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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old 10-06-2012, 03:06 AM Thread Starter
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Light upgrade

I'm sure this has been discussed, but after a few hours of reading and searching, I haven't found the info I need. So, I'll apologize in advance if this is a retread...

I love my new '03 ST. But the dim lights suck. They only illuminate about 40 feet in front of me. I start my commute at 5:30 every morning, so I ride in the dark a lot. What is the recommended upgrade for the poor lights? I'm looking for longer and wider illumination, not just brighter. Should I look for accessory driving lights? Or an HID upgrade for the stock headlight? Any specific recommendations?


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post #2 of 37 (permalink) Old 10-06-2012, 06:56 AM
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I know what you mean about leaving in the dark. My lights suck too but for a different reason.

I'd stay away from the "blue" lights, anything over (I think) 5K don't shed anymore light and actually make it harder to see anything. Plus they annoy the sh*t out of me. Usually little imports with the coffee can exhausts screaming "look at me" use them. I think they suck.

People have posted good results with simple light upgrades. Can't remember any brand names though. HIDs can also be fit but I haven't tried them.

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Depends on your budget.
I have just received a set of Denali D2D lights from Twisted Throttle.
I havent fitted them yet but i HAVE seen them fitted on a Tiger 1050 and wow they light up the place!

Best thing is, when that dreaded time comes to retire the sprint, unbolt them for the next bike .
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On another bike, I upgraded the stock bulb to a PIAA I think 5k. It was whiter and much brighter.
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post #5 of 37 (permalink) Old 10-06-2012, 10:53 AM Thread Starter
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Do these upgrades actually light stuff up farther ahead? Or just make the same light area brighter?

Is there a way to adjust the lights like you do with a car? To raise them up a bit?

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Fairly sure you adjust them the same way as a car with a spanner on some nuts on the back of the housing. I havent had to do it myself though so i havent gone hunting.

The D2D's can work two ways with the diffusers provided - either light ahead quite substantially, or diffuse and give you corner lighting. Not so good for oncoming cars so i have plans to them set up to run on high beam only (unless i override with a manual switch).
On the tiger referenced above, the rider describes it as good at either setup, but not enough at both - to say, have one as a spot and one as a diffuse.

It might take a little for me to get the bike finished off, but i plan on doing a review of all the stuff im doing, lights included.
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I had a pair of 35w PIAA 004xt's on my BMW and really liked them.
They are hard to beat at the price:

I went the full 35w HID route on my '08 Sprint and am very happy with the result. I nearly doubled my light output and conserved about 1 amp of needed alternator output.
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Oh, should point out i upgraded my original globes to osram nightbreakers.
Cant really say they throw any more light as claimed, but the colour intensity was different (i forget which) and as above, that really improved how well i could see what the light DID hit.
Still wasnt happy though so opted for the D2d's then too .

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post #9 of 37 (permalink) Old 10-06-2012, 01:29 PM
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I put a set of DDM Tuning HIDs in my 2001 Sprint. I went with the 35 watt 4500K hi/low kit. Cost about $70 with shipping. They have a lifetime warranty. Best upgrade I ever did. I almost never use the high beams because there is so much light available with the low beam. Actually there is no difference in output, just a solenoid that moves the bulb from the low to high position. They also draw 20-25 less watts per bulb than the stock bulbs. I could have gone for the 55 watt kit, but that would be overkill most of the time. I had to go back to the stock bulbs once due to a control box failure and couldn't see anything. It was like they were not even on. Which was why I upgraded them in the first place. Much cheaper than any of the auxiliary light solutions out there.

You want to select the 9007 hi/low bulb, 35 watts and 4500k.

You will need to remove the entire front fairing to install them. I've got the ignitors and ballasts mounted above each headlight. The control box is mounted to the bottom of the black dash on the far right with velcro. I had to modify the wire harness to both extend the positive to the battery and also merge the two separate ground and extend them to the battery. I also had to modify the rubber cups that go over the back of the lights to seal them off. The hole is too small, so I had to make it bigger to fit the larger base on the HID bulb.
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light Adjustment

Hi this is how you adjust your beam alignment see attached instructions. Philips H1 BLUE VISION ULTRA or New Osram Night Breaker Plus will give a better light. Don't just put higher wattage bulbs in things will melt the wiring is on the light side and cannot handle any more watts.
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