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Technical Section => Make / Model Specific Discussions => Suzuki DR & DRZ => Topic started by: letsgofishing on June 18, 2010, 04:22:50 pm

Title: Fitting TrailTech X2 light to my DRZ
Post by: letsgofishing on June 18, 2010, 04:22:50 pm
I decided to fit a TrailTech X2 headlight to the Z. This is "normal" halogen - not HID. It cost me $80 - HID is $300  :o
They supply 2 rubber straps that fit around the forks, but there was no way I could get them on - there's a LOT of wiring behind the stock headlight/shroud. SO I left the standard mounting brackets on and made up some aluminium arms to support the X2 unit.

(http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n287/letsgofishing2/Biking/P1000052.jpg)
Here you can see the  arm that supports the headlight. Because it's at an angle, I could adjust the headlight away from the forks to accomodate all the wiring.
I decided to mount it higher up - most guys mount it so that the bottom of the unit rests on the fender. Mounting it higher creates more space and also acts as a (very) small windshield.  ::)

(http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n287/letsgofishing2/Biking/P1000054.jpg)
I then made up a bracket which attached to the units bottom mounting holes and and arm which fitted on the original mounting hole on the headstock. This design, along with the pivoting arms, made it possible to tilt the headlight up/down to give me a basic way of adjusting the beam. I"ll have to try it out at night and maybe have to adjust the length/angle of the arms.

At the same time, I decided to replace the HUGE original indicators with something a little smaller. The originals were on flexible stalks, so I found some really tough, flexible black plastic about 2mm thick and mounted the new ones on these.

(http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n287/letsgofishing2/Biking/P1000053.jpg)

The supplied low halogen is only 30 watts, so I did some searching and found a  YELLOW 50w 2" halogen!
Hey, 2 birds with one stone!

(http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n287/letsgofishing2/Biking/P1000055.jpg)
You can sort of see it here, but it really is yellow!  ;D

Here's the high beam - i"m now searching for a 50 or 75W 4" halogen - anyone know where I can find one?
(http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n287/letsgofishing2/Biking/P1000050.jpg)

Here's the original
(http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n287/letsgofishing2/Biking/p1010001.jpg)

While I was ordering from the States, I decided to replace my somewhat tired-looking side panels for the princely sum of $45 for all 3!  :biggrin:
(http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n287/letsgofishing2/Biking/P1000047.jpg)
Title: Re: Fitting TrailTech X2 light to my DRZ
Post by: sidetrack on June 18, 2010, 04:58:32 pm
Nice one LGF, how much watts do you need for that setup ? The Z's loves mods, done a night ride yet ?
Title: Re: Fitting TrailTech X2 light to my DRZ
Post by: letsgofishing on June 18, 2010, 05:07:07 pm
SD, I have no idea! lol
Before I was running a 60/90 watt bulb in the standard fitting - never had any problems.
I'm still nursing the broken collarbone so I haven't been for a ride yet  :'(
Title: Re: Fitting TrailTech X2 light to my DRZ
Post by: the_BOBNOB on June 18, 2010, 06:26:24 pm
sorry i dont like it  :-\

i hate these streetfighter alien headlights  :peepwall:

i like the setup that runner has and the setup sidetrack had on his drz

Title: Re: Fitting TrailTech X2 light to my DRZ
Post by: letsgofishing on June 19, 2010, 09:14:20 am
No prob Bob - each to his own.
Title: Re: Fitting TrailTech X2 light to my DRZ
Post by: MildDog on June 19, 2010, 02:07:01 pm
Very nice mod :) it looks cool!!

