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Phase 7 Headlites 1 Year, 9 Months ago  
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Many of you have asked about, and tried, halogen bulbs, HID bulbs, and LED lights. I recall the main advantage to the stock halogen is that there are a couple of options on brightness and length of life, but all are easy to install. Just plug in the new one.

Those who have tried the HID setups have found the cost maybe $40-100 or so. The installation wasn't too bad other than finding a place to put a ballast. The biggest drawback is the reliability, maybe more on the cheaper sets, I'm not sure. But they do give much light projection. Mine kept cutting off power, so I took it out.

Then comes the LED headlight. It is the latest, is shock resistant, and will outlive your next three bikes if you keep switching it around. But they can be pricey, or not. The "nots" are the ones that are just a LED bulb you stick in your stock housing. They work and are bright. The problem is the housing isn't designed for the reflection and there is a lot of high glare toward oncoming traffic. To solve this, some replacement housings have a built in "shelf" in the middle of the reflector which keeps the low light aiming down and lets the high beam shoot up more. Or you can buy a full housing with the LEDs already inside and shelf that works the best and easiest.

The problem with the better LEDs is the price. The most expensive are sold by the Harley dealers and (if I understand correctly) are around $500. each. These are an older brand, but costly. A cheaper brand, which many seem to find is pretty reliable, is the Trucklite Phase 7. If they are labeled Kuryakyn and are sold by the on-line m.c. suppliers like JP Cycles or Dennis Kirk, they usually go for about $260. plus shipping. If you get the Trucklite brand under that label, you can buy them on Ebay for $163.and up. My last one was used and I got it from a re-seller and paid $85. total.

But let me tell you, the difference is tremendous. You can link in this site to photos of comparisons, but in all, there is a good white light (not blue or yellowish). I think I like most the cutoff where the low beam stops. I mean, you could light up someone's bumper without hitting their eyes (I would suppose, I haven't tried it specifically). I have ridden on back roads where the highs would shine a half mile down (I'm guessing) and not blind any oncoming cages when I switch back to low. Another advantage is the side light. It lights up the edges of the road which would help to locate deer waiting for a bike to come by before crossing.

This type of light should be on the wish list of anyone who rides much at night. They are a little more hassle on install as you must disassemble the light housing ring to install the whole new light housing, then re-adjust. But well worth it.

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Re:Phase 7 Headlites 1 Year, 9 Months ago  
I concur....... 100%. I added the 4" Truck Lite Passing Lights as well and have NOOOOO problem seeing at night or early morning on my way to or from work in the winter and I live up in the Mountains too. I've had them on my R* for a couple of years and found that when I recently bought them for my Road King, the prices have dropped some since then. Love 'em, love 'em, love 'em!
 
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Re:Phase 7 Headlites 1 Year, 9 Months ago  
I also have the three piece set from Trucklite. I know there are guys here that will tell you they don't work that great etc, but I love them. I just made a video for a guy that wanted to see them.

 
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Re:Phase 7 Headlites 1 Year, 9 Months ago  
Bigrigme, what is the story with the signal lights, are they LED? Impressive set up. Any information appreciated.
 
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If it is broke, fix it. If it is not, make it better!
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Re:Phase 7 Headlites 1 Year, 9 Months ago  
drumsonly2002 wrote:
Bigrigme, what is the story with the signal lights, are they LED? Impressive set up. Any information appreciated.


http://www.radiantz.com/Haloz-Turn-Signals-p/00193-hdts.htm
 
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Re:Phase 7 Headlites 1 Year, 9 Months ago  
Those things are awesome! I am guessing they are plug and play? MidwestMike wrote:
drumsonly2002 wrote:
Bigrigme, what is the story with the signal lights, are they LED? Impressive set up. Any information appreciated.


http://www.radiantz.com/Haloz-Turn-Signals-p/00193-hdts.htm
 
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Re:Phase 7 Headlites 1 Year, 9 Months ago  
YZ18 wrote:
[quote]Those things are awesome! I am guessing they are plug and play? MidwestMike wrote:
[quote]drumsonly2002 wrote:
Bigrigme, what is the story with the signal lights, are they LED? Impressive set up. Any information appreciated.

Mine are actually from Custom Dynamics. They are the "Ringz" version. They are simple, just remove your old bulb and plug these in.

http://www.customdynamics.com/yamaha_turn_signal_retro.htm
 
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Re:Phase 7 Headlites 1 Year, 9 Months ago  
Did u need the load equalizer? I really like those.
 
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Re:Phase 7 Headlites 1 Year, 9 Months ago  
Yes, I already had cheap LED bulbs in before so I already had the equalizer installed. Some guys use a modified flasher as well.
 
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Re:Phase 7 Headlites 1 Year, 9 Months ago  
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I remember some who have objected to the slightly projected ring around the new bucket. I wedged in some 9/32" vacuum line hose to fill the space. I left it black, but it could be painted silver or the same color as the bike. Or there is the LED light ring that can be purchased to fill the space.

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