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    Headlight plug

    For anyone wanting to fabricate a replacement headlight for the F650GS/F800GS here is a plug that with a very minor mod fits the bike's wiring harness connector perfectly. If you want some photos send me your email address in a PM.
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    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/AUDI-VW-Sk...E:L:OC:CA:3160

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    So far, so good for my 2013 F700GS.

    I brought it home, new, on Oct. 22, 2013 so it has seen two riding seasons, now.

    It did have the tank crack but this was replaced under warranty by my dealer.

    After two seasons, I still love this bike
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    2013 F700GS (his), 2015 R1200RT (her's)

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    Hella also makes a 90mm LED headlight: http://www.myhellalights.com/index.p...bi-led-module/
    90mm_Bi-LED_01.jpg
    If you are already building a housing, you might as well build one for this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gruesome View Post
    Hella also makes a 90mm LED headlight: http://www.myhellalights.com/index.p...bi-led-module/
    90mm_Bi-LED_01.jpg
    If you are already building a housing, you might as well build one for this.
    Except that this is over $700
    The Hella 90mm H9 halogen high and low beam units are under $70 each.

    My install looks kinda industrial but it's functional.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bmwroadsterca View Post
    Except that this is over $700
    Ooops.

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    Quote Originally Posted by russel roode View Post
    By the number of bikes with "fogging" of the headlights looks like we should be notifying our respective government departments of transportation pointing out that this is a safety issue. Perhaps BMW Motorad will own up to their poor quality.
    The squeaky wheel gets the grease!! Give em hell!

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    I just upgraded my F700 GS with Cyclops LED lights, both high and low. Anyone on here have any heat related issues with this product?
    http://www.cyclopsadventuresports.co...der_p_120.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by racer7 View Post
    There are threads about failing F reflectors all over the web. See F800riders, for example. Issue appears to be heat related.

    One way to try to extend life of the older types is reduce heat by going HID (35W ballasts). Just use good bulbs that don't pump out excess UV- the coatings on the old reflectors are poor and nothing kills bad plastics faster than lots of UV.
    I went to cyclops h7 LED 25 watt lite and my fogging started to clear up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ROYBARNES View Post
    I went to cyclops h7 LED 25 watt lite and my fogging started to clear up.
    Thanks for the feedback so far no issues with fogging or heat related. Have about a thousand miles on the lights now but it is still cold outside, so that may be a contributing factor. Guess I'll have to wait for some warmer weather to see how they affect the housing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by weschmann View Post
    I just upgraded my F700 GS with Cyclops LED lights, both high and low. Anyone on here have any heat related issues with this product?
    http://www.cyclopsadventuresports.co...der_p_120.html
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    If you bike's headlight is a Hella then you have the improved design. It was the original CEV headlights that had the problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmwroadsterca View Post
    If you bike's headlight is a Hella then you have the improved design. It was the original CEV headlights that had the problem.
    From what I can find out, it looks like the Hella improvement didn't come out until the 014 model year, so I might have to keep an eye out for a replacement on ebay for in the future...

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    Quote Originally Posted by weschmann View Post
    From what I can find out, it looks like the Hella improvement didn't come out until the 014 model year, so I might have to keep an eye out for a replacement on ebay for in the future...
    Going through some old posts and remembered I'd posted to this one a couple of times. Fast forward to 2018, with over 40000 miles on the Cyclops LED lamps and no issues of heat or headlamp deterioration during that time. Sold the with the lamps still running strong and nary a problem, especially that pesky 5000 mile interval where they always seemed to burn out one day into a long tour.......Thought folks might like a real world update for a great product.

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