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Old Nov 27th 2013, 03:44 PM   #1
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My base to LED headlight swap

First off, I'd like to thank EvoL for his patience and resourcefulness during my back n forth communication via PM as well as his posted diagram/how to on 1199ducati.net forums. That said, on to my story!

I purchased my LED headlight off ebay a few months ago and it had been sitting for a while. Why? To be honest, I was scared of taking off parts myself after hearing how difficult this bike is to work on compared to most japanese bikes. Man, talk about truth right there! This was a pain in the ass for me and a buddy of mine who helped me with the swap. Most of the stuff was straightforward and easy. The stupid rubber piece for the mirrors and the wires that clip in for the blinkers was frustrating to deal with. That was really the most difficult part for me.

Anyways, I pulled up this diagram on my buddies Ipad which EvoL had posted while we worked on the bike.



The rest was following the step by step instructions of where the base headlights wires connect to on the LED headlight harness. We pulled out the 3 wires from the relay (yellow/gray, yellow/white, white) and left the remaining wires with the relay.



The other 2 wires (black, yellow) came from the center connection. We had messed up the first time because we weren't paying attention and pulled out the black wires from the previous photo with the relays, which is why it is sticking out but we put it back in its place once we figured out the right wire to use which is circled in red in the picture below.



The next step we took was to add some wire to extend the factory wires since it is very short. This made it easier to test things out as well. I simply stripped the ends of the newly added wires, then inserted into the slots of the factory harness just to do a test run and make sure that I had the right wires going to the right ones before making the finalized connections.



After testing all the lights (DRL, high beam, low beam) I had to make a decision on how I wanted to make the permanent connections. After thinking thoroughly about it and coming to the conclusion that I don't ever intend on selling these LED headlights, I decided to cut off the factory connectors and solder the ends together and then wrap it up with electrical tape. We soldered each connection and then taped them individually and then taped up the 5 wires together to try and minimize the exposed wires for an easier job of tucking everything back in behind the nose fairing.



Important thing to remember. Make sure you remove the piece right in the middle of the base headlight and transfer it on to the LED headlight. You can see it to the left of the electrical tape in the photo above. I'm not sure exactly what it's called but I think it's the air sensor?? It's held in place by one screw and without that piece, the dash will throw a check engine light. This is why you want to test everything before putting pieces back together.

In the picture below, you can see the 3 wires pulled from the relays and the rest were left in the relays.



After that was done, the next step was taping up the base wires for the high/low beams to prevent water from getting into them.



Only thing left after all that was to find a place to tuck all the wires into behind the nose fairing. I ended up tucking all of it right above the actual headlight. It's a tight fit but you can make it fit. Then it was simply just putting the fairings back on and making sure everything was tight and good to go. The end result is pure awesomeness. I intentionally waited til it was dark outside to ride back home so I can test them out and DAMN they are bright!



Hopefully this makes it a little easier to understand exactly what needs to be done. It's a great mod. There would be zero benefit (for me anyway) to go back to the base headlights and sell the LED headlights which is why I cut the factory connections and decided to solder. If I sell the bike down the road, this will go right along with it. Anyways, enjoy!

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Old Nov 27th 2013, 05:24 PM   #2
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Nice work bro.. let there be light
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Old Nov 27th 2013, 05:57 PM   #3
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Old Nov 27th 2013, 10:08 PM   #4
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Nice job. I don't ride at night too often but have found the LED headlights do a magnificent job at increasing visibility of the bike during daylight hours. It's a nice safety feature to have. Additionally, considering you have documented the clean install with pictures and instructions, I would say this modification certainly increases the resale value of your bike should you ever decide to part with it.
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Nice. How much were u able to get it for off of fleabay? was it the harness incl with the headlight or separate?
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Nice. How much were u able to get it for off of fleabay? was it the harness incl with the headlight or separate?
Harness is not included. I didn't buy the harness. Far too expensive through the dealer and you will probably never find anyone selling the harness on ebay or even the forums. I spliced and soldered.

I had paid $650 for the headlight at the time. Not the best of deals but I had been looking for over a month at the time n jumped on the first sale I saw instead of patiently waiting.
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Old Jan 6th 2014, 01:33 PM   #8
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Hi,

Does it still work properly? I gonna try to do the same change on my 899.
Any kind of alert on tft screen?

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Great job..but I want to know ,where did you get that "Bad Ass" blue Corsa decal? Thanks again for taking the time to share ...
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Does it still work properly? I gonna try to do the same change on my 899.
Any kind of alert on tft screen?
Works flawlessly. No alert on the screen as long as you transfer over the air sensor from the base to led headlamp as stated in my earlier post.

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Great job..but I want to know ,where did you get that "Bad Ass" blue Corsa decal? Thanks again for taking the time to share ...
I got the decal kit from a merchant in Italy. YouTube it n you'll see some of his videos.
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