Windjammer Headlight

Discussion in 'Windjammer Fairings' started by AVetterXS, Apr 12, 2014.

  1. AVetterXS
    Offline

    AVetterXS Admin

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2013
    Messages:
    1,979
    Likes Received:
    451
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Location:
    Bear Valley Springs, CA
    Has anybody replaced their headlight with anything better? What are the suggestions for a lamp? LED? This came to mind last night when riding home and I noticed my headlight brightness is not so good. At least not compared to other headlights I have seen. :)
     
  2. roncar
    Offline

    roncar Moderator

    Joined:
    Oct 15, 2013
    Messages:
    289
    Likes Received:
    122
    Trophy Points:
    43
    Location:
    Lakeland, Florida
    The Windjammer on my 78 GL1000 has an H4 halogen. I tried one in the Windjammer on my 76 GL1000 and it kept blowing bulbs.:( Suspect it may be related to the reserve lighting unit in the earlier GL1000's. Don't know for sure.
     
  3. AVetterXS
    Offline

    AVetterXS Admin

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2013
    Messages:
    1,979
    Likes Received:
    451
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Location:
    Bear Valley Springs, CA
    There has to be a solution that is better then stock or exact replacement. This may be a good project.
     
  4. Terraplane Tom
    Offline

    Terraplane Tom Vetter Aficionado

    Joined:
    Oct 23, 2013
    Messages:
    340
    Likes Received:
    127
    Trophy Points:
    43
    Location:
    Minnesota
    I have the H4 bulb in my 77 GL1000.
     
  5. steppenwolf
    Offline

    steppenwolf Vetter Master

    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2013
    Messages:
    825
    Likes Received:
    353
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Location:
    Cincinnati OH
    I had put a car headlight in mine but it didn't light the road up any better than a candle in the wind so last year I got another light from a fellow XS er and now it works great..will have to see what it is latter.
     
  6. roncar
    Offline

    roncar Moderator

    Joined:
    Oct 15, 2013
    Messages:
    289
    Likes Received:
    122
    Trophy Points:
    43
    Location:
    Lakeland, Florida
    It may be totally unrelated to the RLU, but after 3 bulbs I gave up. Maybe someday I'll get back to it. As a rule, I try to avoid after dark driving, so not much of an issue right now.
     
  7. steppenwolf
    Offline

    steppenwolf Vetter Master

    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2013
    Messages:
    825
    Likes Received:
    353
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Location:
    Cincinnati OH
    I admit I don't like to ride at night anymore,the night vision is not what it once was and the dang deer are every where..
    [​IMG]
     
  8. brianinpa
    Offline

    brianinpa Five Star Vetteral

    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2013
    Messages:
    1,295
    Likes Received:
    466
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Location:
    Lebanon, PA
    Deer, or forest rats as I like to call them, are a big reason I put wide angle driving lights on my crash guards. I have them aimed so they shine light onto the shoulders and just a little further than the low beam does. I am still looking for a pair of driving lights to mount that will turn night into day when I have the high-beam on. I just worry about the stator output.
     
  9. roncar
    Offline

    roncar Moderator

    Joined:
    Oct 15, 2013
    Messages:
    289
    Likes Received:
    122
    Trophy Points:
    43
    Location:
    Lakeland, Florida
    Back in the day, (late 70's) I was living in New Mexico, with lots of wide open spaces. I had 2 pair of driving lights that definitely turned night to day! Wasn't thinking about the charging capabilities, just knew that horn and turn signals were not an option when they were on.
    :eek:ops:
     
    • Like Like x 1
  10. AVetterXS
    Offline

    AVetterXS Admin

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2013
    Messages:
    1,979
    Likes Received:
    451
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Location:
    Bear Valley Springs, CA
    Yeah, I am looking into these Xenon motorcycle headlights. There are few out there. Does anybody have exp with these?
     
  11. brianinpa
    Offline

    brianinpa Five Star Vetteral

    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2013
    Messages:
    1,295
    Likes Received:
    466
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Location:
    Lebanon, PA
    The only experience I have with them is riding in front of someone that had one. It didn't take me long before I had to get behind him.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  12. AVetterXS
    Offline

    AVetterXS Admin

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2013
    Messages:
    1,979
    Likes Received:
    451
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Location:
    Bear Valley Springs, CA
    Good point.
     
  13. steppenwolf
    Offline

    steppenwolf Vetter Master

    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2013
    Messages:
    825
    Likes Received:
    353
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Location:
    Cincinnati OH
    Years ago there was a headlight that drove me nuts,can't recall the name but it rotated...it was an eye catcher but if behind you..shoot it.
     
  14. AVetterXS
    Offline

    AVetterXS Admin

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2013
    Messages:
    1,979
    Likes Received:
    451
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Location:
    Bear Valley Springs, CA
    Sounds interesting, but strangely enough I think I did hear something about that as headlight too. In past years.
     
  15. Metal_Bob
    Offline

    Metal_Bob Learning the Ropes

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2014
    Messages:
    73
    Likes Received:
    19
    Trophy Points:
    8
    I purchased a modern H4 housing and a LED headlight from TruckLite (Phase 5 or 6 - The 12V military style one) in my fairing.

    The LED is still installed. The company makes a newer Phase7 version that looks more like a normal headlight assembly.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  16. rob.lafady
    Offline

    rob.lafady Vetter Aficionado

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2014
    Messages:
    180
    Likes Received:
    55
    Trophy Points:
    28
    Location:
    Longview, WA
    Any updates on how these are working? I'm really interested to find out how well an LCD headlight would work long term.
     
  17. AVetterXS
    Offline

    AVetterXS Admin

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2013
    Messages:
    1,979
    Likes Received:
    451
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Location:
    Bear Valley Springs, CA
    I second Rob.
     
  18. rob.lafady
    Offline

    rob.lafady Vetter Aficionado

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2014
    Messages:
    180
    Likes Received:
    55
    Trophy Points:
    28
    Location:
    Longview, WA
    So does the windjammer use a sealed beam headlight that you have to get a replacement lens and bulb, or does it just take a bulb you replace?
     
  19. Larry Fine
    Offline

    Larry Fine Vetter Aficionado

    Joined:
    May 17, 2014
    Messages:
    671
    Likes Received:
    215
    Trophy Points:
    43
    Location:
    Richmond, VA
    I believe they take standard 7" sealed beams, but there are also reflector/lens assemblies that take separate bulbs, so any given fairing could contain either.
     
  20. rob.lafady
    Offline

    rob.lafady Vetter Aficionado

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2014
    Messages:
    180
    Likes Received:
    55
    Trophy Points:
    28
    Location:
    Longview, WA
    I thought it was probably a sealed beam, I was wondering what all needed to be replaced to switch to an LCD bulb and where to get it.
     
Loading...

Share This Page