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    Take apart this reflector

    How do I take apart this bicycle reflector? I have two of them. I want to add led lights into them.

    The reflectors are from a sears spaceliner. Do you think it will be better for me to sell them?IMG_20140302_175614.jpgIMG_20140302_175627.jpgIMG_20140302_175648.jpg

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    It looks like the aluminum base has been crimped around the red plastic part and you will likely destroy it getting it apart.

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    I'd throw it away.

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    Use a hammer

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    Why not drill numbers of holes into the aluminum base you need for the lights then fill the holes with silicone when you are done .
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    It's a nice reflector. It would be a shame to destroy it to make a poor light (reflector and light lens optics are different). Keep the reflector, and make or buy a light.
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    thanks for the advice

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    Quote Originally Posted by FBinNY View Post
    It's a nice reflector. It would be a shame to destroy it to make a poor light (reflector and light lens optics are different). Keep the reflector, and make or buy a light.
    Agreed - parts for older bikes are hard to find. Sell the reflectors and use the money to buy LED lights.
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    Before you do anything, see if you can find a type of light that would fit in there; looks to me too small for any kind of light and battery system to fit inside. You might consider an external battery, so that would require drilling the aluminum base for the wires anyway.
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    Decent LED taillights are so inexpensive and so much better than jury-rigging your reflector that it's not worth the time or cost to modify it.

    They are self contained, run on AAA batteries that last a long time and have both steady and slashing modes. This one is only $7 and is better than anything you could make: http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...42_-1___202551 For a bit more money you can get a super bright taillight that can be seen for blocks.

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