F800GS - show us your lights

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by kktos, Jan 13, 2009.

  1. Mark or Jack

    Mark or Jack BMW F 800 GS

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    Do any of the lighting options other than Touratech offer a high and low light?

    I would like one light to come on automatically with my high beam and one with my low beam, aimed accordingly to not dazzle oncoming traffic but give me better light.

    I have ordered a One Off HID replacement for the stock low beam so once I have that installed my question may be redundant if it is good enough.

    If that is the case I will probably want both auxiliary lights on the high beam.

    Cheers, Jack
  2. Sutherngintelmen

    Sutherngintelmen around the bend

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    If the $$$ don't :eek1 you might consider the Clearwater Kristas.

    They infinite dim down to 20% with instant 100% via hi beam switch. Work well, lots of led light. My install post is a few pages back.
  3. Mark or Jack

    Mark or Jack BMW F 800 GS

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    Yep, that's what I am chasing.

    Now to look into mounting options.

    Thanks very much.
  4. TFB43

    TFB43 Adventurer

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    I have searched and can't find the post where someone installed the Rigid LEDs using only the provided brackets to the headlight bolts... Is this possible? Picture? or was this just a late night search that I dreamed up :rofl. Really liked the Desert Snake set up, but their plasma cutter is on the fritz and being repaired. Thanks
  5. TFB43

    TFB43 Adventurer

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    I am wondering if anyone has used the 1200gs wiring harness kit on the f800gs? I have installed the rigid lights and have enough wire on the provided harness to wrap around the world. Done the search nothing comes up. Anybody?
  6. iJabberwocky

    iJabberwocky Been here awhile

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    I just ordered a pair of Rigid Dually and am using the PIAA wiring harness on my 2012 F800GS. Any hints, ideas and tips that I might need to know when installing. I have a bracket to attach on the side of the headlight mounting screws. I plan on wiring direct to the battery. Can I wire this into my accessory plug that is in the battery compartment? I currently have my GPS connected to this right now and know the lights put out 1 amp each which will keep me under the 5 amp Canbus requirements. Any ideas? Thanks.
  7. epicxcrider

    epicxcrider Been here awhile

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    I'd just wire em right to the battery, got the same ones on my f8. Don't think I'd go through the GPS plug though.
  8. Sutherngintelmen

    Sutherngintelmen around the bend

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    Rigid Dually's have mass. Techmounts to crash bar set up failed on my last trip. One, then the other with another 30 hours riding.

    I decided to try something permanent. Nylon saddle washers with 8mm x 1.25 x 55mm SS hex bolts drilled through crash bar cross brace. I coated holes with paint then sealed with silicone to keep things from rust in the long run (and rattle canned the saddle washers.) Very cost effective. Yes, I weakened the cross member some.

    I've got the Clearwaters mounted on the thin gauge steel plate - I think Ezmount? Don't know if it's stout enough for Dually.

    Couple of things - I'm an aux light ho. Always have been. I like light: see and be seen. Too much? Maybe. Nice to have amber markers in pre dawn fog. Clearwaters punch a long way out and dim to 20% with instant 100% on high beam.

    And yes - straight to battery for wiring.

    Techmounts fail

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  9. lunaticTR

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  10. biodieselandon

    biodieselandon Been here awhile

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    Did you get a Clearwater specifically for your bike? I was on their website looking for mine and it seems like after a certain year they don't show anything. Mine is a '13 so I will probably have to wait even longer. I really want something that integrates into the CANbus system.

    Also, I am not sure about the previous years, but my F8 has what appears to be a cutout for a fog light switch on the left side switch block and also I can see a fog light indicator in the instrument cluster. Anyone know if that is something that can easily be used?

    A little input from me: I hit a deer about a month ago on my 2013 F800 a week after I got it. I came up over a hill and I could not see the deer until it was too late. Aux lights may have helped prevent this. The stock headlight is on the F8 is not very good IMO. The one on my G650GS was way better. Eventually I will update the headlight to HID as well.
  11. cchoc

    cchoc Outdoor Photographer

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    I'm curious about that as well. I have a 2013 and tried the PIAA 510 kit for up to 2012 but the beak is different enough on the '13 and the turn signals have been moved so it just wouldn't work. I sent them an email a few days ago about a '13 version but haven't heard back.
  12. Sutherngintelmen

    Sutherngintelmen around the bend

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    I did not get specific for the bike - went with the universal because I had a place to mount them for prior POS absolute junk Trail Tech SCMR 16's.

    FWIW I don't believe CANbus will come into play - I'm wired straight to battery (via fuse block) and though I encourage you to check around believe this is the preferred powering approach.

    I haven't seen the 2013 model but wonder if the indicator light is for bulb failure (mine illuminated yellow when low beam burned out.)


    Sorry to hear that - I was within feet of same in September at 70 mph - could have ended very badly. I'd wait and see how much extra vis you get from LED before exploring main conversion to HID. You might be satisfied as these cook the night :thumb
  13. DoWorkSon

    DoWorkSon Been here awhile

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    I tried to look through most of this thread but didn't see anything....

    Anyone have experience with the Twalcom fog light kit? Looks similar to touratechs at a fraction of the price.
  14. Motorfiets

    Motorfiets Long timer

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    can I play? :D

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  15. Sutherngintelmen

    Sutherngintelmen around the bend

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    I updated pic links to new smugmug account this afternoon. This should give you a sense of my install.

  16. Moto Mikey

    Moto Mikey Been here awhile

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    5000K HID's in the headlights
    3000K HID's in the PIAA 510's
  17. CAN-ADVer

    CAN-ADVer From NB to ... :)

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    So this is a homemade mod for 120$ ans a full day of work I made... I bought projectors for 32$ on ebay, and one set of 35W HID kit with 5000K H3 (27$), a 55W HID kit with 5000K H7 (33$), and a paire of 6000k H7 and a pair of 6000K H3 (8$ a pair).... For the T10 LED I took a 6000K 42 SMD for 1.68$ (DO NOT NEGLECT THIS IT LOOKS AWESOME) ... Bought two 12V Bosch relay off ebay (4$) as well as red and black 16 Ga electrical wire...

    As you can see in the pics I made my own copy on the ridiculusly priced light bracket that goes between the body panels... took a white but with a band saw it worked well! I also made my own aluminium light protector or heat reducer (only esthetic for me haha)

    So when I turn my ignition key on the LED comes on (way brighter than the stock T10).. Then when I start the bike the 35W HID Low beam comes on with the 35W projector HID on the oposite side, and when I turn on the high beam, the 55W HID High beam comes on with the 55W HID projector on the other side (Both 6000K because a 6000K 55W is the same color as a 5000K 35W BTW...)

    One last thing, I will paint the aluminium deflector black when I pain my homemade case backets...

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  18. CAN-ADVer

    CAN-ADVer From NB to ... :)

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    to complet my last post ...

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  19. cchoc

    cchoc Outdoor Photographer

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    That's exactly the setup I'd like but the PIAA 510 kit won't work on the 2013, waiting to see if they come out with a new kit, so far no response to my email.
  20. CAN-ADVer

    CAN-ADVer From NB to ... :)

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    Then try building your own kit, I saved 620$ +tx of the Touratech HID projector kit.... ;)