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Old 02-23-2015, 07:00 AM   #1
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Cyclops H1 LED bulbs in a KTM 640adv?

I had the Cyclops H4 bulb in my 990adv and it was awesome! I've since sold the 990 :( But am considering a 640adv (Need something lighter than a 990 and cheaper than 690), but on a recent ride we had a dude on a 640adv and the oem headlight was a dangerous joke! I had to ride beside him on the trails at night just so he wouldn't crash LOL!
Just wondering if any 640adv owners have gone this route instead of the HID conversion and what they thought.
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Old 02-24-2015, 08:34 AM   #2
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I've been wondering the same thing. I put a set of H4's in one of my wife's cars and it was a big inprovement.
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Old 02-24-2015, 08:44 AM   #3
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Also curious on the answer. I'd love to upgrade my stock headlight...
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Old 02-24-2015, 10:09 AM   #4
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Well...I sent Cyclops an email asking just this. Got a reply from Darryl at Cyclops this morning:

HI John
Thank You
Although our current H1 bulb will work, I do not recommend it, we have a new H1 coming out near the end of march that would be a much better option.


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So there ya go. I can tell you, if it is as straight forward as the H4 install... i.e. Plug N Play, then forget the HID convert! The Cyclops LED bulb is easier and no need to account for the draw on your electrical system. If I do end up getting a 640adv, this will be the first thing I get for it hands down.
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Old 02-24-2015, 10:24 AM   #5
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The wiring on the 640 is crap. I mean, umm.... designed to extend the life of the bulb by only delivering 10 volts to it. So the 55w bulb is only putting out the light of a 35w bulb.

The first thing you need to do to upgrade the headlight is to run wires to the battery and switch them to the headlights with relays. Then the bulbs will be running at full power. This is a big improvement and may be enough for you. Regardless, the wires and relays are necessary if you want to run higher wattage bulbs or HIDs.
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Correct me if I am wrong here ( I am by no means an expert or even a novice when talking about electrics!) But do LED's not draw far, far less than even a standard bulb? this being the case, would mean wiring shouldn't be an issue.

That said, I am all for improving wiring, no matter the reason.
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Old 02-24-2015, 02:52 PM   #7
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Correct me if I am wrong here ( I am by no means an expert or even a novice when talking about electrics!) But do LED's not draw far, far less than even a standard bulb? this being the case, would mean wiring shouldn't be an issue.

That said, I am all for improving wiring, no matter the reason.

You are not wrong. The reason voltage would drop over wire is due to high current for the wire size. If the LED draws significantly less current (~1/5) there would be a corresponding decrease in voltage drop. There fore, a voltage drop of ~ 3V (13.2 nominal to ~10V) as stated above would reduce to ~ .6V drop (or about 12.6V at the connector). This is not including any voltage drop due to cheap connectors or other resistive factors.
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Old 02-24-2015, 04:57 PM   #8
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All of the H1 LED lamp options i have seen are a lot longer than the standard lamp because of the heat sink required, i have measured the lamp housing on my 640adv and it has 1/2" ? clearance left behind standard H1....pretty tight

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Old 02-24-2015, 05:41 PM   #9
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interesting and also worth thinking about for sure. However:

Stock H1:http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=282901

Vs.
Cyclops H1 LED: http://www.cyclopsadventuresports.co...Bulb_p_96.html

Looks pretty similar...but hard to say for sure.
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