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Old 11-04-2010, 06:07 AM   #1
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Cheap fog lights from China

Anyone tried them?
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/BMW-R...item35ab001de4
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Old 11-04-2010, 07:26 AM   #2
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Old 11-04-2010, 08:56 AM   #3
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If they were even cheaper, I'd post in Penny Tech thread Do you know about even cheaper alternatives?
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Old 11-04-2010, 09:21 AM   #4
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http://www.calsci.com/motorcycleinfo/DrivingLights.html

I have got a $17 pair from advanced auto on mine, a H3 55watt bulb in each ( common, cheap, and easy to replace)

they are very bright, and simple to mount.



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Old 11-04-2010, 10:19 AM   #5
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Hella Micro DE

http://www.summitracing.com/parts/HLA-H12090041

Get the real thing for about the same price.
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Old 11-04-2010, 11:06 AM   #6
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Went cheap here too. Bought some replacement lights from Tulsa Enterprise that fit a Goldwing $15 each whit H3s. Got two wide beam yellows down low for fog and two focused driving lights up high.

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Old 11-04-2010, 11:15 AM   #7
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Could one of you provide a tutorial on how you wired your lights into the bikes wiring harness, where you put the switch and what did you use for mounting brackets.
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Old 11-04-2010, 11:58 AM   #8
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Here is what I did for my dual (hi/lo beam) setup. I used interposure relays to keep the load off the CANBus sensing circuit.



I tapped into the bikes power by picking it up at the light bucket. Small black wire is the low beam connection to the power relay. Red goes to the High Beam for the hi/lo switch relay. I made the connection by crimping on a biforcated lug and slid it in the OEM connector. No wire cutting necessary.




Here is a single light setup.



As for mounting, either buy or fab up a light bar.
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Old 11-04-2010, 12:04 PM   #9
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1, "Cheap" usually doesn't just apply to the price.

2, They're from China. Ahem.
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Old 11-05-2010, 10:26 AM   #10
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IIRC some PIAAs are made in China.

Years ago I had some driving lights from Harbor Freight. A friend had some identical looking PIAA lights. Short of the PIAA etched into the lens they looked and performed the same. Mine has a large white sticker that said "made in china" The PIAA "Made in China" sticker was much more discreet.

They may have been made in the same factory. Who knows.
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Old 11-05-2010, 03:16 PM   #11
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Harbor Freight - $15.00 (came w/ stitch and mounting hardware)/ $34.00 with mounting bracket and all wiring. I have 10,000 miles on them over some pretty rough country. Standard H-3 (I think) 55wt bulb. I just replaced the originals.





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Old 11-06-2010, 02:27 PM   #12
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I have been disappointed too many times by items from China, it just isn't going to happen again.

The horrible part is they so under price quality items that the quality items are disappearing from the marketplace.
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Old 11-07-2010, 07:23 AM   #13
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I have the Hella DEs. The ones for sale on ebay look more like a driving light than fog. They don't have any device in the lens for making the pattern wide. While using probably the best approach for a lamp i.e. projector, looks like a driving lamp instead.
I see this from time to time. Fog lamp with exposed bulb, instead of shielded and no fluting on the lens. Then, to top it off, seems like no one ever shows patterns and cutoff anymore on their packaging like Cibie and Hella years ago.
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Old 11-08-2010, 08:54 AM   #14
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Quality of cheap Chinese goods vary wildly. I've bought some junk from Meritline which went right into trash. But I boght a nice thick stainless stink kitchen sink for probably 15% of the cost of the brand name one, and it is still as good as new 3 years later.
The lights on ebay have projector lenses. With them you can't tell the distribution pattern just by looking.
While on the subject, any advice on inexpensive mounting options for 1200GS? I remember seeing nice small brackets which use the turn signal mounting points.
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Old 11-08-2010, 09:14 AM   #15
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Quality on the eBay lights looks very suspect. I wouldn't run those without redoing the wiring going into the light. If you can find a better looking light to photograph, then you have to wonder what the bad ones look like.
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