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I have a pretty much stock 79 cx500. Anyone know of any tail light, turn signal combos that I can mount under the seat to the seat frame? It’s stock frame. Previous owner removed mount for turn signals and I was looking for something that looked cleaner.
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I am a huge fan of the extra bright, flexible LED combo strip from Custom Dynamics. I have it on 2 of my current bikes, 2005 ZX-10 and 1999 TW-200, but have put it on at least 3 other of my past project/customs. they have always installed easily and stay put and I have had great Customer service from CD.
 

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Note that the US DOT (& Transport Canada) require a 4"/100mm distance between a turn signal and any other light that is on when the signal is flashing (not to mention a minimum area of reflector that is usually part of the stock tail light's lens) so lights like that are not legal unless you set them up so that all other functions don't work while the signal is in use.
Personally, I think that anything that can allow an inattentive car driver that ran into you to claim he couldn't tell that you were signalling or braking is a very, very bad idea.

IMHO, you would be far better off (not to mention safer) to get a DOT compliant tail light and some nice little LED turn signals and make up brackets to mount them in appropriate locations.

BTW:
Welcome to the forum. Please add your location and your bike's model and model year to your profile so that you don't have to remember to tell us every time and we don't have to keep asking when you forget (see Forum Settings link in my signature).

And welcome to the world of antique vehicle ownership (they own us, not the other way around). Your bike is about 4 decades old and may or may not have had all of the maintenance necessary to keep it safe & reliable so it is highly recommended to download the Factory Shop Manual for your model (available through the CX Wiki - link in my signature) and go through all of the service procedures, regardless of whether your bike has reached the specified mileage.
I also recommend looking on all rubber parts with suspicion because rubber does not age gracefully. Check the date codes on your tires and replace them if they are over 5 years old no matter how good they look & feel (old rubber simply cannot flow around the irregularities in the asphalt well enough to grip, especially if it is cool or wet). If your bike still has the original rubber brake line(s) (should be replaced every 2 or 3 fluid changes = 5 or 6 years) I recommend shopping for modern stainless braided ones (they last practically forever and double the life of the fluid). And don't forget things like the rad hoses and the boot between the engine and swingarm (they can crack on the bottom where you don't see it).

The best advice anyone can give you about customizing any vehicle is to get it safe & reliable in more or less original condition and use it for a while before you start making any changes so it can tell you what changes it needs to make it do what you want/need better. That approach almost always results in something you actually want to keep and use but making changes based on style or on what someone else (who may or may not really understand how the changes affect the way it works) has done often results in a piece of expensive yard art that you can't stand sitting on for more than a few minutes and might even be dangerous.
 
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