New Baja Designs Squadron + S2 LED Motorcycle Light

Discussion in 'Vendors' started by Baja Diego, Nov 29, 2011.

  1. drex

    drex So Cal

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    I received my squadron from Baja Designs yesterday. I ordered on Tuesday and it arrived on Wednesday. Can't beat their service! Thank you!

    The bike is a CRF450X, with a Baja Designs DSK already installed -- the one with the old-style, larger switch. I recently had BD rewind the stator, but had until now stayed with the stock DSK light.

    I moved the DSK flasher and horn to the Polisport shell, connected the BD dimmer, mounted it all up (using the Tecate mount kit) and shazam -- once i used the fob to turn on the dimmer. I am able to use the fob to dim/brighten the light as expected.

    The next step I want to take is connecting the yellow wire from the dimmer to the switch to simulate the hi/lo beam effect.

    How exactly do I do this? My understanding of things electrical is lacking. But i can follow directions. :)

    I believe the hi beam wire on my switch is also yellow. Can anyone confirm? Do simply follow it out of the switch, find the end (since it would no longer be in use to connect to a dual filament bulb) and connect that yellow wire to the yellow wire from the dimmer?

    That seems too easy.

    Any help would be appreciated!

    Dan
  2. justlookin

    justlookin Been here awhile

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    I sent a email Monday asking about a small issue I am having with my Squadron in the stock KTM mask. Havn't heard anything so I will repeat question here - hate to do this because every time I do something like this it seems I get my response.
    Anyway I bought a squadron in it's own mask for my XR650R ,when BD first released them for sale, and never used it. I have since purchased a XC-W 2013 KTM and decided I wanted to install squadron on it. I contacted BD and ordered a adapter kit to install squadron light in stock KTM mask. The kit had a couple plastic spacers approx .75in long and I installed them on the top mount posts and angled the light down and installed on the forks. It was a cloudy day and I had the bike facing out of the garage when I first fired it up - it lit up the tree tops on the other side of the driveway! The only way I can get the light low enough to be useful is to put the mask on the lower mounting pins and space the top of the mask 2+ inches away from the fork. I am assuming that I can not invert the light because I need the relief cut in the heat sink to clear the voltage regulator - any ideas?:ear
  3. MJS

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    Do you have an adjusting screw at the bottom of the mask like in Qeen of Spades' pictures above? You should be able to space this out for aiming. Also, is your sag set correctly? The light will be high if the rear has to much sag.

    I didn't have any problem aiming mine. One in the BD mask and another in a stock Husky mask. No direct experience with the KTM mask.
  4. justlookin

    justlookin Been here awhile

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    sag is fine but I do notice from the above pics that I have the light installed 90* rotated. don't know if that will make a difference - I rotated the heat sinc cutout to clear the voltage regulator when the bars are turned. Think I will put light back in original mask and install and see what happens - Thanks
  5. Yardstick

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    It sounds like you are missing the extenders for the fork mounts. It should look like this:

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    I don't think the orientation of the rear part of the light matters, but I could be wrong. :dunno
  6. justlookin

    justlookin Been here awhile

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    That is exactly the problem - I will contact BD and get a pair ordered - Thanks again :1drink
  7. Baja Designs

    Baja Designs 8004225292x114 - Call for ADV discount!

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    Give me a call if you need anything

    Thanks
    Mike
  8. brent tex

    brent tex Been here awhile

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    Would this squadron light fit my 09 ktm450exc. How about my stator, would I have to upgrade it???
  9. justlookin

    justlookin Been here awhile

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    I have read many posts about BD great customer service - well here is another. I called and Mike answered the phone , started to tell him about needing the brackets for the KTM shroud. He said he was just reading my post on ADV - and would send them and the bolt that I managed to lose out at no charge for the parts. Sure is nice to deal with people who are proud of their products and customer care. Thanks Mike
  10. Baja Designs

    Baja Designs 8004225292x114 - Call for ADV discount!

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    Hi
    To run the squadron on your bike a dc conversion is needed here's the necessary parts
    http://www.bajadesigns.com/ProductDetail?ItemNumber=611040

    The modification to the stator needed is floating the ground, we have instructions on the website and also offer that service for $30.

    Then you could run the Squadron in the polisport like seen above or you could run it in your stock shell like this
    http://www.bajadesigns.com/SearchByKeyword?word=497051

    Let me know if you have any questions

    Thanks
    Mike
  11. Baja Designs

    Baja Designs 8004225292x114 - Call for ADV discount!

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    Hi
    Thanks for the support and kind words. Its greatly appreciated :D
  12. dct3416

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    Any idea when the Squadron will be available to fit the 2014 500 EXC?
  13. The Letter J

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    Did I miss a post about the new Squadron XL? Besides the obvious increase in size of the reflectors over the Squadron, what are the differences in performance? I have an older BD 8" HID racelight that I'm looking to replace but want to be certain that the LED's will be an improvement.
  14. The Letter J

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    Bueller. Bueller? :ear
  15. gen

    gen Been here awhile

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    I emailed Baja Designs a day ago on this exact topic and haven't heard anything.
  16. dct3416

    dct3416 Adventurer

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    I emailed them also and here was their response: "The difference is the size of the reflector, and housing. It allows us to use a deeper reflector and capture more light achieving greater distance. The same LED is used drawing 42 watts in both the Squadron and XL."
  17. Goofy Footer

    Goofy Footer Been here awhile

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    The Squadron XL is the Onx light bar in a squadron shape. Both the regular Squadron and Squadron XL now have 4300 lumens but the XL has deeper optics that throw light farther - according to Baja Designs, the XL has the distance of an HID light.

    The XL is bigger and heavier than the regular Squadron. Currently the XL is only available in newer KTM masks. It is too big to fit in a CRF450X mask or the Polisport MX mask that the "universal" regular Squadron comes in.

    The XL, using Onx technology has a pre-built dimmer in it. This means that with a toggle switch you can change from 100% output to 50% output. From reading this thread, most guys run their regular Squadrons from 20-40% power for street. Even with the built-in dimming option of the XL, it may be too bright for consistent traffic use and require a true BD or skene dimmer.

    Baja Designs said they are at least a few months away from making a universal XL motorcycle light as they first need to find a mask that's big enough to fit the larger XL body.

    I really wanted the XL but needed it asap so I settled with the Squadron (which at 4300 lumens and a spot lens is still a bitchen light). When the night shots, ride reports and comparison photos come out, I may be tempted to get the XL but only if the throw is significantly farther than the regular Squadron. If a universal XL was ready, I would have purchased one...

    Until then, I'll be testing/abusing my Squadron once it arrives in the mail :evil




    PS: No I do not work for BD nor get any discounts (even though I wish I did!!) but I just had this exact phone convo with them when I ordered my Squadron so I figured I'd share the intell here too. Mike (who posts here on ADV) was a big help in answering my questions
  18. gen

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    http://www.bajadesigns.com/Resource...009/SquadronXL MC KTM 2008-2013 (50-0009).pdf

    The Squadron XL kit instructions for KTM say:

    This is confusing.

    The 690 models are all EFI from 2008 so I think that these instructions need to be updated/modified, no?

    I've emailed Baja Designs for clarification.

    EDIT: I've now received a response from BD, Mike DiSano.

    "Unfortunately the instructions are not accurate for the 690 models."
  19. Droptarotter

    Droptarotter Long timer

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    Yellow Pig;
    Where did you get the fork mount set up? This looks like what I need?

    Cheers
  20. Queen of Spades

    Queen of Spades tall drink of water

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    x2 on the fork mounts.