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OfflineCoach C

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    New Owner with questions on Lights
    « on: 2018-11-08 18:41:48 »
    I will try this again, I just picked up a 2012 R1200RT that will be my commuter bike.  I love the ride.  But, last night taking it home the low beams suck! lol.  So a few questions:


    1-  Has anyone changed out the bulbs for LED?  If so, what type.  Was it an easy install?
    2-  Aux lights. I know the Clearwater are the top of the line, but what else have you used.  Denali seems to show good mapping on the install.  If you used these what did you tap into so that they go on and off with key?
    3-  I'm going to also put the P3 rear lights on as well. 


    Oh one more thing. I have a CeeBailey windscreen.  It's tall but it really gives me that "bubble" of wind and cold protection.  what do you think of the shield?


    Thanks,


    looking forward to using this forum
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    Offlinebandytales

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      Re: New Owner with questions on Lights
      « Reply #1 on: 2018-11-08 18:46:59 »
      Has anyone changed out the bulbs for LED?  If so, what type.  Was it an easy install?


      The nice thing about the Camhead is that it has twin lamps for dip. I am surprised you find them so ineffectual.
      In short, You can fit LED's to these lamps. The type with braided tail cooling are very suitable. The braid can be fanned out and tucked INSIDE the screw on cap. On my Wethead they have had no negative effect. Please make sure they are aimed low, as they are very bright and WILL cause glare (not because of their beam pattern, but because they are just so bright) -  unless setup very accurately.

      OfflineCoach C

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        Re: New Owner with questions on Lights
        « Reply #2 on: 2018-11-08 20:21:01 »
        Thanks.  That's where I need them down in front. 


        thanks,

        Offlineds99

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          Re: New Owner with questions on Lights
          « Reply #3 on: 2018-11-09 22:01:48 »
          I have a Cee Baileys screen on my 2007 RT. I like it, although like all big screens on the RT, as you get above 60mph, the reverse airflow "pushes" you forward. But I have got used to that


          I have also tried one of these screens..


          https://www.sportouring.co.uk/shop/screens/ztechnik/ztechnikbmw/ztechnik-vstream-replacement-screen-for-bmw-r1200rt/


          ....and that was very similar to the Cee Baileys one

          OnlineQball-16

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            Re: New Owner with questions on Lights
            « Reply #4 on: 2018-11-10 16:11:57 »
            I will try this again, I just picked up a 2012 R1200RT that will be my commuter bike.  I love the ride.  But, last night taking it home the low beams suck! lol.  So a few questions:


            1-  Has anyone changed out the bulbs for LED?  If so, what type.  Was it an easy install?
            2-  Aux lights. I know the Clearwater are the top of the line, but what else have you used.  Denali seems to show good mapping on the install.  If you used these what did you tap into so that they go on and off with key?
            3-  I'm going to also put the P3 rear lights on as well. 


            Oh one more thing. I have a CeeBailey windscreen.  It's tall but it really gives me that "bubble" of wind and cold protection.  what do you think of the shield?


            Thanks,


            looking forward to using this forum
             :vader:


            I just ordered a set of Denali 2.0 DR1's for my 06RT, along with the Switch Eliminator Plug and the Dual Intensity DataDim Controller.  The kit hasn't arrived yet, but I expect the install is going to be pretty straight forward.


            Like you, I want the lights to be on whenever the bike is running.  The Switch Eliminator Plug replaces the on/off switch and it's branch of wiring harness.  I'll tap into one of the low beam power wires to get a switched power source.  If this is all you do, the lights will be on 100% power whenever the bike is running.  Otherwise, if you go ahead and mount the included switch, the lights will still come on when the bike is running, but you'll be able to turn them off remotely.


            The dual intensity DataDim Controller simply plugs into the Denali wiring harness replacing the included single intensity controller.  With it, the lights will run at 50% intensity with the bike running and low beams on, and 100% intensity when the high beam is turned on.  This also requires tapping into the high beam power wire for that switched power source.


            The other nice thing with the Denali light kits is that they come with spot AND flood lenses that can be easily switched out in minutes.  You can run full spot (spot lens in both),full flood (flood lens in both) or a spot/flood hybrid (one of each) depending on your personal preferences.


            Full disclosure: I'm running the CarRover braided wire LED's in all 3 stock headlight positions (2 low, 1 high) and they are absolutely fantastic - up close.  They do lack a bit of power/intensity at distance, but the Denali 2.0 DR1's will solve that problem for sure!

            Offlineraider57

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              Re: New Owner with questions on Lights
              « Reply #5 on: 2018-11-13 14:45:53 »
              Check your headlight adjustment. My 2012 was WAY off  when I bought it used.  First,the manual adjustment knob should be turned all the way UP. Careful though, Do not force the knob, you can  break the adjustment lever if you twist it too far.
              Then you can set the low beam headlights using the proper bolt adjustment which behind the light unit. You will need a small ratchet and 10mm socket.
              Also, look to see your bulbs are seated correctly. They should point straight and level.  My high beam bulb was installed upside down and was cockeyed in the headlight unit. The light was nowhere near the road, more like up in the trees! The bulb tabs should be oriented exactly as shown in your owners manual.
              Once I got this sorted out, my regular H7 bulb provide great illumination.

               

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