LED light bulb upgrade

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LED light bulb upgrade

Post by jcbigears » Sat May 18, 2019 8:52 am

Hi all,

I have a 2016 Ranger with the sidecar on the left (and on the other side of the hemisphere to most of you as well). I've only recently bought it and am slowly putting together some upgrades. One of the things I wanted to do early was upgrade the lights, specifically for safety. I thought I'd put together a post of photos as I went in case anyone else ever travels down this path. This post may be a waste of time, and it may belong in a different section, but here we are. It's election night down here and there's NOTHING of the idiot box except for painfully slow vote counting updates. At the end I have a question for you all.

The kit I bought was from Uralne https://www.uralne.com/led-bulb-kit

Now, the installation of the actual bulbs is quite straightforward. Unscrewing the covers and replacing the bulbs with the LEDs I don't think demands much of an explanation. The bulbs come in a box that clearly tells you which one goes where. I applied a smidge of dielectric grease around each bulb. My only word of advice for this stage is DO NOT panic if you try the indicators and they either flash quickly, don't flash at all or come on like hazard lights all at once. It all works out after the next stage.

The instructions for the next stage require you to remove the headlight. Big breath. This has been described as a daunting experience for many who have ventured into the "bird's nest", so I was hesitant, to say the least. A 13mm socket applied to both bolts either side of the headlight and once they're removed, the headlight can be squeezed forwards. Once loose, it comes out far enough that you can trace the wires coming from the rear to its connector, and then once disconnected, the headlight is put to one side. Here you can see my first problem - clearly an underused bike. Clean as buggery.
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The flasher relay to remove is the big blue box in the background. It's best done by removing the screw at the top of the fusebox. Move the handlebars to point the front wheel hard right and you should see it there. Remove the screw, take off the relay and its mount, and then screw the screw back in.
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Next, reach under the dashboard and gently pull down on the entire flasher warning light. It comes out as shown below.
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Pull off both wires (double purple and black), and attach as per the instructions to the red wire of the supplied small "loom".
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The next thing is to find the grounding point of the speedo. Here it is.
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I found the next step easiest to do by pulling off the group of connectors to the grounding point and then attaching the next wire to the group and then reinstalling the whole lot.
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The final two wires attach to the original bulb, and then the lot are sent back to the dashboard.
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I also put a zip tie around the wiring loom to the relay and connected it to the speedo cable to hold it in place.

My last word of advice regarding the headlight reinstallation. I found the headlight very tight to get back into place with the rubber grommets, and the grommet would twist and fold over on itself while trying to get the holes lined up. A simple solution was to place a flat head screw driver between the headlight can and the mount. Twisting the screwdriver opened up the space just a smidge and allowed the grommet to flatten out again.
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Job done. Pleased to see all the lights working as intended and sharp and bright.

What's next, I hear none of you ask. LED dashboard and speedo lights (for no good reason) and an LED headlight upgrade. So here's my question: should I get a new Hella reflector unit and an LED bulb to suit, or a complete LED unit that comes as one?
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Re: LED light bulb upgrade

Post by lendrinkard » Sat May 18, 2019 10:20 am

Nice post. Well done :)
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Re: LED light bulb upgrade

Post by windmill » Sat May 18, 2019 11:49 am

jcbigears wrote:
Sat May 18, 2019 8:52 am
should I get a new Hella reflector unit and an LED bulb to suit, or a complete LED unit that comes as one?
Most of the unit led headlights are garbage. The rave reviews about them are from folks who obviously never compared their beam pattern to a certified headlight, or face it coming down the road. They appear "brighter", but actually reduce how far one can see in the distance.

There are some good name brand ones like Trucklite, but they are fairly expensive, There are many cheap "Amazon" knockoffs may look like them but don't work like them, and many LED bulbs for H4 reflectors are also poorly engineered and don't work correctly. They cause excessive glare for oncoming traffic, have poor light distribution being too bright up close, and project less light in the distance.

