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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-16-2018, 11:47 AM Thread Starter
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LED Headlight Replacement

Anyone do an LED headlight replacement yet? The stock looks strange with the aux LEDs that I leave on all of the time. If so what one did you use? How hard was the change? It appears it's a standard 9003/H4 Halogen.
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I've had a pair of these in my truck for about a year and am happy with the performance.

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I had a pair in my V-Strom 650 about like that. They also worked well. I paid about $35 when they first came out a year ago and now the are $89 on Amazon.


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I had a pair in my V-Strom 650 about like that. They also worked well. I paid about $35 when they first came out a year ago and now the are $89 on Amazon.
Yes, H4 is correct. I had to buy a pair to get the one I need. I'm waiting for all my electrical bits as I will completely strip the bodywork off to remove the headlight.

I guess that small hands could get up from below the headlight (with difficulty and working mostly blind but I have other jobs to do anyway.
I did not check that one of my new wires actually worked before bolting the faring bits back on.

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DON'T DO THAT!!!

Retrofit with a projector or just leave it as is.

simply put, an LED bulb (or drop in HID bulb) isn't designed for halogen reflectors and reduces your ability to see down the road. It will give you foreground light which seems like more light... but it's actually less because intended vision is down road and wide.
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I really don't need to change it since I drive very little at night. It was mainly for a color temperature match. If its a big deal to get to I won't. I will take a peek tomorrow.


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DON'T DO THAT!!!

Retrofit with a projector or just leave it as is.

simply put, an LED bulb (or drop in HID bulb) isn't designed for halogen reflectors and reduces your ability to see down the road. It will give you foreground light which seems like more light... but it's actually less because intended vision is down road and wide.
It depends on which LED bulb maker you choose - and those not providing a better illumination have had to either upgrade their product or give up. What you say is true of my first LED's but new designs come out every month.
The biggest issue early on was excessive light scatter. Look at how many different designs are available. Choose one based on peer review.
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I kinda like the thought of color temp mismatch. It helps to draw attention.

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The Versys 650 MK1 (2007-2009) and MK2 (2010-2014) both take H7 bulbs for the high and low beam. Not sure what size bulbs the MK3 bike takes but I am guessing it is also H7 bulbs.

The issue with H7 LED replacement bulbs is they protrude further out the rear which means you can no longer use the water seal grommet behind the bulb and the mechanism that holds in the bulb needs to be modified.

If you want a lot more light I would suggest adding AUX LED lights instead of LED bulbs. I've tried bulb conversions and the difference is not that significant but the effect of AUX LED lights is enormous.
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[QUOTE=twowheels;1494569]The Versys 650 MK1 (2007-2009) and MK2 (2010-2014) both take H7 bulbs for the high and low beam. Not sure what size bulbs the MK3 bike takes but I am guessing it is also H7 bulbs.

The issue with H7 LED replacement bulbs is they protrude further out the rear which means you can no longer use the water seal grommet behind the bulb and the mechanism that holds in the bulb needs to be modified.

If you want a lot more light I would suggest adding AUX LED lights instead of LED bulbs. I've tried bulb conversions and the difference is not that significant but the effect of AUX LED lights is enormous.[/
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Ehmm - this is a Mk I.....Versys X ;o)
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The issue with H7 LED replacement bulbs is they protrude further out the rear which means you can no longer use the water seal grommet behind the bulb and the mechanism that holds in the bulb needs to be modified.
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not true with ALL led replacements. i have a projector LED replacement bulb in my mk1 and the only modding i did was to remove the reflector cone on the main beam, the dust cover still fits just fine and i didnt have to mod the clip (tho this bulb is meant to be a plug and play swap.

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The Versys 650 MK1 (2007-2009) and MK2 (2010-2014) both take H7 bulbs for the high and low beam. Not sure what size bulbs the MK3 bike takes but I am guessing it is also H7 bulbs.

The issue with H7 LED replacement bulbs is they protrude further out the rear which means you can no longer use the water seal grommet behind the bulb and the mechanism that holds in the bulb needs to be modified.

If you want a lot more light I would suggest adding AUX LED lights instead of LED bulbs. I've tried bulb conversions and the difference is not that significant but the effect of AUX LED lights is enormous.[/
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Ehmm - this is a Mk I.....Versys X ;o)
thats why he said 650 mk1 not v300 mk1

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DON'T DO THAT!!!

Retrofit with a projector or just leave it as is.

simply put, an LED bulb (or drop in HID bulb) isn't designed for halogen reflectors and reduces your ability to see down the road. It will give you foreground light which seems like more light... but it's actually less because intended vision is down road and wide.
The LED's I put in my truck (from the link above) are designed to work with the reflectors. The large heat sink does stick out the back though, so I can't vouch for any fitment or dust cover issues on the bike, I just know they worked well in my truck as a halogen bulb replacement.
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Right - some have been specifically developed as motorcycle replacements and for existing halogen reflectors. The Evitek I had in my V-Strom 650 were specifically developed with a Honda motorcycle club so they would work well in bikes too. They even posted the results along the way in their forum and I followed it. They were brighter than the stock halogens and had little scatter. I bought the Evitek bulbs when they first came out for $40 a pair and now they want $90 (Amazon) because they work pretty well. We tested them pretty thoroughly for use in our V-Strom's and they worked pretty well. Earlier standard LED replacements weren't so good.

My only concern is will it work in the Versys X 300 in terms of the room available. Brockie will be trying to change one soon I think.


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My only concern is will it work in the Versys X 300 in terms of the room available. Brockie will be trying to change one soon I think.
Yes. I'm awaiting the arrival of some wiring connectors that I might need and installing/repairing everything at the same time - including fitting an LED H4 bulb.

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Guys, I know "White" seems like an upgrade, but it's actually reduced hot spot. The hot spot is very important for seeing down the road. Everyone seems to think foreground light is good, but it is actually bad. It's like driving with your dash lights on bright as can be at night. It reduces you vision.

RETROFIT AN HID PROJECTOR IF YOU ACTUALLY WANT A LIGHTING UPGRADE .

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Anyone had any success? How did you get on with the dust cover ? I looked at the Cyclops LED and the dust seal looks to be blocking the LED's cooling fan if I keep the seal and I think the seal should be kept if possible. I'm likely to throw the LED at a different bike now. I was purely going for reduced wattage to run more heated gear safely as well it's winter here now and already have heated gear used with previous bikes with better stator output.
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