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Most would advise against not having an optic, but I can tell you from working on mine that with a light this bright, people will still see it if you just have the bare emitter.
Personally, I would actually think its easier to start completely from scratch than to mod an existing blinkie. I just don't like having to work around someone else's design that's not made for what I'm doing. Unless its the kind of thing where your doing a basic emitter swap and the existing design is already based around the 20mm pcb star form factor, such as the Princeton Tec Eos headlamp mod that is popular over at CPF: http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/...d.php?t=162784
With only 4 parts (led, switch, battery pack, driver) you can really make it as minimalist and robust as you want, though, go which ever route makes the most sense to you.