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Old 05-21-2012, 03:22 PM   #1
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My previous thread "Rigid Triumph with Suzuki front end" has had comments about the photo of the piston spot lights I made from some old Harley pistons to light up the workbench so Im posting information here in case anyone wants to make their own.

I started with a pair of Harley pistons, these seem to be a good size to work with and can be found used on Ebay. Using a basic lathe bore out the top of the piston to accept a downlighter holder and then bore the inside of the piston out so a bulb will fit in without touching the sides. Be aware of the wall thickness of the piston all the way down it, you may need to step the bore to stop it breaking through. Once the piston has been machined out the bulb holder is glued in with Araldite and a tube slid down over the main cable to hide any connections. DISCLAIMER:- A FULLY QUALIFIED AND LICENSED ELECTRICIAN SHOULD WIRE THESE PISTONS UP AND CHECK FOR FAULTS BEFORE USE. YOU SHOULD ALSO NOT DRINK BEER WHILE USING A LATHE. Hope some of you make these lights because they look great and you will be saving these old pistons from the melting pot. Please post pics of yours here.
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Old 05-21-2012, 03:35 PM   #2
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those rock!
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Old 05-21-2012, 03:43 PM   #3
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Well...Looks like I'm not the only one bored....

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Old 05-21-2012, 04:29 PM   #4
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and I now know where my old pistons are going... I think I'm going to do them on a stand as bench mounted, but you definately get credit for the idea...
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Old 05-21-2012, 05:02 PM   #6
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Bright idea...hahaha...Those are awsome Cheers!
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Old 05-21-2012, 06:07 PM   #7
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Gives me ANOTHER reason to look into a lathe..
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cheers for sharing nice idea!
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Old 05-22-2012, 01:43 PM   #9
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Lets see some others... Save the piston...
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Old 05-22-2012, 04:19 PM   #10
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now that's some cool shit
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Old 05-22-2012, 04:44 PM   #11
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Mood lighting for the bed room!
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Old 05-22-2012, 04:59 PM   #12
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Yeh, what girl wouldn't put out with a set of those above the bed or sofa on dimmers!! I think used Harley pistons may be hard to find on Ebay now..
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Old 05-22-2012, 05:47 PM   #13
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These are great, I'm looking for a set of pistons now.
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Old 05-22-2012, 06:56 PM   #14
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When I saw the heading I was "oh no - rat bike lights" then I was so pleasantly surprised. Well done and a great kitchen idea
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Old 05-22-2012, 07:03 PM   #15
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old bikers don't die...they just get a new light in their piston!
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