1986 GL1200a Aspencade Aftermarket Headlight


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1986 GL1200a Aspencade Aftermarket Headlight

Post by Quarteg » Wed Jun 01, 2016 7:54 pm



Does anyone make an aftermarket headlight for the GL1200a? I would love to put an LED headlight in. I have halogen fog lights that put out as much as my high beam, and would love to just get a brighter headlight.

Thoughts?


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Re: 1986 GL1200a Aspencade Aftermarket Headlight

Post by SilverDave » Wed Jun 01, 2016 9:28 pm

Up until last year , LED's were " brighter" but did NOT shine any light down the road . Also needed cooling fans , ad could melt your reflector plastic

Your 1200 has a fluted lens, designed for H4 incandescent , in order to focus the light with the parabolic reflector .

Last fall, I replaced my H4 with a motorcycle HID H4 replacement kit:

Something like this :
http://www.ebay.ca/itm/35W-5000LM-HID-H ... hI&vxp=mtr

Very bright, 30 watts, focused thru the fluted lens gave both hi and lo .... 10/10 in my book !!

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but just recently, someone has gotten the fan and cooling bugs out of the LED world .
These are supposed to be pretty good.
If I had not already carved a hole for my HID exciter box, I might give these a try :

http://www.xenondepot.com/H4-LED-motorc ... ed-mhl.htm

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Re: 1986 GL1200a Aspencade Aftermarket Headlight

Post by Quarteg » Wed Jun 01, 2016 9:37 pm

Thanks!

I will check into them. I am also considering getting rid of my Halogen fog lights and going with LED's. One step at a time. lol
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Re: 1986 GL1200a Aspencade Aftermarket Headlight

Post by geraldm » Thu Jun 02, 2016 10:04 am

On my 86 I mounted a led flood spot just under my OEM light. Cheaper one$ 100-$150 just used for wildlife spotting but immediately noticed my radio lost reception. Apparently the higher priced ones $200- $300 maintain reception on the radio. Something you might want to watch for. I did read somewhere there is a cheap fix for this problem was either on this forum or the Steve Saunders forum. Just my 2 cents worth

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Re: 1986 GL1200a Aspencade Aftermarket Headlight

Post by WingAdmin » Sun Jun 05, 2016 9:15 pm

geraldm wrote:On my 86 I mounted a led flood spot just under my OEM light. Cheaper one$ 100-$150 just used for wildlife spotting but immediately noticed my radio lost reception. Apparently the higher priced ones $200- $300 maintain reception on the radio. Something you might want to watch for. I did read somewhere there is a cheap fix for this problem was either on this forum or the Steve Saunders forum. Just my 2 cents worth
Some LEDs have a DC-DC converter in them that put out a ton of unfiltered RF back into the power supply lines. This is just poor (cheap) design. Often, this can be fixed by putting the power wires through a ferrite (toroid) choke, as close to the LED as possible.

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Re: 1986 GL1200a Aspencade Aftermarket Headlight

Post by geraldm » Tue Jun 07, 2016 10:20 pm

WingAdmin wrote:
geraldm wrote:On my 86 I mounted a led flood spot just under my OEM light. Cheaper one$ 100-$150 just used for wildlife spotting but immediately noticed my radio lost reception. Apparently the higher priced ones $200- $300 maintain reception on the radio. Something you might want to watch for. I did read somewhere there is a cheap fix for this problem was either on this forum or the Steve Saunders forum. Just my 2 cents worth
Some LEDs have a DC-DC converter in them that put out a ton of unfiltered RF back into the power supply lines. This is just poor (cheap) design. Often, this can be fixed by putting the power wires through a ferrite (toroid) choke, as close to the LED as possible.
any special size choke required for this problem or does the type vary with different wattage sizes



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