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Title: why the heck is the fj1100 headlight so dim?
Post by: mtc on April 13, 2019, 09:50:27 PM
could not even see the road, on my first night out.... is this curable? other than that  still fun short shifting and riding at 2-3k  is plenty low end grunt to get the job done stop light to stop light, but i can't see....it's so bad, cars behind me cast a shadow of me that i can see in front OF me.... hilariously dangerous


Title: Re: why the heck is the fj1100 headlight so dim?
Post by: Sparky84 on April 14, 2019, 01:13:05 AM
Have you replaced the bulb with a new one?
Or is it still the original one ?

https://www.powerbulbs.com/us/store/search/Motorcycle?term=motorcycle (https://www.powerbulbs.com/us/store/search/Motorcycle?term=motorcycle)

After you’ve done that, there is a headlight relay mod in the files for full power to the headlight.
But change the bulb first if you haven’t!


Title: Re: why the heck is the fj1100 headlight so dim?
Post by: mtc on April 14, 2019, 02:04:37 AM
oh... okay phillips the best replacement? or can i go to autozone and try my luck? what is the bulb number? please


Title: Re: why the heck is the fj1100 headlight so dim?
Post by: Sparky84 on April 14, 2019, 03:39:46 AM
55/60w, H4 lamp.

You can go anywhere you want!

I’ve found Osram and Philips lamps the best, nice “white” light, not blue or yellow.
And a “motorcycle” rated lamp should last longer, IMO.

There is so many vehicles out driving/riding with old crapped out lamps that are still working but are not illuminating enough anymore, just because they work doesn’t really mean they “WORK”, get out there and replace any that are more than 10 years old.


Title: Re: why the heck is the fj1100 headlight so dim?
Post by: mtc on April 14, 2019, 09:46:43 AM
55/60w, H4 lamp.

You can go anywhere you want!

I’ve found Osram and Philips lamps the best, nice “white” light, not blue or yellow.
And a “motorcycle” rated lamp should last longer, IMO.

There is so many vehicles out driving/riding with old crapped out lamps that are still working but are not illuminating enough anymore, just because they work doesn’t really mean they “WORK”, get out there and replace any that are more than 10 years old.


 i didn't know that, yes it's a joke idk what the PO was thinking, maybe garage queen...thanks H4 55/60 watts, thanks you again


Title: Re: why the heck is the fj1100 headlight so dim?
Post by: FJ Flyer on April 15, 2019, 05:38:43 AM
Broke my mod cherry installing headlight relays.  A MUST if you ride any in the dark.  Easy.  Here are the instructions:

http://www.fjowners.com/index.php?topic=660.0 (http://www.fjowners.com/index.php?topic=660.0)



Title: Re: why the heck is the fj1100 headlight so dim?
Post by: TomJK on April 15, 2019, 07:28:17 AM
Relay mod and Beamtech LED H4 bulb, wow I've seen the light! :yahoo:


Title: Re: why the heck is the fj1100 headlight so dim?
Post by: mtc on April 28, 2019, 04:34:45 PM
Relay mod and Beamtech LED H4 bulb, wow I've seen the light! :yahoo:
i bought a beamtech lookalike, maybe rebranded? it's bright, but with the motor running, it flickers, what gives?


Title: Re: why the heck is the fj1100 headlight so dim?
Post by: Sparky84 on April 28, 2019, 05:20:20 PM
Relay mod and Beamtech LED H4 bulb, wow I've seen the light! :yahoo:
i bought a beamtech lookalike, maybe rebranded? it's bright, but with the motor running, it flickers, what gives?

Did you do relay mod or check your voltage at headlight?

Maybe
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=NhgpVRNplTM


Title: Re: why the heck is the fj1100 headlight so dim?
Post by: mtc on April 28, 2019, 05:29:57 PM
Relay mod and Beamtech LED H4 bulb, wow I've seen the light! :yahoo:
i bought a beamtech lookalike, maybe rebranded? it's bright, but with the motor running, it flickers, what gives?

Did you do relay mod or check your voltage at headlight?

