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post #1 of 57 (permalink) Old 10-24-2010, 07:56 PM Thread Starter
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LED Driving Light Install (from ADVrider)

I've posted quite a few times on here about my issues with having the driving lights I have. I finally picked up a set on the driving lights available from a guy from advrider.com here. They were $182.00 shipped for the 1500 lumen 24w flood with 3 setting dimmer. I just posted on the ADVrider forum my install but I thought I'd share it with you guys.

Summary: These things rock!!! Here's my full post:

I've got the same bike as JakeKV above, but set up for commuting rather than adventure riding. Thought I'd give you guys a run down of my install of these lights and my thoughts so far.

I'd been watching this thread for over a month after deciding to pick up a set of the lights. I had to wait a couple weeks till the stock came back in, but finally ordered my 24w 3 level dimming floods last Saturday. Received them via USPS on Wednesday in California. Came with no instructions and in a small well packed box. No worries on the instructions since I have some level of experience with this stuff. The only thing was, I decided to ditch the amp connectors. They look great, but I'm not great at soldering and didn't feel like learning.

I had been using a cheap ($20) set of driving lights from Wally World but after several months of using them sparingly, I knew I needed something that wouldn't kill my charging system as those lights pulled 110w (as opposed to the LED's 48w). These lights fit the bill perfectly and were SO much cheaper than any other options I saw out there. The build quality is great, nice and solid.

I had already wired in my previous lights to either side of my front fender. I decided to keep them in that location and keep the same wiring and switch and not mess working something else up. The lights are wired through a relay that is triggered when my low-beam comes on. Then on my dash, I had already installed a simple toggle on/off switch from Kragen which I'm still using. I am using these on my Kawi Versys strictly as driving lights/running lights so the mount height shouldn't be an issue.





I decided to flip the mount that comes pre-installed so that the lights are "over" the mount not ahead of it. For my install this looked the cleanest I think. I also swapped out the dual nuts on the inside of the bracket for an aluminum spacer. This just seemed like an easier way to mount them to me. I think it will be easier to make adjustments on the bike this way. I ran the wires up my brake line hoses just as my previous lights and tied them into the previous harness behind the rightside fairing.

I mounted them to the fender using a 10mm (30mm long) bolt. I also used blue loctite on everything to keep them in place.





The hardest part about mounting these were getting the aim right. On my previous lights, I only had the up/down adjustment to worry about. Adding in the side/side made it a little tricky, but I think I've got it.





Another note: I have the dimming model. As previously mentioned, it's a good idea to check the "sync" of the two lights before you button everything up. I did and I'm glad I did, cause the lights were out of sync the first time I fired up the bike. No biggie though, I just unplugged one and cycled the other to match the one that was plugged in. The only problem with this was on my test ride when I accidentally killed the bike by putting the kickstand down. Somehow, by doing this and starting it back up right away, one of the lights got out of sync again, which required me to unbutton everything and reset them. Again, no biggie, but another 15 minutes I didn't want to spend on it.

Now for the fun stuff...THESE THINGS ARE BRIGHT!!! Holy crap they're bright. I live on a dead end street. The end of the street is about 75 yards away so I had my wife stand in the street as I rode to the end and turned around. With the lights on the brightest setting, I drove towards here. As I reached about 40 yards away, I could see here like daylight and she covered her face until I got up to her. She looked at me and said "Holy crap!" The lights were aimed just slightly lower than level so I cycled them down to medium and did it again. She said they were perfect.

This pic doesn't show it justice, but just to give you an idea of where they're aimed. The wood on the right has a dark spot which is why the light on the right looks different.


Again, doesn't do it justice, but they're on high here.


Just for fun, I decided to adjust the aim way down so that they acted more like fog lights. The beam on the LED's reached just a tad farther than my stock headlight, but filled in everything. With the lights on high, she said they were again perfect. She wasn't blinded, but couldn't miss me! I then took the bike for a test ride in traffic. I didn't get flashed at all and also noticed that i could see a TON more detail in the road at night than I did before.

All in all, as long as these things last, I will remain 110% satisfied. Only time will tell if these will indeed last but right now I have no reason to believe they won't. Props to John for getting this product at this price!
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Nice write up!!! And really nice lights!
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Very well done! Those are really cool. Thanks for sharing the info.

