart its great for a referance. I have a simular style exept mine are made in the USA and I sell mine for $12 a 12 inch strip and I sell a coplete kit for $70 and thats 5 12 inch flexble strips and 2 4 foot strips with 3m backing for the running baords. Plus a flush mount switch some extra wire zip ties and wire loom all in one kit and thast whats on the F7 in my pics i added 2 lights for the head lights. And my shipping is free

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    Quote Originally Posted by LED-DOCTOR
    Quote Originally Posted by Dekk85
    How do 12V lights look on a 9V system
    They will work but not sure how bright though and some times if there isn't enough juice it will kill the lights.

    Quote Originally Posted by xc600rmk
    BTW I also put a 3amp fuse in line on the LEDs i did tonite on my sons for xtra insurance
    That was smart and sense you said that you have some on your sled and they have been on for awhile I'm sure you are in the clear.

    Quote Originally Posted by 88400
    Granted my sled is less technologically advanced than most, carbed thank god, I wouldn't worry about a computer. I honestly could not imagine 4 5" LED strips drawing 80mA each, info gotten here http://www.oznium.com/led-flex-strips/tech, most likely wired onto a small switch could possibly start a fire ya know. I'm in no way arguing what you say or know because lord knows you have A LOT more experience than I haha. Just with my electrical and automotive backround I'm just curious. I don't want to light my sled on fire either!
    I've seen that sight before they are price a little high for china made stuff but i like there chart its great for a referance. I have a simular style exept mine are made in the USA and I sell mine for $12 a 12 inch strip and I sell a coplete kit for $70 and thats 5 12 inch flexble strips and 2 4 foot strips with 3m backing for the running baords. Plus a flush mount switch some extra wire zip ties and wire loom all in one kit and thast whats on the F7 in my pics i added 2 lights for the head lights. And my shipping is free
    I would like to order 1 set of Blue LED for my 550LX, not the performance sled but would really look cool. I have a battery source. Would you have basic install instructions for me. Shoot me an email and I'll gladly call you. I live in WI. [email protected]

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    led doctor, im curious about putting some led's on my new dragon. I have the CFI or whatever they call it (FUEL INJECTED) but no battery. My question for you is, if a sled comes prewired for an accessory plug in for say a heated helmet shield, would wiring the led's to that accessory plug in cause a problem?

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    Quote Originally Posted by brnr17
    led doctor, im curious about putting some led's on my new dragon. I have the CFI or whatever they call it (FUEL INJECTED) but no battery. My question for you is, if a sled comes prewired for an accessory plug in for say a heated helmet shield, would wiring the led's to that accessory plug in cause a problem?
    I have been doing some research on this because theres been lots of questions about it I have always just installed a battery. I talked with a guy that works on sled and he said that it would probly not be a problem if you tied into a power sorce like that but he said that he would fuse before and after the switch to be on the safe side. Hope this helps.

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