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Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by KayaKTM, Nov 22, 2010.
Last weekends camp and ride. This is Western Maryland / West Virginia.
I have had good luck with my WPS brand lithium if you wanted to save a few bucks compared to the antigravity option.
I use one of these mounted to a GoPro mount.
Wow, aussie....now THAT's what I call good lighting! you got smooth, evenly distributed lighting from near all the way to far w/ no hot spots, no dark spots. That's what I want.
on my LED headlight below at full brightness, the upper two led is a narrow beam for far field, and the lower two is more spread for near field...great in theory, but .....in reality, all 4 led's doesn't appear to be putting out a smooth pattern on the ground....it's like an inverted "batwing" shaped w/ a long tail
I prefer a more oval beam pattern,
with more light evenly spread about 30 deg out on either side from center
which would help me see obstructions earlier, find better lines, keep momentum moving
Now that I know...
I think I'll change the combo lens on my bd light....
to their wide lens
Pretty cool that I can replace their lens for $20.
Hopefully, this is all that's needed to put more side light to the ground.
Seems like something with a larger reflector would work best for tighter woods riding. Even with the diffused shield you are still limited to the tiny reflector diameter around each LED array. How good do single or double larger reflector rally/desert lights perform in the woods? I personally think they look alot cooler at the very least.
I had basically that light from Trail Tech, HID version. It was very detrimental to handling, it sticks out very high and very far and is very heavy compared to anything sorta stock size. For tight woods riding where you want the handling, it would suck, blasting through the desert in a straight line OK I guess. Seriously, when I finally hacked that thing down and took it off my 640 I couldn't believe how much lighter the steering felt. YMMV
Good to hear a first hand account. Figured it was pretty heavy but maybe their LED or H4 version is lighter than the HID. Always compromises to be made.
Edit: sweet jesus the trail tech 8" HID light is 4.7lbs
I had a tusk lithium now use the anti gravity spins over faster than the tusk .Ask me again in 2 years so far so good 6 months use ,tusk was only good for 2 years.
Here's what sucks. Ballistic Battery (looked like a group of red silos) went out of business because of cheap Chinese Li batteries, they wouldn't compromise and people wouldn't spend $200+ anymore. I have one in my Husaberg, before that it came in my 640 Adv...seven years ago. Don't know how long it was in service before that. F-in amazing. It's never had one minute of recharge/maintenance either.
Ordered one of these bad boys today. I'll finally be able to torque the oil drain bolt.
I'll be interested to hear your input. I have the spot lens in my squadron pro and was thinking of going to the combo (like you have now) so I'd be interested in the differences between your combo and the wide.
You’re having better luck than I did with anti gravity. I purchased one recently to replace the original battery in my 09 fe570. The damned thing arrived dead, right out of the box. AOMC was good about refunding my money at least. I went back to Yuasa.
I know you know you will not be able to read directly off your torque wrench with that (lever) extension. There will be a simple multiplier to use based on the the lever's length - you will need to know that to get the torque accurate.
I don't think that precise torque is required on these kind of low torque "non structural" fixtures. What is important is avoiding grossly over torquing them. The use of a short driver and a little feel/mechanical sympathy works for me.
True enough. I'm not worried about getting it tight enough. I just like knowing that I'm not repeatedly getting it too tight.
If these adapters are used at a 90° angle to the torque wrench (especially true with the shorter versions) the torque value isn't increased enough to cause much of any concern because the moment arm is only slightly longer than the original length of the torque wrench. It's the easiest way to use them without involving math.
but you did use math to understand that.
You got me there.
So I let a guest ride the Berg the other day. He and his brothers were on KLRs, but he also has a WR250, and raced enduros in years past. He was very impressed, couldn't stop talking about it the rest of the day.
Where do you get them?