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post #1 of 69 Old 12-17-2015, 10:30 PM Thread Starter
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Thought I'd see what you all thought of my LED upgrade.

On the bucket, I have to change the hole diameter for the wires a bit to have them all fit in without having to take them all apart.(there are a lot of wires back there) Other than that, it's plug and play on the 919 and probably many others.

No mods required. tools needed Phillips screwdriver and Allen Key.




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Hi all,
Thought I'd see what you all thought of my LED upgrade.

On the bucket, I have to change the hole diameter for the wires a bit to have them all fit in without having to take them all apart.(there are a lot of wires back there) Other than that, it's plug and play on the 919 and probably many others.

No mods required. tools needed Phillips screwdriver and Allen Key.




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Looks great and nice beam pattern!

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Show the mods you made to the stock bucket too if you can. I REALLY want to put in one of these:
https://www.lifetimeledlights.com/si...s/LLL75w-7.jpg

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Browsing on a rainy stay-indoors holiday, I'm wondering about how this might go. Can anybody understand the specs and comment about the suitability?

7inch H4 H13 Motorcycle LED Headlight Hi-Lo Daymaker High Low Beam For Harley Sale-Banggood.com

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Browsing on a rainy stay-indoors holiday, I'm wondering about how this might go. Can anybody understand the specs and comment about the suitability?

7inch H4 H13 Motorcycle LED Headlight Hi-Lo Daymaker High Low Beam For Harley Sale-Banggood.com
Looks like a JW Speaker knock off. It probably would fit fine in the bucket but will most likely require some creative mounting. I would search for JW Speaker Install threads to see what others have done.

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I like this...could be my first upgrade!

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post #9 of 69 Old 01-13-2016, 03:09 PM
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I've just installed one of these, appears to make shedloads of blue/white light, although I haven't seen it in the dark yet - will report back on that and longevity in due course.

DC6-36V H4 9003 20W 2 LED CE Motorcycle Bulb Headlights Hi/Lo Beam Light White Sale-Banggood.com

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I've just installed one of these, appears to make shedloads of blue/white light, although I haven't seen it in the dark yet - will report back on that and longevity in due course.

DC6-36V H4 9003 20W 2 LED CE Motorcycle Bulb Headlights Hi/Lo Beam Light White Sale-Banggood.com
Interesting. I've been eyeing this bulb, Auto Motorcycle 40W 4800LM LED Headlight Replacement 1x Bulb H4 9003 H7 H11 H9 | eBay

What you're using is significantly cheaper, but I wonder how different the light output is. The one I linked uses Cree chips and is rated to put out 800LM more. But for $37 more I wonder if a full lamp/lens replacement solution like you posted earlier is better.

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I've just installed one of these, appears to make shedloads of blue/white light, although I haven't seen it in the dark yet - will report back on that and longevity in due course.

DC6-36V H4 9003 20W 2 LED CE Motorcycle Bulb Headlights Hi/Lo Beam Light White Sale-Banggood.com
Are these legal to use here in NZ? I'm keen to get one, brighter is better

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post #12 of 69 Old 01-13-2016, 04:39 PM
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Dunno - is there a legal limit on effective bulb wattage? It's got a hi/lo function, not acting as a spotlight or foglight, so the spread shouldn't be any different from the bulb that was in there.

If it's too bright, I guess I'll find out next WoF check.

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post #13 of 69 Old 01-13-2016, 04:42 PM
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Dunno - is there a legal limit on effective bulb wattage? It's got a hi/lo function, not acting as a spotlight or foglight, so the spread shouldn't be any different from the bulb that was in there.

If it's too bright, I guess I'll find out next WoF check.
Seems like it should be okay according to this:
https://www.nzta.govt.nz/resources/g...-right/#modify

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Make sure replacement bulbs are the correct colour, eg headlamp bulbs must be predominantly white or amber, although some white bulbs can look slightly blue. You should use commonsense to ensure you don’t run into trouble later on.
Take long to get here? Might go ahead and get one for myself. As much as I'm saving up for a Power Commander my mostly stock bike has been bugging me for a while...I want something that makes it MINE! And maybe a bulb is enough for now

EDIT: According to the manual, the stock bulb is a 12V 60/55W. That one you linked is High Beam(40W), Low Beam(20W).

LEDs are more efficient though, and brighter at lower wattages, correct?

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Take long to get here?
...10 days from on-line order to letterbox.

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EDIT: According to the manual, the stock bulb is a 12V 60/55W. That one you linked is High Beam(40W), Low Beam(20W).

