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Best Farkle/Mod for Under $50/$500

Instead of two threads, just one combo for the best farkle/mod for under $50, and one for the best under $500. I greatly enjoy these threads on other boards, and am very curious about what other people do to their trusty steeds.

For me, best under $50 would be the Grip Puppies I got for free as a take-off part from Daytona BMW. Running a close second is my $20 gimbaled drink holder from Bass Pro. Can't find it on the website anymore, glad I've got a spare :-}

Best under $500 is my Russell Day-Long seat. The "improved" 05+ seat was not....amenable to my heiney.

So what are yours?

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ThrottleRocker $8 shipped. No more hand strain.

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Re: Best Farkle/Mod for Under $50/$500

Hard to find too many upgrades for under $50, but I've always used a Throttle Rocker which comes in at about $10!

The under $500 mod is a no-brainer. If you don't have an HID headlight...get one now! I'm just using a lowbeam bulb and it lights up the road so significantly, I can't even tell my Moto Lights are on. I still use them for the daytime "triangle of light" safety factor.

You might want to add an "under $1500" modification (although prices may have gone up)! I paid about $1300 for my Ohlin shocks and truly think they changed my LT more than any other mod could have!

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The under $500 mod that's a definite contender: MICK-O-PEGS

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Under $50 I would go with Grip puppies.


Under $500 would be a tie between the Ducati Designs Headlight (I got it on sale for 400) and the Hyperpro spring upgrade for the shocks.

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Under $50 - Headlight protector

Under $500 - Bakup back rest

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+1 on the Grip Puppies.
And $500 I would say the HyperPro Springs, what a difference they made in ride, from full preload to none solo.

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My under $50 is the Beadrider seat cover, under $500 are the PIAAs('08 model with Xenon) and under $1,500 are my Wilbers.
My SO would say the under $50 is the book holder thingy I have to wear and under $500 are the Muddyman armrests. She doesn't know about the $1,500 stuff.

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Under $50 - Headlight protector

Under $500 - Bakup back rest

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Under the $50
.Grip puppies and Bead rider are a toss up.
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HID and Back-up both tie.

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Under 50 would be the waterproof, Lexan cover I made for my Valentine.

The 500 is definitely the Kontour Seat(s).



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Under $50 - air compressor. Used last weekend in New York for some stranded bikers

Under $500 - Valentine One

Can't believe windshield hasn't been brought up yet

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"Can't believe windshield hasn't been brought up yet"

I forgot my '08 came with a CeeBailey. Great farkle! The SO volunteered no head buffeting at 80 mph. But I feel much better about the investment in the PIAAs since it makes me feel safer.

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under $50? hands down -- DDM tuning HID low beam.

under $500? rick meyer saddle.

ahhhhhh. farkleness. ;-)

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Under $50 would be my custom made pair of eye glass holders , cell phone & camera holders that I can see & reach while riding all for $25.

Under $500 would be my HID light or my two pouches above my knees that I keep my water bottle in the right side & my side stand plate in the left side $80 ea..

Does my .50 cent USA flag count?.

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[QUOTE=saddle-man]...custom made pair of eye glass holders , cell phone & camera holders that I can see & reach while riding all for $25.

...or my two pouches above my knees that I keep my water bottle in the right side & my side stand plate in the left side $80 ea..
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Saddle-man, Could you provide Pics and/or source please?

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Call me vain, but my vote for <$50 are smoke-colored signal lenses to get rid of the yellow eye-lids. Less than $500 would be the HID headlight. I cannot believe what a difference they make.

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under $50 - reflective decals (hand cut from 8.5x11 sheets)
under $100 - HID headlight
hoping not to spend more than $100 on one single mod
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...custom made pair of eye glass holders , cell phone & camera holders that I can see & reach while riding all for $25.

...or my two pouches above my knees that I keep my water bottle in the right side & my side stand plate in the left side $80 ea..
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She doesn't know about the $1,500 stuff.

I hear ya brother! We all need a "Secret Squirrel" account for SO un-approved farkles.
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Best Mod under 50 bucks is Nitrogen in the tires.
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Best Mod under 50 bucks is Nitrogen in the tires.

What is the benefit of Nitrogen in tires? Have been hearing more noise about that recently. Please let me in on the secret.
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Under $50, I'd say the front turn signal running light conversion using OEM taillight sockets purchased from Raffy.

Under $500 I'd have to say HID low beam although I paid much less than $500 for it.
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Subscribed, newbie here and will be doing some of these shortly. I think first will be the zune connector then the ddm hid's. May have to wait a while before any more though.
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After finishing a 600+mile 2 day trip, I would have to say my $50 farkle is the Grip Puppies AND the Throttle Rocker. My $500 would have to be the Backup Backrest...First trip with it and WOW, what a difference.

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I'm in for the night so I'll take pic's & post tomorrow.
Here goes Glenn: The K1200LT front driver pockets are from RMH Enterprises 1402 Sudden Valley Bellingham WA 98229. (Russ Harlan) They fit very well & my knees never touch them. $75 last summer.

My custom made pouches are from a local shop that makes custom covers for race teams. I know the owner and I'm sure the $25 didn't cover the cost to make them. Any upholstery shop can make them. I just use velcro to hold them down.

With just these few farkles I can now ride for a full tank of fuel comfortably.
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With just these few farkles I can now ride for a full tank of fuel comfortably.
Thanks for the pics.

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They do seem to be following a trend.

Under $50-> Grip Puppies or other grip mod (honorable mention to beadrider)
Under $500-> HID, suspension upgrade, or aftermarket seat

Keep 'em coming!

