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Headlight upgrade

Post by Kdxfan4130 » 05:17 pm Jun 15 2019

Haven’t found a kdx just yet but reading up on upgrading the electrical for improved lighting. Enjoyed reading the self rewind thread, very informative. Have seen the rewound stators and coils available to get 80-90w. Planning on going to led lights, but was trying to locate which brand of regulator/rectifier was recommended. Riding at night beats the summertime heat.
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Re: Headlight upgrade

Post by kdxsully » 06:32 pm Jun 15 2019

I don't know for sure, but I'd look to see if Jeff Fredette offers anything of the sort on his website. I think he hand picks the best products for KDXs to put on his website.

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Re: Headlight upgrade

Post by javjacob » 03:33 pm Jun 16 2019

I would also check with FRP (Jeff Fredette) https://www.frpoffroad.com/
I also recommend a battery powered LED light that straps to your helmet so always have light where you are looking. Its also nice if you have to get off the bike or look at something on the bike.
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Re: Headlight upgrade

Post by Kdxfan4130 » 09:18 pm Jun 17 2019

I’ll definitely look up fredette racing, that guy has been around forever winning.
I concur with the helmet lights, I tried a cheap set that failed but yeah getting to see beyond the bikes light beats all.
Thanks for the suggestions.
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Re: Headlight upgrade

Post by kdxsully » 10:05 pm Jun 17 2019

I saw a recent post (I think by bufftester) that said you can run LEDs without a rectifier, they'll just flicker at low rpms. Just make sure you're good on wattage.
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Re: Headlight upgrade

Post by Kdxfan4130 » 02:44 pm Jun 18 2019

I have tried that on a atv with a similar stator assembly. It didn’t flicker but the led light wasn’t the biggest. Rewinding the lighting coil sounds like a good idea

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Re: Headlight upgrade

Post by GOT WOODS? » 07:27 pm Jun 20 2019

Some info on this subject here:

viewtopic.php?f=115&t=23092
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Re: Headlight upgrade

Post by javjacob » 10:12 am Jun 22 2019

That's a nice zilla!
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Re: Headlight upgrade

Post by Parney » 01:20 pm Jun 22 2019

I thought abought this totally disconnected my power lead from stator made a loom and plugged my 12v lithium battery from my Milwaukee tool into loom very light very small strapped just next to head stock bolt all elective work a treat cost me a2 rolls of wire as charger in garage

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Re: Headlight upgrade

Post by Kdxfan4130 » 04:35 am Jun 23 2019

GOT WOODS? wrote:
07:27 pm Jun 20 2019
Some info on this subject here:

viewtopic.php?f=115&t=23092

Thanks for the link, interested in squirrel retina burning lights for sure :grin:
When I ran the led on the stock stator on the Suzuki lt500 quadzilla it didn’t flicker at idle when testing.
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Re: Headlight upgrade

Post by Kdxfan4130 » 04:37 am Jun 23 2019

javjacob wrote:
10:12 am Jun 22 2019
That's a nice zilla!
Thanks it took a little while to find one worth buying, funny how it’s going the same way for the kdx. 2 strokes forever!!
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Re: Headlight upgrade

Post by Kdxfan4130 » 04:41 am Jun 23 2019

Parney wrote:
01:20 pm Jun 22 2019
I thought abought this totally disconnected my power lead from stator made a loom and plugged my 12v lithium battery from my Milwaukee tool into loom very light very small strapped just next to head stock bolt all elective work a treat cost me a2 rolls of wire as charger in garage
I could do something similar to that, who doesn’t have a extra battery in their garage. How long did your batteries last ?
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Post by B737driver » 07:10 pm Jun 27 2019

I decided to go this route. Baja designs with a built in rectifier converting AC to DC for the LED lights. Ran into a situation a few months back where I actually need a headlight and found that my light was inadequate. This LED works great.

The GOOD...It's really bright and you do NOT have to rewind the factory stator
The BAD...It's way too expensive.
https://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/part ... ight-kit-p
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Re: Headlight upgrade

Post by kdxsully » 08:25 pm Jun 27 2019

B737driver wrote:
07:10 pm Jun 27 2019
I decided to go this route. Baja designs with a built in rectifier converting AC to DC for the LED lights. Ran into a situation a few months back where I actually need a headlight and found that my light was inadequate. This LED works great.

The GOOD...It's really bright and you do NOT have to rewind the factory stator
The BAD...It's way too expensive.
https://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/part ... ight-kit-p
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Post by KDXGarage » 03:10 am Jun 28 2019

WOW. That is bright. Let me ask, though. On the RM page, it says:

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Baja Designs A/C kits allow you to tap in to the factory A/C portion of your lighting coil providing lighting solutions to many bikes without having to modify their stators! In order to run the Squadron Pro A/C kit your bike must have 80 Watts A/C power."
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Post by B737driver » 08:52 am Jun 28 2019

I was all set to do the rewind thinking that it was required. The BD website indicated that it was needed.
https://www.bajadesigns.com/tech-info/S ... -Chart.asp

I then ran across this...

https://thumpertalk.com/forums/topic/12 ... -any-bike/

After much confusion :hmm: I decided to call them directly. They said that the headlight had been upgraded over time and that I would not need the rewind. EDIT>>> I did verify that this was for the Squadron Pro not the Sport>>>I ordered it, installed a waterproof 2 way connector plug, and I'm good with the results. Here is the back side of the light and the plug I got off of amazon...
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Post by KDXGarage » 10:42 am Jun 28 2019

Holy heatsink, Batman!

NICE setup!

Thanks for the additional info.


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Post by KDXGarage » 11:28 am Jun 28 2019

I just called them. A tech support guy said the lesser Sport model only. ?? How did you get the higher wattage one to work??
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Post by B737driver » 12:03 pm Jun 28 2019

Wow...that's exactly the opposite of what they told me. Maybe I was dealing with sales and not tech support and they didn't know. They did get the exact model of the bike and looked something up.

It works, and with a rewound stator maybe I could light up the next county. :grin: I do have a LED taillight that has less draw...IDK it just works and works pretty well.

I got mine on ebay Part # 497001WTAC for $269. About $30 cheaper than I found it anywhere else. Thats still cheaper than the entire KLX 450R assembly from Kawasaki that I was considering as an upgrade to the China replica that I had.
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Re: Headlight upgrade

Post by KDXGarage » 06:53 pm Jun 28 2019

OK, either way, it is super bright!

member treelimb has a lime green Polisport regular headlight on his 1997 KDX200. It would be great if Baja Designs could do lime green.

AWESOME LIGHT. Thanks again for the info.
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