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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-11-2012, 08:12 PM Thread Starter
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Pair of 55w driving lights OK?

I have a 94 and wondering if the charging system will handle the addition of a pair of 55w driving lights.
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I've read here that there is a "surplus" of about 75 watts with the stock light setup. So if you haven't installed a bunch of LEDs, you will have too much draw with two 55 attt lights.

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WOW! Thanks for the quick reply.
Well RATS. I ride a lot in the dark and was hoping I could use the HID driving lights off my old dead Goldwing.
Oh well, I will convert the headlight to HID and "deal" with less light.
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I bought some 35w bulbs for my lites to replace the 55w ones.

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I wouldn't even use the 35 watt bulbs. That puts you right on the edge of the bikes electrical capacity, a little too close for me. I have installed a switch to cut off the headlights high beam when I use my electric gloves, because I noticed a slight voltage drop at the battery when I turned them on. These are older gloves, and most likely draw more current than newer ones, but they sure do work good. It was still charging, but possibly very close to overloading the system. I don't need a stator failure.

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I used 25w bulbs & am very happy with the extra light output. There's always options but like it was mentioned, you need to be carefull not to overload the bikes eleectrical.
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Hmmm...I need to check the wattage on mine before I hook em up....they came with my bike but werent hooked up.

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