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post #1 of 13 Old 04-23-2008, 02:16 PM Thread Starter
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Question enough wattage for bright lights

I purchased new bulbs for my DL650 yesterday, and uppon returning home I realized the package stated for single headlights only? also, use only on a 280 watt or larger charging system only, will both of these bulbs do any damage to my wee? how many watts does my charging system actualy produce? I dont want to harm my wee.
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post #2 of 13 Old 04-23-2008, 02:32 PM
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What are the lights "rated for" wattage wise.

Stock is 55wLow/60w Hi.

I'd not go much higher in wattage, and it's your factory wiring harness that is the main limiting factory.

Much higher wattage bulbs WILL melt your stock harness.
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The stock light wiring is a weak link even in the stock setup. A number of people have burnt connections in the stock system. http://www.easternbeaver.com/Main/Pr...om/vstrom.html includes a dual headlight relay kit which is a great solution.

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bright lights

the low beams are 100watt and highs are 130
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Those are illegal for road use, could melt the reflector housing and will approach the maximum output of the alternator.

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I'd not use them....

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the low beams are 100watt and highs are 130
my son bought an old BMW cage, E30body, 325i if I recall, previous owner had stuck 100/130 bulbs in the headlamps, all the reflectors and housings were getting thin from heat, eventually got so thin, the reflectors just disintigrated, $600 worth of headlamp assemblies

I've seen it on other bikes and cages too, also overheats the bulb sockets and cooks them to along with any portion of your wire harness within 5-6 inches of the bulb, more heat than stock components are designed for

it doesn't happen overnite, maybe a few thousand miles before you notice damage

just another way of trashing your bike prematurely instead of the normal things that get trashed when you beat on it, your trashing your electrical system, not cheap, not easy and not fun to replace

stock V-Strom lighting is excellent to begin with

the is also a reason they are not DOT approved, blinding oncoming traffic is not cool



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I guess I'll exchange the bulbs for a slightly brighter than stock bulb, maybe white or blue, any suggestions? all your input is greatly appreciated.
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SilverStars are a nice replacement bulb. Improved visibility at stock wattage. Also available is a SilverStar Ultra which I have no experience with some one is sure to speak up.

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I would go with the Phillips Motovision, specifically for motorcycles. But thats just me

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