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post #1 of 23 Old 10-02-2016, 06:16 PM Thread Starter
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HID lights suggestions for the 919

Fall is approaching pretty soon and my ride back homes are always going to be in the dark. I am not satisfied with the brightness of the stock lights. What are my alternatives to replace them with HID's? I am looking for something that's functional and doesn't break the bank while at the same time not look weird on the bike. Please suggest.

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post #2 of 23 Old 10-02-2016, 06:59 PM
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Honestly, Hids are not worth it unless you do it right with a proper retrofit kit.

Otherwise the 599 swap is great. Others have had good luck with the led swaps as well but I don't know how the light pattern or glare would compare.

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Honestly, Hids are not worth it unless you do it right with a proper retrofit kit.

Otherwise the 599 swap is great. Others have had good luck with the led swaps as well but I don't know how the light pattern or glare would compare.
I have been trying to figure out the options and realized that 919 does not have a projector and putting HID lights is not a good idea. I have seen some others replace the entire headlight unit with one from Yamaha MT-03. Have any one of you done that and are there any instructions / videos about the conversion? I haven't been able to find any.

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HID is nice, no doubt. Have you considered LED? There are some options out there that seem to work well, and maintain the stock look of the bike, more or less. Also, might be easier to implement. There are threads here on some different options.

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HID is nice, no doubt. Have you considered LED? There are some options out there that seem to work well, and maintain the stock look of the bike, more or less. Also, might be easier to implement. There are threads here on some different options.
I am not sure on the LED's. Do you have a thread you were looking at?

For now, I read through this thread: 599 headlight - Wrist Twisters. It contains details on swapping the 919 headlight with a 599 using a harness to enable dual bulbs. I am currently inclined towards that unless someone proposes a better option. Although I am thinking of waiting till end of October to get this going.

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Maryland Mike found an LED unit a while back that appeared to provide great light output; I was close to doing the same, but bought a different bike before I got to it.

That said, the 599 swap is well regarded and should give you much better lighting than what you currently have. You really can't go wrong either way.

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HID is nice, no doubt. Have you considered LED? There are some options out there that seem to work well, and maintain the stock look of the bike, more or less. Also, might be easier to implement. There are threads here on some different options.
I found an LED option for the 919's 7" headlight. This is the model I found: 7" LED Headlights - Model 8700 Evolution 2 and here is a youtube video:
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I think it looks nice but way too costly.
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Mike's thread:

https://www.wristtwisters.com/forums/...ad.php?t=51842

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Maryland Mike found an LED unit a while back that appeared to provide great light output; I was close to doing the same, but bought a different bike before I got to it.

That said, the 599 swap is well regarded and should give you much better lighting than what you currently have. You really can't go wrong either way.
@Superdog, can you figure out which LED unit he used? I would rather go with LEDs if the output is good since the current draw will be much lesser and with all the heated gear I think LED headlights would be real nice on the battery.

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Hopefully the thread I linked addressed your question. Looks like the price has gone up on that particular unit, but there are others out there.

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Thanks for finding the thread @Superdog. I did some more research and found two 7" LED headlights that can be made to fit the 919:
JW Speaker 8700 Evolution 2 - 7" Round LED Headlight - $272
GE NIGHTHAWK LED 7" Round LED Replacement Headlamp - $210

Both prices are from Amazon. I think the JW speaker 8700 looks better over the GE one in my opinion plus the GE logo isnt there on the 8700 (not that it matters). What do you guys think?

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If you are gonna go with the jw speaker led unit, you might as well fork out the extra for the new adaptive motorcycle variant.
http://www.jwspeaker.com/blog/new-le...ght-adapative/

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Thanks for finding the thread @Superdog. I did some more research and found two 7" LED headlights that can be made to fit the 919:
JW Speaker 8700 Evolution 2 - 7" Round LED Headlight - $272
GE NIGHTHAWK LED 7" Round LED Replacement Headlamp - $210

Both prices are from Amazon. I think the JW speaker 8700 looks better over the GE one in my opinion plus the GE logo isnt there on the 8700 (not that it matters). What do you guys think?
The JW Speakers look like they have really come down in price. I have the GE one, but for $60 I would go for the JW Speaker. From the pics I have seen it probably has a cleaner light pattern. I only paid $152 for the GE one which was about half of the JW at the time. The GE one is awesome though especially compared to stock.

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The JW Speakers look like they have really come down in price. I have the GE one, but for $60 I would go for the JW Speaker. From the pics I have seen it probably has a cleaner light pattern. I only paid $152 for the GE one which was about half of the JW at the time. The GE one is awesome though especially compared to stock.

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Hi @marylandmike, thats what I was wondering as well. for 60$ difference, might as well go with the JW Speaker. I will probably go that route.

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If you are gonna go with the jw speaker led unit, you might as well fork out the extra for the new adaptive motorcycle variant.
Adaptive LED Motorcycle Headlight at J.W. Speaker

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Hey @ariannasdaddy, I thought about it but thats way too much. $800 vs $270. 3 times is significant enough. Already $270 is a lot more than I wanted to invest in a lighting solution.

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Hey @ariannasdaddy, I thought about it but thats way too much. $800 vs $270. 3 times is significant enough. Already $270 is a lot more than I wanted to invest in a lighting solution.
I totally agree but isn't that adaptive light the coolest thing ever?

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I totally agree but isn't that adaptive light the coolest thing ever?

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Oh yeah! I love the thing just not the cost. I think I am going to go with the non-adaptive headlight. Here is a nice youtube video showing how to remove and re-install the JW Speaker headlight on an older Kawasaki. I would think ours would be similar.


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I am not sure on the LED's. Do you have a thread you were looking at?
https://www.wristtwisters.com/forums/...ade-66409.html

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https://www.wristtwisters.com/forums/...-7.html#/enter


Found all the details I need. However this has to wait. The dyno tune and the pilot road 4 tires costed me $750 this week. The bike is smooth with the PC iii . I am going to put at least 5000 miles on it before I put more investment.


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how you liking the pcIII? Are you using my map or did Nels retune it?

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how you liking the pcIII? Are you using my map or did Nels retune it?
Hey @Pvster, Nels retuned it. Its great! It did change the characteristic of the bike than when it was stock. I havent ridden it enough since the change. So I will figure out more this week.

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Then you'll love it! Especially at lower speeds. Nels is amazing at what he does

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