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Arrow LED Headlight / Conversion

If You on the fence about an LED conversion, don't be. Someone this Forum clued me in about the above from ADV Monster and I bit. True white light and excellent beam patterns on both beams. And 20 watts draw per beam.

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So this will fit the V? Anybody? I'm willing to try it, but the connectors look odd.

Install pics?

Dunno... i just posted the link cause someone asked.

I'm more inclined to buy these:
http://www.cyclopsadventuresports.co...bulb_p_86.html

big thread on AVDrider
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simplest fix would be to replace your headlights with led lights by cyclone or advmonster.

that will free up about 60 watts
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...The heated gear is on a temperature controller that cuts the load on and off, and the headlight dims in time with this.

It doesn't bother me, except I worry that I could be somehow damaging the electrical system? I installed a new BikeMaster battery and a crappy LED voltage meter. I tested the battery/electrical system without the heated gear and it works fine, solid 12-14v.

With the gear, at idle the meter only reaches the yellow area (indicating less than 12v) or flickers between yellow and green in time with the temp controller. Above ~3000rpm it shows two green lights, indicating 14v+. At 9000rpm in 6th gear it shows two green lights

Is this something I should worry about?

IF you're pulling 20 amps, that'd be 360 watts, and I think our systems put out 330 watts, so you WILL run down your battery. I use a heated jacket liner, and my voltage is around 14 at idle, 13.8 at 3,000 and higher.

Try fewer heated items....


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The LED headlight will realistically free about 35-40W, as you usually ride with only the low beam on.
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yeah, I like that! Kohburn, you have this on your V now? Any troubles with getting it to fit with that fan/heatsink?

googled pic of cyclops led vs. h7
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yeah, I like that! Kohburn, you have this on your V now? Any troubles with getting it to fit with that fan/heatsink?

googled pic of cyclops led vs. h7
double-d - I looked at those pics, and here's an observation from a photographer:

look at the dash in both pics. The right one shows as 'red' (as opposed to the yellowish left one) because the camera's meter was closing down the exposure due to the brightness of the pic, so, in point of fact - the difference from stock is EVEN more than is apparent in the pics. ONLY way to do a true comparison, is to set the camera to 'manual' and shoot both w/ the same exposure.

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My guess is that you'd also have to turn the auto-white balance off as well
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Thanks, Gentlemen...
You just cost me $55 to order the cyclops H7 bulb. This site always cost me somehow. I always find items I NEED. not want, NEED....


By the way, use promo code ADV for $5 off.

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yeah, I like that! Kohburn, you have this on your V now? Any troubles with getting it to fit with that fan/heatsink?
yes I installed one in the high beam so far, really need to order one for the low beam now.

I'm so used to how bright the high beam is now that when i have to switch it off for oncomming traffic it feels like the world goes black.

the only real complication with installing in the V light bucket is having to bend a new (or maybe modify the stock) spring clip. I just grabbed some steel wire of the righ guage and bend up a low profile spring clip. after that you just have to trim the rubber dust boot to clear the fan shroud.

the stock bulb has a plug adapter on it from an h7 base to a wider base. the cyclops bulb pigtail will plug into the adapter. a little dielectric grease and some electrical tape and its secure and water tight.

I uploaded a few pics of the install on a thread on advriders. I can put em on here too.

boot off - bulb out - stock spring clip sticks out too far.


stock spring clip on top - custom on bottom


installed with the rubber dust boot trimmed to fit



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So I ordered them right before posting on the 22nd. I got them in mail on 25th. installed them on 27th. Gave a quick test ride around neighborhood. It's much brighter, but I could not get a real good opinion as the neighborhood has good street lighting. So real opinion comes tonight on my way home from work.

I put this in a low beam. Some modification was needed. The LED shaft from the base of the retaining ring to the base of the fan is shorter that needed for the bulb housing. So I made a spacer to lift it up. This brought the "bulb" out slightly, so I don't know if it has a bad affect for lighting. Also had to re-bend the retaining spring to hold it in. I will be taking it back apart to get measurements to send to cyclops about making it slightly longer, but wanted to provide hard data to them.

It looks kinda funny with bright white bulbs and yellow city lights. I got to change them now.

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Wow. How strong and loud is the fan, and how hot is the blown air?
can't hear it unless you turn the bike off with the headlight still on. still quiet.
no noticable heat, it is really just there to help circulate air and about developing a pocket of hot air that would prevent cooling.

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Kohburn has the link.
So last night on way home at 0130 am EST, I intentionally took an interstate that had no overhead lighting. 3 lanes wide, and I lit up all of them from center. Every sign seemed to glow as the light hit the reflective material.

It seems really bright. When riding thru city with overhead lights, they (yellow lamps) seem to wash out the bright white headlight.

After passing several cars, no one flashed high beams at me, so I only assume it did not bother them too much. No car from other side flashed either.

I like it and will upgrade the High one day. First I will gather hard data (measurements) on the fitment of the bulb to the lamp holder.

You need to modify or make a new retaining spring. Make a spacer to go between lamp and housing, and file down the metal cone rails so the lamp will seat all the way.

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In what way. I did not look for anything like that when installing. But due to the retaining spring fitment, they seemed very sturdy. The base is an aluminum housing. There is rubber/silicone seal where it meets. I don't know if the ring/base plate is reversible to give more room between fan and plate. here is the direct link. The hover zoom shows some detail. On Sunday I will take it back apart for measurements and pictures of what I did to make it fit the low beam housing, If you would like.
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Ah so the cone interferes with the bulb do that required the spacer. Makes sense. I have a second one on order I'll expect to need a spacer for the low beam then.
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I like the idea of led bulbs because of their brightness and lower draw on the electrical system...some of the "cree" bulbs look interesting...will any H7 bulb replace our stock bulbs? any difference in the high and low beam stock bulbs that I should be aware of when replacing both with leds? got some dough burning a hole in my pocket so let me know soon...
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Any H7 bulb will work. The bulb has a doodad on back that plugs into the bulb. Both bulbs are the same. I am using Silverstar Ultras that are noticeably brighter and whiter but they don't last as long. You can buy them as cheap as $15/ea on ebay, At Walmart they are about $25/ea.
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Kohburn did the High beam and I did the low. This afternoon while cleaning up my work bench I found the LED Bulb install instructions. Seems the retaining ring is removable. The instructions say to remove ring. install it, then insert led and twist to lock in place. Sunday I will take it back apart, take spacing measurements, and post pics and results. I do like the light. It makes all the reflective traffic signs show up.
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