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post #1 of 26 Old 05-09-2014, 01:50 PM Thread Starter
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H4 Dual Relay Kit - eastern beaver

Sorry if this is covered. I'm being a bit lazy as there's so much stuff to slog through here and I don't see my questions answered.

I'm thinking about installing one of these as a preventative measure, and to increase my headlight's brightness.

I'm just wondering how necessary this is. Can anyone guestimate the likelihood that without the relay I'll eventually have an issue? And how much brighter are the stock bulbs with the relay?

They also sell a "heavy duty dis-connector" for "easy fairing removal". Its only $5, but is it worth it?

Anything else I should know about this before I go ahead?

(I have a '13 DL650 (aka "GLEE") )

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post #2 of 26 Old 05-09-2014, 02:13 PM
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I don't think anyone can honestly give you a failure rate. There's a poll on the site that shows the number of people who have reported problems. I felt that the chance for failure was enough that it was worth installing the relays, but you'll find others who think that a switch failure is unlikely enough not to bother. It's just one of those issues that, if it happens to you, you'll be without headlights, with no easy roadside repair. Greywolf recommends it, and his expertise is sufficient enough to me that I decided to do it.

I did add the quick disconnect to the relay. I removed the gas tank and routed the power supply wires for the headlights inside the frame, and it would be a pain to undo all that if I had to remove the fairing. The disconnect is a nice feature.

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I also have the '13 G-Strom.

I went with the H4 and quick disconnect. Easy to install and gives me peace of mind. I also got the heated grip and aux attachments, and the 3 circuit connector. EB has great quality stuff.

Not really answering your question, but I don't think there's enough data to say how likely it is to fail.

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I don't think anyone can honestly give you a failure rate. There's a poll on the site that shows the number of people who have reported problems.
Agreed. Unfortunately, IMO the poll was inherently flawed because there was no option for "No Problem".

I know plenty of folks with multiple Stroms under their belts, with no headlight issues and no relays added. I also know that Jim @ EB is not in the business of wasting his time or your money on a frivolous product, so the demand must be there.
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The option for no problem is historically unused, so not statistically valid. I would think the percentage of failures is small, but mostly because the average motorcycle doesn't reach 20,000 miles. If you want to do twice that, I'd add relays. If you know how to wire relays, you can do it for under $10. Most of the kit cost is in labor to wire up the kit.

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Strom with 325K that does not have this mod I believe, so it is a crap shoot I reckon and seems to be more of a 650 issue.

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My opinion is the extra light alone is worth it.

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Strom with 325K that does not have this mod I believe, so it is a crap shoot I reckon and seems to be more of a 650 issue.
It's just that there are more 650s. The biggest issue by far is the headlight cutout on the starter button switch. Every 2005 and later V-Strom has that as well as connectors that are sometimes a problem. The percentage having problems is probably well below half but I don't want to take the chance of losing my headlights some dark night even if it is small. The relays will also provide about 1 volt more and that is a noticeable difference. Also, if the connection that burns out happens to be the ground connection to the fairing, you lose the headlights, the turn signals and the instruments.

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Thanks all. I think that's enough to convince me.

I'm going to go ahead and get the kit. If all I get is a bit of extra light out of it, I think its well worth it. The extra insurance and peace of mind is a bonus. And, its really not that expensive.

I'd have a play at making my own, but with my very little electrical experience, I'd just be defeating the purpose and probably be creating more of a potential problem than if I just left it alone!

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+1 for the quick disconnect. I just pulled my fairing and would have had to pull the battery leads without the connector.

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