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Under the $50
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Under the $500.00
HID and Back-up both tie.
Opps, I forgot the most important one. It's just over the $50.00 mark but well under the $500.00 mark. It's something that I COULD do without but then again, I couldn't do without. I would not learn about this from a dealer. CLICK HERE to find it. That's right, I'm talking about supporting this site. I have learned about so much (grip puppies and HID) and it has helped me make a decision about what would work for ME. I cannot learn this kind of stuff from a dealer and not really gotten help by reading a manule but the most important thing of all is I have made some amazing friends from this board. If fact, they are probably some of my closest friends. Best for the money.

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under $50? hands down -- DDM tuning HID low beam.

under $500? rick meyer saddle.

ahhhhhh. farkleness. ;-)
I have a few questions regarding the DDM Tuning HID kit.
Did you get the H7 35Watt bulb or the 55Watt bulb? What color did you get, 3000K, 6000K? What criteria did you use to choose the color?
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i purchased the 35 watt setup.

here's why - the stock lumen rating (light output) on a stock 55 w halogen bulb is between 1200-1300 lumens, depending on the voltage available at the bulb after losses from switch, connectors, etc.

the 35W DDM setup puts out over 3500 lumens using 40% less juice.

so i'm gettting roughly 3 times the amount of light for 40% less current draw - not so worried about battery charging but the switches and wiring/connectors in these headlamps are known to be a little less robust than a Phd EE might use - so this setup vastly increases light output and reduces the stress on the wiring and other circuit components.

win win. ;-)

i have no complaints about the amount of light - i live in a rural area where genuine darkness and wandering critters are a fact of life. this kit took my LT from the lamest headlight of any vehicle in my stable to the best. lighting and visibility were dramatically improved - both up the road and especially at the edges of the beams.

oh, and i got the 4500K kit - this is the daylight color temperature that DDM says throws the most light in the visible spectrum.

i don't know about you, but i wanted the most visible light, not a blue fashion statement.

YMMV ;-)

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Hate getting off on a tangent, but how effective is swapping out the low and high?

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http://www.bmwlt.com/forums/showthread.php?t=46228

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Hummmmmm...

$500 - Russell Day Long seat.

The Russell seat is just plan WONDERFUL.


$50 - Voltage meter

The old girl is getting older, and I've already been stranded once with a suddenly weak battery on a trip. 13.5 running volts = one less thing to worry about.


Runners Up:

$500 - Motolights for safety.
$50 - Leather bound travel cigar humidor. Oh, the simple things in life


Honorable Mention:

BMW cup holder. I can't believe how much I use this fancy smancy thing. "Would you like a cup-o-coffee to go Sir?" says the waitress. "Why heck yea!" says I. Again, the simple things.
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Need check the battery when not running the engine as well. You should get at least 12V


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$500 - Russell Day Long seat.

The Russell seat is just plan WONDERFUL.


$50 - Voltage meter

The old girl is getting older, and I've already been stranded once with a suddenly weak battery on a trip. 13.5 running volts = one less thing to worry about.

Runners Up:

$500 - Motolights for safety.
$50 - Leather bound travel cigar humidor. Oh, the simple things in life


Honorable Mention:

BMW cup holder. I can't believe how much I use this fancy smancy thing. "Would you like a cup-o-coffee to go Sir?" says the waitress. "Why heck yea!" says I. Again, the simple things.

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i purchased the 35 watt setup.

here's why - the stock lumen rating (light output) on a stock 55 w halogen bulb is between 1200-1300 lumens, depending on the voltage available at the bulb after losses from switch, connectors, etc.

the 35W DDM setup puts out over 3500 lumens using 40% less juice.

so i'm gettting roughly 3 times the amount of light for 40% less current draw - not so worried about battery charging but the switches and wiring/connectors in these headlamps are known to be a little less robust than a Phd EE might use - so this setup vastly increases light output and reduces the stress on the wiring and other circuit components.

win win. ;-)

i have no complaints about the amount of light - i live in a rural area where genuine darkness and wandering critters are a fact of life. this kit took my LT from the lamest headlight of any vehicle in my stable to the best. lighting and visibility were dramatically improved - both up the road and especially at the edges of the beams.

oh, and i got the 4500K kit - this is the daylight color temperature that DDM says throws the most light in the visible spectrum.

i don't know about you, but i wanted the most visible light, not a blue fashion statement.

YMMV ;-)

Thanks for the info. It was everything I needed to know. I'm ordering a kit today.
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I'm liking the looks of the Texas Rack for my LT and removing the trunk for awhile..even though it is a bit pricey. (Less that $500.00) I think the rack is around $300.00 and grab rail around $95.00.
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Fairly controversial here, but If it makes my tires last just a little longer as expensive as they are, and if they maintain the pressure maybe just 1 psi, which keeps us from falling when we were right on the edge, "intentional or not" I think its worth the 10 bucks.

Read both post threads. "one is at the end" One is negative and one is positive. Go figure.

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Haven't bought any farkles under $50 yet, but it would be nice.

For those under $500 I must sing the praises of Pathblazer by Kisan. Everyone keeps pulling over and letting me pass by. I feel a little embarrassed, but it is obvious that it gets peoples attention which is the objective.

Now if I could only buy something for less than $50. Maybe a Clymer Manual.
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Just to be different . . .

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Of course I posting this as a selfish plug for my company, but for under $50.00 try "Bug-Guards" for your radiators. Six years on my LT and I recently took them off to check the radiator fins; they were 95% bug free! Just a few guts got through.

Selfish plug done now.

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Sun cover for $19.95 and FLOORBOARDS !!!!!!! Couldn't ride without them...
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