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Post LED headlights
I'm thinking about ditching the stock headlights and installing some LED assemblies from TruckLite. I haven't torn into the headlight assemblies, but it appears by some images I've seen that the headlights are all molded one piece? How do you go about replacing them with individual lights? I've seen a few pics of aftermarket headlights on a 125 Zuma, how is this acomplished?

I want to use these;
http://www.levineautoparts.com/trucklit ... arley.html


Fri Mar 29, 2013 9:17 pm
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Post Re: LED headlights
the whole light can come out glass and all

but the real question is are those led lights the same exact size

or are you trying to put those behind the zuma glass

if you are I think you put them in the oven to melt the glue then they come apart

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Post Re: LED headlights
Either way @ 500 lm per light, i do not know if that is bright enough... just me thinking out loud....


Sat Mar 30, 2013 1:17 am
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the stock bulb (H4) puts out 1100 -1500 lumens.

at 500 lumens, that's a big drop in output

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Post Re: LED headlights
500 lumens makes for a bright flashlight, but it's not nearly enough to pass (legal) muster as a headlight. Be careful.

The description on the vendor's site, "LED Par 36 Work Lamp w/ Motorcycle Connector", is a bit of wink-wink/nudge-nudge. It's my view that they're selling a work lamp, period...and an expensive one at that. I'm not sure what a "motorcycle connector" is, insomuch that the headlamp bulb terminals (connectors) are universal. That is to say, what is used on my motorcycle and scooter is identical to that which is used in my automobiles, past and present.

I know folks get excited about LED technology. I'm an early adopter myself. Presently, LED headlights -- with proper, sustainable engineering -- are available from the factory on selected Harley Davidson motorcycles. I'm eager to see this technology evident on Japanese and European machinery. Until that occurs, an LED work lamp with a "motorcycle connector" is a poor and likely illegal substitute. Be careful.

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Post Re: LED headlights
my main 2 goals are to get both headlights lit up, and reduce amp draw. I rarely EVER ride at night, so I'm not so worried about how much light hits the road. I'm trying to stay within the law of having a headlight lit.

These here are the ones I'm putting in my Bronco and the light output is incredible for LED's from the video's I've seen, and I've seen them in military vehicles and on semi-trucks. saw a pair on a Harley last weekend too. Just wish they'd make them in a small size for our bikes.
http://www.levineautoparts.com/ledheadlight4.html


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Post Re: LED headlights
That one is a headlight, but they do not list the lumens.

35w/12v=2.92a
that is the draw for the HID system on 1 bulb (roughly 3000lm).

the lamp you were looking at is 1.06a, unless you were running your lights with the engine off, you will not see any difference asides from the lack of light output.

now if you were trying to install a stereo system... then i could understand, but you would still be putting a second battery to run it anyway, unless you have the carb'ed bike like me and can kick over the engine.

so without being intrusive, what do you hope to accomplish? i did see that you want to reduce your current draw, but that one time you ride at night and the damned cager doesn't see you...


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I don't know. Guess I want both lights lit, but I don't want to be loading the stator. As it is, my battery voltage has dropped from 12.8 down to 12.2 since I bought it in September. Maybe I'll just do the dual mod and tuck 2 of those new Ballistic batteries in the hole.....


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Post Re: LED headlights
Dual headlight mod and two 35W bulbs is the cheap and dirty way to go if you don't ride at night much.


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Post Re: LED headlights
Got a part number for 35w bulbs? That'll work for me.


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Cheap: http://www.yamahapartsonline.com/pages/ ... METALLIC_X

Expensive: http://www.piaa.com/store/p/160-Hs1-Sup ... -Bulb.aspx


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Post Re: LED headlights
Are these dual element, Bulbs? @35W LB & 35W HB Or is it running 2, 35W at once. Is the wattage current draw or light output. :confused:

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Post Re: LED headlights
Ok I'm assuming we have 55w bulbs stock? I don't know how to do the math, how many amps do the stock bulbs draw?

Never mind, I found it. 4.6a.


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Post Re: LED headlights
Did the dual headlight conversion using 35w bulbs today. Real happy with it. Only pain was I didn't have female spade connectors as wide as the plug on the bulbs, so had to modify some. Other than that they should still be bright enough for the little night riding I'll do. I used blue tinted bulbs too which I've always liked.


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