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Been in the mood to change the Strat around and was looking at the passing lamps. I guess plastic cost a lot more than chromed metal because most passing lamp mounts run about 100...cheapest I found the strat (plastic) is 190.00. By the time you add the lamps (130-160 more) it gets kind of ridiculous considering its plastic arms with a lamp that has no more technology or labor than a $10.00 set of generic fog lamps for your car..

I know 'if you wanna play, you gotta pay' but I can put lamps on a Harley for half that...

So my question, is it worth it? Do they give you enough light at night to make the cost worth it?

Ive seen a few people that put a Cree LED under the triple tree using the riser bolts. I like that idea, well hidden and MUCH cheaper form of light, but the factory passing lamps have a bit of style...
 

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Don't ride much at night myself but when I have I think they do add more side of road lighting. I added mine for looks and 3 lights help you to be seen more by cagers. I keep them on all the time. Yammy OEM's is what I used, and yes break out the piggy bank!!
 

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I have also been thinking of putting these on my bike as watching those cagers has become second nature and flashing my lights so that they see me is getting old. I cannot tell you how many times after flashing my lights the light bulb goes off in their eyes and they really see me!
How hard was it to hook up, which lights did you buy specifically and why. Can you give us any tips that would make it less painful to buy or hook these babies up ourselves. Any thoughts or information that would help me make an informed opinion and installation easier would be truly appreciated!

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Mental

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I have the OE brand on my 1100. As far as extra light at night I don't know if that is really enough to benefit but I like them simply for aesthetic reasons. Personally if you have a fairing or a large w/s I think they add to the looks of the bike. And having more lights for others to see is always a plus. Mine were installed when I purchased the bike but the juice comes from a splice into the headlight circuit inside the headlight bucket.

Funny this topic came up because I have to work on mine this weekend. Mine stopped working the other day. After some digging I realized the splice was loose and had lost the connection. Fixed that but after a 35 mile trip home I realized I had NO headlights at all. I'm thinking the splice cut completely through the headlight feed. So be careful how you splice into it. Mine was done with one of those crimp type quick splices. Think I'll ditch that and go with soldering the connection.
You can probably find some aftermarket models that are cheaper than OE. Heck every one I have ever looked at looked the exact same no matter what brand bike it was on. I wouldn't invest in plastic that's for sure. Any little bump to either light and it may break off. Then you are buying the whole thing again. If it's metal you can at least straighten it back to where it was. Ask me how I know! :D
 

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I have also been thinking of putting these on my bike as watching those cagers has become second nature and flashing my lights so that they see me is getting old. I cannot tell you how many times after flashing my lights the light bulb goes off in their eyes and they really see me!
How hard was it to hook up, which lights did you buy specifically and why. Can you give us any tips that would make it less painful to buy or hook these babies up ourselves. Any thoughts or information that would help me make an informed opinion and installation easier would be truly appreciated!

Thanks,

Mental

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I went with the Yammy OEM passing lights and mounts. Decided the look fit with the JPD lower Cowls.

Got to admit they were extremely easy to put on ... ahhhh all I did was open my wallet up and pay the dealer for both the parts and installation bawawahahaha :D:D
 

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I too have wondered about these.. I'm still not sure why they call them passing lights.. Perhaps I'll remember to google that shortly. I do like the look, but when I saw the cost I was shocked.
 

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I too have wondered about these.. I'm still not sure why they call them passing lights.. Perhaps I'll remember to google that shortly. I do like the look, but when I saw the cost I was shocked.
And that is my driving point for this thread. Most passing lamps are metal with a welded tab, special bends and chromed...This is a piece of plastic with fake chrome and a few bolts..and its twice as much....

Its a scam. It 'matches' the style of the bike and no one makes an aftermarket system so if we want it, we are screwed and Yamaha knows it.

Perfect example is the engine bar. Its metal, welded, bent, chromed and it cost less than the light bar (not even including the price of the lamps) because there are aftermarket engine bars.
 

