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Voltmeter & Headlight Replacements/Types

I'm getting my 85 VN700 this coming Friday. I will be tearing it apart and stripping/painting it and doing some other mods as well. I have a KA voltmeter to install on it. I will probably run it directly off the battery to a small toggle switch mounted by the fuel gauge/light cluster, since I am not very keen on tapping the headlight wiring. I know these are very bright LED's on this paricular voltmeter, but the brightness will be controlled by a thin peice of 25% - 35% dark window tint over the LED's so I don't get night blindness. Sound good?

Next question-- I want to replace the headlight to cut back on some of the power used on the charging system. I believe the 85 is a solid glass headlight, correct? I see some of you on the site talk about replacing the bulb. What year did Kawasaki put a headlight with a replaceable bulb on the Vulcan? I would like to get one for mine and experiment with different style bulbs that will give me better sight at night. I live in a rural area and most of our riding is done at night on barely 2 lane backroads that are rather curvey. Any suggestions of what I should be looking at or where to find? I don't have a ton of money to spend on it, and also buy/sell online at E-bay a lot.
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I also put tint film over my LEds works great.

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I live in a rural area and most of our riding is done at night on barely 2 lane backroads that are rather curvey. Any suggestions of what I should be looking at...
Yeah. Look at the road. If you look at the sky, you're liable to wreck.

So 85's didn't have a bulb you can take out? Fascinating...

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I believe the 85 is a solid glass headlight, correct? I see some of you on the site talk about replacing the bulb. What year did Kawasaki put a headlight with a replaceable bulb on the Vulcan?
Going by Ron Ayer's diagrams, which don't have the '85 listed, from '86 on had the replacable bulb (seperate from the glass lens)
The tint on the led's sounds like a good idea.


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The other 85 VN700 I had did not have a bulb, it was a sealed beam. After I hit the deer and had to replace the entire light. So I am assuming this 85 to be the same. All I remember is that the light pattern on my old 85 sucked!!
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This 85 does have a replaceable bulb. The light pattern looks a lot better than my other VN700. I read somewhere there is something like a 35W/65W replacement bulb (or something close to those #'s).
I want to drop it from the stock 55W low beam and install some low watt halogen or LED lights on the front forks. This way I don't overload the charging system.
If I do use LED's do I have to purchase some kind of LED box/unit to wire into my electrical system?
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Just my opinion, but putting a Silverstar replacement bulb in there will generally have a bigger light effect than putting a lesser bulb and adding lesser wattage halogen driving lights. My bike with only the silverstar is unbelievable bright. 2 cents worth!

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Just my opinion, but putting a Silverstar replacement bulb in there will generally have a bigger light effect than putting a lesser bulb and adding lesser wattage halogen driving lights. My bike with only the silverstar is unbelievable bright. 2 cents worth!
dont use the silver star.... too pricy and u lost light throught the blue tint... use the xtravision.... its the same bulb without the blue tint (most halogen light is yellow and green)

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too pricy and u lost light throught the blue tint...
Well hell, that explains what that puddle is under my wife's car. Oh wait, you just said it was lost, not leaking! If that's not the puddle under the car, then is the light being lost into the engine? Now I'm gonna drive myself nuts trying to find something else I lost. Dang it, Hizzo!

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If that's not the puddle under the car, then is the light being lost into the engine? Now I'm gonna drive myself nuts trying to find something else I lost.
I don't think you'll find it Ernie.
Light is like an Orange. As an Orange is orange .... the Light is ... light, so once it's lost, it floats upwards, into the atmosphere, degrading the ozone.
I haven't given this hypothesis to the government yet, but I'm sure they'll figure it out once the spend 45.7 million on a study for it.


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