I opted for the Hella H4 with Auxbeam NF-S1 after much research, trial and error because they are correctly engineered to work together and maintain the proper beam pattern, cost less than a quality unit led, and the Hella has a glass lens rather than plastic.
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Re: LED light bulb upgrade

Post by Trumpetwasher » Sat May 18, 2019 1:07 pm

I just changed the bulb to a fanless H4 LED.
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Re: LED light bulb upgrade

Post by Trumpetwasher » Sat May 18, 2019 1:13 pm

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In fact, these. They work really well with the existing lens. In fact, I have another headlight with the stock lens mounted in the sidecar.
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2016 cT Flat Black Custom (Black Tractor)
Black Power Train
3.89 Final Drive
Reverse Hand Shift
Sidecar Power Panel
Handlebar Power Outlet
Light Tint Aviation Grade Windscreens
Deluxe Seating
Sidecar Side Panels
Armrests
Double-Spring Saddle
Santamaria Foot Rest
Custom Nose Art
Dietz Sidecar Headlight (Night Blaster 5000)
Dnepr Leg Shields
XMT-MOTO Hand Guards
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Re: LED light bulb upgrade

Post by Mr Wazzock » Sun May 19, 2019 10:09 am

Mine got changed to a unit that will take an (replaceable!) H4 bulb and I use a high brightness brand.
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Re: LED light bulb upgrade

Post by Trumpetwasher » Sun May 19, 2019 2:19 pm

I like the look of the stock crystal Jute J703F-S lens. I had a couple of Dietz 7" bullet lights so I put one on the sidecar with this in it and changed to LED.

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2016 cT Flat Black Custom (Black Tractor)
Black Power Train
3.89 Final Drive
Reverse Hand Shift
Sidecar Power Panel
Handlebar Power Outlet
Light Tint Aviation Grade Windscreens
Deluxe Seating
Sidecar Side Panels
Armrests
Double-Spring Saddle
Santamaria Foot Rest
Custom Nose Art
Dietz Sidecar Headlight (Night Blaster 5000)
Dnepr Leg Shields
XMT-MOTO Hand Guards
All LED lights.

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Re: LED light bulb upgrade

Post by Trumpetwasher » Sun May 19, 2019 2:26 pm

BTW, if you don't mind doing a little wiring, superbrightleds has the turn signal filter for $4.95. MDK-1
2016 cT Flat Black Custom (Black Tractor)
Black Power Train
3.89 Final Drive
Reverse Hand Shift
Sidecar Power Panel
Handlebar Power Outlet
Light Tint Aviation Grade Windscreens
Deluxe Seating
Sidecar Side Panels
Armrests
Double-Spring Saddle
Santamaria Foot Rest
Custom Nose Art
Dietz Sidecar Headlight (Night Blaster 5000)
Dnepr Leg Shields
XMT-MOTO Hand Guards
All LED lights.

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Re: LED light bulb upgrade

Post by jcbigears » Tue May 21, 2019 8:24 am

Thank you
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Re: LED light bulb upgrade

Post by jcbigears » Tue May 21, 2019 8:28 am

Trumpetwasher wrote:
Sun May 19, 2019 2:26 pm
BTW, if you don't mind doing a little wiring, superbrightleds has the turn signal filter for $4.95. MDK-1
Yes I saw that only after I’d already bought the kit. Sigh.
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Re: LED light bulb upgrade

Post by jcbigears » Tue May 21, 2019 8:29 am

Trumpetwasher wrote:
Sat May 18, 2019 1:07 pm
I just changed the bulb to a fanless H4 LED.
Can I ask which one? There seems to be a million of them out there. Also did you have any trouble fitting it in the can?
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Re: LED light bulb upgrade

Post by jcbigears » Tue May 21, 2019 8:32 am

I forgot to add to the original post that I was able to pop the cover off the original relay and put it on the new one, which then allowed me to screw it back in position.
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Re: LED light bulb upgrade

Post by Trumpetwasher » Tue May 21, 2019 9:58 am

US $22.66 31%OFF | 12V H4 LED Car Bulbs 6500K 10000LM H7 LED Headlight Fanless H1 H8 H9 Auto Lamp 72W CSP Chips H11 9005 9006 HB3 HB4 Led Headlamp
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2016 cT Flat Black Custom (Black Tractor)
Black Power Train
3.89 Final Drive
Reverse Hand Shift
Sidecar Power Panel
Handlebar Power Outlet
Light Tint Aviation Grade Windscreens
Deluxe Seating
Sidecar Side Panels
Armrests
Double-Spring Saddle
Santamaria Foot Rest
Custom Nose Art
Dietz Sidecar Headlight (Night Blaster 5000)
Dnepr Leg Shields
XMT-MOTO Hand Guards
All LED lights.

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