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10-18-2018 10:00 PM
KatFud I installed a gen 2 KLR - Specific kit from cyclops adventure sports and i really like them. They pattern just like the halogens and xenons did but they're much brighter. I wasn't doing it for the output though, i thought my high intensity xenons were sufficient but i wanted something more durable. The cyclops kit uses big aluminum heat sinks instead of fans that can fail. You do need to modify the retainer clips and dust boots slightly but it's not difficult and well worth the effort. The caveat to this set is the price. It comes in right around $150, which is a lot to a true KLRista but the gains are worth it.

Also, my 2013 must be a unicorn because my headlights were aimed very low. I'm not a small man at 6'-1" and 275lbs and even my weight and gear weren't enough to alter the beam to where i wasn't overrunning the low beam severely.

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10-18-2018 09:55 PM
campfire I installed the Cyclops kit and ran with it about two days and all kinds of people were flashing their high beams at me.
I spent some time, took the wind screen off, and adjusted the headlights with the housing. What a difference.
And people don't flash their lights at me anymore.

I have found that the factory reflector seems to work just fine when adjusted properly.


The only problem with this kit, is you have to mangle the retaining clip wires to make the bulbs stay in.


10-18-2018 12:49 AM
TLHBill
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Originally Posted by dan filipi View Post
An older Pathfinder LED I picked up a few years back at a bike show in Vegas for my Goldwing has been pretty good.
Video I made in the dark alley behind the garage... https://youtu.be/4fDUQMNQ2AA
I'd consider Pathfinder first over most any other brand.
Thanks for attaching that video. If you look at it critically, the LED has an undesirably large amount of scatter on low beam into the oncoming drivers' vision. We need a better solution.
10-15-2018 12:40 AM
Toney
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Originally Posted by dan filipi View Post
I have 2 of those same square ones I havenít installed yet. They are very good spot lights. I opened one to look at the build quality. They seem very well made with good solder joints and the ledís set in large heat sink.
I havenít decided where and how Iíd like to install the pair. Any pics how you did it?
I mounted them to a set of aftermarket footpegs I had installed.
10-12-2018 05:05 PM
dan filipi I have 2 of those same square ones I havenít installed yet. They are very good spot lights. I opened one to look at the build quality. They seem very well made with good solder joints and the ledís set in large heat sink.
I havenít decided where and how Iíd like to install the pair. Any pics how you did it?
10-12-2018 02:52 PM
Toney
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Originally Posted by Squidly View Post
So much for the extra pair!
I ended up buying three sets, one that is a "just in case" set (stored in the motorcycle parts cabinet still in the package). I've had them installed on two bikes for 2 years with zero issues. Anytime the high beams are on, they come on too. Killer bright. They light up everything.
10-12-2018 12:45 PM
pdwestman The location of the vertical adjuster is part of the reason that the headlights don't get adjusted by the dealerships. The un-crate & assembly person gets in a hurry to put it all together, possibly weeks before they are Prepared to run. And prep people are too lazy to remove 4 phillips screws to access the adjuster.

(And as you both have found, it takes many turns of the phillips screwdriver to equal one turn of the actual adjuster screw. Kind of difficult to tell which way is the proper direction until one has made about 20-30 rotations of the screwdriver, possibly in the Wrong Direction!)

Turn the vertically held screwdriver in the adjuster guide, 'righty-tighty' to adjust Down. This is on GEN 2 models only.
10-12-2018 11:50 AM
GoMotor
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Originally Posted by Squidly View Post
Can you post a picture of that? I like the sound of that.
I don't have a photo. I misstated the mounting location. The mounting hole I drilled in the windshield is centered left to right about three inches above the bottom of the windshield. I wanted to get the light as high as possible to project a little farther down the road. The accessory LED I used looks like the one in post #6 by Toney with a single threaded mounting post.
10-12-2018 11:34 AM
GoMotor
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Squidly,
Have you read my often times postings about the vertical focus on all KLR650's?

They all come out of the factory crates with the headlight aimed WAY Too High! At least 1987-2016 they did.

The bright spot of the High Beam needs to have about a 2" drop when backed away from a wall, with rider & cargo on-board.
I've seen bikes which had about a 6" Rise of the light pattern at the 25 foot mark, with my light butt on them! Can you imagine the attitude with a 225-300 pound rider? Most dealerships never read and follow all of the A&P procedures necessary on new units, fresh out of the crates.

If the factory headlight is not properly focused, a replacement bulb won't help much either. Do you know where the vertical focus screw is? We ought to adjust them for each rider.
Unfortunately the "vertical focus adjustment screw" on my gen2 is located in the left side of the light fixture below the windshield and you have to remove and replace the windshield to adjust the light. I drilled a hole in the wind shield directly above that screw so I can easily get to it with a long screwdriver. If I recall correctly, turning clockwise lowers the beam, but with a 50/50 chance it shouldn't take much effort to figure it out. Count the screw turns as you go.

There is also a "horizontal adjustment screw" in the right of the fixture.
10-12-2018 11:12 AM
Squidly
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Originally Posted by GoMotor View Post
I like the LED accessory lights made with reflectors specifically designed for the LED elements in them. They shine where you aim them.

I drilled a hole and installed one directly below my gen2 headlight. It comes on and off with the high beams automatically and also feeds through a switch in the dash so I can disable it when I want. It is mounted very slightly loose so I can reach around the windshield while ridding and adjust it depending on my wishes and the load on the rear of the bike.
Can you post a picture of that? I like the sound of that.
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