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PostSubject: Installing LED headlight unit   Sun Feb 11, 2018 9:07 pm

I've received the headlight conversion unit I mentioned in my intro post, and I've checked that it has enough depth available in the shell. There's one snag, and one fairly predictable question.

The snag is that the headlight bezel has a couple of mounting tabs top and bottom to match the stock reflectors left-right axis mount. The replacement I have in hand has no such mounts, since it was never officially intended for a motorcycle headlamp (horrors!). Before I try to cobble something up, I thought best to ask the collective wisdom how this may have been handled in the past. I don't have a driving desire to use a different headlight shell (as I understand Yodasoldier or others may have done), but if I have to I will.

The predictable question, of course, is the related one of what the best way might be to make the headlight bezel black. The headlight replacement unit is all black, the shell is black, so the bezel ring is the odd man out. The Tenni Green of the bike is set off so nicely by the black frame and components, and I am of that faith that believes chrome is the work of He Whose Name Shall Not Be Spoken Evil or Very Mad I can do the whole sanding - etching - painting routine, but is someone has a better idea, or even a handy hint, I'd welcome it.
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PostSubject: Re: Installing LED headlight unit   Sun Feb 11, 2018 10:24 pm

Why even use the shell? I attached mine directly to the headlight bracket with some M8 stud nuts.


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PostSubject: Re: Installing LED headlight unit   Sun Feb 11, 2018 10:29 pm

beetle wrote:

Why even use the shell? I attached mine directly to the headlight bracket with some M8 stud nuts.

I suppose I could do that, but I do like the clean, classic look of the headlight shell (though of course there's always the issue of cracking plastic to deal with). It may be worth the relatively small effort to try and see what it looks like.
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PostSubject: Re: Installing LED headlight unit   Sun Feb 11, 2018 10:34 pm

Is that vinyl wrapping I see there Mark?
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PostSubject: Re: Installing LED headlight unit   Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:03 pm

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I suppose I could do that, but I do like the clean, classic look of the headlight shell (though of course there's always the issue of cracking plastic to deal with). It may be worth the relatively small effort to try and see what it looks like.


You could always buy the SE shell. I believe it's hideously expensive, however.




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PostSubject: Re: Installing LED headlight unit   Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:04 pm

ghezzi wrote:
Is that vinyl wrapping I see there Mark?


Well..yeah. That's how GRiSO became orange.






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PostSubject: Re: Installing LED headlight unit   Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:18 pm

beetle wrote:
ITSecurity wrote:


I suppose I could do that, but I do like the clean, classic look of the headlight shell (though of course there's always the issue of cracking plastic to deal with). It may be worth the relatively small effort to try and see what it looks like.


You could always buy the SE shell. I believe it's hideously expensive, however.





The shell I have is in fine shape, so whatever strategy I choose will include preserving it intact if I can. I'll likely try your suggestion of removing the shell, since I have a carbon-fiber (or is that carbon -fibre?) flyscreen installed that will help hide the bits behind.
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PostSubject: Re: Installing LED headlight unit   Wed Feb 21, 2018 4:43 am

I was considering a similar conversion. I had saved this 7" Daymaker Headlight Bucket on my Amazon wish list. Think it's generic enough it could work on a GRiSO
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PostSubject: Re: Installing LED headlight unit   Wed Feb 21, 2018 5:51 am


WRT your second question, and with some trepidation following my oil-thread debacle Rolling Eyes, I submit these -- which I am ordering (or stopping by a JD place to buy) -- to paint an aluminum bracket for my Stornello's auxiliary lights ... after I decide whether to go flat or not:

John Deere Flat Stuff

John Deere Satin Stuff

BTW, I am one of those guys who learned the hard way how fornicating expen$ive a replacement OEM shell is.   Shocked

Post pix upon your victory ... or defeat.   Wink

Bill

P.S. A prospective buyer on Amazon asked "Msrp on this is $8 why is the price so high?" The seller responded, "Shipping is expensive, Amazon fee is about 15%, need money to support our family. Choose any three Smile Natalie."  I like her style.  cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Installing LED headlight unit   Wed Feb 21, 2018 7:59 am

Hey Bill; what could go wrong with your post this time ???

You know he's based in Canada right; Hopefully doesn't need the bigger size cans...

"We cannot ship these products to California, Delaware, Maryland or Canada"
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PostSubject: Re: Installing LED headlight unit   Wed Feb 21, 2018 8:00 am

Now I'm messing it up - maybe they just won't ship to Canadians living in US :-)
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PostSubject: Re: Installing LED headlight unit   Wed Feb 21, 2018 9:31 am

paulbrice wrote:
Hey Bill; what could go wrong with your post this time ???

