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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 10-15-2015, 11:01 PM Thread Starter
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Tiger Explorer H4 LED Mod Adventure | Lovin' It!

I pulled the trigger, bought the Cyclops H4s, installed them and I am lovin' it!

Low beam, OEM light bulb
WP_20151014_18_25_25_Pro by I.C., on Flickr

High beam, OEM light bulb
WP_20151014_18_25_42_Pro by I.C., on Flickr

Removing the back cover reveals a very, very tight compartment, which makes me worried about the heat-sink's performance. This is a water tight compartment afterall.
WP_20151015_14_43_00_Pro by I.C., on Flickr

The LED bulb, that fan is going to cover the entire back, so I need to stash the heatsink before I put the bulb in.
WP_20151015_14_43_14_Pro by I.C., on Flickr

OEM lightbulb. So, feeble, so, last century. Though it has served me well. So, farewell.
WP_20151015_14_43_20_Pro by I.C., on Flickr

Fricking hard to maneuver. My good friend Johnny-boy is helping me out. He is more, ahem, "talented" with this type of jamming. Jammin'
WP_20151015_15_01_41_Pro by I.C., on Flickr

LED base looks cool, nicely tight and clean.
WP_20151015_15_01_58_Pro by I.C., on Flickr

LED from Cyclops is awesome. The LEDs are aligned Left and Right, not Top and Bottom. Though I don't know the difference, I hear that it does make a difference.
WP_20151015_15_02_05_Pro by I.C., on Flickr

WP_20151015_15_02_15_Pro by I.C., on Flickr

Daytime test reveals zilch. I like the white though. Really nice. Though this picture clearly states that the foglights are the next to change. To Denali D4s baby! Hell yeah!
WP_20151015_15_04_49_Pro by I.C., on Flickr

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First test, off road, after dark. These pictures are shot without a flash. My first feeling was "hell yeah!" and "holy crap" and "how did I ride in the dark before without these LEDs?" and "Triumph has to, just has to change to LEDs there is no other way. Not changing the headlight to LEDs is short changing us, riders. This is insane" and many other things I felt and said and probably yelled... Please note that it is crazy dark - my rear view mirror is pitch black. This is just my cellphone with headlights.

First Low Beam
WP_20151015_18_39_17_Pro by I.C., on Flickr

Low beam with fog lights (damn, these fog lights need to be changed ASAP)
WP_20151015_18_39_23_Pro by I.C., on Flickr

High beam with fog lights on
WP_20151015_18_39_27_Pro by I.C., on Flickr

The pictures don't do these lights justice though (cellphone, yes) For the first time I was not afraid to ride through an offroad section after dark. I have complete, complete illumination of my surroundings, even at tight curves. And the damned headlight protectors (OEM Triumph ones) reflect the light and have that prism effect on the edges (like the EXIT signs reflect red light at the edges) creating even more illumination on the sides. It's crazy. I am like a frickin' movie theater projector on two wheels! And when the highbeams are on, holy crap the distance that is lit is impressive!

The pattern test
Low beam test - same distance as the OEM pattern test. Holy crap!
WP_20151015_19_17_09_Pro by I.C., on Flickr

High beam. I am pretty much blinding the whomever is incoming if I forget the highbeams on. But I never do. I've been riding and driving since age 14 - I NEVER forget my highbeams on if there is a vehicle in front of me, or coming at me.
WP_20151015_19_17_23_Pro by I.C., on Flickr



I have no intention of playing with the reflectors, or adding reflectors or any other modification on these bulbs. They are awesome as they are. I have no problem with the pattern, it does not drive me crazy, and actually when I am riding I don't even notice the pattern. On I-95 I was HAPPY, rode with a big grin on my face.

Wait until I flash some douche who cuts in front of me!

Thank you all

Tiger Explorer owners: Go for the upgrade. It's a bit of a challenge to put the heatsink in there but it is doable and this illumination is safety in front of you!