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Have you considered mounting them somewhere closer to the forks and blinkers?
It's a nice bit of kit but very much in harms way in that current location.
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I was waiting to buy those, they sold out in hours....and had been waiting for week as well...hopefully I will be able to order those on the next go around.

Nice right up been trying to decide where to mount them.
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Have you considered mounting them somewhere closer to the forks and blinkers?
It's a nice bit of kit but very much in harms way in that current location.
I mounted them here because U already had everything set up for the old lights. This location provides a pretty distinguishing triangle from front too. I wasn't so concerned with the cheap Wally world lights but now that these are on there, I would like to figure out a more protected location.

I've seen the fork clamps and actually really like that idea but the cheapest I've seen them is about $65 for a pair. Those will have to wait.

I also thought about mounting them using a spacer in the lowest forward most fairing bolt as others have done on here. However, I do not want to hassle with unmounting and re-aiming them anytime I remove a fairing. Besides, I almost think they'd be worse off up there in a tipover anyway.
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I too am thinking these will be what I get when I decide to do them (probably over the winter). Thanks for the write up.
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I was waiting to buy those, they sold out in hours....and had been waiting for week as well...hopefully I will be able to order those on the next go around.

Nice right up been trying to decide where to mount them.
You can also get them from this Online Shop - http://www.ioffer.com/selling/roltaonline



Lots of lights at various outputs

I think they also have an Ebay shop - 24x7 DIY - http://stores.ebay.com/24x7-DIY

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Only found the above after I had got these from Bikevis - http://www.bikevis.com/motorcycle-cr...ng-lights.html







They are going to be mounted on these that came last week.

New Additional Lighting Brackets from SW Motech



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Also got some of their BikeVis Bullet Kits in Blue - http://www.bikevis.com/motorcycle-le...ng-lights.html



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I've seen the fork clamps and actually really like that idea but the cheapest I've seen them is about $65 for a pair. Those will have to wait.
I bought a set of these...

http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...rk-Clamps.aspx

And didnt end up using them. You may have to adjust the length of the bolt that bolts the light to the clamp, but they should work. Although I dont have any expereince using them. They will fit on either section of the fork tube. The skinnier section is 48mm while the part the braces clamp to are 52mm.

If you want them, Ill cut you a break since Im not going to use them.
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My cheap driving lights: USD 50/pair.( mount just around the H/B Bar.)



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So what is he adding to make some of his light ( the guy on ADV) to make them dimmable. I assume he is adding an extra circuit board. Is that available from on of the sites listed?
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FYI these are back in stock for the moment...they will sell out fast!
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Where do you buy thoses kind of lights? I would like to get some for the V. I like how you mounted them as well on the bike. That is where I will probably mount mine.
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I bought them from this sight. The guy who runs it is a vendor on ADVrider too. FYI, I just had one of them die on me after only 3 months. They told me to send it back for testing/repair so hopefully they can rectify the situation.

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Thanks for letting me know. Are you going to keep going with this type of brand or are you looking for a different kind? I think where you mounted yours is the best place on the bike for the purpose of theses kind of lights.
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Thanks for letting me know. Are you going to keep going with this type of brand or are you looking for a different kind? I think where you mounted yours is the best place on the bike for the purpose of theses kind of lights.
Well, I'm already in it $180 so I'm going to see what they can do. FWIW, the forum on ADVrider.com where John has been selling these has only 2 other people on it (out of MANY) that have had issues. In both those issues, John has been quick to offer a fix or replacement. I still think they are quality lights and I love having them on my bike (to the point where I don't feel too safe now only having one!).

I'm still happy I picked them up, but I'll be happier once I get the light back fixed and ready to go.
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Quick update guys on my lights that came in from Jon at ADV Monster. He has recently upgraded his lights to a 4 LED 2000 Lumen setup which I missed out on, but I do have his 24 watt 3 bulb system. Let me tell you... night driving is a different ballgame. I installed with a set of Pingel Clamps. I have been looking for a good place to secure these as I was not too keen on mounting them on the upper fairing or the lower front fender (in case of drops) So, I have ended up with them here.

Yikes! kinda dirty. Probably add plastic thread caps to the top soon.

Hope this inspires.
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Looks good. Interesting on the new version of the lights. Are they still 24W?

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Looks good. Interesting on the new version of the lights. Are they still 24W?

the new 4 LED lights are 44W. I got a set I am trying to put on to my Ford Fiesta. I also got the remote dimmer for them so I can set the brightness....
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Are the old ones still available?

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