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post #1 of 7 Old 10-12-2014, 01:26 PM Thread Starter
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Speedmetal LED conversion kit

So far this is more of a how-to than a review. I'll hopefully have a full review and comparison within the next month.

After reading how terrible the stock headlight wiring is on the Vstroms, I flipped a coin on the Eastern Beaver relays and LED headlights. I guess you can tell which won. I ended up purchasing two of these:
SPEEDMETAL - LED Conversion Kit - Headlights - Electrical - Parts - Cycle Gear
and will give you a quick installation.

0) Obligatory box shot

1) Package contents minus instructions and double sided foam tape for mounting the driver

2) The mounting ring is a twist-lock and can easily be removed for installation. This makes everything a billion times easier.

3) The mount ring installed and metal holder clipped

4) Put some dielectric grease in the smaller hole. Otherwise the sticktion from the boot makes installation and making sure the drain tubes face down nearly impossible. Ask me how I know.
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post #2 of 7 Old 10-12-2014, 01:34 PM Thread Starter
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5) Rubber boot installed. After the picture I rotated the center to get rid of the ripple

6) Bulb installed. Remember, it has a twist lock, so use care and precision instead of brute force and ignorance during installation. It will go in eventually, don't worry.

7) Look from the front.

8) This is where I installed the LED driver. All the loose wiring is inside the zipties so no worry about any interference with the steering.

9) And the left side. The wire that connects to the main harness got disconnected and looped around the gauge cluster harness after this picture was taken since I didn't have enough room to get it inside the zipties.
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post #3 of 7 Old 10-12-2014, 01:41 PM Thread Starter
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10) Key on/engine off with lowbeams. Beautiful white light.

11) The blue thing behind the grate is where the lowest part of the LED driver sits. The driver is in airflow but any electrical connectors are much higher up.

12) sterVin's little helper. Before any PETA people chime in, her collar is off because she just had a bath. And yes, I did everything this morning in my pajama pants.

Like I said, I'm going to shoot for a nighttime review next weekend and hopefully some comparison shots with something other than my cellphone. One thing I did notice on these is that the high and low beam use the same LED type so highbeam would just be more light not more distance, and that both LEDs are on when highbeam is on.
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post #4 of 7 Old 10-12-2014, 04:10 PM
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Also try to get a look at your new headlights as an on-coming driver would see them.

"Older people who are reasonable, good-tempered, and gracious will bear aging well. Those who are mean-spirited and irritable will be unhappy at every period of their lives.

"Let each of use properly whatever strengths he has and strive to use them well. If he does this, he will never find himself lacking."

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post #5 of 7 Old 10-18-2014, 11:17 AM Thread Starter
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No pictures yet (don't tar and feather me, please!), but I did take a quick spin in the country last night.

Long story short, I'm keeping the bulbs. Despite what I thought, high beams do allow a little more distance. Must be the reflector shape. Overdriving the low beams happens at about 60 and the highs.... Felony speeds. Haha. I also took it for a spin in the city and had no one flash their lights at me. Beam cutoff isn't beautiful like on HID projectors, but it's a lot better than any HID drop in bulb I've seen. If you have some money you need to spend at cycle gear, go for it, but I wouldn't run out this second and buy them.

Oh, and I do highly recommend the rev-it sand pro gloves. A little nippy at 50F, but they're super comfortable and have great protection for a glove that flows massive air.
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post #6 of 7 Old 01-08-2015, 04:10 PM Thread Starter
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My apologies for not updating this thread with pictures. I've done a few rides at night and am still happy with the light output. High-beams could be a little brighter, but I'll most likely be purchasing AdventureTech's LED aux light kit at some point. It's nice knowing I can mob around with my high beams on during the day and have my heated grips and gerbing pants on (and jacket eventually) without murdering the battery.

Comparison pictures will come, I swear. A valve check and oil change takes priority, and I don't have much free time lately.
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post #7 of 7 Old 04-13-2017, 05:50 AM
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Any updates on these lights? I came across them on Revzilla and am thinking it may be a good way to cut back on battery usage so as to add some heated gear.

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