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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-14-2010, 09:48 PM Thread Starter
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I bought these lights at Wally World for under $20. Replaced the stock 50W halogen bulbs with 20W (MR16) and mounted them to the front fork tubes with stainless hose clamps. At some point I guess I'll make up something a little nicer to look at..... I found some black 2-wire cable and soldered the connections at the light's pigtail. Ran the cables back to a relay (direct off battery) that powers them up when the key is 'ON'. That's about it. Took maybe an hour to install. BTW- these lights seems solid for the price. Chrome looks OK, and they're not made of plastic. We'll see how they hold up.



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Those appear to be the Optronics brand lights that Wally World has been selling for quite a while now. I've had a set of these on my VN750 since late '08.

The chrome around the bulbs has held up ok, but the chrome attachments have not done so well.

I've replaced the 50W bulbs in them with 35W each. My bike's voltmeter keeps telling me this is ok (but all my other bulbs--save the headlamp--are LEDs).

These lights do a great job supplementing my headlamp's low beam, but they are not enough to help with the high beam.

I used "P" clamps to attach mine.

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Nice job. What did you use for the on/off switch? At 20W each do they make much difference in the dark? -Sloppy

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Of course I can't speak for Dariv, but in my case, these lights really help light the road up for the first 50 feet or so in front of the bike, then they don't do much after that (except maybe make you stand out more). They do really help with the low beam.

My Optronics driving lights are mounted just above the fork brace (but this still gives a good "triangle" light pattern), and (as mentioned above) have the 35 watt bulbs, in lieu of 20 watt.

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Nice job. What did you use for the on/off switch? At 20W each do they make much difference in the dark? -Sloppy
At the moment, the light turn on when I turn the key on..... not sure how I will hook it up permenently, maybe a switch, dunno........ They put out quite a bit of light, but I have a HID headlight, so no shortage of light there.... but my main reason for getting them was to make a triangle of light.
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Bulbs most likely will not last long with all the hits the suspension will get.

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