You know he's based in Canada right; Hopefully doesn't need the bigger size cans...

"We cannot ship these products to California, Delaware, Maryland or Canada"  

I think I'm gonna throw up. Embarassed

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PostSubject: Re: Installing LED headlight unit   Wed Feb 21, 2018 5:00 pm

Rustoleum makes a "farm" paint, pretty good stuff, found it at Menards about half the price.
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PostSubject: Re: Installing LED headlight unit   Wed Feb 21, 2018 9:30 pm

paulbrice wrote:
Hey Bill; what could go wrong with your post this time ???

You know he's based in Canada right; Hopefully doesn't need the bigger size cans...

"We cannot ship these products to California, Delaware, Maryland or Canada"  

I have dual citizenship. When I'm in Canada, everyone calls me an American, and when I'm in the US, everyone calls me a Canadian. Rolling Eyes
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PostSubject: Re: Installing LED headlight unit   Wed Feb 21, 2018 11:08 pm

I recently fell down and broke my headlight. Spazzed out and immediately ordered a generic 7" "Daymaker" LED headlight from Amazon only to find that it does not fit in the stock headlight shell.

The resulting search turned up Low Profile Healight Shell ($79 USD) from Motodemic. It is an exact fit for the stock headlight mount. This is the same shell that JW Speaker uses for their V7 LED conversation kit. However, it isn't super convincing to me: old school where you mount the LED unit to bezel with spring clips, then bezel to housing with 2 sheet metal tabs and 1 screw. I would have preferred an LED unit with integral mounts off the casting.
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PostSubject: Re: Installing LED headlight unit   Sun Mar 04, 2018 10:35 pm

Bill Hagan wrote:

WRT your second question, and with some trepidation following my oil-thread debacle Rolling Eyes, I submit these -- which I am ordering (or stopping by a JD place to buy) -- to paint an aluminum bracket for my Stornello's auxiliary lights ... after I decide whether to go flat or not:

John Deere Flat Stuff

John Deere Satin Stuff

BTW, I am one of those guys who learned the hard way how fornicating expen$ive a replacement OEM shell is.   Shocked

Post pix upon your victory ... or defeat.   Wink

Bill

Well, it looks like my final result (after a couple of experiments) will be something like what Beetle did, letting the LED unit act as its own shell. I have done a few 'make pretty' things to make the result more visually acceptable for my own configuration. I will be relying on a carbon-fiber flyscreen or a just-received Givi A34 windshield to help hide the wiring that can now not be hidden in the shell. I used some 3/4-inch shrink-tubing to black out the coupling nuts used to suspend the LED headlight unit, and did a few other things too.

Photos to come, along with those showing how I mounted Rizoma turn signals.
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PostSubject: Re: Installing LED headlight unit   Fri Mar 16, 2018 7:38 pm

So Tony, how did things finally turn out? Picture-picture?
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PostSubject: Re: Installing LED headlight unit   Mon Apr 02, 2018 10:08 am

I felt a bit affluent at the weekend and stuck on a Koso Thunderbolt, just needed a couple of 8mm through spacers and modified the wiring from inside the OE headlight as the Koso comes with a flying lead. I think it looks the business, but hey that’s why I stuck it on :-)

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PostSubject: Re: Installing LED headlight unit   Mon Apr 02, 2018 12:57 pm

Robinson_Spike wrote:
I felt a bit affluent at the weekend and stuck on a Koso Thunderbolt, just needed a couple of 8mm through spacers and modified the wiring from inside the OE headlight as the Koso comes with a flying lead. I think it looks the business, but hey that’s why I stuck it on :-)

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Oh yes i want one of those, i guess that's the running light on? how does it look on low beam?
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PostSubject: Re: Installing LED headlight unit   Mon Apr 02, 2018 12:59 pm

they are how much!!!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Installing LED headlight unit   Mon Apr 02, 2018 2:08 pm

sidrat wrote:
they are how much!!!!!

Hahaha - yes I know, my wife let me buy it at the Manchester show because it’s a hefty piece of kit in real life and I was pleasantly surprised when my tight arsed mates even said it was the business and, it gets attention everywhere, makes the bike look modern too?

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PostSubject: Re: Installing LED headlight unit   Tue Apr 03, 2018 9:50 am

They WERE 10% off - ended yesterday though. Sad
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PostSubject: Re: Installing LED headlight unit   Tue Apr 03, 2018 10:38 am

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They WERE 10% off - ended yesterday though. Sad

Koso North America? - Tell em that I sent you - I reckon that they’ll give you 15%
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