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This is for my 950, it originally came with on the standard halogen headlamp, and no passing lights. I have replaced the headlamp with a Denali M5 LED, and I also added Denali D4 auxiliary lights. The auxiliary lights are very bright, but I have been thinking of getting rid of them for a couple of reasons - a) they are out of style for the bike, b) they are fork mounted, and so it's hard to aim them without blinding other drivers, I have to point the bright spot within about 6 feet of the bike, otherwise I am blinding oncoming drivers.



I have been thinking of getting the OEM passing light kit, but I have a few questions. I understand it comes with two bowls for the additional lights, but are the turn signals reused or does it come with new turn signals? From what I could find on google, it looks like OEM reuses the turn signals, and aftermarket ones come with new turn signals? Also, how hard is it to install? And finally, what size lights does it come with, since I will likely replace them with LEDs if anything is available. I was looking at JW speaker, they have 4" LED lights that may fit.

 

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sure beats rewiring the signal lights on, or you could just get the bar and piece together the lights, find what you like and put them on.
What concerns me is their LED lights are from 2013, if not earlier, and LED tech made a lot of progress since then. I would prefer to just get the bar, install OEM turn signals onto it, and then get chrome bowls and get JW speaker LED lights. It doesn't seem that the bar is sold separately anywhere?
 

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do you want to go fancy, i assume so because that a nice bike.
or this way

as far as lights jw is a lot of $ i bought the led from ebay 7" and 2 4.5" for under $100 i think about 3-4 years know and no problems with them. and they have many styles.

peace out 6 months for us to ride again.
My Denali headlight was bout $400, and same for the aux lights. JW Speaker and Harley Daymaker lights are even more expensive.
 

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The OEM kit looks great, but its not available anymore to purchase.
 

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There are a bunch of generic kits for under $100 on ebay, but the bar and brackets they use looks cheap with a bunch of exposed bolts. The Show Chrome LED kit from bigbikeparts looks great, but they are out of stock. I'll try to find an OEM one or if the Show Chrome returns to stock.
 

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So I found a website that had the Show Chrome set in stock and ordered it. I will post photos once it arrives.

I am contemplating whether I should keep or remove the Denali aux lights once I install the Show Chrome assembly.
 

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So I finally got the Show Chrome set, and these are my impressions.

First, it comes with a bracket that replaces the stock bracket that holds the headlight and turn signals. The new bracket is very nice and quality, and replacing the stock bracket was pretty simple. The only downside is that the stock bracket has a clip for the air temperature sensor, and the Show Chrome bracket does not have this clip, so now I will have to find a way to secure the sensor behind the headlight. Not a big deal I guess, I'll zip tie it to the wires behind the headlight.

The lightbar itself is absolutely top notch - machined aluminum, well made and weighty, with a very high quality polished finish on it. Nothing like the generic bars you see on ebay, that are cheap tubular steel with cheap chrome plating, terrible looking welds, and a bunch of exposed bolts and clips.

The lights themselves also look very high quality - nicely weighted buckets, concealed set screws, clearly made with high precision. Unfortunately, being a product from 2013, when LED tech was still in its infancy, much like I suspected they are not up to the modern standards. They are reflector housings, with a single LED board in the center, with one diode pointing up and one diode pointing down. There are no projector optics or fancy halo rights or any other effects.







Also, unfortunately these housings are of a proprietary size, so you can't just simply swap a standard 4.5" light module into them. So I searched for and found a set of LED passing lights on Amazon, that came complete with standard 4.5" chrome buckets. The LED modules look very fancy and modern, but I don't have too high of an expectation for them as the whole set was around 60 bucks. I mostly bought the setup for the 4.5" buckets, and I may end up replacing the LED modules with JW Speaker 4.5" modules. For now I have the whole thing put together, just waiting for new turn signals (another mod for another day) before they go on the bike.





 

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Les, thank you for the video, they do seem to work very well! How is the light pattern, in the video it doesn't look they are blinding to oncoming drivers, which is my current concern with my Denalis?
 

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Just tested both the Show Chrome and the Amazon LED modules with a power supply. The Amazon LEDs have awesome light distribution, they seem to be very good, and I'm not talking very good for $60, but generally very good. I don't know what the catch is, but I'm happy.

Show Chrome modules don't have a good light distribution at all, very bright spot in the middle and no sharp cutoff - as expected with reflector housings. I will try and use them on my Suzuki S40.
 

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my Chinese leds are awesome don't nock the cheap stuff, yes you get what you pay for and if you are a millionaire good on you.
Far from a millionaire, lol. It's just that I learned over the years, often when you buy cheap products, you pay twice when you have to replace them after they fail prematurely. The market is flooded with all sorts of LED products, and unfortunately many of them are absolute junk. So far the Chinese LED that I bought seem very nice, with nice output and cutoff, once I have them installed, if they last and work properly, I am not looking to spend $$$ to replace them with more expensive product.
 

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How do I run the cables from the battery to the lights, underneath the tank? Does the tank need to be removed?
 

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Installed the Show Chrome buckets onto my trusty little Suzuki S40, and I absolutely love them. They really compliment the look of the little bike, and given that they are smaller than standard 4.5" buckets, they do not look out of place. Also, they are very bright and provide the much needed extra lighting. I'll take some more photos when it gets dark.







 

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It is assembled finally, also with Harley turn signals swapped in with Kuryakyn Tracer LED inserts. Going to install shortly.

 

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Got everything installed, it looks awesome and the extra light is nice! Now just waiting for my new headlight to arrive.









 
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