Baja Designs LED on my 690R

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  1. lightfighter

    lightfighter where does this go?

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    Took the birthday candle headlight out and was stunned how easily the Squadron LED bolted in:

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    I did have to grind a little plastic off some spacers for the top mount, but only to make it easier to pop the screws thru. those being the white bits on the top two mounts:

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    popped it back on the fender, I'm 100 percent sure how this is gonna play out. in this pic, its not far from where it will sit. Kinda far from the top clamp. The fork bands on the 690 are a pain to force through the plastic backing. I'm tempted to modify it, BUT... For now i'm going to work on moving the bundle of wiring out from dead center behind the headlight so they aren't pressed up on the cooling fins.

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  2. lightfighter

    lightfighter where does this go?

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    As soon as I posted that comment about the mount straps being a pain I figured out the tool to pull them thru: "String"

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    being an Idiot(capitol I intended), I forgot to plug in the damn light. I had it plugged in, its bright as hell:clap, but then I started moving wires and wanted it out of the way.

    no matter, I need to take it off again to zip tie the bundles in their new homes and rewire my GPS. (I also forgot to pick up zip ties)
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  3. Garp

    Garp Long timer

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    Off Road use only?
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  4. lightfighter

    lightfighter where does this go?

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    well, of course...:deal

    gonna put a programmable dimmer on it as soon as that arrives, and tune it down to street levels for normal riding.
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  5. Garp

    Garp Long timer

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    Great. You'll fit right in with the ricers and their purple HID's

    3600 "blinding lumens" as claimed by Baja Designs. Zero attempt at beam control, and you're riding on the street.

    I guess as long as you can see, then it's okay to just blind everybody else on the road :deal
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  6. lightfighter

    lightfighter where does this go?

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    wow... have a nice day. i dont suppose theres any point in you reading the rest of the post.

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  7. VxZeroKnots

    VxZeroKnots Long timer

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    He's just bitter that he lives in CT and you're living in riding paradise.

    Lot of grumpy old codgers on this forum.

    Ride on man, thanks for the review. :deal
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  8. Velociraptor

    Velociraptor TrackBum

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    Looks good! I am still running the Trail Tech X2 HID setup. Plug and play. It was panned here after I bought it as being unreliable but after a year and a half it is still working fine. The Squadron is tempting though! I think I may wait until a street legal LED solution appears, just because I am too lazy to mess with a dimmer at this point, but for sure LED is the way to go.
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  9. Yellow Pig

    Yellow Pig Allergic to Asphalt!

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    What year mask is that?

    Looks like the smaller light, not the bigger light that the 2012+ have?
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  10. lightfighter

    lightfighter where does this go?

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    street legal in the strictest terms would mean "DOT approved" in most states... which I doubt will ever happen. unless you find a DOT certified part from an existing machine and graft it into a housing that can be further adapted to different bikes.

    which actually doesn't sound that hard. but the devil is in the details.

    I will update this as the dimmer arrives, and I can take it out of the garage. :clap

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  11. lightfighter

    lightfighter where does this go?

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    Its an 11
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  12. Baja Dad

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    I have TWO of them on my 690RR
    and I love them !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  13. lightfighter

    lightfighter where does this go?

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    ive seen your bike photo'd only from the side... :norton
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  14. lightfighter

    lightfighter where does this go?

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    Been pretty busy between work, kid, and painting the kitchen, haven't taken any pics yet but I did get the Skene dimmer wired up today. It's amazingly programmable and can provide multiple levels of light powers using 12v, ground, or open signals in addition to the on/off and highbeam switch. Really cool piece.

    I popped it in without a 3 pole switch and using the default setting for 50 percent power at on, and 100 percent at highbeam. Might need to go down to 30 or 40 for normal highway use;)

    Only catch is that the light is aimed as low as possible, but is still a bit high. It is only aimed where I want it with the forks compressed about an inch and a half. I'm looking at alternative means to mount the mask further out at the top (BD gives you spacers but IMHO they aren't a deep enuf correction.). I'm also going to look at ways to possibly reposition the light in the mask....
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  15. R&R

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    That sure is a nice looking setup, the original 690 light was really lacking. How do you like the color, they say daylight, but is that a lot like a fluorescent light.
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  16. tdreyer

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    Velociraptor, really great to hear your X2 is doing so well. Giving TT credit for finally getting it figured out. You'd love the Squadron, instant high beam(no warm up time) and every bit as much light.

    I have the same dimmer and I've settled on 40%, working pretty good. I've had it 5 or 6 months now and only been flashed 3-4 times. Does it have an adjustment screw at the bottom? Mine does but I bought an earlier version of the EXC mask.

    I aimed mine just a tad lower than my truck, about the same headlight height as the bike, and it gives great light @40%.
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  17. lightfighter

    lightfighter where does this go?

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    the light is a nice clean white light to my eye... I like it.
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  18. lightfighter

    lightfighter where does this go?

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    there is an adjustment available on the bottom. I think part of the issue is that my bike has a 1 inch lowering link on it and im sure when BD borrowed a bike they had one that was "all up" in the rear. or they just went with what they already knew from exc's/previous 690's. At 100 feet, the focus of the light is about 20 feet off the ground. too high.
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  19. 4critter

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    I just got a squadron XL Pro for my 2010 KTM 690 Enduro R..and the 'ktm' dimmer they sell. I got bits, and for the most part get it...one end of the dimmer plugs into the existing male plug left on the bike once stock headlight is removed, and the other side of the dimmer plugs into the new LED BD headlight once you put on their supplied little red female electrical connector. Now..the problem Im having is off the back of the light there is a little pig tail off the main black wire coming off the BD light..and a green wire. Im assuming that those go to my stock hi/low switch somehow, somewhere? Where did you end up putting that black pig tail and green wire?
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  20. wsmc831

    wsmc831 Been here awhile

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    Sounds like you got a different light. Both my 500 and 690 lights from them (same one on both) just have a single 2 wire connection, white/black that you put the red connector on.
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