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Another headlight thread

I know the whole headlight issue has been beat to death on this forum as we know the night driving with the stock light is poor at best.

The reason for this thread is does anyone know if Triumph has any plans to "fix" this problem? I've thought about the dual headlight change for my bike, but really...it's a "Triumph" problem, and Triumph should fix the issue.
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You should see my Enfield if you think this light is bad!

I did a dual headlight and its like a car now. Very impressive!
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You should see my Enfield if you think this light is bad!

I did a dual headlight and its like a car now. Very impressive!
Can you tell me exactly how you did it? And the cost involved? Thanks
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Sure.. Well I bought a second headlight second hand, new its about $500, I paid about half that and it included the mount. I designed up a plate that would sit below the two headlights and mount to the stock center bolt location. I had first tried to use a long rod and just use the one center mount but there was too much flex in the system whislt driving down the road. Here is the mount I designed:


If anyone wants an .ai, .pdf or .dxf version, pm me your email address. Edge to edge, the plate is about 8" wide. I slotted the headlight mounting bolts because I wasnt sure how far back I'd want them and it was hard to do the math on how close they'd be to the forks while designing the plate. I think I used the farthest back location and the slots are hidden when the mounting blocks are on there.The cutout you see is for the wires that come up through the triple tree. The smaller hole is for the set pin, which I decided to leave - this didnt need to be a through hole but I was lazy and didnt want to do a lot of post waterjetting prep.

I had it water-jetted out of jig plate which is sort of shiny, like chrome and saved me some work finishing it. I just had to knock down the edges and install it. The finish is close enough to chrome for me to not bother - sort of hidden on the bike anyway. I used pretty thick plate for the mount - 3/8" because I wanted NO flex in the headlights going down the road, and this plate did that. There is 0 flex!

The headlight nacelles ended up being about 1/2" apart at their closest point Which looks pretty good.

For wiring, I just made a dongle that fits in between the stock headlight blade connectors and I used some wire loom to make the exiting wires look good. It was easy to wire. Someone else said they had to use a larger fuse, but I gave it a try with the stock one as it seemed sort of large to start with, and it hasnt blown or anything.

Overall I am happy with the look. I think they could be about 10-15% smaller and the proportions would look better but its not too large and I wasnt about to shell out big money for two new headlights.

Here are a couple pics..


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Dammit...I bet you can see 6 miles down the road with that setup! Very nice! And thanks for the detailed write-up! Good looking bike! cheers
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Sub, great work.... please send me the *.dxf file

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It looks good and well made. There are a few other threads on here about putting the dual R3 or Speed Triple double lights on the Thunderbird, which are basically chrome versions of the Storm lights. These lights are a bit smaller in diameter.
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