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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 09-10-2020, 11:06 AM Thread Starter
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I want more light for long distance days that go deep into the night. Before I seriously consider Auxilliary lights I would like to upgrade the Headlights. I have a 2014 FJR1300. I don’t want to annoy approaching cars or blind my riding partner in the mirrors when he is in the Lead.

I have yet to read a review that says LEDs are ready for prime time. Am I missing something.? Thanks in advance for any input.
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post #2 of 29 (permalink) Old 09-10-2020, 12:16 PM
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I, too, was wanting to convert to LEDs, but I am just not happy with the products I see in the local box auto parts stores...

I did find these, and might consider trying them out:

https://www.superbrightleds.com/more...1940&year=2006

If someone has tried these, what do you think?

I may do a test comparison, and maybe delve into making a video!

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I hope you do a comparison. I have a 2014 FJR And the videos on Two Wheel Obsession have been very informative. None of the LEDs have hit the mark.
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I changed my 2008 Gen II to LED. HUGE difference at night and no worries about blinding your friend in the day time or at least my riding friends have not complained. Amazon has them H4 9003 F2
for $30.00 a pair. I purchased a set of H4 F2 9003 as it fits my wifes car, easy to install and used them for several months and no issues so purchased another pair for my bike and a friends.



I like the adjustments knobs on the Gen II for the headlights, I had to aim them down as not to blind on coming traffic, so far at noone is flashing their lights at me.

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Is very hard to “have more light” and to stay out of the eyes of other drivers. That is exactly why the Federal/DOT/NHTSA Standards are what they are. Any fool can make lights brighter, it is hard to keep out of others’ eyes.

A halogen bulb filament is rather large. A large source is hard to impossible to finely focus and control. HID is a finer light source, easier to focus but not compatible with halogen reflectors or lenses. Just as LED is not.

Yamaha (and others) use LED projector assemblies in the 2016+. Each is its own small flashlight. None of the retrofit guys offer DOT certified LED retrofits. Combination of too expensive to bother, and how certification us required for each and every headlight assembly P/N, and how none are expected to pass.

If light comes out the top of your LED retrofit bulb and your vehicle lens is not optical then you stand a chance of not harming other drivers. If the light comes out the side then it is relying on your incompatible reflector.

If one retrofit was designed well enough they knew it would pass then they would. Think it’s more a matter of some Chinese outfit makes an LED retrofit bulb that fits halogen socket then an American Fly By Night importer says, “Good enough! Let’s sell these until government gets wise!”

If you absolutely must have more light when there are no other vehicles ahead then mount auxiliary driving lights that you can turn off so as not to blind other drivers.

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Yellow box, F2 LED.



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Rayzerman posted last year about installing LED with the Cree chip in a yellow box F2 H4 9003. When I finally got around to doing this I could not find them on Amazon. So far wifes KIA has gone 6 months daily use these LEDs in that red box for $30.00 is working great. Neither of my vehicles are offending other drivers and with much improved visibility at night.

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Wow! The yellow-box F2 headlights have got way up in price. They used to be 1/2 that price. BTW, it doesn't appear that those are the H4 units.

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/www.morimotohid.com/morimoto-2-stroke-2stroke-h4-led-bulbs?quantity=1

This is what I put in my 2014 and they work great. Haven't been flashed yet and the output is much improved.
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Wow! The yellow-box F2 headlights have got way up in price. They used to be 1/2 that price. BTW, it doesn't appear that those are the H4 units.
These are the Cree LED chips like what Rayzerman posted last year. I have several Cree chipped flashlights that have taken a beating for several years , Cree chip still works. https://www.ebay.com/itm/143055112163

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