Any chance you wanna sell old head light mount?
Title: Re: Fitting TrailTech X2 light to my DRZ
Post by: Etienne2T on June 20, 2010, 06:00:53 pm
That looks very cool, I always wanted a X2 for my drz, you should have bought the sticker kit that comes with the x2, to break up the white abit
Title: Re: Fitting TrailTech X2 light to my DRZ
Post by: the_wes on June 20, 2010, 06:05:13 pm
sorry i dont like it  :-\

i hate these streetfighter alien headlights  :peepwall:

i like the setup that runner has and the setup sidetrack had on his drz



to each his own, but to be clear, the X2 is actually a full on offroad light developed by trailtech and not a "streetfighter" light - i.e. it's meant to be functional, not pretty - as a result, it's actually pretty weird looking  :mwink: ... hoping to get one for my husky pretty soon - the butt ugly light you see on streetfighters is the acerbis cyclops... which, apparently, is actually pretty crap

all reports i have heard say the X2 is lekker bright - why the change of bulbs LGF?
Title: Re: Fitting TrailTech X2 light to my DRZ
Post by: MildDog on June 20, 2010, 11:29:27 pm
Mini-hijack: can someone explain the difference between this and an HID lighting kit? :)
Title: Re: Fitting TrailTech X2 light to my DRZ
Post by: the_wes on June 20, 2010, 11:30:55 pm
Mini-hijack: can someone explain the difference between this and an HID lighting kit? :)

technically, i couldn't explain to you how they actually work, but in short, HID is more expensive, and moerofa lot brighter  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Fitting TrailTech X2 light to my DRZ
Post by: MildDog on June 20, 2010, 11:39:55 pm
technically, i couldn't explain to you how they actually work, but in short, HID is more expensive, and moerofa lot brighter  :thumleft:

N[]va told me of a spot where you can get an HID H4 kit, which fits the DRZ, for R350. So once my little ship comes in I'm going to do that. I think  ???
Title: Re: Fitting TrailTech X2 light to my DRZ
Post by: Bus on June 21, 2010, 08:25:15 am
sorry i dont like it  :-\

Oh no!!! What now LGF?

You gonna have to fit another headlight?

 ::)

I like it, gooi us some more pics, pls? A bit further away, diagonally from the front, if you dont mind...  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Fitting TrailTech X2 light to my DRZ
Post by: letsgofishing on June 21, 2010, 10:28:47 am
That looks very cool, I always wanted a X2 for my drz, you should have bought the sticker kit that comes with the x2, to break up the white abit

Forgot I had them! lol
Title: Re: Fitting TrailTech X2 light to my DRZ
Post by: letsgofishing on June 21, 2010, 10:30:08 am
sorry i dont like it  :-\

Oh no!!! What now LGF?

You gonna have to fit another headlight?

 ::)

I like it, gooi us some more pics, pls? A bit further away, diagonally from the front, if you dont mind...  :biggrin:

Your wish is my command... ::)

(http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n287/letsgofishing2/P1000066.jpg)

(http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n287/letsgofishing2/P1000067.jpg)
Title: Re: Fitting TrailTech X2 light to my DRZ
Post by: Bus on June 21, 2010, 10:36:06 am
Naais...

But what if Bobnob disapproves?  :-\

:laughing7:
Title: Re: Fitting TrailTech X2 light to my DRZ
Post by: letsgofishing on June 21, 2010, 11:00:22 am
sorry i dont like it  :-\

i hate these streetfighter alien headlights  :peepwall:

i like the setup that runner has and the setup sidetrack had on his drz



to each his own, but to be clear, the X2 is actually a full on offroad light developed by trailtech and not a "streetfighter" light - i.e. it's meant to be functional, not pretty - as a result, it's actually pretty weird looking  :mwink: ... hoping to get one for my husky pretty soon - the butt ugly light you see on streetfighters is the acerbis cyclops... which, apparently, is actually pretty crap

all reports i have heard say the X2 is lekker bright - why the change of bulbs LGF?

