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    I ride at night frequently and would like to increase my ability to see and be seen. I would like to know if anyone has experience installing LED turn signals and/or brake lights and what I would need to install a set on my bike. Do I need to modify my electrical system? or is it just plug and play? I see many LED turn signal kits available, so any tips on what I should be looking for or trying to avoid would be greatly appreciated!



    Also has anyone installed a HID headlight on one of these bikes? Any thoughts on the feasibility of this?



    Thanks for your time.

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    Tdub is all LED/HID, even the gauge and indicator lights. I bought the LEDs from superbrightleds.com and the HID off ebay.



    I tried the 90* 1156 and 1157 replacements in the turns, but vibration killed the 1156s in just a few miles. I switched to the flat 36LED panels and glued them into the housings with a bit of silicon glue. The 1157s are still good. I have the 5W Luxeon in the tail light. Get the brightest bulb you can for the brake/tail. The Luxeon is brighter than stock. The multi-LEd indicator bulbs are too bright. Use the cheaper single LED versions.



    The only change I made other than bulbs is a flasher for LEDs. Just carry the old one into any auto parts store and ask for an electronic replacement that is not load sensitive.



    The HID is half a bi-xenon kit, for a car or truck, the other half of the kit is on my CB550.




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    Thanks for the info!



    So was there any mounting issues you had when installing the HID headlight?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Henrici View Post
    Thanks for the info!



    So was there any mounting issues you had when installing the HID headlight?


    Not on the TW. The HIDs I used were a conversion kit for H4 bulbs. The 2001 and newer TWs already have an H4 bulb, so it was pretty much as easy as replacing the stock bulb. Wiring a headlight relay for the transformer through a rocker switch mounted on the handlebars wasn't too difficult.



    On the CB, I bought an H4 conversion headlight bulb to fit the stock headlight housing. Wiring was the same as the TW.




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    The current Motorcycle Consumer News magazine likes these small, LED based, off-road driving lights--- a little pricey, but they supposedly have very little current draw, a big light output, and are designed to stand up to the rigors of off-roading (including waterproof, metal construction). Details and videos are here : http://www.twistedth...oductview/5224/



    They are adapted specifically for cycle mounting from the Solstice brand's Vision X LED off-road lights (which at about $120 per light, plus the mountings/switches/wiring pretty much equals the Twisted Throttle Denali light kit): http://scripts.twist...rticle/view/312



    A univeral mounting kit is included, and bike specific ones are available (I didn't see a TW listed). MCN sucessfully mounted some to the front reflector mounting points on a DR650, so that would be one possiblility for TWs, as are turn signal mounting points.



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    Quote Originally Posted by qwerty View Post
    Not on the TW. The HIDs I used were a conversion kit for H4 bulbs. The 2001 and newer TWs already have an H4 bulb, so it was pretty much as easy as replacing the stock bulb. Wiring a headlight relay for the transformer through a rocker switch mounted on the handlebars wasn't too difficult.



    On the CB, I bought an H4 conversion headlight bulb to fit the stock headlight housing. Wiring was the same as the TW.


    wow that's great I think I'm gonna start off with the hid....

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    Quote Originally Posted by mudpuppy View Post
    The current Motorcycle Consumer News magazine likes these small, LED based, off-road driving lights--- a little pricey, but they supposedly have very little current draw, a big light output, and are designed to stand up to the rigors of off-roading (including waterproof, metal construction). Details and videos are here : http://www.twistedth...oductview/5224/



    They are adapted specifically for cycle mounting from the Solstice brand's Vision X LED off-road lights (which at about $120 per light, plus the mountings/switches/wiring pretty much equals the Twisted Throttle Denali light kit): http://scripts.twist...rticle/view/312



    A univeral mounting kit is included, and bike specific ones are available (I didn't see a TW listed). MCN sucessfully mounted some to the front reflector mounting points on a DR650, so that would be one possiblility for TWs, as are turn signal mounting points.



    Corey
    Thanks those lights look pretty sweet.

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    Stupid high prices.




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    yeah I think I'm gonna start with the HID and see how that one works... Those lights do look like they would be pretty cool tho. Probably wouldn't consider picking a set up unless you could get them for under $100....

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    Do not install an HID in the stock TW200 light housing. It's dangerous for oncoming vetches and is illegal. a 35W HID is going to be 2-3x the brightness of the stock bulb. HID light behaves differently and needs special optics in order to be safe for road use.
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