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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 10-27-2012, 09:01 AM Thread Starter
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considering having LED headlamp installed on my sportster

pricey for sure but not satisfied with OE especially on highbeam , i have aux. lights that burn on lowbeam . i don't do much night riding but would like to be able to see a larger footprint ahead and to sides of the roadway , by the examples illustrated in the 2012 acc. catalog the LED provides a much larger area , any of you able to give a comparison of your own?
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post #2 of 32 (permalink) Old 10-27-2012, 11:02 AM
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I cannot answer your question but riding at night I too find the standard 'candle in a lantern' somewhat less than impressive. I shall keep an eye on your thread and hope the boffins on here come up trumps

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Both of you try the silver star ultra bulb. It is cheap and lights up the road a lot better
If you still don't like it then you can go led or hids

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Probably not a bad idea to upgrade the Sporty headlight to something better. I though the light on my 2012 FXDC was going to be the same as I had on my Sporty but it throws about twice the light for some reason.

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I always run my FXDC (Sportster) headlight on high beam during the day, and most of the time at night.

If you find yourself on dark roads often, it is a good but pricey upgrade.

If you do it, let us know. Good luck!

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XL1200R is correct, I switched to the Silver Star ultra and like it much better than the stock and much more affordable than the LED.

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And where do i find a Silver Star bulb at.
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I know advanced auto has them for sure

You need an h4 bulb and it will plug right in

Make sure you get the silver star ultra, and check the back of the package to make sure it is the brightest model. If you don't like it then you are only in the hole 20 bucks or so and you can then go big for led or something

And you can send me the silver star for a spare lol

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Try the 80 100 now thats a bad boy....

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When I replaced the bulbs in my truck I was checking out the different bulds that are available. I stuck with the stock due to the shorter lifespan of these high intensity bulbs. It appearrs they will only last about half as long.

With that said I have no idea what the life span would be on a motorcycle. The lights are on all the time on a bike.
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