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fog light running light options
« on: April 06, 2014, 01:25:02 am »
I am looking into putting fog lights on my 02 concourse
I was just wondering what if I could get some pics of what others people have done and how much it helped

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Re: fog light running light options
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2014, 06:28:21 pm »
I had driving lights on Larry Bucks light bar.  You could mount fogs on there.  Those 9" lights were heavy and the bar didn't have a problem. Also had small fogs under the fairing at one time.
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Re: fog light running light options
« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2014, 07:07:50 pm »
the big 9" lights is a little much for me how did the little lights help

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Re: fog light running light options
« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2014, 07:52:38 pm »
D A M N ! ! ! !  - Those 9" lights look sexy!!!

I would consider Rectangular - But WOW

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Re: fog light running light options
« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2014, 07:57:24 pm »
9"x2=18" of Awesome!
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Re: fog light running light options
« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2014, 08:25:08 pm »
The small ones worked well.  I used them one night as the low beam when the bikes low went out. Most people wouldn't do the 9", but you can use Larry's bar to mount anything. We travel a fair amount at night, and heading to Alberta I wanted to SEE the critters!  ;D  I wouldn't use those unless the charging system was upgraded, they are a 100 watts each.
Here is the link To Larry's stuff:  http://www.bucksporttouring.com/lights.html

I have seen lights mounted under the mirrors too, but that may be a bit high for fog lights.

And here is the link for the small lights, it's Electrical connection.  http://www.electricalconnection.com/driving-lights/dl_concours.htm

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Re: fog light running light options
« Reply #6 on: April 06, 2014, 11:38:32 pm »
Yeah, if you want true ram air tuning, you better be willing to ram some air! (SiSF)
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Re: fog light running light options
« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2014, 03:38:17 am »
I was thanking about putting a led light bar under the headlight but idk how many watts the stock system can Handel with no trouble how many watts is the stock headlight?

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Re: fog light running light options
« Reply #8 on: April 07, 2014, 08:44:56 am »
If all lighting is stock, you have about 140-160 watts to play with. I run LED in the dash, and  the tag light is gone. I can run 110 watts of driving light and heated grips. That's just about it. If I fire up my heated shirt on high, something else has to be turned off to not drain the battery.

That's with the stock alternator.
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Re: fog light running light options
« Reply #9 on: April 07, 2014, 10:01:00 am »
Piaa 530 led fog lights (w) custom caliper mounts.
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Re: fog light running light options
« Reply #10 on: April 07, 2014, 04:08:21 pm »
I used some Snarf mounts to the fairing mount screws, you can make this mount yourself out of angle iron if so inclined.  Running CREE LED lights at some pitiful amount of watts each.  Helps with some night closer in lighting, and lots with daytime visability.

Here are some pics of them:

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Re: fog light running light options
« Reply #11 on: April 07, 2014, 08:52:29 pm »
I like the snarf mounts how do u have the lights wired ?

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Re: fog light running light options
« Reply #12 on: April 07, 2014, 09:47:18 pm »
I'm using Murph's headlight wiring kit, it has two AUX light outputs (one each for high/low beam settings), as found here: http://www.murphskits.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=1_92&products_id=102

This replaces the existing wiring, puts more power to the stock light, eliminates strain on your JBox, and also gives you handy AUX outputs.

The wire routing itself, I removed the reflectors on the sides, used the holes for running the lights and for putting LED "eagle eyes" on the sides as well.  The wiring runs inside the fairing zip tied to the fairing stays.

Close up of the hole usage below:
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Here is part way through a thread discussed a while back about making your own mounts like the ones I have above:  http://forum.cog-online.org/index.php/topic,26814.msg272371.html#msg272371

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Re: fog light running light options
« Reply #13 on: April 07, 2014, 11:55:29 pm »
I thank this the way I will go get the upgraded headlight kit and make my own brackets

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Re: fog light running light options
« Reply #14 on: April 13, 2014, 01:03:03 am »
Piaa 530 led fog lights (w) custom caliper mounts.

can i see more pics of these lights

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Re: fog light running light options
« Reply #15 on: April 14, 2014, 06:29:27 pm »
I bought Model 30 LED lights from advmonster.com.
10 watts each.
Technically not foglights, which have a distinct horizontal cutoff.
Most LED's throw a symmetrical cone of 10-20 degrees.





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Re: fog light running light options
« Reply #16 on: April 14, 2014, 07:11:49 pm »
I bought Model 30 LED lights from advmonster.com.
10 watts each.
Technically not foglights, which have a distinct horizontal cutoff.
Most LED's throw a symmetrical cone of 10-20 degrees.







