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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-16-2013, 11:43 AM Thread Starter
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Custom Headlight Thoughts...

So I'm considering adding one of the Kuryakyn Phase Seven 7" lights to the bike. The obvious problem here is that the existing headlight housing is too small to fit this.

Has anyone seen any side mount headlight housings that will fit a 7" light?

Or maybe ideas to mount another style housing to the forks or Tree that won't look like complete crap?

the light in question:
Truck Light 7" LED Headlamp

From what I understand, The Truck Light brand are the ones that make them and sell them to Kury, so buying straight from them gets a better price for the same product. Reviews seem to be pretty good on these about the brightness the light puts out to be able to see the road at night.

I'm also looking into getting the matching 4.5" driving lights on a light bar to go with this.

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Here is a side mount headlight housing, for a 7" bulb. It should work with the HL you are wanting to use. you might also need to get a pair of these too.
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Or maybe ideas to mount another style housing to the forks or Tree that won't look like complete crap?
I changed my headlight to another style completely as I went to two rectangular headlights mounted top and bottom. I had to fabricate new arms that are the exact same shape as the originals but extend about 1 to 1 1/2 inch further forward because of the slightly deeper housing. I also fabricated two arms that drop down from the side mounting/pivot points of the top one and holds the second headlight assembly forward and lower than the first (top). They are now on the same angle as the front forks and fully aim adjustable. The housings are chrome and contain sealed beam bulbs. I only use one head light at a time which is very adequate for any night driving and I still have the high beam option for driving in deer country. I believe that the single bulb I had now is actually brighter than the stock round bulb. Everything is connected everything to the original electrical lines so I am using the same switches. I have completed a light bar to hang twin driving lights and directionals but have not mounted that unit as yet. It is a bit of the "ole skool" look but I really like it and it gets compliments constantly. Good luck on your choice.

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Thanks guys.

Slim, that one you posted is almost exactly what I had in mind.
Wonder If I can get the stock mounts to work with thinner rubber mounts/dampers. I know it'll probably be pushing it, but just might work. Otherwise, it looks like the mounts you posted should complement nicely.

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These Headlight Brackets caught my eye...

Picked up a set, will be adding a new housing to the list shortly and see how it works out.

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These Headlight Brackets caught my eye...

Picked up a set, will be adding a new housing to the list shortly and see how it works out.
Post some pics when you're done!

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Absolutely. Might be awhile before I get to the finished product.

I'm planning on the bigger light and light bar on the front end. I'm also planning on pulling off the factory gauge cluster and dash to replace with an Acewell 2853. Along side that I want to add in a water temp gauge and move my existing voltmeter down net to the.

getting the Water Temp Gauge from Glowshift.

The challenge will be to blend it all in to hide the ignition switch as I don't want to relocate this and loose the ability to lock the forks. Have a few ideas though.

...and I don't even wasn't to get started on ideas for the rear end yet. but the wheels are turning.

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