Who has the RIGID spotlights on their bikes and which do you prefer .

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by adrenalin-junkie, Feb 16, 2013.

  1. Mr_Snips

    Mr_Snips Husky BRAAAAAAAAP!

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  2. mdfehrmann

    mdfehrmann Been here awhile

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    I know this light has my vote! I just ordered one based on the fact that the lenses are replaceable and inexpensive (ten bucks I think), reflectors are user replaceable (I ordered mine floods on the outside spots on the inside) 75% / 100% / Strobe built into the unit and actuated by a momentary switch ($14 part/or make your own) but I ordered their wiring harness with a full dimmer and 100% that you can wire to a switch or your high beam. Top it off with a protective cover so you can pull it when it's dark and not need to clean it off, water proof to 9' all I can say is it's worth the money and can't wait to get it installed! These lights are the real deal IMO!

    I got my first glance at these lights last weekend at the Dealer Show in Indy while my bike was on display in the Giant Loop booth and I ordered mine on the spot. Check them out here.
    Baja Designs

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  3. ABuck99

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    DJ- Very tidy set up & install. Nice job.

    I like mdfehrmann's spec. dividing 2spots & 2floods in the same light bar and the upgraded dimming functionality. Did they suggest this or did you know that they could customize the wiring harness to give you the added dim functions. Anyway, after your install, it would be cool if you posted on the results your set up.

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  4. mdfehrmann

    mdfehrmann Been here awhile

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    I had no idea what they were doing with their led lighting until I was standing in their booth at the dealer show checking out their lights. The quality is top notch, and since the lights are so user friendly, repairable, and changeable I only walked 10 steps away before I decided to turn around and order them up. Another cool feature about them is the reflectors are rotatable 90º if you want them mounted vertically in an application you still have the proper beam pattern. Dimmer Info Here
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  5. ABuck99

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    Thx mdfehrmann, good info

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  6. DirtJack

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    Not my bike, but KTMbageera's. I agree that it is a great setup and fab.
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  7. atravlr

    atravlr Been here awhile

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    I have two and boy are they bright. I use a cap for the top one around town and off road or on the highway I remove it. Be prepared for eveyone to flash their highbeams at you. They are bright.

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  8. Two Moto Kiwis

    Two Moto Kiwis Homeless Somewhere

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    We have found that, here in Mexico we ride with them on so it gives the Mexicans something to aim at :D, the lighting is so bright at night we can't tell if the factory light is working :clap

    A lot of people flash their lights at us ... at least we know they have seen us.

    We did have a water issue with ours but Rigid Industries are replacing them under warranty with no problem which is great customer service.
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  9. Off Road Ryder

    Off Road Ryder Long timer

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    Not even close. Buy cheap get cheap. About the only thing that is the same is the fact that there are LEDs of in there. Those appear to be 3 watt emitters, Long gone from most US suppliers inventory.
    So much goes into a quality LED that the majority don't realize it until they have spent twice as much, after a failure.
    Thermal management is the biggest area where the Chinese lights fail to meet the grade of quality.
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  10. HellSickle

    HellSickle Scone Rider

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    Perhaps. For the price, I am going to try a pair of these as auxiliary lights on mine 990.

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    To suppliment the HID On my 450, I am adding one flood and one spot of these lights.

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    I will report back this spring on how well they work. Yes, I am getting what I pay for. However, for $225 I am setting up two different bikes with supplementary dual LED lights with respectable lumen output. I do not plan on doing a lot of night riding, or racing the Baja 1000, so I expect these lights to be adequate for what I need.
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  11. Off Road Ryder

    Off Road Ryder Long timer

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    Lumen out put really doesn't mean much in todays LED lights.
    I certainly understand the allure of less expensive products, Thats why harbor freight is in business. Like tools, sometimes the less expensive (cheaper)product will get you by. In most cases your better off spending slightly more the first time.:cry
    I cant and wont give an examples here, but I'm sure many can relate.
    I hope the lights work well for you.
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  12. Mud Bucket

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    Why have just one when you can have them all, or most.:D
    I put on the 6" hybrid under the main head light with 2 dual floods on the sides and 2 of the spot dually's on the bars. Great for up close and wider distance for the highway. Lots of possibilities with different configurations.
    Great to have the instant on rather than the warm up time with the HID's
    Click the link to see
    http://s1133.beta.photobucket.com/user/kicknasstknnames/library/KTM%20990R%20lights
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  13. HellSickle

    HellSickle Scone Rider

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    "Slightly more" is where I'm struggling. When I start talking $350/unit, I start to grab my wallet. Even the cheap LEDs are great for increasing visibility.

    OTOH, I bought a DRZ and KLR, learned their shortcomings, and have upgraded to KTMs.
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  14. Mud Bucket

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    I tried the cheap route and purchased 2 light for the lower bars. $50 dollars each for 1500 Lumen. 1 lasted 25% of a trip.(road part) and was not working when I really wanted it on the offroad part at night.
    The problem is the standard work lights you see for cheap are not designed for extreme vibration. I took apart the light after it failed and looked inside. What I found was a small coil had broken off inside. Lots of parts on the circuit board to vibrate off.
    The Rigid light I have also taken apart and found there are no parts to vibrate off. Looks like a real solid design.

    And listen to Cyclops, he knows.
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  15. crushing

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    I have the R.I. Dually D2 in a driving pattern mounted to my KTM 950 Adv with a Black Dog Cycle Works triple clamp mount.

    PROs: The lights are super bright and great for evening off-road use. For on-road, I used the amber covers to help dim the lights. They're highly visible in traffic. Watertight.

    CON: After about 10,000 miles (75% on road), the thin R.I. mounting brackets cracked off (within 100 miles of each other). R.I. was good about replacing the brackets, but didn't replace a lost cover due to the failure.
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  16. HellSickle

    HellSickle Scone Rider

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    Good feedback, thanks.

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  17. HellSickle

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    My DDM lights arrived last week. Based on this post, I open them up to check on the quality of construction. There seems to be a decent rubber gasket to keep water out of the circuit board area. The coils and other small components that are likely to vibrate loose, have been glued down with what appears to be a filled epoxy compound. Even though these are listed as a work light, they seem to be a reasonably rugged. I did not remove the circuit board, for fear of disrupting the thermal interface on the back.

    I do not plan on using these as my primary lights. Rather, I want to run one or both of them as lights on my 450 for the occasions when I am running a front number plate gas tank for extra range. For rides where I know I will be out after dark, I am going to mount the LED flood light on a ram mount to supplement my HID lighting.

    I will be installing the square flood lights on the crash bars of my 990. I have not opened them up yet to see how well they are built. I would be happy to post pictures of the internals if anyone else is interested
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  18. Scott Baja

    Scott Baja el semental rojo

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    My Rigids mounted

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    I made the mounts for the lights, and switch
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  19. Epictetus70

    Epictetus70 Been here awhile

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    I really like my Baja Designs setup.....you can also buy a set and mount them as additional lights. They are sick bright! I also bought a remote dimmer switch so I can lower the lumen's so I don't blind other drivers. It's also set up to go full bright when I hit my hi-beam switch.

    http://www.bajadesigns.com/products/motorcycle-products

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  20. GoNOW

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    Just put a set of BD lights on mine. STUPID BRIGHT is the only way to say it. Compare the numbers. I think they are brighter then the LightForce Striker 170 and wont snap off like the LightForce.
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