SocalMotoGear Pathfinder LED Headlights


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Re: SocalMotoGear Pathfinder LED Headlights

Post by MikeB » Sun Oct 01, 2017 12:03 pm



The easiest way to get to the high beam bulbs is to remove the shelter.


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Re: SocalMotoGear Pathfinder LED Headlights

Post by dtrider » Fri Feb 09, 2018 11:09 am

On my way in to work this morning I noticed that one of my headlights was out, so I guess it's time to upgrade to LED. Looking at Amazon I see the Pathfinder for $110 (same price on Wingstuff). I also see others that are advertised to fit my 2012 GL1800 in the $35 range, but I'm thinking that these are Chinese knock-offs that I probably wouldn't really be happy with. Based on what I've been reading here I'll probably stick with the Pathfinders.

Haven't done much research on the replacement process yet, but from what I've heard it can be a real bitch to replace the bulbs on the GL1800. With that in mind, would it be worth it to get two sets and replace both high and low beams at the same time? I rarely use the high beams, so the OEM ones that I have will probably last the life of the bike. But will the LED low beams just overpower the halogen high beams?
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Re: SocalMotoGear Pathfinder LED Headlights

Post by MikeB » Fri Feb 09, 2018 1:24 pm

The LED lows will not over power the highs. The highs will just have a bit of a yellow tinge as all tungsten/halogen bulbs do.

Replacing the lows are easy, virtually no disassembly of the bike required. The highs on the other hand are a bitch. One good thing about the bulbs is that they are the same bulb, both are H7. If you got two sets you can always put them in the high beams when you get around to changing your air filter.
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Re: SocalMotoGear Pathfinder LED Headlights

Post by raven41951 » Sat Feb 10, 2018 7:25 am

I replaced just the low beams with the pathfinders in a half hour. Had them on my 1500 too. The low beams are pretty easy to swap out. The high beams require small strong flexible hands. The 1800 uses the same bulb for both low and high beams but the reflectors focus the high beams on a higher plane. WA made a statement about he and a friend swapping out high beam bulbs on an 1800 and said it took much time and effort to achieve it.

I have not had the need/desire to swap out the high beams and I have used the high beams on occasion with no issues. Yes the light is a different hue but it is not a problem for me.

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Re: SocalMotoGear Pathfinder LED Headlights

Post by AZgl1800 » Sat Feb 10, 2018 4:59 pm

raven41951 wrote:
Sat Feb 10, 2018 7:25 am
I replaced just the low beams with the pathfinders in a half hour. Had them on my 1500 too. The low beams are pretty easy to swap out. The high beams require small strong flexible hands. The 1800 uses the same bulb for both low and high beams but the reflectors focus the high beams on a higher plane. WA made a statement about he and a friend swapping out high beam bulbs on an 1800 and said it took much time and effort to achieve it.

I have not had the need/desire to swap out the high beams and I have used the high beams on occasion with no issues. Yes the light is a different hue but it is not a problem for me.
you and me both.

I have HIDs in the Low Beams and they are controlled by the oil pressure switch.

ie, they won't turn on until after the engine is wound up...

the high beams add that little bit of extra light to fill in the "middle" between the front fender, and the highway signs a half mile down the road.... :lol:

I like the "texture" of the filament bulb billing in the middle of the Low Beam.
my low beam for some reason, has a dead zone in the middle of the pattern... it lights up the tree limbs, and most of the road from the fender to about 250 feet or so down the road.

there is a gap for some reason. I just adjust the beam height to make the upper part come down lower, but that leaves a dead zone close in to the bike.... weird, but as hard as it is to get to the headlights, it will never be fixed.
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Re: SocalMotoGear Pathfinder LED Headlights

Post by erkmann » Sun Feb 11, 2018 6:27 pm

Based on a crossover accident 10/17 I'm all-in on conspicuity and now have the Cyclemax GL1500 LED Headlight Bulb kit (think Pathfinder $ less 10% )on my new to me '99 Aspencade being modulated by the Kisan KI150GW-LED modulator, which I was assured by the folks at Cyclemax was the same as the Pathfinders, trouble-free, and that they'd heard no issues with. Let me tell you....if you don't like the headset click-click-click of modulated incandescents, you'll HATE the buzz-buzz-buzz of modulated LED's. Kisan very kindly steered me into an upgrade to their 'H4/H7 PathBlazer Headlight Modulator to no avail. Filters and ground loop isolators made no difference. I think I'm ready to take on WingAdmin's July '16 posting/elegant solution, though I'm waaay out of my league on this.

Before venturing out into the world of capacitors and toroids, can I throw out a request for feedback on that solution that WingAdmin and others may have experienced in the past 18 months?



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