From what I can tell, the model I have is only 35w - so now I have a 50w with built-in yellow lens  ;D
Title: Re: Fitting TrailTech X2 light to my DRZ
Post by: sidetrack on June 21, 2010, 11:58:37 am
Very purty, however I see a FMF Q silencer in the near future to go with that Powerbomb header  :mwink:
Title: Re: Fitting TrailTech X2 light to my DRZ
Post by: letsgofishing on June 21, 2010, 04:06:23 pm
Very purty, however I see a FMF Q silencer in the near future to go with that Powerbomb header  :mwink:

You read my mind ;D
Do you know who the agents are?
Title: Re: Fitting TrailTech X2 light to my DRZ
Post by: sidetrack on June 21, 2010, 05:52:48 pm
Very purty, however I see a FMF Q silencer in the near future to go with that Powerbomb header  :mwink:

You read my mind ;D
Do you know who the agents are?
Sorry no idea  ???
Title: Re: Fitting TrailTech X2 light to my DRZ
Post by: alanB on June 21, 2010, 07:55:43 pm
Mini-hijack: can someone explain the difference between this and an HID lighting kit? :)

Um not sure if you are asking with specific reference to this kit or HID lighting in general.

I'll give the general answer, see for more details http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gas-discharge_lamp

HID lights use a very high voltage arc inside a xenon or similar gas - this has the following benefits for most bike systems:
1) A lot brighter (3 or times?)  than a 55W halogen
2) They use 35W as opposed to 55W
4) Longer lasting lamp 6000 hours or more
5) They generate less heat than equivalent halogen
6) The colour of the light is whiter, closer to the colour of sunlight.

They require a ballast (black box containing transformer etc) to get the voltage high enough.
Title: Re: Fitting TrailTech X2 light to my DRZ
Post by: Hondsiff Honda on June 21, 2010, 08:09:37 pm
sorry i dont like it  :-\

i hate these streetfighter alien headlights  :peepwall:

i like the setup that runner has and the setup sidetrack had on his drz



Those twin baja lights look the shite but are not very practical imo also have you sat on the bike looks kak from there and also adds weight to the steering.....no thanks,
Title: Re: Fitting TrailTech X2 light to my DRZ
Post by: N[]vA on June 21, 2010, 08:28:27 pm
(http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f50/kingsroad/BMW%20maintenance/HalogenVsHID.jpg)
Title: Re: Fitting TrailTech X2 light to my DRZ
Post by: the_BOBNOB on June 21, 2010, 08:33:09 pm
Naais...

But what if Bobnob disapproves?  :-\

:laughing7:

i have to admit with the sticker on it looks okayish  :P

actually looks rather cool with the sticker - the plain white was just fugly  :peepwall:
Title: Re: Fitting TrailTech X2 light to my DRZ
Post by: sidetrack on June 21, 2010, 09:42:29 pm
sorry i dont like it  :-\

i hate these streetfighter alien headlights  :peepwall:

i like the setup that runner has and the setup sidetrack had on his drz



Those twin baja lights look the shite but are not very practical imo also have you sat on the bike looks kak from there and also adds weight to the steering.....no thanks,
You are supposed to mount them on the frame not the forks. +1 on the sticker looks great.
Title: Re: Fitting TrailTech X2 light to my DRZ
Post by: Hondsiff Honda on June 21, 2010, 09:46:21 pm
sorry i dont like it  :-\

i hate these streetfighter alien headlights  :peepwall:

i like the setup that runner has and the setup sidetrack had on his drz



Those twin baja lights look the shite but are not very practical imo also have you sat on the bike looks kak from there and also adds weight to the steering.....no thanks,
You are supposed to mount them on the frame not the forks. +1 on the sticker looks great.

that makes more sense then, but still too bulky for my liking,
Title: Re: Fitting TrailTech X2 light to my DRZ
Post by: LanceSA on August 11, 2010, 05:27:06 am
Hey, LGF, great looking mod. Well done!
Title: Re: Fitting TrailTech X2 light to my DRZ
Post by: mtbbiker on August 16, 2010, 01:43:07 pm
Hi

Any idea where I can get just the lights (Lenses) excluding the plastic parts, I am working on a full rally fairing and I would like to use a similar configuration (very much like the 990 KTM adventures or the 660 Tenere)