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    Default Alternatives for passing lights

    I have the Yamaha passing lamps on my 07 RSMV. I have also upgraded to the HID headlight. The HID is so bright, you can't even see the passing lights or they just barely appear kinda yellowish. I want to change them out for something that puts out more light and will hopefully be able to use the current Yamaha light bar. Any ideas?

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    I installed the "Sun Spots" from Custom Dynamics which really stand out with the HID light. Bright white light stands out and isn't outshined by the HID. And though on the expensive side of things, I found them well worth the while...

    The photos doesn't do them justice but it's a lot of bright white light coming at ya.. And they do toss some light onto the road ahead of you as well..

    http://www.customdynamics.com/led_passing_lamps.htm

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    Inexpensive solution is halogen replacement from JP cycles. Search for par36 halogen. About $17each. I have them and they match my superstar ultra bulb. Not sure how they will fare against HID but pretty bright, 37W power draw.

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    When you have a bright light like that, anything will blend with it at a distance if in close proximity. What you need to do to make them more visible is to move them away from the headlight,,,, but that would change the look, maybe not what you are looking for,,, but does give oncoming traffic and better take on your profile.

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    Ran across these lights on another fourm. I'm kind of un-schooled on the light thing so I dont know if they would be worth swapping for my halogen passing lights. I have been thinking about the ones northern tool seels that a few fellas have said you pull the bulb out of the rubber housing and install on the bike.
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    • Equivalent to 60W Halogen, with 85% Energy saving
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    • Color temperature: 2700K-3000K, Warm-white, CRI > 70Ra
    • Protect level: IP65 (Splash / Waterjet proof)
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    • Base: Bi-Pin
    • Size: DiaŘ113 * 60mm
    • Light source: 60 x SMT 5050 LED
    • Life: 50,000 hours, min 70% of initial output.
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    I'm a cheapy....
    Bought these from Northern tools and took them out of the rubber housing and mounted them in the holders.
    IMHO - They do what they are supposed to do...Get me seen.

    Sorry about the bad photo...

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    Like TDunc.................I have an HID Bulb only because i got these Passing light LED. The fit the passing light bucket. Just pop them out of the rubber housing and wire them up.
    http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...ssearch=127757

    see post #27 wes0778 did has pictures of the easy install
    http://www.venturerider.org/forum/sh...=northern+tool

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    With these lower $ leds , have y'all noticed any noise issues on your radios? I recall reading that was the big reason to stick with the higher end stuff from custom dynamics etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeorgiaYankee View Post
    With these lower $ leds , have y'all noticed any noise issues on your radios? I recall reading that was the big reason to stick with the higher end stuff from custom dynamics etc.
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    Thanks David, I just ordered a pair!!!

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    Ditto..... BTW... Dave had them a long time before I got mine. He gav me the great idea.

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    I was wondering spec wise how the ones I listed would stack up agains the northern tools ones or just regular sealed beams. Is the 800 lums going to be enough? Sounds like being the others are somewhere in the 300 range I think. Also the 120 deg spread is that about what the standard type halogen clear lens are? I dont want to put these in and find out I went backwards. Shoot if I wante to do that I'll put the sealed beams back in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by djh3 View Post
    I was wondering spec wise how the ones I listed would stack up agains the northern tools ones or just regular sealed beams. Is the 800 lums going to be enough? Sounds like being the others are somewhere in the 300 range I think. Also the 120 deg spread is that about what the standard type halogen clear lens are? I dont want to put these in and find out I went backwards. Shoot if I wante to do that I'll put the sealed beams back in.
    I like mine. They light up the road nicely and i think they even light up the sides of the road better then the stock ones. I'm not the type of person who overthinks things. They were recomended to me by "Thekid" on this site and i tried them out and like them. i have put about 10k miles on them and no problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by djh3 View Post
    I was wondering spec wise how the ones I listed would stack up agains the northern tools ones or just regular sealed beams.
    A 120 degree spread means they would be called flood lights...with a fairly wide and tall beam.

    They would be good at lighting up the sides of the roads, and traffic and road signs. But not as good at lighting up the road 1/2 mile away.

    800 lumens puts them in the approximate range of 30-50 watt halogens. But the beam wont reach as far as say, a spot or driving beam with a 20 degree pattern.

    Since they are LED they might help you conserve wattage on the bike for things such as heated gear and grips.

    Hope this helps.



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    Thanks guys. I have alure clear lens with 35w halogens in there now. They do a good job and I adjusted them to fill in the "hole" created by the HID on hi beam. Thats what I would need a replacment to do. The PIAA replacement bulbs have been recomended but heck they are more than replacing with the LED's and thats sort of why looking LED route. The halogens look yellowish compaired to the HID.
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