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post #1 of 14 Old May 31st, 2014, 11:06 pm Thread Starter
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Pulled the Piaa 1100 lights off.
Were mounted under the headlights.

Noticed a drop in water temp.

Enough to make the cooling fans stay off under load..

temps here are in the low 100s.

Under normal load the fans were coming on and staying on for long periods.

Without the lights the temps stayed in the just over mid range on the gauge.

With the lights the temp would spike high enough to turn on the fans at speed and they would stay on for a few miles...

Anyone else notice this on your bike?

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That thought did occur to me when I was considering mounting options...

I ended up with bigger lights... so I went down low with them...

But I think for you,being in Phoenix... you need all the cooling you can get.

I'd look into mounting them on the fork legs or under the lil chicken wings... like this...
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JohnT,
Do you find a dead spot in front of the bike with the wing mounted lights?
It looks like an idea I'd like to try with my piaa's.
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Do you find a dead spot in front of the bike with the wing mounted lights?
It looks like an idea I'd like to try with my piaa's.
No, not at all.
I also have an HID hi/low so the headlight beam is pretty good.

The Ridid driving lights (especially mounted low) offer more side vision along with forward beam.

I do a lot of night riding and the driving lights really help to spot animals in the forest or on a lawn in the distance...

I leave them on during the day too..... people see me coming.
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I will look in to that John,,

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Pulled the Piaa 1100 lights off.
Were mounted under the headlights.

Noticed a drop in water temp.

Enough to make the cooling fans stay off under load..

temps here are in the low 100s.

Under normal load the fans were coming on and staying on for long periods.

Without the lights the temps stayed in the just over mid range on the gauge.

With the lights the temp would spike high enough to turn on the fans at speed and they would stay on for a few miles...

Anyone else notice this on your bike?
No problem with mine. I live in PA, not AZ, but did ride all day a few years ago in temps ranging from 100-105 going through NY on 88 and then across MA on 2. Nasty riding day, but LT only got hot when going slow through town. Once above 30 MPH, the fans stayed off.

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Lots of discussion last year about running hot. I too experienced that (damned global warming). I pulled my radiators to cleaned 90,000 miles worth of bugs out of the fins, straightened them all out from rock hits, then put on a new cap and thermostat. My guess would be that that would have more affect than moving the lights.
By the way, I've been running FF550s under the wings for several years and really like the extra light. No shadowing or blind spots.
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I will look in to that John,,

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Lots of discussion last year about running hot. I too experienced that (damned global warming). I pulled my radiators to cleaned 90,000 miles worth of bugs out of the fins, straightened them all out from rock hits, then put on a new cap and thermostat. My guess would be that that would have more affect than moving the lights.
By the way, I've been running FF550s under the wings for several years and really like the extra light. No shadowing or blind spots.

Been looking at that also.. Not as bad as you.. Only 47k for miles, but still kind of buggy. Will get the tools and give it a cleaning.....

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That thought did occur to me when I was considering mounting options...

I ended up with bigger lights... so I went down low with them...

But I think for you,being in Phoenix... you need all the cooling you can get.

I'd look into mounting them on the fork legs or under the lil chicken wings... like this...
Hey John T, what make of driving lights are those? And do you like them? they look nice; I am buying some asap, since the headlight on my 99 is not very effective for being seen by "idiots" driving cages, tks
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I don't know which ones he has but my son put these on his wing and man do they work good!
I'm getting a pair for my beemer!
http://www.ebay.com/itm/2-x-Light-Ba...d90283&vxp=mtr
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Hey John T, what make of driving lights are those? And do you like them? they look nice; I am buying some asap, since the headlight on my 99 is not very effective for being seen by "idiots" driving cages, tks
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or under the lil chicken wings... like this...
Chicken wings

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