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Old 04-10-2018, 09:54 PM Thread Starter
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Headlight help!

I am in the process of de-farkleing my new to me 2008 Versys. Ripped all of the scotch locks out of the wiring, pulled accessories off that were wired directly to battery, found a frayed throttle cable, and yanked out the illegal LED toy bulbs from the headlight housings.
Which presents me with a problem: the bulb adaptor thingys are long gone, so now I can’t plug in my beautiful new H7 bulbs. Can anyone confirm that this product roughly resembles the factory bits : https://www.dormanproducts.com/p-49145-645-540.aspx

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Old 04-10-2018, 11:07 PM
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Here is the Part number from Partzilla 2008 Versys 650:
SOCKET,HEAD LAMP
23017-1067

more:
https://www.kawasakipartshouse.com/o...cket-head-lamp
https://www.bikebandit.com/oem-parts...-0004/b1565842
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Excellent - looks like the same thing, thanks! Now to see where I can get it quickest/cheapest.
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My local auto parts supplier brought me two of the Dorman parts in overnight, something like $28 (CDN)plus tax for the pair.
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Wot, tax to hold it in??
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Wot, tax to hold it in??
Yes, plus some gorilla glue for good measure.
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Dorman # 645-540 same as Airtex/Wells # 1P2071... You could also pull a pair from a 2001-2003 Mazda Protégé, 2004-2009 Mazda 3, or 2006-2010 Mazda 5 from your local wreck yard.

https://www.rockauto.com/en/partsearch/?partnum=645-540


$6.78 per pair, free overnight delivery from China

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Set-of-2pc-...JZw46G&vxp=mtr

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I am in the process of de-farkleing my new to me 2008 Versys. Ripped all of the scotch locks out of the wiring, pulled accessories off that were wired directly to battery, found a frayed throttle cable, and yanked out the illegal LED toy bulbs from the headlight housings.
Which presents me with a problem: the bulb adaptor thingys are long gone, so now I can’t plug in my beautiful new H7 bulbs. Can anyone confirm that this product roughly resembles the factory bits : https://www.dormanproducts.com/p-49145-645-540.aspx

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Not that I've read, or heard of. I see lots of vehicles with LED or HID conversions. Most are crap that blind oncoming motorists, but the police or other enforcement agencies don't seem to bother with them unless they are wanting to add more charges to an idiot's list of offenses, typically before impounding their vehicle and suspending their license.

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Factory installed are not illegal, but almost all of the aftermarket ones you can buy are illegal in Canada and the US.
Yes another LED Headlight conversion question

I suppose a blanket “illegal” is strong. “Not legal for use on public roads” is more accurate, and I plan to use my Versys on public roads a lot.
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Are LED headlights illegal in Canada?
Canada has the same basic vehicle lighting laws as the USA, so in this case yes.
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There are DOT certified LED replacement bulbs. Headlight bulbs as well as other bulbs. Phillips was the first to market with them.

Sure, there are lots of crap bulbs available for cheap. But that doesn't make them all crap or illegal. The bulbs I'm currently running are almost compliant. The beam pattern is perfect, but they don't draw enough power to be compliant with DOT standards. Standards that are decades out of date.

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Factory installed are not illegal, but almost all of the aftermarket ones you can buy are illegal in Canada and the US.
Yes another LED Headlight conversion question

I suppose a blanket “illegal” is strong. “Not legal for use on public roads” is more accurate, and I plan to use my Versys on public roads a lot.
Where are you getting that information? EVERY bulb on my Versys to include both High and Low Beams are LED. It's been that way for 3 years running with no problems. I would think that the 6000K+ HIDs are more of a problem than any of the aftermarket LEDs available.
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Start with the link I posted above.
Here’s another thread that points to the actual laws and such:

http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/...ents-amp-Links
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I use very cheap, generic H7 bulbs I buy online for only a few dollars each in my Versys, for cost reasons, and rely on aux LED spot/driving lights wired to my high beam switch for night time illumination when I need it. The aux lights seem to focus the cree LEDs in the aux lights a lot better than the regular bulb housings on the Versys. Night time illumination is like a UFO is about to land, compared to the stock bike and better than my car.

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There are DOT certified LED replacement bulbs. Headlight bulbs as well as other bulbs. Phillips was the first to market with them.
I checked the Philips lighting website, as I would LOVE to be able to use safe, legal, LED bulbs in my vehicles. The current listing of LED exterior bulbs is limited to: 194, 921, 1156, 1157, 3157, 7440, and 7443. I have a few of these on my other vehicle. There are also H8/H11/H16 fog-light specific bulbs listed. Unfortunately, none of these are headlamp bulbs. they also have this statement on their site:
https://www.usa.philips.com/c-m-au/car-lights/turnon
"Why does "street-legal" matter?

Some LED lights appear to be bright, but they do not produce a well-focused beam of light when they are used in your vehicle. As a result, their light output is poor and even potentially dangerous - definitely not street legal.
The light output of Philips Ultinon LED lights is not only bright, but also creates a well-focused light beam on the road. That is why ‘street-legal’ matters and why Philips made sure that the Philips Ultinon LED lights have a street-legal beam pattern."

The Ultinon light referred to in this statement are the ones I listed above.
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