Those are pretty awesome, Rick -

10 Degree Spot Beam, 1500 lumens from less than 1 amp draw (0.85amp@12v = ~10 watts of draw).

As a reminder, Wattage is a measure power, or energy USED by the device, not a measure of light output. LUMENS is a measure of light output (and there's more detail in that, but in general, higher lumens is more light - it's usefulness is another issue).

Ricks lights at 1500 lumens (PER LIGHT! 3000 lumen total!) is roughly equivalent to an HID headlight bulb, but only drawing less than ONE amp (this is the value of LEDs - high efficiency). For comparison, a halogen spotlight with 800 lumen output would consume typically about 30+ watts of energy (~ 3-5 amps, depending). Halogens emit a fair amount of their energy as IR, non-visible light/heat.

Plus that tight 10-degrees is really nice - quite often the low end is 30 degrees, with 60 degrees being very common.

Two amps of draw (25-30 watts peak) is pretty good for managing the available power.

Man, bet you can see ants climbing trees at midnight with those beasts on!
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Re: fog light running light options
« Reply #17 on: April 16, 2014, 04:13:48 pm »
Welllllll........
Sort of.
I love the lights, the efficiency, the price, especially the "conspicuity" factor.

But they don't really illuminate that much at a long distance.
I might notice it more if I had the stock headlight, but I've replaced it with a 55W HID conversion.
It's on high beam in the photo above.

I also highly recommend the dimmer they sell:
I dial in the intensity I want, and when I go to high beam it automatically switches the LEDs to 100%.
When riding in daylight, I dial them up to 100% even on low-beam.

I never have anybody flash their lights at me.
LEDs seem to have a way to attract attention with their pinpoint light source, but not blind you when you look at them, like high beams do.

I wonder what the model 60's would look like, but I don't want to use another 20 watts of power.
I'd rather save it for my grip heaters!  ;D
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Re: fog light running light options
« Reply #18 on: April 16, 2014, 04:51:26 pm »
OK, so I know this is a C14, but custom made bracket is very similar to what i had on my C10. 

The lights I used are Denali DM1's with the 10 deg lenses.  These light the ditches well, and make for a very visible additional light in the daytime. 



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Re: fog light running light options
« Reply #19 on: April 16, 2014, 05:14:41 pm »
Nice lights!  I ordered something like those for my wife's FZ6 since she doesn't have a lot of power to play with.  Glad it worked out for you.  :beerchug:
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Re: fog light running light options
« Reply #20 on: April 21, 2014, 01:32:25 pm »
I took these Clearwater Darla LED lights and these mounts


and came up with this


They are not a fog but Clearwater does offer a yellow shield for them. They put out a nice blanket of light of 2000 lumen at max output a piece and are variable in output. Unfortunately I have no live action shots.

more information here... http://www.clearwaterlights.com/index.html

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Re: fog light running light options
« Reply #21 on: April 22, 2014, 04:09:06 pm »
I took these Clearwater Darla LED lights and these mounts


and came up with this


They are not a fog but Clearwater does offer a yellow shield for them. They put out a nice blanket of light of 2000 lumen at max output a piece and are variable in output. Unfortunately I have no live action shots.

more information here... http://www.clearwaterlights.com/index.html



Where are the mounts from? They look sweet.
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Re: fog light running light options
« Reply #22 on: April 23, 2014, 01:03:00 am »
I took these Clearwater Darla LED lights and these mounts


and came up with this


They are not a fog but Clearwater does offer a yellow shield for them. They put out a nice blanket of light of 2000 lumen at max output a piece and are variable in output. Unfortunately I have no live action shots.

more information here... http://www.clearwaterlights.com/index.html



Where are the mounts from? They look sweet.


I got them from Headwinds and ordered them in a black powder coat.

http://www.headwinds.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=headwinds01&Product_Code=2-2402-52CAP&Category_Code=

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Re: fog light running light options
« Reply #23 on: April 23, 2014, 10:09:36 am »
I made up a bracket to put down low and angled the PIAA's off to the side so that they throw a nice wide pattern across the road. Being this low and mounted to the frame I don't get a lot of the light bouncing around like when I had some mounted to my forks for awhile. Just an idea you may want to consider as far as mounting your lights.

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Re: fog light running light options
« Reply #24 on: April 23, 2014, 10:18:29 am »
^^^^^  Now that looks nice ^^^^^

Would love to see some more detailed pics......

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