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Thread: LED headlight replacement bulbs for the C650GT finally

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    LED headlight replacement bulbs for the C650GT finally

    So went to the bmw dealer in san siego ca last friday to do my service and asked there most knowledgeable service guy why bmw hasnt figured out a led headlight replacement bulb that fits the scooters and doesnt throw a canbus code. He tells me that cyclops adventure sports makes a H7 bulb that is plug and play for bmw, its much brighter, uses less power and might fit because of the fan assembly on the back of the led bulb and the limited space behind the headlight assembly and the forks. So after an extra hour of test fiting and installation for the led's on top of the service time I have led headlights. There a little pricey but nothing like the darla's. I can tell you that 4000 lumens per bulb is literally day and night (no pun intended) compared to the 900 lumen incandescents when riding in the dark. Its definitely the way the bike should have been built originally. I will try to get some pics posted as soon as I can on the brightness. I'm super excited because I wanted the bright light coming from where it should be coming from and not near the ground or trying to figure out the best place to mount aux lighting some where around the bike. Here's the link if anybody is interested https://www.cyclopsadventuresports.com/4000-Lumen-H7-LED-Headlight-Bulb_p_86.html
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    I like more light! Questions about installing... The heat sink I'm guessing is outside the rubber seal. Did you do anything to ensure the seal stays on with the cable making an out-in run? Second, if the sink is outside the enclosure did you zip tie it to something to keep it from hanging?

    Last - I see the bulb has a fan in it. With the seal on I'd think this would build up significant heat.

    I'd love to try these - but I wonder about how the heat is dealt with related to how it normally seals.
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    TwoPort I had the dealer install them but when I talked to the service guy he basically explained to me pretty much what I did on my zuma 125 when I modded the headlights. They made a slit big enough in the rubber boot so the fan housing could be outside of the boot for heat dissipation and Im pretty sure they zip tied the ballast up by the housing somewhere like I did on my zuma. From some of the stuff Ive read some LED bulbs can throw a code on our scooters so I was happy that these were plug and play for BMW. I probably could have done it myself but since I was there for a service the lights are the responsibility of the dealership now if anything goes bad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by San Diego Surfer View Post
    TwoPort I had the dealer install them but when I talked to the service guy he basically explained to me pretty much what I did on my zuma 125 when I modded the headlights. They made a slit big enough in the rubber boot so the fan housing could be outside of the boot for heat dissipation and Im pretty sure they zip tied the ballast up by the housing somewhere like I did on my zuma. From some of the stuff Ive read some LED bulbs can throw a code on our scooters so I was happy that these were plug and play for BMW. I probably could have done it myself but since I was there for a service the lights are the responsibility of the dealership now if anything goes bad.
    Be on the lookout for condensation. I did a slit on the boot for the cooling heat-sink straps and noticed condensation when it rained. I've since removed the LEDs. The thing I hate the most about the C650 Scooter is the headlight arrangement. Always looks like I'm riding around with a burnt out bulb. This might sound silly but the headlights are the main reason why I'm going to sell it. It irks me that much.

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