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Old March 19th, 2017, 07:44 AM   #61
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Got my light kit a couple weeks ago and just got around to installing last week.

1. Fit and finish are superb. Just pulling it out of the package you feel it was $ well spent. Very good hardware and pre-fab.

2. Agree too much cord is better than too little. I had about 8" extra on the right lamp I had to zip-tie into the frame. That was a bit excessive but if I ever sell my Strada, I'd probably think seriously about keeping the lights and mounting to my new ride. There's more plus than minus for play in the wiring length.

3. *Strada Owners* - you'll have to remove the windscreen and bracket to get a drill into the nose bay for the wire access port that taps into the main lamp. This is a bitch. There's 2 allen bolts hidden behind the thick dash wiring looms that are oriented almost horizontally with the deck. The wiring looms are about an inch thick and do not budge very much to snake an allen wrench around. Getting them back in is even more fun. I think Kuksul updated the installation guide. He has a Motard.

4. I thought the battery terminal leads were perfect. My under-seat area is jammed with RB Evo wiring. I routed as he suggested and it was the best fit.

5. The left and right lamps aren't labeled. This is a bit nit-picky as you can figure it out by carefully studying the illustrations later in the manual. I did read the manual completely before install but wouldn't have keyed in on this detail. When I was faking the kit out to get started, I wasn't entire sure which was which. I would have assumed the lamp wiring would exit out the bottom, which was wrong.

6. Adjustability of the lamps is superb. Park the bike at night and just loosen the two lamp bracket bolts to focus the beams. And my gawd, it's like sunrise when you flick the brights on! I think the off-roaders will appreciate these the most.

7. Caution with the T20 screws holding the main lamp housing to the dash. They're pretty long and really bite into mounts for the entire thread length. It's easy to slip the bit and possibly strip the bolt head. I think the T20 head selection was a bad choice for the amount of torque it takes to get these out.

8. I didn't have trouble with the fairings but I've removed mine many times before. Mounting the junction box was probably the most difficult task overall. Lining up the fuel tank mount and fiddling with the frame clamp was tedious.

I'd recommend replacing the stock bulb with an LED while you have the housing removed. Getting to the lamp is a chore and there's a lot of wires to stuff in the housing if you plan to go back later. I personally didn't have great results with my LED replacement but I like the uniform LED throw from all bulbs. Also draws less from the electrical system if you have a lot of gadgets leeching juice.

Great work! Looks so good but also blends so well with the bike design.

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Old March 19th, 2017, 05:13 PM   #62
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Thanks so much for the feedback guys. Now you must test them on a twisty canyon road, that's where they really 'shine'

All of the housings are fully waterproof and cables are potted internally, so as long as you don't cut the wire and soak it in water, it should hold up well to the elements.

I'm going to double check that right housing cable routing now that you guys mention it. Perhaps I didn't get a good enough picture for the guide, or I can make it a tad shorter.
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Old March 21st, 2017, 03:49 AM   #63
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Finally got to test mine in the dark this morning. They are bright enough that I think they overpower the stock light. They are ridiculously bright, and I can actually see.
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Old March 21st, 2017, 08:05 PM   #64
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Thanks for cluing me in on the waterproof part.... :-)
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Old March 23rd, 2017, 12:14 PM   #65
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So I'm thinking of painting the "trellis" mounting bracket in red or gunmetal to match the frame or subframe. It will be difficult to match the color exactly, which is why I avoided it so far, but might emphasize the styling effort I put into that mounting bracket. I'm going to buy some paints and try them out - see how it looks.
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Old March 23rd, 2017, 12:27 PM   #66
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I guess it depends on the bike. Mine is red so I'd think the black color of the bracket would stand out more than red.

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Old March 23rd, 2017, 02:20 PM   #67
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black blends with the mounting location. If you gave me a choice of the three colors, I would have picked black. Red with red framed bikes my add some flare, but I like subtle flash.
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How much?

Very interested!
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Old March 28th, 2017, 01:24 PM   #69
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