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Offline Damianv

KTM 690 headlight or not
« on: January 05, 2016, 03:29:41 pm »
Hi guys,

I bought an 09 690 enduro R a while back which I have been meaning to slap some extra's on and do some proper adventure riding with, but I have got some issues with my headlight.
The light coming from the headlight seems scattered if that makes sense. This makes it really difficult to ride during the night(Which I have been trying to avoid now).

I have opened up the headlight and clean it up, checked for any apparent issues(none found) and replaced the globe a few days back. I also played around with the adjustment screw which did not really do much to improve anything. I have got a headlight protector on which I also removed to see if it makes a difference but it does not.

I am not really sure what else I can check or do, maybe its just the way the headlight is suppose to be? Can't say as this is the first 690 I have owned. All I know is that night riding is scary to say the least.

Maybe I should have it checked out by someone more qualified then myself, who would you guys recommend In the Gauteng area?

Thanks.
« Last Edit: January 05, 2016, 04:42:37 pm by Damianv »
 

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Re: KTM 690 headlight or not
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2016, 04:39:22 pm »
The older ones are useless.  I think in 2013 or so they got better.  Easiest would be to compare part numbers from a fische, like at KTMTwins.
 

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Re: KTM 690 headlight or not
« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2016, 04:45:32 pm »
Hi Bill,

You mean compare part number for the 09 globe and the 13 globe and rather get that? Or am I missing something?

PS. I see the 2013 uses a 12v/55W(P/N 57111038000) and the 2009 uses a 12v/35W(P/N 44111038000)
« Last Edit: January 05, 2016, 04:52:57 pm by Damianv »
 

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Re: KTM 690 headlight or not
« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2016, 06:27:52 pm »
I would compare the headlight housings. 78014001000 vs 76514001000

I think Baja Designs makes an insert that fits into the KTM Mask:  http://www.ktmtwins.com/baja-designs-2008-2013

I would of course rather DIY than pay that amount...
« Last Edit: January 05, 2016, 06:44:39 pm by Bill the Bong »
 

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Re: KTM 690 headlight or not
« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2016, 09:51:03 pm »
If I could DIY the housing to fit the 2013 globe, how will I know if the bike actually supports the 55W globe and would not cause me problems?
Sorry for all the questions but I have no experience with regards to this kind of modding
« Last Edit: January 05, 2016, 09:57:23 pm by Damianv »
 

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Re: KTM 690 headlight or not
« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2016, 10:04:05 pm »
The reflector is the problem.  The globe goes with the specific reflector.
 

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Re: KTM 690 headlight or not
« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2016, 10:30:46 pm »
It would then seem like I would have to get the whole headlight housing if the reflector is the limiting factor?
I could rather then go for something like the Baja design insert of even the KTM power parts X2 Halogen Lighting Kit http://www.ktmtwins.com/ktm-690-enduro-smc-x2-halogen-lighting-kit As I am sure the OEM headlight housing is quite a bit of cash itself.
« Last Edit: January 05, 2016, 10:33:18 pm by Damianv »
 

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Re: KTM 690 headlight or not
« Reply #7 on: January 06, 2016, 06:06:58 am »
If night riding is scary for you, the consider fitting LED spots AS A START, since they will both light up the road, as well as keep you safer in traffic (due to better conspicuity/visibility).

Then, in tandem you can search for and add after-market specialist headlight, if you still need one...

For the modest outlay (say R1200 for two LED's), and for the low draw on the system (10w each vs 55w headlight), the results will be dramatic.

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Re: KTM 690 headlight or not
« Reply #8 on: January 06, 2016, 06:54:53 am »
Don't go the KTM Halogen way, I did and it suks.  I upped my globe to a 75W  and it made a moerse difference.  I now drive at night on dims and some cars flash at me...the 75W bulb makes more than enough light.
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Re: KTM 690 headlight or not
« Reply #9 on: January 06, 2016, 08:23:52 am »
Don't go the KTM Halogen way, I did and it suks.  I upped my globe to a 75W  and it made a moerse difference.  I now drive at night on dims and some cars flash at me...the 75W bulb makes more than enough light.

And no problems with the heat coming off that 75W bulb?

Thanks Zebra, I will have a look what the suppliers up here have got in stock.
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Re: KTM 690 headlight or not
« Reply #10 on: January 06, 2016, 10:45:10 am »
Don't go the KTM Halogen way, I did and it suks.  I upped my globe to a 75W  and it made a moerse difference.  I now drive at night on dims and some cars flash at me...the 75W bulb makes more than enough light.

And no problems with the heat coming off that 75W bulb?

Thanks Zebra, I will have a look what the suppliers up here have got in stock.
cool, if we can help you from down here, let us know, we stock 9 models, with 3 different light outputs, orange covers, and all the switch gear, so we have several 'plug and play' options, too.
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Re: KTM 690 headlight or not
« Reply #11 on: January 06, 2016, 11:13:57 am »
Sounds good thanks.
« Last Edit: January 06, 2016, 11:15:08 am by Damianv »
 

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Re: KTM 690 headlight or not
« Reply #12 on: January 10, 2016, 06:55:43 am »
I've got a 2015 690 enduro.  I bought a light set up from these guys below with two Baja Designs LED fixtures.  These guys use a 3-D printer to make brackets to hold the baja fixtures.  I got the "Dually" setup described on the web site and it is a "very" nice improvement over stock.  Now I can see the elk and deer in the ditches before they start heading for the road.

The install was plug and play with a very tidy wiring set up using stock switches.  The Dually uses the 2 led top light for low beam and then both the 2 and 4 led fixtures come on for hi beam.  It will really light up the road.

http://www.motominded.com/

These guys are in the USA.  They offer an Adventure Rider discount of 5 or 10%.  This 3-D printing technology ought to really help us out to get short run parts not cost efficient using traditional fab techniques.

Good Luck!
 

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Re: KTM 690 headlight or not
« Reply #13 on: January 10, 2016, 12:57:13 pm »
I've got a 2015 690 enduro.  I bought a light set up from these guys below with two Baja Designs LED fixtures.  These guys use a 3-D printer to make brackets to hold the baja fixtures.  I got the "Dually" setup described on the web site and it is a "very" nice improvement over stock.  Now I can see the elk and deer in the ditches before they start heading for the road.

The install was plug and play with a very tidy wiring set up using stock switches.  The Dually uses the 2 led top light for low beam and then both the 2 and 4 led fixtures come on for hi beam.  It will really light up the road.

http://www.motominded.com/

These guys are in the USA.  They offer an Adventure Rider discount of 5 or 10%.  This 3-D printing technology ought to really help us out to get short run parts not cost efficient using traditional fab techniques.

Good Luck!

This is awesome! I wish someone in SA would sell the Baja Designs products.