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I went with the OEM Yami lights also. Got the entire kit for $269 off eBay. Then replaced the OEM junk lense & 2 bulb design with HD ones. A much better & brighter 35 watt bulb than Yamaha. Paid $65 for the HD lenses with bulbs and sold the OEM Yamaha ones for $48 on eBay.
 

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I went with the OEM Yami lights also. Got the entire kit for $269 off eBay. Then replaced the OEM junk lense & 2 bulb design with HD ones. A much better & brighter 35 watt bulb than Yamaha. Paid $65 for the HD lenses with bulbs and sold the OEM Yamaha ones for $48 on eBay.
I too installed OEM light bar. Purchased as part of Yamaha accessory package deal offered by dealer with 35% off to encourage me to purchase the 09 leftover.
Like tomas65, recently changed the OEM 2 bulb design with Adjure blue dot Diamond lens. Then changed the H3 bulbs with a pair offered by Drag Spec. Much brighter than standard H3 bulb.

While I hated the Yami 2 bulb design with the 35w upper and worthless 5w lower, very happy with the new setup. Overall, much brighter and whiter than OEM look.
 

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I just took delivery of my 2006 XV1900 Midnight Star as they call it here, and had passing lamps fitted as well.

I hope you don't mind, but I'd like to know if they come with a separate switch or not - I can't find one, and all I see now when using the passing lights is that these will light up, but not the main head light.

is that how they're supposed to work?

TIA, kind regards, Wim
 

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I just took delivery of my 2006 XV1900 Midnight Star as they call it here, and had passing lamps fitted as well.

I hope you don't mind, but I'd like to know if they come with a separate switch or not - I can't find one, and all I see now when using the passing lights is that these will light up, but not the main head light.

is that how they're supposed to work?

TIA, kind regards, Wim
Depends on the bike and type of passing lights. The Yammy passing lamps on the 14 Strat use a switch on the handlebars to turn the passing lights on or off. It's located just above the starter button on the throttle side cluster. I think they stay on with both the low and high beams as long as that switch is in the on position.

On my previous '12 V-Star 1300T there was a small chrome toggle switch on bottom of the left side Yammy passing lamp for on or off. The passing lamps on the 1300 were only on with the low beams.
 

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Depends on the bike and type of passing lights. The Yammy passing lamps on the 14 Strat use a switch on the handlebars to turn the passing lights on or off. It's located just above the starter button on the throttle side cluster. I think they stay on with both the low and high beams as long as that switch is in the on position.

On my previous '12 V-Star 1300T there was a small chrome toggle switch on bottom of the left side Yammy passing lamp for on or off. The passing lamps on the 1300 were only on with the low beams.
Thank you!

There is no chrome toggle for sure, I'll check if there is a button above the starter button for the lights, but I doubt that as well. These were retrofitted on a 2006 model for me :).

It appears to work with the standard button on the left for low and high beam - high beam enabling the passing lights currently, with standard high beam switched off.

I'll call the dealer who fitted them for me on Monday - they are closed for the weekend :). That's probably the best route :).

Kind regards, Wim
 

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My 06 has a switch on the right side between the start button and kill switch that is for the highway lights. As far as I know all strats are pre-wired for highway lights.
 

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Thank you, Phil, I'll check the wring chart to see if I can find that.

It may be different here in Europe, of course. So far I have not found any extra switches, and neither do I have any extra buttons on the standard switch units.

Kind regards, Wim
 

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Hey WIMG on my 1100 the left light has that toggle as well. In the "on" position the lights only worked with low beam on headlight. In the "off" position, no lights. I got into the light buck and wired the switch to be either on full time, or on only with low beams for inspection purposes. I like to have those lights on when I need them at night. Also for better visibility.
 

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Thank you, Phil, I'll check the wring chart to see if I can find that.

It may be different here in Europe, of course. So far I have not found any extra switches, and neither do I have any extra buttons on the standard switch units.

Kind regards, Wim
For kicks and giggles, post a pic of your right and left bar controls/switches. I am curious if you have a different setup than we do here.
 

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Post a pic of your lights also, would be nice to see what they actually look like on your bike.
I too have the extra switch on the right hand side of my bars right between the off switch and the starter button.

Mental :D
 
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