[DIY] LED Headlight Setup

Discussion in 'Hard. Core. (1090/1190/1290)' started by Cyberon, Apr 12, 2020.

  1. Cyberon

    Cyberon Been here awhile

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    After reading a couple of threads here on the forum I believe some users have already cracked this "LED Headlight Setup" on there KTM's.

    I propose that you "smart guys" help us "newbies" setting up this really important upgrade.
    Please add as much info as possible, motorcycle, bulbs, resistors, etc.
    All good/tested solutions will be posted here, giving the deserved credits.

    Edit: Some info for those that don't want to read all the thread.

    Both me and @Bart20170 have this combo working flawlessly on a KTM 1090 and a KTM 1290T:
    LED Bulbs:https://a.aliexpress.com/_dSP33MC
    1 watt 2.2 kohm resistors: https//a.aliexpress.com/_dYjea8o
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  2. Zuber

    Zuber Zoob Supporter

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    I like to keep the stock headlight(s) alone and just add LED lights as needed. I put a single wide angle 6 led on my dirt bikes. I've installed a 10" LED bar below the head light on a 1190R. It had about narrow 8 leds and about 12 wide angle.

    These lights are about the only reason to have an upper crash bar.
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  3. Cyberon

    Cyberon Been here awhile

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    Auxiliary lights are a great upgrade, the problem is that they are not legal in a lot of county's, including mine.
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  4. slartidbartfast

    slartidbartfast Life is for good friends and great adventures Supporter

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    I bought some fanless LED lamps and modified them to work with the KTM's lamp checker function. I opened the LED control box and cut out some small capacitors from the power supply. Also added a 1K-ohmm resistor across the power plug for the LED's. What I ended up with was a much brighter headlamp with a reliable, fanless, cooing system (unlike the expensive kit) and no bulky, hot ballast resistors. This was almost three years and 30,000 miles ago. All still working fine.

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  5. Cyberon

    Cyberon Been here awhile

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    The skill level in this is awesome, congrats!
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  6. Bart20170

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    Aliexpress nighteye, cheap and great output. Just 2 small resistors needed. 20200413_112935.jpg
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  7. Cyberon

    Cyberon Been here awhile

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    Awesome, have you installed them yet?
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  8. Bart20170

    Bart20170 Been here awhile

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    Yes, almost 2 years now and no issues.
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  9. kokos79

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    Same here, along with a couple of CANBUS resistors, all from ebay. Total for two LED H11 and two CANBUS resistors with H11 connectors, around 30€. Been working great since 2017 on my 1090R.
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  10. Cyberon

    Cyberon Been here awhile

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    Can you guys please elaborate on the assembly?
    Photos and schemes would be great to add to the OP.

    Maybe we can get this post "sticky" to help others.
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  11. Bart20170

    Bart20170 Been here awhile

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    I own 2016 sat, I just put the 2k2 resistors parallel over the led
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  12. Cyberon

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  14. Cyberon

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    I have read some of them, lots of amazing info, but the objective of this thread is to create a non technical discussion with only a couple of working combos so anyone can replicate them on their bikes.
    We "newbies" could really use your help on that! :)
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  15. slartidbartfast

    slartidbartfast Life is for good friends and great adventures Supporter

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    The only way to tell for sure is to try them. Not much to lose at that price. I'm a little skeptical that the cooling will be enough but no great loss if they eventually fail.

    I tried a super-cheap lamp with much less finning than that in my Triumph Tiger. It got really hot and eventually cooked itself but was a great "proof of concept" for some rewiring I was tinkering with. I replaced the failed LED with one using the flexible straps for cooling (like my 1290) and they've survived about 5K miles so far, including traffic-jamming in 110F (ugh!)
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  16. Cyberon

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    Awesome, can you send a link of the ones you bought and the resistors you used?
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  17. slartidbartfast

    slartidbartfast Life is for good friends and great adventures Supporter

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    It was three years ago so I doubt the exact same lamps are still available. I used standard 1Kohm resistors (probably 1 Watt rated or something like that.)

    If you just search for fanless LED's (H11 if I remember correctly) and keep scrolling down, you'll eventually find some with the flexible strap cooling. I just came across some for about $20.
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  18. Bart20170

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  19. Cyberon

    Cyberon Been here awhile

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    Are these the ones your using?
    #Aliexpress € 19,17 54%de desconto | Nighteye led h4 h7 h8 h9 h11 8000lm 50 w 6500 k carro faróis led branco nevoeiro lâmpadas 9005 hb3 9006 hb4 luz de nevoeiro lâmpadas
    https://a.aliexpress.com/_dSP33MC
    Which version should I order?
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  20. Bart20170

    Bart20170 Been here awhile

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    Yes, which model of ktm do you own?
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