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    just wondering whether riders have fitted new style LED headlight units and how good are they compared to the stock ones? ebay and alibaba both sell them, with 2 year warranty 2 a good price, i put ann ebay LED on my harley and loved it, cheers bever

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    I've put a Cyclops LED headlight bulb in, but not changed out the entire reflector if that's what you're referring to. The light pattern stayed the same and the light output on the road is great. A couple months ago, I did a thread on a different LED lightbulb that I think I'd go to next. Not expensive and it seems to be working well in some other motorcycles.

    Note: I did have to make a slight adjustment to move the light beam downward.

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    cool, i think i`ll give the complete unit a try (((-;

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    I bought the cyclops led kit for my 2016 f700gs and it is brighter but changed my light pattern to flood. I kept it after 11 months of use one of the led on each light bulb went out. And the caps warped out of shape due to heat. Cyclops replaced the light bulbs(warranty) after 5 months or so same thing happened again. The last light bulb just fell apart inside the light housing. I put the incandescent lightbulbs back while purchasing the Chinese led projection complete headlight. It does focus the light a lot better on the road where u need it the most and it is a lot brighter than the cyclops. The bad thing was that last night was my first time using it and i didnt adjust the light height right and it felt i was hunting for owls last night lighting up the top of the trees. I adjusted it last night at home and to tonight will be the second night ill use them.
    So far i prefer them Over the led light bulb.

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    I have one of these ordered and should arrive tomorrow. Cost me Ł300 so not cheap but on line reviews seem to have it down as a good quality item. Time will tell.
    Anywsy I will post again once fitted but may be a few days depending on work.

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    Well it arrived and fitting was I credibly easy. Literally 5 mins, remove 2 screws, remove existing headlight, replace with new one and replace 2 screws. Have to say it appears to be a quality piece of kit. Feels sturdy and well put together. Looks amazing and the bike a 2016 model suddenly looks brand new and thoroughly modern. The light is bright and appears to be a good improvement.
    Time will tell if it lasts but I think it will.
    Well pleased even if Ł300 is a lot of money
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    If anyone is interested I have a brand new spare one of these lights available (dispatch cock up) which is going cheap in uk. Well chuffed with mine I just got an extra brand new boxed led unit plus of course my original equipment unit now sitting in my garage!

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    Is there a preferred supplier on Al Express,,. I notice the identical product on Amazon with only a 1 year warranty and slightly more expensive then the Ali Express,,.

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    very happy with my ali express head light, the first day i had the light i came home a noticed a very small section had fogged up, and thought Grrrr chinese crap, but since then no fog and it`s been in the cold and rain (by ozzie standards!) washed regularly and no dramas, 2 year warranty. much beter thand standard light, great modification and no more blown globes.

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    Yeah these units all appear to come from the same factory and I think are a great upgrade. It's not just brighter light for dark journeys I like but it's the general look of the bike, it really does make it look thoroughly modern and much newer looking than it really is.
    I think some of the early versions of this unit did fog up occassionally but they amended the design and put two small covered vents on the underside to stop it. Loads of adverts in the UK selling them but they all come from same place so it was a case of finding one already in uk so no import taxes etc and speedier delivery
    Happy days here

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    Any issues with the CANBUS system? Do they have a resistor/heat sink?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MattofCarlisle View Post
    Any issues with the CANBUS system? Do they have a resistor/heat sink?
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    The CANbus is a controller area network. The CANbus facilitates communications amongst the various modules (ABS, Kombi, ZFE....). It does not monitor or control chassis electrics such as the headlight. This is the job of the ZFE. To answer your question the LED is compatible. Plug and Play.

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    Absolutely correct a true plug and play.
    There are youtube videos of people fitting these units if you were to search for it and they are so easy. No wires to trim or anything. Just unplug the OE unit and plug in the new one, just one cable that simply pulls off.

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    Just picked this up, thought of upgrading to Led's however this set is really a premium looking upgrade for this bike, if it is a 10 min install it will be a first for me?

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    Less than 10 minutes really. Remember your replacing the whole headlamp unit not the bulbs hence the cost. Unplug 1 single cable from your existing halogen unit remove two screws (1 either side of headamp). That's it now removed. Take new headkamp unit screw it into the same position as the old one and clip the cable into the back. That's it done.

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    Thanks Longy,,. Ill take your word for it,,. Look forward to seeing it on the bike and as you say its a whole unit with seven different bulbs in it,,,;

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    lag, you`ll luv the improvement mate (((-;

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    HI Lag, just a a little tip which I'm sure you would have worked out anyway.
    Before removing your old halogen unit point the bike at a wall with the lights on and mark roughly where the top of the beam is. Then switch the units with the bike in the same position and you can easily align the top of the new beam to the marked brick so your new headlamp is now roughly in the same position ad the last and you wont be lighting up the sky or worse blinding anyone in on coming traffic.
    Have to say I'm like a kid, I love riding in the darker hours now as the light is a proper significant improvement with a much longer beam spread and loads brighter too
    Have fun

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    Hay Guys,, Just finished the install and more then pleased, what I initially thought was a bit pricy,,,,,after the fact its good bang for the buck,,. Longy, Im not sure on the accuracy of the previous unit so Ill have to work on the set up,,. In terms of daylight visibility its a major upgrade,,.
    Thanks for the good advise!!!

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    Glad it's gone good. So did you get it done in 10 minutes then ?????

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    I'm generally pretty methodical, I removed windshield, did a complete cleaning and finished with back to black, removed and replaced the headlight in under an hour and that was with my neighbor helping which added a good 30 min's to the job,,. He hates ADV bikes but even he had to admit this mod was pretty sweet..!!

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    Sounds good. Just been out on mine and it was freezing, just 6°c . Summer seems a long time ago!

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    We were out all day Sat, between 6°c and 12°c reminiscent of skiing,,. Couple hrs is fine but the cold seems to be accumulative if your out traveling around in it all day,,.
    Longy,,,,Got a question on the light set-up, as mentioned mine was not correctly aligned to begin with so I didn't follow your technique,,. When your traveling in the dark on low beam to you end with that convex moon light pattern proceeding the bike by about ten feet,,. I think I'm set to high however the cut off didn't seem to bad based on my somewhat limited testing? I need to find a good level area at night somewhere to do a proper inspection and setup?

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    One of the things I've done in the past, is to find as you said, a level area with no traffic. I'll put the bike on the center stand and try to get it level. Then walk toward it from the opposing lane to see what it looks like to oncoming drivers. It's not precise, but it works better than nothing.

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    Yes thanks,,. I read while sitting on the bike,,. Measure to the top level of the light and then mark that measurement on a wall with a pcs of tape and park 25 ft, lights on and again sitting on the bike, match the tape with your adjustment,. I need to find a level spot to do this,,.

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    To be honest I haven't gotten off the bike while dark to see how far that half moon is in front if the bike but I reckon 10ft isn't far off mine. Without measuring mine might be slight shorter than that say 8 or 9 ft but that's not going g to make a huge difference so it sounds like your pretty much there. Compared to the halogen though these are awesome , way brighter and I can see much more. Filtering through traffic is more relaxing as you would have to be blind not to see me!

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    Very nice headlight. Found mine on Ebay and I believe it comes from the same factory in China

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