Triumph: enough already. Change into LEDs.

Product used: Cyclops 3800 Lumen H4
http://www.cyclopsadventuresports.co...ulb-_p_83.html


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Denali D4 Auxiliary Installation on TEX and the Brilliant Result

OK, time for the Denali D4 installation update. Pulled the trigger today, can't wait to use this phenomenal LEDs in the forest and scare the hell out of wild life. Deers, heed my way - NOT!

After I changed the light bulbs to LEDs the auxiliary lights seems so feeble, so weak that I stopped using them. So this had to be done. Introducing: the Denali D4s. You either have them, or you don't have auxiliary lights - period

I took out the OEM auxiliaries, cut the cables, so that I can reuse the harness, the switch and the port and also make reversing this decision easier - you know, just in case.

Installation was a breeze. D4s are not dual switched, there is no Hi/Lo beam - it's perfect for the OEM replacement.

Used a simple L profile to mount the lights on with the same screw that I pulled out of the OEM cover assembly. I mounted them level with the vertical - 90 degrees to the ground. These lights have 4 LED... oh what the hell, just read it on TT site, they have 45 degree angled lenses etc etc. Too many details - they are AWESOME!

WP_20151021_16_55_45_Pro by I.C., on Flickr

WP_20151021_16_56_13_Pro by I.C., on Flickr

Used a pair of solderless crip terminals to connect the cables and pulled a wire cover over the connections and taped the ends

WP_20151021_16_56_31_Pro by I.C., on Flickr

Final look: BADASS!

WP_20151021_16_54_44_Pro by I.C., on Flickr

Now, here comes the fun part

Low Beam, no Auxiliary
WP_20151021_20_07_01_Pro by I.C., on Flickr

High Beam, no auxiliary

WP_20151021_20_07_40_Pro by I.C., on Flickr

Low Beam, YES auxiliary

WP_20151021_20_07_50_Pro by I.C., on Flickr

High Beam, YES auxiliary

WP_20151021_20_07_56_Pro by I.C., on Flickr

From the front, painfully taken picture - no auxiliary

WP_20151021_20_08_28_Pro by I.C., on Flickr

From the front, even more painfully taken picture - YES auxiliary

WP_20151021_20_08_40_Pro by I.C., on Flickr

The verdict:
They are BRIGHT! They are sort of holy f@#$*ing bright. And I love it. I cannot wait to see them in action in the forest in pitch black. They completely, utterly illuminate anything and everything in sight.

I think they are dangerous to have running behind a sedan at night. These things are like fricking projector beams - retinal damage could result if looked at them straight on. I will have to play around with maximum efficiency angle, maybe tilt them down a little - though I don't really feel like doing that. This is insanely beautifully brightfully well lit!

Rock on baby!

Does anybody want the OEM lights / their housing? I'll give you a great deal on them!


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http://www.twistedthrottle.com/denal...rness-m8-mount

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I am really, truely impressed with your lighting upgrades.
But mostly enthralled by your descriptive narrative. You could be a writer for the Star Wars series.
Fantastic photos of light impacts of new lights on area illumination. Descriptive narrative even better.
"Rock on".
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I am really, truely impressed with your lighting upgrades.
But mostly enthralled by your descriptive narrative. You could be a writer for the Star Wars series.
Fantastic photos of light impacts of new lights on area illumination. Descriptive narrative even better.
"Rock on".
oh thank you very much for your kind words Hap I am glad you enjoyed them

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Denali D4 Auxiliary Pitch Black Forest Road Test

Pitch black forest road test. Remember, I have H4 LED headlights from Cyclops.

Low Beams on - No auxiliaries

Low Beam - No Auxiliary by I.C., on Flickr


Hi Beams on - no auxiliaries

Hi Beam - No Auxiliary by I.C., on Flickr


Low Beams on - YES auxiliaries. Denali D4s baby! THese things illuminate my entire field of vision, including tree tops. Vertical illumination is incredible. I can see all the way to my left and right (shown in pictures further down) and I can see quite far ahead.

