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A few "hacks" I've done...

Postby Overdog » Sat Aug 15, 2015 10:31 am



Just a few of the "hacks" I've done to my 83I... Cured "Markland Leg" by slitting pieces of 1" dia. fuel hose and slipping them over the mounts..works with or without the backrest attached. Also I drilled and tapped a new hole for the mount where the front of the backrest itself attaches to move the whole thing back a bit to compensate for my 6'2" height. Harbor Freight $7.99 voltmeter. I ran the wiring to the acces. posts on the fuse panel...it reads within .2 volts of a digital. I'm really not concerned with showing actual voltage, just having a means to tell at-a-glance what the charging system is doing. Harley headlight from a swapmeet---WAY better than the 30+ year old factory light. ....and my seat pad, cut from a bathroom rug....rubber backed.
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Re: A few "hacks" I've done...

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Aug 17, 2015 1:32 pm

These are some great ideas! how did the Harley light fit into place - was much modification required?

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Re: A few "hacks" I've done...

Postby Overdog » Mon Aug 17, 2015 7:15 pm

None at all. Our Wings take a standard 7" headlight...tons of new replacements on Ebay/ Amazon. Actually I had that headlight on my old BMW with a Windjammer. The jammer took a standard 7" headlight, just like the Harley headlight. The original headlight on the Beemer was so old and faded that I was up to a 90/130 watt bulb...and it still wasn't bright enough. I sold the Beemer to a friend who wanted to cafe it and was going to toss out the Jammer so I reclaimed the headlight. Apparently the 30 year old headlight on the Wing was pretty washed out too because the new one is plenty bright, even with a 55 watt low beam.

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Re: A few "hacks" I've done...

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Aug 18, 2015 8:57 am

Overdog wrote:None at all. Our Wings take a standard 7" headlight...tons of new replacements on Ebay/ Amazon. Actually I had that headlight on my old BMW with a Windjammer. The jammer took a standard 7" headlight, just like the Harley headlight. The original headlight on the Beemer was so old and faded that I was up to a 90/130 watt bulb...and it still wasn't bright enough. I sold the Beemer to a friend who wanted to cafe it and was going to toss out the Jammer so I reclaimed the headlight. Apparently the 30 year old headlight on the Wing was pretty washed out too because the new one is plenty bright, even with a 55 watt low beam.


The reflective coating on the parabolic back part of the headlights over years become less reflective, so that older headlights put less light out to the front - so even with new, bright bulbs, the light isn't getting out the front. That's why replacing the whole unit works so well.

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Re: A few "hacks" I've done...

Postby roadwanderer2 » Tue Aug 18, 2015 2:00 pm

that's very interesting about the Harley headlight you put on your bike. can you tell me what year and model bike it came from? is that a sealed beam headlight or did you have to use your original bulb to put inside of it.

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Re: A few "hacks" I've done...

Postby Overdog » Tue Aug 18, 2015 4:37 pm

I got it from a box of parts a guy had at a swap meet...he said he thought it was from a Dyna...that's all i know. It takes the standard H4 bulb. It's hard to tell from the picture but the lens is completely clear....all the "lines" are inside on the reflector. (I gave 40 bucks for it)


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Postby roadwanderer2 » Tue Aug 18, 2015 6:38 pm

hey Overdog. i have looked at those already on eBay and have one of each, the H4 and the sealed beam on my "watch list" i like the one you have with the H D emblem in it. you got lucky on the price you paid for it considering what i've seen the priced at. im going to give it some thought and i might go ahead and buy one for my wing, not that it needs it, but around here, there are some very dark roads at night. you say its much brighter than the OEM honda bulb? i like that idea.

in your opinion, which one do you think is better, the sealed beam or the H4?

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Re: A few "hacks" I've done...

Postby Overdog » Tue Aug 18, 2015 7:30 pm

It sure is better than the old one that was on my bike when I got it...it had a dark spot right in the middle, just where you need the light! It throws a nice pattern...when I first put it on, I still had the 90/130 bulb in it and never had anyone flashing their lights at me because it was in their eyes... I have a 55/100 in it now and rarely use the high beam. I have no experience with a sealed beam halogen...

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Re: A few "hacks" I've done...