Maybe
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=NhgpVRNplTM

no time for mod, but the led specs range is 9-32v, i suppose the output in lumens is gona be the same correct me if i am wrong, at some point i will check voltage, it's an emergency stop gap, since i could not ride at night with the other bulb


Title: Re: why the heck is the fj1100 headlight so dim?
Post by: Bones on April 29, 2019, 01:10:14 AM
Relay mod and Beamtech LED H4 bulb, wow I've seen the light! :yahoo:
i bought a beamtech lookalike, maybe rebranded? it's bright, but with the motor running, it flickers, what gives?


I put an LED bulb in mine a while ago and when revving was ok but would flicker at idle, did the relay mod and now good as gold.


Title: Re: why the heck is the fj1100 headlight so dim?
Post by: mtc on April 29, 2019, 03:47:01 PM
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07MXYLYXS/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07MXYLYXS/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1)

what i bought... thanks will be on my to do list


Title: Re: why the heck is the fj1100 headlight so dim?
Post by: Pat Conlon on April 29, 2019, 04:07:26 PM
You really should consider the headlight relay mod sooner rather than later.
You are suffering from voltage drop, just the nature of a 30 year old harness/switches/connectors.
This voltage drop will not go away with a fancy new bulb.

Here is a company called Eastern Beaver who has done all the work for you on your relay mod. Plug and play.
Scroll down you want the H4 with the fairing mounted relays.
https://www.easternbeaver.com/Main/Wiring_Kits/H4_Kits/h4_kits.html (https://www.easternbeaver.com/Main/Wiring_Kits/H4_Kits/h4_kits.html)


Title: Re: why the heck is the fj1100 headlight so dim?
Post by: mtc on April 29, 2019, 04:42:16 PM
You really should consider the headlight relay mod sooner rather than later.
You are suffering from voltage drop, just the nature of a 30 year old harness/switches/connectors.
This voltage drop will not go away with a fancy new bulb.

Here is a company called Eastern Beaver who has done all the work for you on your relay mod. Plug and play.
Scroll down you want the H4 with the fairing mounted relays.
https://www.easternbeaver.com/Main/Wiring_Kits/H4_Kits/h4_kits.html (https://www.easternbeaver.com/Main/Wiring_Kits/H4_Kits/h4_kits.html)


who would have known this existed


seems reasonably priced...thanks


Title: Re: why the heck is the fj1100 headlight so dim?
Post by: FJ Flyer on April 30, 2019, 04:14:56 AM
You really should consider the headlight relay mod sooner rather than later.
You are suffering from voltage drop, just the nature of a 30 year old harness/switches/connectors.
This voltage drop will not go away with a fancy new bulb.

Here is a company called Eastern Beaver who has done all the work for you on your relay mod. Plug and play.
Scroll down you want the H4 with the fairing mounted relays.
https://www.easternbeaver.com/Main/Wiring_Kits/H4_Kits/h4_kits.html (https://www.easternbeaver.com/Main/Wiring_Kits/H4_Kits/h4_kits.html)


Eastern Beaver makes quality products. Takes a little more time shipping from Japan, but worth it.


Title: Re: why the heck is the fj1100 headlight so dim?
Post by: mtc on May 06, 2019, 10:59:02 PM
You really should consider the headlight relay mod sooner rather than later.
You are suffering from voltage drop, just the nature of a 30 year old harness/switches/connectors.
This voltage drop will not go away with a fancy new bulb.

Here is a company called Eastern Beaver who has done all the work for you on your relay mod. Plug and play.
Scroll down you want the H4 with the fairing mounted relays.
https://www.easternbeaver.com/Main/Wiring_Kits/H4_Kits/h4_kits.html (https://www.easternbeaver.com/Main/Wiring_Kits/H4_Kits/h4_kits.html)




Eastern Beaver makes quality products. Takes a little more time shipping from Japan, but worth it.



with just the led light , it is much much better and perfectly adequate, and even the blue highbeam bulb burns brighter, that lamp must be 40 years old , everything else tail light, turn signals brake light burns real bright, i can see it being better, buyt for now i am good and staying on course with my budgeting