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Old 03-03-2011, 04:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Tiger 1050 Headlights

One of the first things id like to do to my new Tiger is convert the single running headlight to twin running lights, Anyone know the correct way to do this ?.... Is this an easy mod?
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Old 03-03-2011, 09:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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One kit is/used to be called the twin-light driver. It has the necessary parts, wiring, and instructions for doing what you want to do. I did it on my '07--worst waste of time of any mod I have ever done.

If you want some help (from a lighting stand-point) for the dipped beam, this mod helps none, IMHO. One has to run the high beam at about 75% or less output when on dipped beam and/or adjust the high beam down and away from opposing traffic, and this hurts your light output when using high beam.

Both lights shine when high beam is selected--this is the stock setup. About the only thing accomplished from running both lights when dipped beam is selected is how the bike "looks".

If one is seriously wanting to increase the light output of the dipped beam, the best solution, IMHO, is to install HID after one has adjusted the dipped and high beams for proper light. I had to adjust both lights on my '07 and '08 a considerable amount to get them shining where they are supposed to shine.

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Old 03-04-2011, 01:11 PM   #3 (permalink)
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One kit is/used to be called the twin-light driver. It has the necessary parts, wiring, and instructions for doing what you want to do. I did it on my '07--worst waste of time of any mod I have ever done.

If you want some help (from a lighting stand-point) for the dipped beam, this mod helps none, IMHO. One has to run the high beam at about 75% or less output when on dipped beam and/or adjust the high beam down and away from opposing traffic, and this hurts your light output when using high beam.

Both lights shine when high beam is selected--this is the stock setup. About the only thing accomplished from running both lights when dipped beam is selected is how the bike "looks".

If one is seriously wanting to increase the light output of the dipped beam, the best solution, IMHO, is to install HID after one has adjusted the dipped and high beams for proper light. I had to adjust both lights on my '07 and '08 a considerable amount to get them shining where they are supposed to shine.

Good luck,

Thanks for your opinion Redbird.The reason i want to do it is part cosmetic but mainly because the headlight just doesnt seem as bright as my previous bike (Kawasaki Z1000).
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Old 03-04-2011, 09:24 PM   #4 (permalink)
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The Twinlight Driver I installed was the original one--made by a company (Ecliptec) in Australia. Looks like they have gone through two upgrades since I bought mine. The one they are selling now is called the Twinlight Driver3. I thought there was some place in the USA that was selling them; however, I could not find any. There is one place in the UK (Triumph Online) that sells them, I believe. I ordered the one I installed from Ecliptec in Australia--no problems. Here is a link to their web site.

http://www.ecliptech.com.au/index.ph...=84&Itemid=166

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Old 03-05-2011, 01:43 AM   #5 (permalink)
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The Twinlight Driver I installed was the original one--made by a company (Ecliptec) in Australia. Looks like they have gone through two upgrades since I bought mine. The one they are selling now is called the Twinlight Driver3. I thought there was some place in the USA that was selling them; however, I could not find any. There is one place in the UK (Triumph Online) that sells them, I believe. I ordered the one I installed from Ecliptec in Australia--no problems. Here is a link to their web site.

http://www.ecliptech.com.au/index.ph...=84&Itemid=166

Good luck,

Cheers my friend, Thats been saved to my favourites for future reference.
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Old 03-13-2011, 01:48 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I would go with the HID upgrade as well.
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Old 03-18-2011, 02:49 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I have been told that changing the bulbs in the Tiger 1050 could create excess heat and thus damage the plexiglass that cover the head lights. I hav had a lot of problems with my Tiger: 1. in trying to raise the headlights to an adequate level and 2. seeing at night. Not very bright lights. Any suggestions?
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Old 03-18-2011, 10:02 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I had to adjust both my '07 and '08 headlights a LOT when I got them. I did; however, have enough adjustment to get them where they should be. The dipped beam has a sharp cutoff at the top, so I adjusted it at the top of the trunk level for an auto in front of me about 8 car-lengths. Yes, increasing the bulb wattage of these headlights is asking for trouble; however, using HID should not cause this type of problem because the running wattage is less.

Auxiliary running lights is a good option also--I run Motolights on both bikes; however, there are some very good options available that cost much less.

Many on this side of the pond on that other forum have used HID's from DDM Tuning in California...cheap, but most have indicated they are pleased with the product.
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The twinlight driver will work, and a lot of folks are happy with them. When I had the Tiger (and now on the K1300) I went the HID route for the low beam. Even the 35W HID is 50% brighter. works a treat and reasonably easy to install.
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Old 03-19-2011, 10:30 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Thank you Redbird and Ruscook. I have installed PIAA's new HID lights on the forks. I have had a problem with them. PIAA is still tweaking them, problems with the transformers, and as under warrantee, I am going to be on my third set in less that 12 months. They have changed the internal transformer again and hopefully this time they will work properly. Ruscook that is one heck of a Tiger page you've crated. Congratulations!
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