Postby roadwanderer2 » Tue Aug 18, 2015 7:44 pm

hey Overdog, thanks for all this information. im gonna toss it around and think about it for a day or 2, and most likely im gonna change mine out for one like you have on yours. i like the idea of being able to see better and farther down the road especially around here where some of the roads don't have any overhead lighting.

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Re: A few "hacks" I've done...

Postby roadwanderer2 » Fri Aug 21, 2015 5:39 pm

hey overdog, heres a pic of the headlight i purchased yesterday..........

and i also upgraded the bulb to the 55/100W white bulb. this should give me plenty of lighting on the road especially in the area where i live. once i install it and use it at night in the dark, i'll post my findings on how it performs.

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Re: A few "hacks" I've done...

Postby Hoosier Jack » Sat Aug 22, 2015 6:35 pm

Stuart, the link is to the picture of the headlight, and it does look good, but the link to the ebay page would be nice. I guess I could get off my lazy end part and do it myself.

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Postby roadwanderer2 » Sat Aug 22, 2015 6:44 pm

LOL HJ, hang on, i'll get it for ya............

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Re: A few "hacks" I've done...

Postby roadwanderer2 » Sat Aug 22, 2015 6:53 pm

ok, here it is...............http://www.ebay.com/itm/7-DOT-H4-CRYSTA ... 1093311858 this is the link for the one i bought. he had a "buy it now" or a "best offer" on it.

in order to keep it at $30.00 with the shipping, i offered him $19.01 for it, but, for an extra $2.00 i ordered the 55/100W white bulb. you might try to offer him the same thing, but im not sure if he'll accept it. click on the link then go to his eBay store and on the left side of the page, scroll down until you see 7" H4 headlight, and take a look at the ones he has for sale.

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Re: A few "hacks" I've done...

Postby Hoosier Jack » Sun Aug 23, 2015 8:41 pm

Thanks. I will do some searching. I want a new one. Of course I am still getting it running and that is another story altogether. Progress is happening now though.

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Re: A few "hacks" I've done...

Postby roadwanderer2 » Sun Aug 23, 2015 9:19 pm

hey, slow progress is better than no progress right?

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Re: A few "hacks" I've done...

Postby T-Rat » Fri Jan 01, 2016 8:25 am

WingAdmin wrote:These are some great ideas! how did the Harley light fit into place - was much modification required?


Here is the one I just bought and installed into my new fairing going on my 83I....bought the same as the harley light but I like the LED halo around the lens

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Re: A few "hacks" I've done...

Postby jonjohn » Fri Jan 01, 2016 4:16 pm

T-Rat wrote » Fri Jan 01, 2016 8:25 am:

Here is the one I just bought and installed into my new fairing going on my 83I....bought the same as the harley light but I like the LED halo around the lens



I like the look! Since I am old and lazy, how about some information on where you found it and how much? The halo very nice.

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Re: A few "hacks" I've done...

Postby T-Rat » Fri Jan 01, 2016 6:21 pm

jonjohn wrote:
T-Rat wrote » Fri Jan 01, 2016 8:25 am:

Here is the one I just bought and installed into my new fairing going on my 83I....bought the same as the harley light but I like the LED halo around the lens



I like the look! Since I am old and lazy, how about some information on where you found it and how much? The halo very nice.

jj
Found it on Ebay. A store on ebay.... http://stores.ebay.com/Octane-Lighting/ ... d=11076221 ......they have them plus other color halo's as well and some other cool looking lights!

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Re: A few "hacks" I've done...

Postby Johnyy Smoke » Thu Jan 07, 2016 4:50 pm

Very nice- but what type of similar bulb will fit the Vetter faring? Regards, Johnny

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Re: A few "hacks" I've done...

Postby T-Rat » Fri Jan 08, 2016 5:28 am

Johnyy Smoke wrote:Very nice- but what type of similar bulb will fit the Vetter faring? Regards, Johnny
Not really familiar with the Vetter Fairing but if it's a 7" light they are all about the same. On mine with the Honda Faring all I had to do with this light was trim the locating tabs just a little to make it fit the slots in the hold down clamp. This uses a H4 type bulb which is the same as what is in the Honda OEM light so it was just a plug and play.

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Re: A few "hacks" I've done...

Postby Joecop » Sun Sep 04, 2016 3:10 pm

Great post thanks, I will definitely upgrade my headlight.




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