Which H4 led to use for 85 Ltd ?


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rcgreg
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Which H4 led to use for 85 Ltd ?

Post by rcgreg » Sun Jun 03, 2018 2:13 pm



Yikes - there are a ton of different LED replacements marked H4 - which one to use ? they go from 17W to 100W
Anyone got a good recommendation?

thanks



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oldishwinger
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Re: Which H4 led to use for 85 Ltd ?

Post by oldishwinger » Sun Jun 03, 2018 6:05 pm

I just installed one from cyclemax and am very pleased with it it was a tight fit and I learnt a few new curse words. but it does a good job.

I see they are not advertising the same one I brought although the specs of the one they are advertising seem the same. here is a link which shows a photo similar to one I brought.

https://www.alibaba.com/product-detail/ ... 24f4B7HmAU

the advantage I found with the heatsink, was I could bend them out of the way, space in there is limited.

I would suggest while in there change the position lights also.

good luck.

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Re: Which H4 led to use for 85 Ltd ?

Post by rcgreg » Sun Jun 03, 2018 6:27 pm

Thanks for info - I plan to to the other lights as wel!

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Re: Which H4 led to use for 85 Ltd ?

Post by rcgreg » Sun Jun 03, 2018 6:36 pm

well darn cyclemax no longer lists that one

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Re: Which H4 led to use for 85 Ltd ?

Post by oldishwinger » Sun Jun 03, 2018 7:43 pm

rcgreg wrote:
Sun Jun 03, 2018 6:36 pm
well darn cyclemax no longer lists that one
yeh, it does seem kinda strange though, this the link to the one I brought http://cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail/gl1000_ ... 105/303458 the photo is not showing the light with the heatsink, but the specs look the same so Im wondering if the photo is wrong or something. could be worth an email, just a thought.

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Re: Which H4 led to use for 85 Ltd ?

Post by SilverDave » Sun Jun 03, 2018 10:19 pm

IF your 1200 has a fluted lens ( Probably does ) then conventional wisdom is that LED's look much brighter, but just scatter the light, and little of it " Gets down the road "

I recommend something like this , a HID conversion kit :

https://www.ebay.ca/itm/Motorcycle-Head ... K9&vxp=mtr


It can be focussed by the flutes and cuts down on the power needed as well..

SilverDave

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Re: Which H4 led to use for 85 Ltd ?

Post by rcgreg » Mon Jun 04, 2018 8:18 am

Looks interesting, just wondering how easy it is to fit it into the existing headlight compartment

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Re: Which H4 led to use for 85 Ltd ?

Post by SilverDave » Mon Jun 04, 2018 12:50 pm

well... thats the problem..

I have heard that newer LED's are getting so they focus thru the flutes .
In any case, LED's just pop right in where the old H4 incandescent was ..

but ..

The Bulb part of the HID kit is easy .. most kits come with several adapters, and one of them is just right for the H4 bulb .Takes longer to get the headlight unit out than to install the bulb.

Sadly, an HID unit has an exciter box, about the size of a deck of playing cards, and there is NO room in the headlight nacelle . I had to carve a hole in the back of the nacelle, and place the exciter box deeper in the fairing . Another 30 minutes of work, while I set up my dremel, and got the shop vac out to pick up stray bits if plastic .

After the install,wiring and up-down adjustment, I am VERY happy. The HID bulb lights up stop signs and "cats-eyes" 500 feet away .. Perfect !!

SilverDave



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