2005 high beam upgrade


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2005 high beam upgrade

Post by 702scottc » Tue Jan 15, 2019 8:39 am



I replaced both high beam bulbs with LED bulbs. I had read in the past how difficult they are to change. They are no joke a pain to change, especially the left side.



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Re: 2005 high beam upgrade

Post by wingpilot08 » Tue Jan 15, 2019 1:41 pm

702scottc wrote:
Tue Jan 15, 2019 8:39 am
I replaced both high beam bulbs with LED bulbs. I had read in the past how difficult they are to change. They are no joke a pain to change, especially the left side.
I also just recently changed my Highbeams to LED, I waited until I had more to do than just the lights, I did the work while I had the top shelter off to change the air filter. Was a bit easier I believe...but yeah..I was cursing the engineers!
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Re: 2005 high beam upgrade

Post by MiWinger51 » Tue Jan 15, 2019 3:56 pm

I was considering doing a change to LED on my high beams until I saw a you tube video. I'll do it when one of my present bulbs bites the bullet.
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Re: 2005 high beam upgrade

Post by WingAdmin » Wed Jan 16, 2019 9:37 am

702scottc wrote:
Tue Jan 15, 2019 8:39 am
I replaced both high beam bulbs with LED bulbs. I had read in the past how difficult they are to change. They are no joke a pain to change, especially the left side.
Yup. I helped install a set on a GL1800 on the local GWRRA chapter's maintenance day last year, and came away with shredded hands afterwards. It's hard work in tight spaces.

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Re: 2005 high beam upgrade

Post by 702scottc » Thu Jan 17, 2019 9:54 am

It does seem like they where an afterthought during the design period. In their defense high beams typically last a long time since they aren't used as much as low beams. Mine lasted 14 years. I'm sure these LED bulbs I got from Cyclemax will last many years. I had replaced the low beams last year and they work really well, didn't really need to use the high beams at all. The low beams overpowered the halogen high beams so they where essentially useless. Now when I turned them all on it lit my carport up like daytime. A nice upgrade that isn't too expensive. Just tough on your hands..lol.

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Re: 2005 high beam upgrade

Post by newday777 » Fri Jan 18, 2019 4:59 pm

Wait until you get out at night and get the full effect of the new high beams.
I sold my PIAA 1100X driving lights after installing the LED headlights. The PIAAs were useless.
702scottc wrote:
Thu Jan 17, 2019 9:54 am
It does seem like they where an afterthought during the design period. In their defense high beams typically last a long time since they aren't used as much as low beams. Mine lasted 14 years. I'm sure these LED bulbs I got from Cyclemax will last many years. I had replaced the low beams last year and they work really well, didn't really need to use the high beams at all. The low beams overpowered the halogen high beams so they where essentially useless. Now when I turned them all on it lit my carport up like daytime. A nice upgrade that isn't too expensive. Just tough on your hands..lol.

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Re: 2005 high beam upgrade

Post by am3098 » Mon Feb 25, 2019 10:22 pm

I just did my high beams in conjunction with an air filter change. If you can wait until you have the shelter off, it's MUCH easier. I also have a pair of really long needle nose pliers which makes it even easier; had both done in about 15 minutes. I have the SoCal LEDs in the low beams and I just put Phillips Xtreme Vision in the high beams. I chose to stay with halogen in the high beams since I don't do much night riding, so I couldn't justify the cost of upgrading the high beams to LED. I will say that the LED's in the low beams really do the job.
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Re: 2005 high beam upgrade

Post by cihilb » Tue Feb 26, 2019 8:35 am

I picked up a pair of these. Unbelievable!!
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Re: 2005 high beam upgrade

Post by POPPY'S WING » Fri Mar 01, 2019 6:54 pm

Mine is a 2012,probably doesn't matter. Which kind of led did you guys use?

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Re: 2005 high beam upgrade

Post by keithg64 » Sun Mar 03, 2019 8:12 am

I just bought a set of led from cyclemax yesterday. I'll put the led in the low position and see how they work with the newly installed lights under the cowl.


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