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post #1 of 7 Old 06-28-2007, 07:29 PM Thread Starter
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Does the '08 have enough "juice" to run lights?

I'm thinking about installing some extra lights down low on the forks but was worried that I'd have to run 35-Watt lights like on the old model. I realize they upped the power output on the new bikes, but I don't know by how much.

Is it enough that I wouldn't have to install an LED tail light to compensate?
I'm not running heated grips or any extra "goodies" this time around.
(I have a cell phone charger, but that's it).

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post #2 of 7 Old 06-29-2007, 05:48 AM
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I have heard it was upped enough to run extra electrical goodies, ie: heated vest, hand grips and so forth, so would think it should run aftermarket lights ok. Go to Kawasaki's site and check the specs on the bike, I am pretty sure that is where I am recalling my info from.

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post #3 of 7 Old 04-23-2008, 07:00 PM
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extra lights

I would not recommend adding additional lights. Have you already? How did it go?
I added two 55 watt lights and found it to be too much. Now I am working on beefing up the stator and working on installing a third stator (due to the replacement being faulty) fun fun fun! At least I am getting familiar with the bike
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post #4 of 7 Old 04-23-2008, 08:39 PM Thread Starter
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With my '05 KLR I added the LED tail light to help balance out the power draw. Have you tried this yet?

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post #5 of 7 Old 04-24-2008, 11:27 AM
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LED TailLight

Where did you get your LED Tail Light? How well does it work? Did you have to hardwire it in or did you find one you could plug-in?
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post #6 of 7 Old 04-24-2008, 06:40 PM Thread Starter
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Back in '05 I bought it from DualStar, but I hear there's another source out there (shhhh) that sells it for a little less.
Oh wait, can I say on this site???

The one I bought simply plugged into the light socket and had several flashing modes. It worked fine.

Do a search on .net and you'll likely find the one I'm talking about.
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post #7 of 7 Old 04-28-2008, 09:37 PM
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When I up grade to my new 250 watt stator will it handle 55 watt lights along with the higher watt headlight and wiring harness? OR will the new head light be enough ? Would led's be a better choice for aux lites ? Thanks!
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