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post #1 of 7 Old 08-31-2012, 03:08 PM Thread Starter
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LED Headlight won't work on the 919

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I recently purchased an LED headlight from WT member Hangster, and was looking forward to mounting it on the 919 to solve the age-old problem of the 9er's weak headlight beam.



Sadly, the unit that I got from Hangster won't work on the 9er.

Now, Hangster is a great guy. He shipped this light to me even before I mailed him a check and he's been great. I have NO COMPLAINT about him, whatsoever. In his for sale thread, he said that he had not attempted to fit this unit on his 919, and I completely believe him.

I was all set to march inside from the garage and write him a nastygram asking for my money back, when an IDEA occurred to me.

I tried this LED unit on my project bike, an 81 Goldwing, which has a very different headlight bucket design...it works mahvelous!

I really should say that it's the 919 that has the different design, since this light is designed for motorcycles...but the older, standard headlight bucket design is the important factor.

If anyone is interested, I'll go take pictures to illustrate why it won't work on the 919, but at $299 I'm betting that most won't be that interested in this product.

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post #2 of 7 Old 08-31-2012, 05:35 PM
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You must have it hooked up wrong

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Can you be more specific about what you mean by "won't work"? You imply that it lights up OK with the Wing but you don't say if it lights up on the 919. I think you mean to say it won't fit inside the 919 light bucket or it fits inside but can't be mounted, but it would be better if you said that in your own words.

I think there's plenty of interest in these LED units among the 919 crowd, and any specific information you can share will help us all. Pictures help too.

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The problem is in how the stock headlight unit mounts to the rest of the bucket... the LED unit's plug works and the LED's light up, but the stock trim ring wont work with the LED unit and cant be made to attach it to the bucket.




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post #5 of 7 Old 08-31-2012, 06:28 PM
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Pic of the back of the LED unit?

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Ok, now that I'm back home again, and can upload pictures...

Here is the backside of the stock 919 headlight reflector, and how it attaches to the trim ring.




...and here is a pic of the back of the LED headlight attached to the 2-part trim ring for the Goldwing



hopefully you can now see how the 919's reflector/trim ring is troublesome with this new LED unit.

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post #7 of 7 Old 08-31-2012, 09:55 PM
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The 919 was never intended to accept an H6024 round headlight - the one we have is a custom unit that's closer to 8" than the old standard 7". Those LED headlights are intended to replace a 6024 or round 7" standard light.

You could fit one to a 919 by swapping out the bucket and ring assembly for one from an older bike like the CB750 Nighthawk and sticking a few washers in to shim it as needed.

As for solving the 919's headlight woes, several people (including myself) have had excellent results with fitting the stock bucket with one specific type of HID retrofit kit that retails for less than $40. See this thread for more details: https://www.wristtwisters.com/forums/...ent-28895.html
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