Home

Go Back   .: XT660.com - The #1 XT660 Resource :. > XT660Z Ténéré > XT660Z Ténéré Tech Section > XT660Z Mods
FAQ Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read Main site

Google

XT660Z Mods Share views on all the mods you have done and those you intend to do

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 13-05-10, 21:33
Wayne Wayne is offline
SemiPro XT-Moto
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Poitiers, France
Posts: 38
Wayne is on a distinguished road
LED turn-signal conversion

For some time I had been looking at different types of LED turn signals for replacement of the original bulbs on the Tenere with an LED cluster. So, in preparation for the conversion I knew that I would need to replace the original relay with the electronic type that did not depend on the 20W load of the incandescent bulbs to function correctly. The one I selected was a solid state electronic unit and a drop-in-swap with the original, it worked just perfectly with the original bulb turn-signals while I continued my search. A month ago I happened upon the Weiser website http://www.weiser-motorrad.com/home.htm. This company makes LED conversion kits for the OEM turn-signals used on the Tenere (and others) - I was most interested! So, I placed an internet order and received the two kits (two turn-signals per kit) in 48 hours (none too shabby for a UK supplier to the Continent). Everything fit exactly as described. The whole conversion took around 30 minutes and I am very pleased with the results. Interestingly the conversion can work with or without the solid state flasher unit as the conversion has a huge 23 Watt resistor built into each circuit to emulate the load of the original bulbs. However if you want a pure LED conversion that lowers the load on the electrical system, the resistor can be removed simply by cutting its wires (example in the below photo). The flash rate is correct, the amber colour is correct and it is an EU street legal conversion. The only drawback is the ECU thinks I have a blown bulb so the dash light remains steady (indicating a blown bulb or a fault), instead of flashing in sympathy with the indicators. But a minor detail for a nice result.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 00relay.jpg (128.5 KB, 242 views)
File Type: jpg 01indicators.jpg (125.8 KB, 207 views)
File Type: jpg 02resistor.jpg (79.5 KB, 173 views)
File Type: jpg 03resistor-cut.jpg (82.0 KB, 171 views)
File Type: jpg 04old+new.jpg (102.6 KB, 262 views)
File Type: jpg 05-old+new-off.jpg (101.1 KB, 167 views)
  #2  
Old 13-05-10, 21:50
Nelis Nelis is offline
Expert XT-Moto
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Apeldoorn, The Netherlands
Posts: 168
Nelis is on a distinguished road
I'm also thinking about getting LED flashers.
But i wouldn't go for the same size, as they easily get hit when offroading.

Touratech has a complete set, plug and play.
__________________
Derbi Senda DRD Sm "04 (black) => BMW F650GS "04 (yellow) => Yamaha xt660z Ténéré "09 (blue)
  #3  
Old 14-05-10, 07:23
Gas_Up_Lets_Go Gas_Up_Lets_Go is offline
XT-Moto SuperStar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: North Lakes - UK
Posts: 2,137
Gas_Up_Lets_Go is on a distinguished road
I went for the relay replacement (3 minute job!), cost around £10 from ebay.

Then I purchased some nice little indicators from Hein Gericke (£10 each) I got sliglty different ones for the front that have in-built repeater lamps (so you can see the indicator from all angles). I just need to get the tails sorted so I can fit the rear ones!

I went for the LED conversion as I wanted short lights that would be less liklely to become damaged in a spill.

Al together it's cost £50 to replace them.
__________________
>-------<

Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.




  #4  
Old 14-05-10, 17:38
Wayne Wayne is offline
SemiPro XT-Moto
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Poitiers, France
Posts: 38
Wayne is on a distinguished road
LED turn-signal conversion

Gas_Up & Nelis, I agree with the idea that if you are going to do the conversion, you might as well make it as off-road and crash friendly as possible. But after being rear-ended twice by blind Parisien drivers, the brighter and more conspicuous the better as far as I am concerned. If you look at the photo in the post it is noticeable that the indicator on the right is brighter, even in the low quality phone camera. In reality, it looks much brighter to the naked eye.

Which leads me to the next project - a high mount rear brake light, with around 25 high output red LED's that when activated, just scream STOP!
  #5  
Old 14-05-10, 21:43
Nelis Nelis is offline
Expert XT-Moto
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Apeldoorn, The Netherlands
Posts: 168
Nelis is on a distinguished road
Lights don't always mean that you will be seen.

Some americans got the entire rear end looking like a christmas tree.
Flashing lights in all kind of colours.
1 of the "Globeriders" got it on his BMW GS.

I don't think it will help a lot, at least not over here.
It would be better to take away the drivers license of people older than 70 years.
__________________
Derbi Senda DRD Sm "04 (black) => BMW F650GS "04 (yellow) => Yamaha xt660z Ténéré "09 (blue)
  #6  
Old 14-05-10, 23:12
JMo JMo is offline
"This lady is not for turning" - Paris - Dakar Veteran
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Somewhere west of Laramie...
Posts: 825
JMo is on a distinguished road
You want crash proof?

Ah, time to drag out this ol' photo again?



and at the front:



J xx
__________________
"Where we're going, we don't need roads..."

JennyDakar.com
Sponsored Links
  #7  
Old 13-09-11, 08:47
tetsuo tetsuo is offline
Newbie XT-Moto
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: kempen
Posts: 7
tetsuo is on a distinguished road
hey JMo,

i've been looking for that front turn signal mod process of yours, but i didn't found it. Is there a link you can provide me? Or is that too easy for explaining it? =P

I've learned the hard way by a fall/drop, they "easily" got broken and i want to fix them your way. The turning signals in the back are protected by my luggage rack, so no need to fix them there.

thanks in advance!
  #8  
Old 13-09-11, 10:22
stuxtttr stuxtttr is offline
XT-Moto SuperStar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Lutterworth/Midlands
Posts: 446
stuxtttr is on a distinguished road
keen to do this front end mod too.

i have an mtc can out back so am planning a tail end tidy up soon
__________________
Ride On:tenere:Camel 2008XT660Z
harvey mushman did it in the dirt Uma 1994 TT250R
  #9  
Old 19-09-11, 05:45
JMo JMo is offline
"This lady is not for turning" - Paris - Dakar Veteran
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Somewhere west of Laramie...
Posts: 825
JMo is on a distinguished road
Quote:
Originally Posted by tetsuo View Post
hey JMo,

i've been looking for that front turn signal mod process of yours, but i didn't found it. Is there a link you can provide me? Or is that too easy for explaining it? =P

I've learned the hard way by a fall/drop, they "easily" got broken and i want to fix them your way. The turning signals in the back are protected by my luggage rack, so no need to fix them there.

thanks in advance!
Hi Tetsuo - it's pretty straightforward really - you simply disconnect the wires to the side lights (you won't have side/parking lights anymore, but it doesn't really matter as the headlight is on low beam anyway when the engine is running)...

You then disconnect the wires to the front indicators, and join them to the respective side light wires - you'll need to fit new connectors or bullets, as the connectors are different as I recall; or simply soldier the wires and use heat-shrink as I did, since the rubber bulb holders for the side lights just pop in and out of the headlight surround anyway.

Then replace the sidelight bulbs with orange ones, and you're done!

Jx
__________________
"Where we're going, we don't need roads..."

JennyDakar.com
  #10  
Old 19-09-11, 18:30
tetsuo tetsuo is offline
Newbie XT-Moto
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: kempen
Posts: 7
tetsuo is on a distinguished road
thanks JMo!
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT +1. The time now is 12:13.
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions Inc.

  XT660         Archive   Main site


Footer
vBSkinworks Top