LEDs are more efficient though, and brighter at lower wattages, correct?
....that's for sure

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I've just installed one of these, appears to make shedloads of blue/white light, although I haven't seen it in the dark yet - will report back on that and longevity in due course.

DC6-36V H4 9003 20W 2 LED CE Motorcycle Bulb Headlights Hi/Lo Beam Light White Sale-Banggood.com
So how are they in the dark?

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post #17 of 69 Old 01-19-2016, 01:26 AM
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So how are they in the dark?
Makes a bit of light...doesn't seem to be overwhelming the pattern of the lens, though, so I might get away with it at inspection time...We'll see.
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A city-based night ride showed that the pool of light iis strong enough to still be easily seen on the road even directly under a street-lamp. The throw looks the same as it always has been. A tentative peek at high beam looked promising, but I haven't been on a dark rural road at speed yet.

This has been a pretty effective $20 upgrade; longevity yet to be proven, of course.

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Excellent! Riding at night is the real test. Looks like a winner.

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What's the brand Kiwiboy? These seem to be close but not the same shroud.

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What's the brand Kiwiboy? These seem to be close but not the same shroud.
Yeah, the clunky-looking tip on the nose of the shroud on my one is actually a little fan...

Came from Banggood [as per link in post #9 above in this thread] in a box like this one...
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Unfortunately we don't have a bang good (funny name btw) and I can't find that bulb anywhere online.

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Unfortunately we don't have a bang good (funny name btw) and I can't find that bulb anywhere online.
It's an online store like Amazon.

You can buy it here:
DC6-36V H4 9003 20W 2 LED CE Motorcycle Bulb Headlights Hi/Lo Beam Light White Sale-Banggood.com

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Seems they ship to USA for free?
Most of these Chinese based websites (and even sellers on eBay for that matter) offer free shipping worldwide. Takes a couple of weeks or so to get here but it is free.

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They do, I ordered one this morning.

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Subscribed. I am curious to see more pictures, especially in the stock bucket of a 919. I really need to upgrade but can't justify dropping $200 on a Truc-lite, GE, or JW Speaker. Was thinking of even replacing the bucket and lens with one from another bike. I am a little obsessed with the one on the new Triumph Thruxton R.

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The advantage of the fan-forward design of this particular LED bulb is that the back of it is no more obtrusive than the standard bulb, so it doesn't cause any more space issues inside the bucket than the bulb that is already in place.

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The LED is all in.. and some new signals..

Used an aftermarket bucket so that I could return to stock easily if wanted.
The beam projects far and wide and the sharp angles of the beam take a bit of getting used to. The Highbeam is ridiculously powerful.

I am a distributer for the Hamsar LED in Canada, if anyone is interested PM me and we can Price it out. I'm located in Vancouver for anyone in Washington. That US dollar is strong right now... I'd also look into shipping to the US if there's interest that way. It comes in chrome or black.

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Which bucket did you use?

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If no modifications are needed then I am interested in K1w1Boy's solution.

I'm just afraid that I will be riding along and it will blow out on me. I do ride dark roads for the first half and then city roads the second half of my commute.

Even though there is a fan on the front of it and heat sinks on it, there is no air flow (In or out) in the Bucket so it will just be circulating hot air...

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If no modifications are needed then I am interested in K1w1Boy's solution.

I'm just afraid that I will be riding along and it will blow out on me. I do ride dark roads for the first half and then city roads the second half of my commute.

Even though there is a fan on the front of it and heat sinks on it, there is no air flow (In or out) in the Bucket so it will just be circulating hot air...
Yes, that thought struck me too, at the time I installed it, but it's all still in fine working order...and the weather hasn't been giving us too many breaks:

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So it's just plug and play then?

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So it's just plug and play then?
Yep, H4 pattern connector and base, just fits in place of the bulb you take out.

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Just bought one off of Amazon. It should be here tomorrow and install on Thursday or Friday.

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Report further on it dave please!

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I always wanted to do the GE Nighthawk LED, cause the light output looked soooo much better than stock. But I know that required a little modification.

If this LED goes in without modifying the bucket, I think I'm all in. Let us know Dave!

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Report further on it dave please!
Just installed it and made a video on it. I will edit and upload in a bit. So far it seriously is a plug and play type install. Will know more when I can rest ride it!

It fits in perfectly with room to spare. Only thing was unplugging the old bulb took a lot of persuasion, not sure why...

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Some things just dont wanna leave...analog gauges, round headlights...how dare you take halogen out of this bike ! (Sarcasm)

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