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post #1 of 26 Old 10-04-2017, 04:04 PM Thread Starter
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LED headlight

By any chance any of you guys put led bulb(h7) on your Vee? If so which brand?
looking to put one on my 2018, but the space seems limited to put one with the cooling fan.

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post #2 of 26 Old 10-04-2017, 04:56 PM
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Below is the offical Suzuki headlight spec for a 2018 Vstrom 1000. You can get for $45 each the 3rd generation LED plug and play H-7 and H-9 lamps from ADV Rocket, link below. I have this product in my 650K7 and would not have anything else. There is no fan and the metal, bendable lattice you see is the heat sink. BUT, I would contact John Sanford, the engineer-owner and ask about the 2018 Vstrom fit. It is very important the actual light source on the LED be in the same physical place as on the OEM. Because, light performance is nearly entirely dependent upon the reflector inside headlight bucket. You can remove the OEM bulb or just look at it from the outside see if the beam emitter points up or down on the low beam and the high beam points up or down. ANY retrofit must be oriented the same as the OEM or you will get scatter or worse. Many on this forum have had that problem. In most respects, any H-7 and H-9 will have the same mounting design and the same beam emitter design. I use John's 2G H-4 and it is identical with the beam emitters on the OEM but G1 was off some and worked ok but not really good like the G2 does. I was recently on a road in MT near a river at dark dusk and on HB I could see the trees on both sides of the road and clouds of millions of insects but that is not scatter: it's lots of lumens. The H-7 LED puts out 4800 lumen at about 25 watts and the H-9 is the same: together you'd be running a landing light and you'd like it. But beware the interaction between the reflector and emitter.




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if same as the 14's

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Ok, here it is. I've changed my low beam for a led h7. 4500lm 6000k
I'm happy but not overwhelmed. Yes it's brighter the light spectrum it's not the same!
Pros: whiter
all the reflective material (on panel, traffic cone...) lights up like an upcoming train.
seems like I'm more noticeable by other road user( the light doesn't seems to blind them do)
the light seems to have a wider pattern

Cons: the one with the fan and module are a tight fit under the dust cap. but they fit and nothing to cut or make an hole so it's still waterproof( I think thats cancel the con!! you judge)
Doesn't seems to have the same effective length of sight as my halogen( explanation below)
Unknown heat dissipation in that confine space.

The one I've bought had 2 led on each side. Like almost all of the led bulb for that purpose. The thing is when installed the led points on the side. the emitting light goes sideways not like a halogen bulb all around. I think that's why the light beam seems having a wider pattern, but lacking in length effective lighting. not having an emitting source of light going up from the bulb to the reflective backing ,backing doesn't reflect nothing!!

I think that the ones with 3 sides led. (like a triangle viewed from the front) might be better. one led pointing up and the other 2 pointing down and sideways. giving more lighting like an halogen bulb that emits light on 360 degrees.

But for a longer range view I still have the high beam that I can use ;-)


2 thing to do now :1.change that orangish position light ont that head light. 2.Find someone who wants a h7 headlight bulb( they come in a 2-pack for cars) and exchange him for an h9 led for my highbeam.

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Good Write-up

I think you have a separate bucket for the LB and HB. If your halogen LB filament sits out in the clear so the light can emit in 360 deg vertically, then the LED must do the same. However, this seems strange because the LB has a cut line so there is little light above it and lots below. This usually achieved because halogen bulb has a metal screen preventing light from emitting downward. I think the LED must nest in metal so the only way to have light emit and up and down is to have 2 LEDs emitting at the same time; this is the G2 design from ADV Monster I have: both emit on HB and only the up emitting one emits on LB. I have seen designs using 3 LEDs in a triangular metal house, which should be a design compromise because only one of them could point straight up. John Sanford, owner of ADV Monster encourages contact for fitment issues. I don't know about this but if an H-7 is a dedicated LB and the H-9 is a dedicated HB, with 2 completely different and separate headlights, you may have a fitment problem, which you do as you are not overwhelmed with the difference from OEM. With both of your headlights on, you have nearly 10,000 lumens but if the geometry of the LED emitters does not precisely duplicate the same for the OEM, you won't like it very much. Good luck; I spent gobs of time on this subject. The below link for a blog that John is active on and a place for placing pictures of your set up. Many people offered images of beam patterns on it. It is among the more confusing, even confounding upgrades I have encountered: some understand the importance of the headlight reflector, all eventually do. I have a 2015 Subaru and it has 3 headlights on each side. The main light has a halogen bulb with 2 filaments and a shaped relector, same as my 2007 wee, and it has a running light with a shaped lens in front and some kind of light source behind that I can't see, and the "cornering" light also use a shaped lens in front. Only the main headlight beam is reflector dependent and other two are lens dependent.



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Below is the offical Suzuki headlight spec for a 2018 Vstrom 1000. You can get for $45 each the 3rd generation LED plug and play H-7 and H-9 lamps from ADV Rocket, link below. I have this product in my 650K7 and would not have anything else. There is no fan and the metal, bendable lattice you see is the heat sink. BUT, I would contact John Sanford, the engineer-owner and ask about the 2018 Vstrom fit. It is very important the actual light source on the LED be in the same physical place as on the OEM. Because, light performance is nearly entirely dependent upon the reflector inside headlight bucket. You can remove the OEM bulb or just look at it from the outside see if the beam emitter points up or down on the low beam and the high beam points up or down. ANY retrofit must be oriented the same as the OEM or you will get scatter or worse. Many on this forum have had that problem. In most respects, any H-7 and H-9 will have the same mounting design and the same beam emitter design. I use John's 2G H-4 and it is identical with the beam emitters on the OEM but G1 was off some and worked ok but not really good like the G2 does. I was recently on a road in MT near a river at dark dusk and on HB I could see the trees on both sides of the road and clouds of millions of insects but that is not scatter: it's lots of lumens. The H-7 LED puts out 4800 lumen at about 25 watts and the H-9 is the same: together you'd be running a landing light and you'd like it. But beware the interaction between the reflector and emitter.









Headlight12V 65W (H9 high-beam) & 12V 55W (H7 low-beam)12V 65W (H9 high-beam) & 12V 55W (H7 low-beam)





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I bought the H7 (low beam) for my 2018 from ADVmonster, link in quote. What I do not like is that I am unable to put the plastic dust cover, which screws on, back on the bike. I am a little concerned of dirt and water ingress into the light bucket. Not sure if I will keep this, or put it back to stock.


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Just placed the order for Cyclops h7 LED bulb. Will see how's the light pattern.
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Just placed the order for Cyclops h7 LED bulb. Will see how's the light pattern.


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The bulb has just arrived this afternoon, my last day off. I have days off again from 28th of December so no time to do anything before that. As soon as I install it, I'll write down the review.
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