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Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by ClearwaterBMW, Jun 10, 2007.
Rolled my own, tops are driving and bottoms are fog.
Yeah they are available at Conventries but you should find them at any good auto parts supplier.
The housings are Harley and available at any HD accessory outlet. Just ask for passing lamps, chuck out the 55 watt lights and install the G&E. Hella also make the globes. They run hot and draw a lot of power, so much in fact that when idling and switched on the power draw nearly stalls the motor! Make sure the new wiring is all heavy duty and use 30 amp relays for each light and you should be right.
R1100GS with Hella FF75 Aux light mounted on mudguard, connected to the high beam.
For pictures of installing this light and the effect in lighting and view, check this link.
wow.. I think I can see my house from here..................
I'd like to see some of the mounting of controls for this miriad of lights. I like clean and stock looking..........
Glad to see this thread (even though it has been covered before...), lights are probably my next mod.
I have been pondering this for some time, looking at other bikes, and all of these postings and had a thought that I don't think I've seen discussed:
I think one of the biggest hazzards for a motorcycle at night is oncoming traffic, and left turners, seeing our lights, but thinking we're farther away than we are. In that case, I am thinking that the larger diameter lights, like a Hella FF200, or a PIAA 510 may be preferable to something like the Hella Micro DE, or similar, irrespective of light output. The larger diameter light may give us a "fatter" appearance and seem closer than a small dot of light.
The only hazzard that I am more concerned with is motorcycle-eating blacktail deer, which we have lots of on the rural roads around here, but I don't know what to do about them other than have wide beam fog lights to see them lurking before they "attack." Seeing a road-kill blacktail is a pretty daily experience around here.
I like the Terra Nova light bar, but may have to make my own, they don't seem to be available for the 1100GS. Probably will get the Hella FF200 fog lights, good wide pattern.
Lightforce's on GMT Moto Mounts.
I went with lightforce because you can adjust the beams to be either fog or driving and you can also change out the lens colors from orange to white to blue.
I have them set up as fogs and using them as driving lights, but they still light up the world when it's dark.
Bought them used for about 1/2 the cost of new from a fellow advrider.
PIAA 510's with the GMT Lightbar... Clean...
A big improvement over the stock. Highly recommended.
PIAA 510s on Hepco-Becker bars
I had a great bar on my old 1100GS from Bobs BMW that allowed the spots to fold back when not in use. Now I leave early morning and get in before dark!! Too many roos here that lots of lights will not protect you against.
I have a question for ya'll:
I am kind of down to the Piaa 520 Crystal Ion fog lights, or the Hella FF200 fog lights. The former is almost twice as expensive. I've seen the Hella for as little as $120 or so with shipping online, I think the Piaa 520s are about $250?
Any personal experience with differences that would steer me one way or the other? They are both, as far as I know, reputable brands. The Hella FF200 fog beam pattern is very wide and looks good to me.
I much prefer warm white or amber lights in a fog light (in any light I want to see by, actually, but especially in a fog light).
I see a lot of Piaa and Hella both in this thread. There must be some opinions that are based on something concrete?
PIAAs have always been very expensive (and, questionably overpriced)
i think most here have had equal success with the less-expensive Hellas
HID Low Beam, Stock High Beam, FF75's converted to HID above the stock road lights and Hella Pencil Beam Rally Lights at the bottom.
nice look, dave
thanks for the picture and description
Thats a great setup, I'm mounting up some PIAA 525's right now and I need to remount my turn signals. Can you tell me where your brackets came from?
After looking at all the great installations in this thread I went out and fabricated a lightbar of my own. (too cheap to spend $100+ on a bar) Thanks to an I-D-Ten-T error I lost all the pics of the fabrication process. It cost about $10 at Home depot for flat bar and a few hours with my MIG, drill press and a grinder.
Hella FF50 Driving lights on top, cheap fogs on the bottom
I still need to clean up the wiring but here's an undershot of the bar.
It mounts with the front and back screws that hold the beak on. Plenty of room between the oil cooler and the bar. I went ahead and notched the back of the bar for added fork clearance. Just in case.
I expect to replace the cheap fog lights but heck they cost me $10 so if they last for a while I won't complain. Not too keen on the yellow tint but they are mainly for day light "Hey Look at Me!" lights anyway.
You can sort of see the SAENG's in this shot...Very water and weather proof and many ways to mount them without having to add a light bar.....their unique mounting system can be used to illuminate things off the roadway when stopped without having to position your bike, sort of like an adjustible spot...they are also designed to handle 100w bulbs....because of the "blue Ion" lenses, they work almost as a running light without even being on!:eek1