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    Default Replacing with LEDs

    Trying to replace lights on the bike...

    From here: http://faq.f650.com/FAQs/ElectricalMiscFAQs.htm#Do you have a LIST of the Bulbs used on the Classic F
    I got that my bike uses a 12V 10W Type P25-1.

    From here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...ght_bulb_types
    I got that it's the equivalent to a P21W

    So is something like this: http://amzn.com/B006RFC60Y

    Correct!?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dynewind View Post
    Trying to replace lights on the bike...

    From here: http://faq.f650.com/FAQs/ElectricalMiscFAQs.htm#Do you have a LIST of the Bulbs used on the Classic F
    I got that my bike uses a 12V 10W Type P25-1.

    From here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...ght_bulb_types
    I got that it's the equivalent to a P21W

    So is something like this: http://amzn.com/B006RFC60Y

    Correct!?!
    No idea... But you could take the old bulb to autozone and they can tell you what the bulb # (socket) is.

    Or I could give you the LED one I have sitting in my garage that I don't need when you ride with me
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    Quote Originally Posted by montibank View Post
    No idea... But you could take the old bulb to autozone and they can tell you what the bulb # (socket) is.

    Or I could give you the LED one I have sitting in my garage that I don't need when you ride with me
    Lol that'd save me the research time, but oh well. I tried buying a universal one from Amazon, but it was so small and i'd have to redrill for a bigger hole I decided not to use it. I figured the easiest way is to simply swap out the bulb.

    They say it may not even work because the bike wouldnt even see it due to LED have a very small energy draw, and you'd have to put a load resistor. Not sure I'll have to try and see.

    Aside from that, I managed to install the Koubelink and lowers my bike by 1". A whole lot more stability yay! But I cant put it up on the centerstand anymore now boo.

    Lastly, my wrist is about 90% back! Still hurts but I've been able to do a lot more things with it. Woo!

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    Default Re: Replacing with LEDs

    check to see if the socket has a double base. If its a combination tail light/stop light then it'll have 2 circuits and you need a bulb that has 2 contacts on the bottom.

    Single contact for a turn signal stem.

    I bought an H4 replacement LED headlight bulb and found that they had the ground and high beam backwards. It just sat there and got hot. So I took it out and hooked it up to some alligator clips to verify what was going on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MadKaw View Post
    check to see if the socket has a double base. If its a combination tail light/stop light then it'll have 2 circuits and you need a bulb that has 2 contacts on the bottom.

    Single contact for a turn signal stem.

    I bought an H4 replacement LED headlight bulb and found that they had the ground and high beam backwards. It just sat there and got hot. So I took it out and hooked it up to some alligator clips to verify what was going on.
    Dijja git the LED werking? How do you like it?
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    yes it worked and looked like a freight train. However the little LEDs went inoperative one by one so it only worked half way
    1968- "two stroke power cost only a fraction of what had to be spent to get the same from a four stroke"

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadKaw View Post
    yes it worked and looked like a freight train. However the little LEDs went inoperative one by one so it only worked half way
    That stinks... Sorry man.

    I bought one of these for my daily driver approx. 4 months ago... Still working now. Lighting is a significant improvement over stock in my situation.

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    I'd like to try the tail light and turn signal LEDs
    1968- "two stroke power cost only a fraction of what had to be spent to get the same from a four stroke"

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    Quote Originally Posted by montibank View Post
    That stinks... Sorry man.

    I bought one of these for my daily driver approx. 4 months ago... Still working now. Lighting is a significant improvement over stock in my situation.

    http://www.cyclopsadventuresports.co...ulb-_p_83.html
    I have something similar in my truck. It's from lifetimeledlights.com
    Been using it for about a year and a half now with no issues. I don't like the pattern it provides but it's bright and the color is nice. I think they were rated at 5k. I was supposed to do a retrofit but got lazy and just left it. If I can find a used headlight for the gsxr I might try something with it.

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