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    Recently purchased a Hawk and I’m looking to make a few simple upgrades. One of those is getting a better headlight bulb. The one I have is very dim. It isnt much of an issue because I normally only ride during the day, but I know it’ll help with making me more visible. I was looking at this little conversion kit that my local store offers:
    The Speedmetal LED Conversion Kit was designed to be 2.5 times brighter than most standard halogen bulbs and has a lifespan of around 30,000 hours.

    If anyone knows if this might work, or if anyone might have better suggestions feel free to let me know!

  • #2
    You need the exact dimensions to see if it will fit in the bucket, or it will bottom out and not fit.

    There's also limited room in the bucket for the extra module. Usually those modules are for fooling the CANBus system of newer bikes -- nit an issue with the Hawk.

    Also... that is expensive. You can buy automotive H4 bulbs for less than that and they come in pairs because cars have two lights.

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    • #3
      Thank you for your reply, Parc. I think I figured out a good solution and I’m gonna try it out as soon as I actually get the right dimensions. Found this LED H4 60W bulb on Amazon that claims to have the same dimensions as most motorcycle bulbs without the CANbus wiring crap. It looks like its plug and play, which Im hoping it is if the dimensions are right. Looking up car headlights led me to this one right here, surprisingly enough. $19 + shipping.

      H4 LED Motorcycle Headlight Bulb Hi/Lo Beam 9003 Bulb 2500 Lumens White 6000k CSP Chips LED Car Headlight H4 Headlamp 1:1 Design

      As soon as I can confirm that they have the same measurements, I’ll purchase it and see if its any good.


      • #4
        FWIW I'm looking at some 7" LED headlights to simply replace the existing lens.
        Depth looks to be about 4" (front of lens to base of prongs).

        I've seen two methods so far...

        My sorry video skills on display as I explain how I swapped headlights on this old Honda - part 1

        Drawing less power, lasting far longer and activating instantaneously, LED motorcycle headlights are becoming more common in the sport touring market.


        • #5
          My good solution was cutting a hole in the back of a similar headlight bucket to the hawk for the LED fan to breathe. I am thinking though I better use some caution if I ever get into some rain so might revisit that setup with something that is fanless.
          88 Blue Hawk GT - Under construction but rideable (guest approved)
          89 BlackHawk 2.0 - On the lift and being assembled
          90 Hawk GT (color as to yet be determined) - Still on the shelf in crates


          • #6
            I was finally able to get my hands on the headlight I posted earlier. It’s a simple H4 LED light with no extra to it, like conversation kits or anything else that takes up space. It looks great and it works fine. I have only tried it for less than a day but it’s doing what I wanted it to do.
            If anyone else has been wanting to make the upgrade, the link I provided earlier is a pretty good product for cheap ~$23.
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            • #7
              Interesting. How is the light pattern on the bulb at night? I've had a couple different units I have tried over the years and they sometimes tend to throw the low beam up pretty high to attain the brighter effect. Not terrible but it does get me flashed as if I have high beams on sometimes.
              88 Blue Hawk GT - Under construction but rideable (guest approved)
              89 BlackHawk 2.0 - On the lift and being assembled
              90 Hawk GT (color as to yet be determined) - Still on the shelf in crates


              • #8
                I haven’t ridden at night yet, but I’ll write back onto this thread if I find that others think the light is too bright.