F800GS - show us your lights

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

  1. everywherevirtually

    everywherevirtually In Omnibus Caritas

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    I converted my low and high beams :freaky
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  2. everywherevirtually

    everywherevirtually In Omnibus Caritas

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    They all come from China but I paid a bit more to buy them locally in the UK. Not because I have anything against China. I just wanted them quickly.

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=230361530681

    It said you can connect them directly to the battery without a fuse but somehow that didn't seem quite right. I touched them off the battery terminals and they did indeed seem fine. In the end I hooked them up to a 5amp fuse on the Centech. I also had a switch kicking around that I added into the loop. There is no need for a regulator. I put some velcro on the switch and located it just under the faux fuel tank cover near the headstock. It's accessible but it keeps it out of the rain.

    I attached them to the handlebars using velcro also just so that It's not too permanent. After a few thousand miles and exposure to the elements it's clear the velcro is not up to the task. The lights are fine and are indeed completely waterproof.

    I use Tucano Muffs in the winter so that was part of my logic for using velcro. It would mean I could transfer the LED's onto the muffs. I might experiment with moving them around but I feel they have the greatest prominence way up on the handguards. :ricky
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  3. Y E T I

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    Just heard that my lights ship today and I'll be able to install them next weekend!! :clap



    Oh, I got the Twalcom Fog lights from F800depot.
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  4. alexcorral

    alexcorral Long timer

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    How was that with F800Depot?

    I just discovered the site and would like to order the GIVI bars and some HID lights from them. Maybe even the Twalcom Titanium Exhaust
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  5. Y E T I

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    ROn is a really good guy. They didn't have them in stock when I ordered them (but I knew that from the website). When I called to check he always answered the phone and was spot on as to when they came in. Just got the shipping notice a few minutes ago so I should be installing them next weekend!
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  6. alexcorral

    alexcorral Long timer

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    I like what they carry and especially their prices. Good to hear they offer good service. Thanks!
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  7. Y E T I

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    Lights just arrived so I will be installing them this weekend. Or tomorrow. :evil

    The actual lights are Hella DE's which is good. Everything looks really nice and well-made except that the instructions are in Italian. But, using a hint in this thread, I went to Touratech's site and pulled down their instructions for the fog light set since the lights look almost identical as does the mounts, etc.

    Can't wait!
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  8. JRWooden

    JRWooden Long timer

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    Some of the Acerbis handguards have a built in "channel" for an LED string.
    I have the hand guards on order... thought I'd wait till I got them to consider the lights..


    http://www.denniskirk.com/jsp/common/img_pop.jsp?skuId=214328&imgId=1
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  9. JRWooden

    JRWooden Long timer

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    +1 on that! :clap

    But I think it is "Rob" as in short for Robert
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  10. Y E T I

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    Well shit, at least I can claim it was a typo since the "b" and "n" are next to each other. :lol3 :lol3

    He's actually helping me with a question on the lights right now. And it's almost 10pm where he is!!! :eek1 Gotta love the service!!:clap
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  11. Sutherngintelmen

    Sutherngintelmen around the bend

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    Beware the Trail Tech SCMR 16's. Many of us have had these lights fail. I read the forums, held off purchase until I started to see '2nd generation' improvements then purchased. Failed after a couple of months and now in 6th week of waiting for warranty.

    Great light output / amp and nice install with internal ballast. You might consider ordering 4 lights and mounting with quick connects. That way you'll be able to run one pair whilst the other is being repaired.

    Yes, I'm a little bitter. :splat

    Search on Trail Tech SCMR 16's for other folks' experiences. Make sure you read the complete post. Many start very positive and end up in failure.
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  12. TexasMule

    TexasMule Float away ya fairy...

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    So MuleWife comes home last night and a box from Trail Tech is waiting for her (after more than a month).

    She opens the box and what does she see, the same crummy anodized bronze light that she sent them. :fitz

    One of hers had blown on our trip this summer after a grand total of being on for MAYBE 4 hours, AND the black powdercoating had turned bronze.

    Contacted Trail Tech, and they admitted that their first batch of lights had defective powder coating but promised the new lights are much better.

    I had ASSUMED, they were going to replace the defective lights with new ones.

    NOOOO, let's just replace the bad ballast and send them back.

    No way in hell will I ever put Trail Techs on my bike. :nono

    Unbelievable crappy customer service. :deal
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  13. Y E T I

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    I installed my Twalcom foglights today. Overall, I am very impressed and highly recommend them. The lights themselves are Hella DE's (i.e. quality) and the mounts, light bar and kit are top notch.

    I had two minor gripes: 1) the switch mount just wouldn't fit. I ended up cutting it and trimming it to fit. Not a big deal. 2) the instructions were in Italian and the pictures weren't the best. Again, no big deal. The Hella instructions were in the kit and they were in English and I also downloaded Touratech's instructions for their similar (but more expensive) kit.

    I have a Centech AP-2 so I wired the lights through that. You can see the lights' relay in front of the Centech.

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    Two views of the lights:

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    Here's the switch and the problematic mount:

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    And the lights turned on:

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    I'll get a much better idea how they work during my commute tomorrow. I bought them mainly for conspicuity in traffic and they definitely look like they'll work great for that.

    So far, I give the lights (and F800 Depot) :thumb :thumb


    Oh, and please excuse the garage mess, I had a pipe burst on Friday which flooded the garage. :baldy
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  14. bomber60015

    bomber60015 Anatomically Correct

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    looks really good, bud -- for 300 cash dollars amurican, I'd hope that the instructions would approach being in English, and that you'd not have to rework the switch mount . . . . .

    course, most of the stuff we buy from Europe makes the "Engrish" we get from Asia read pretty well ;-}
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  15. TexasMule

    TexasMule Float away ya fairy...

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    I have to give credit where credit is due.

    I previously stated I was extremely disappointed with TrailTech's customer service.

    Well, Justin from TrailTech just called my wife, and apologized for the way she was treated. They are sending her an entirely new set of lights, and told her that this should have been resolved in 5 days instead of 5 weeks.

    I didn't want to leave it that TrailTech doesn't provide good customer service.

    I'm not sure what happened before, but that's water under the bridge now.
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  16. Sutherngintelmen

    Sutherngintelmen around the bend

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    Came yesterday. Look great. Haze is gone. They are black again. Look like they are ready to light an abyss.

    I hope they last.

    Quit on me 8/9 - long time ago.

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  17. TexasMule

    TexasMule Float away ya fairy...

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    I wasn't given the "YETI" option on my bike. Is this only offered in California? :evil

    Luv the sticker...:thumb
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  18. TexasMule

    TexasMule Float away ya fairy...

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    Wife's quit on her in late July. Glad you got yours too.
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  19. Y E T I

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    :rofl

    Yeah, I had to go to Colorado to pick it up. :evil
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  20. F800 Rob

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    Thanks Scott, appreciate the praise. :D

    Just to follow up here, and from our email exchanges, Twalcom is now in the process of producing English language instructions for all products, including these lights. (in fact, I have a English PDF for these now) They just started selling into North America in June, and we were their first English language market. I'm actually reviewing the instructions for each product with them to ensure we don't have any Engrish. :)

    The bracket has also been updated for future shipments based on your feedback.