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I have both a meter and a test light. I’ll use instructions given to find the draw. Just waiting for the weather to break. It’s been raining for three days straight now.

An interesting find, was walking around the dump and spotted what I thought was a china atv rack and spot light. Thought it might help my foreman 450 build. When I took it apart it had Honda part print on it. I think it’s off of a big red. Will get a photo later, phone died in the cold when I took these.

Below is some quick photos of the painted a-arms and knuckles, and a pic of the one rear shocks (middle) and a front and rear shock from the odes 400 that i thought might work.
Black trim is nice now.
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That pod light looks like ATC , when you first started talking about the light I was thinking you found a HondaLine light , they are worth a lot , just seen a guy on Facebook asking like $500 for a very good condition HondaLine spot light -----that shock looks massive in the pic ---your aluminum paint looks good , that doesn't look like Rustoleum
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That pod light looks like ATC , when you first started talking about the light I was thinking you found a HondaLine light , they are worth a lot , just seen a guy on Facebook asking like $500 for a very good condition HondaLine spot light -----that shock looks massive in the pic ---your aluminum paint looks good , that doesn't look like Rustoleum
Aside from cut wires (no plug) the light is in perfect condition. Works too. Ill take some pics when I get home.
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I got 3 of the ATC/TRX 85 -87 era style pods ,similar to the one you pic'ed , but these double as the headlight and can be removed from the bike by rotating rubber ears and then with a long cord used like a hand held light ----------- the only ones that are really worth any money are the HondaLine spot lights if in good condition
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Better pics of the light
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Decided to try my hand at soldering for the first time. I haven’t sorted out the bracket/mounting for the LED highbeam Spotlight but I wanted to practice on something easy, so I scrounged a plug from the old odes 400 so I can unplug the spotlight as I figure out the bracket.
I also added some new grips.
The faded plastics make this foreman look like I’m polishing a turd. But that’s really the only down side on this machine. Someone might think it’s a waste to throw nice LEDs and new parts on it, but replacing a lot of this, stock, is sometimes more expensive. Maybe one day I’ll get new plastics, but for now I don’t mind.
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So your plan is to use the metal base of the OEM light with the glass broken out , that's think Out the Box , looking forward to see how that fairs out ---- I just used some of them new electrical connectors that solder and heat shrink at the same time with a heat gun , pretty cool
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So your plan is to use the metal base of the OEM light with the glass broken out , that's think Out the Box , looking forward to see how that fairs out ---- I just used some of them new electrical connectors that solder and heat shrink at the same time with a heat gun , pretty cool
Basically. The glass and bulb were already broken when I got the bike. Since the rest of the housing is intact I thought this might be a sleek way of mounting the LED pod. The pod itself has holes on each side, which I'm assuming are for bolts, if one wanted to fab some brackets for it, or for adjusting up and down. I'm thinking of using the oem housing bolts, but longer, to go through the oem bracket (like original), then through the light housing, then into the pod. Just need longer bolts, acouple drilled holes, and tap the LED pod.
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Decided to try my hand at soldering for the first time. I havenít sorted out the bracket/mounting for the LED highbeam Spotlight but I wanted to practice on something easy, so I scrounged a plug from the old odes 400 so I can unplug the spotlight as I figure out the bracket.
I also added some new grips.
The faded plastics make this foreman look like Iím polishing a turd. But thatís really the only down side on this machine. Someone might think itís a waste to throw nice LEDs and new parts on it, but replacing a lot of this, stock, is sometimes more expensive. Maybe one day Iíll get new plastics, but for now I donít mind.
You could try the scraping/sanding/polishing on the fenders. Basically take off the top layer that's oxidized. Going to be a LOT of work. More than I'm willing to do on an ATV that's muddy 2 minutes after I leave the house.

If it were me I'd be looking for someone parting out a tan 400 and put those fenders on there. I like tan the best, and even when it fades out and oxidizes, it still looks good.
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Decided to try my hand at soldering for the first time. I haven’t sorted out the bracket/mounting for the LED highbeam Spotlight but I wanted to practice on something easy, so I scrounged a plug from the old odes 400 so I can unplug the spotlight as I figure out the bracket.
I also added some new grips.
The faded plastics make this foreman look like I’m polishing a turd. But that’s really the only down side on this machine. Someone might think it’s a waste to throw nice LEDs and new parts on it, but replacing a lot of this, stock, is sometimes more expensive. Maybe one day I’ll get new plastics, but for now I don’t mind.
You could try the scraping/sanding/polishing on the fenders. Basically take off the top layer that's oxidized. Going to be a LOT of work. More than I'm willing to do on an ATV that's muddy 2 minutes after I leave the house.

If it were me I'd be looking for someone parting out a tan 400 and put those fenders on there. I like tan the best, and even when it fades out and oxidizes, it still looks good.
I live in a place where things get thrown out all the time. Fingers crossed another Honda ends up at the dump with nice plastics. So, 400 plastics will work... Are there any other compatible models out there?

You mentioned tan plastics. I'm also slowly working on a tan trx 300. Haven't started a thread on that yet. Needs frame repair. BUT that should be happening today, a retiring master mechanic said he would help me, so its 'not a mickey mouse job'.

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