Baja Designs Squadron Lights

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by JM, Jun 26, 2013.

  1. Baja Designs

    Baja Designs 8004225292x114 - Call for ADV discount!

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    Hey Everyone,
    We need your help with pictures and lots of them! The Baja Designs marketing team is in need of your best adventure bike pictures utilizing Baja Designs LED lights. We have been searching the forums and ADV rider always has the greatest adventure photos imaginable. If you guys could please provide your favorite photos in high-res, the BD team would really appreciate it. All photography chosen by Baja Designs will be awarded a 20% discount and t-shirt. Please let us know if you have any questions and we look forward to seeing your awesome pictures!

    Please email to mike@bajadesigns.com

    Thanks
    Mike
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  2. Emoto

    Emoto Sure, why not?

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    Is there a kit for the 2013 water cooled GS?
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  3. Baja Designs

    Baja Designs 8004225292x114 - Call for ADV discount!

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  4. Emoto

    Emoto Sure, why not?

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    I reviewed the mounting instructions at that link and they were for a prior year GS. The 2013 is a complete re-design, and the place where your mounts go (up by the side of the windscreen and turn signal on the old bike) is different on the new one. Your mount uses two bolts to attach, but the new bike has only one in that location now. So - and I could be way off here - it does not appear to me that your GS kit would work on the 2013 R1200GSW. Would be glad to learn otherwise. :dunno
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  5. JM

    JM Been here awhile

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    I took a couple of pictures with my Iphone last night of the beam pattern of the Squadron lights. There are A couple of things to note about these pictures.

    1-It was taken with a crummy IPhone camera
    2-The bike was parked off the road on the shoulder so you don't get a true picture of what it would be like riding down the road
    3-The lights aren't 100% adjusted correctly. Proper adjustment is very critical to achieve the best performance from the lights.

    I'll fix all three of these issues and try and get a better picture within a few days.

    I will say these things impress me. I am a bit of a light geek and these things put out a very usable light pattern.

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    Stock high beam with Baja Designs Squadrons
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  6. JM

    JM Been here awhile

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    If you have a crash bar you could mount them using the kit I used for my '13 GSA. The 1" bar mounting clamp is a nice piece of kit.

    http://www.bajadesigns.com/ProductDetail?ItemNumber=497083

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  7. Baja Designs

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    Unfortunately it does look like the 2013 is to different to work with the brackets at this time. But the crash bar mounts are a good option like JM did
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  8. Emoto

    Emoto Sure, why not?

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    Yes, I think crash bar mounting could work. The issue I see there, though, is that some brands of crash bars must be removed when valve clearance inspection is required, so this might mean having to disconnect the lights as well, and depending on how precisely the crash bars align, re-aiming. I also want to be sure that I do not block air flow to the radiators. For those reasons, I prefer a mounting solution that is not dependent on any other accessory. Sure, the interval on the GS-W is 12k miles, but whenever I can, I like to set things up to avoid extra effort down the line.

    From all appearances, you make an excellent product, and there a re loads of GSs out there that your "close to turn signal" mounts will fit. I will certainly take a close look again, should you develop a mounting solution for the new boxers.
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  9. 65SlashTwo

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    Mike,
    Email sent...hope you can help with some troubleshooting.

    Oh....and when I get these puppies running, I'll post pics too!
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  10. rdcyclist

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    For driving lights, you want to mount them as high as possible. For example, take a flashlight outside at night and look how far the light is thrown at varying heights. In the case of driving lights, we're using them at speed and they're much brighter than any flashlight. As little as four inches in mounting position will make a material difference in down the road performance.

    In the case of running lights or fog lights, you want them as low as possible to improve visibility to cagers (the aforementioned triangulation) and to get light under the fog layer. I've had good results with mounting fogs on the forks. Engine crash bars would be a good location optically but the vibration tends to be hard on lights with filaments. LEDs would probably be OK though.

    Driving lights washing out turn signals is a non-issue; If the lights are on, there's nobody in front of you to see the turn signal. :doh
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    Finally was able to get everything going with these. Turns out, after going thru the direct wiring troubleshooting, found that the instructions had me reversing the polarity on the high beam circuit.
    Fortunately this only caused the CANBUS to shut down my HB circuit and not blow the bulb(s) as I feared and the display indicated.
    Switched the wires and, voila!, Tons o' bright light.
    A bonus is leaving the light switch 'on' during the day or night and a quick blip flash of the high beams will get their attention!!
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  13. Musashi50

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    Greetings 65SlashTwo,

    :clap

    I really like what you've done on you red (best color) GSA regarding the addition of the Baja Designs Squadron lights above the OEM fog (?) lights. Do you see yourself ever removing the Stockers and running only the LED units? Don't get me wrong, I am a founding member of the "more is better" school of thought.
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  14. 65SlashTwo

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    Thanks! I don't see myself taking the 'fog' lights off. I actually run them on all the time for better visibility to cagers and have them pointed 'downish' to keep from getting flashed at night.
    They widen my 'light footprint' and provide very good extra light to the sides of my bike at night.
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  15. Baja Designs

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    Looks good! I really like that red GS :D
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  16. Schlug

    Schlug JockeyfullofBourbon

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    put something on and stay in that position.
    Those lights look pisser. I'm considering a pair.
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  17. PONDGUY

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    Geez, for the price they get and, I may be a little out of touch here, but they SHOULD melt the night
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