Low Beam - YES Auxiliary by I.C., on Flickr

Hi Beams on - YES auxiliaries. Ultimate illumination. It's pretty much daylight illumination, actually even better. Because I can see potholes and stuff on the road that I cannot see during daytime. Now I project on my viewing angle, shadows are well defined, this is AMAZING!

Hi Beam - Yes Auxiliary by I.C., on Flickr

On another section of the road, I wanted to see what the environment is like when the bike is turned off. Of course, I am taking pictures with my cellphone and this was not a good idea. This is what it looks like when the bike is turned off.

No flash

That's my GPS and dash. Bike turned off. by I.C., on Flickr

Turned the flash on

That's my GPS and dash. Bike turned off. I turned the flash on on the phone camera. It's almost pitch black dark. by I.C., on Flickr

Turned the bike on - phew, "let there be light"

Same everything, with the bike turned on. LED headlights. Low Beam. No Auxiliary. by I.C., on Flickr

Then turned the Denali D4s on. YES auxiliaries!!!

Same everything, with the bike turned on. LED headlights. Low Beam. YES Auxiliary. by I.C., on Flickr

To illustrate how much of a side illumination I am getting out of these lights. I can see to my 90 degree left and right! Yay, now I can do twisties at pitch black!

Side view with auxiliaries on. by I.C., on Flickr

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Denali D4 Auxiliary Pitch Black Forest Road Test - II

Final distance test, from behind the bike. Low beams, Denali D4s turned on.

Low Beam. Yes Auxiliary by I.C., on Flickr

Hi beams, Denalis turned off. Notice the secondary and tirtiliary trees to the right and foliage to the left subtracted from my view. All that the high beams do is add more distance at the center. Nothing is added to the sides, I don't increase my illumination presence so to speak.

Hi Beam. No Auxiliary. by I.C., on Flickr

When the Denalis are added to High beam I get the ultimate illumination. It's beyond impressive what these lights do to my "road presence"

Hi Beam. YES Auxiliary by I.C., on Flickr

Final verdict on the Denali D4s:

I can run on the Denalis even if my headlights went out, without any, any issues. I think D4s are illuminating way more than my headlights as it is. I am embarassed to run the Denalis when there is a vehicle in front of me actually. Coming on I95 tonight, I turned them off. It is an incredible amount of illumination.

I can honestly say: don't bother replacing your headlights with LEDs if you don't feel like taking on the challenge or doing the work. Just get Denali D4s. They are more than enough!

Though, then it will be different colors and whatnot. Yeah, change to H4s from Cyclops, get the Denalis from TwistedThrottle.

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I had been searching for new lights for my TEX for a while now. Came across this thread and saw the awesome pictures. I ordered the Cyclops LED headlights and installed them. Holy smokes. These headlights are insanely bright. Bit of a pain to install, but well worth the effort. I have only had them a few months now, so I can't comment on reliability or durability.

I have ordered the Denali D4 lights but they have yet to come in. I will post some pictures once I have everything mounted.
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Are you operating the Denalis with the OEM Aux light switch? If so did you need to splice anything in?
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Finally bit the bullet and swapped those OEM fog lights for the Denali D4s. My wife was cracking up at how bright they are. I think these are the best daytime visibility you can get. At night I definitely turn them off with oncoming traffic or if I'm riding behind another car. I want to see and be seen, not cause a crash. I tend to treat them like high beams in a car at night. I did a 1k mile trip last weekend and they lit up the roads at night like it was daytime. Not sure how I ever rode on country roads at night without them.

I spliced them in using the OEM fog light switch. A bit of work, but nothing like spending hours to route the full Denali cable under the fuel tank to the battery. I can post pictures if anyone asks, but Icy's are excellent.
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