I am curious about this Hex EZCan interface. Their site has install instructions, but almost nothing about operating.
If I understand it correctly, it is mostly software programmable so you can do similar things to the CANopener, like strobe aux lights with the horn, but again, it's vague at best.
I agree, their info isn't great. I would check Youtube. There are lots of videos.
How do you change the brightness of the aux lights? How do you turn them on and off? Can you? Is it just by the ignition only? Can it do things like flash any aux brake lights by deceleration?
For your generation bike it uses the wonderwheel. This doesn't work on my Camhead so I'm a little fuzzy about the details but basically it's something like push and hold for a few seconds, then twist the wheel one way or the other. Again, search YouTube.
Then, there is the Denali CANsmart system, which is similar to the both of the above. I do know that the exCAN only controls 1 set of aux lights, and a 2nd uncontrolled set (on with ignition), where the CANsmart can do 2 sets.
Hex, maker of the EZCan MAKES the Denali product for then. The hardware is identical. Now, with the Gen II EZCan, even the connectors are the same. The only difference, other than the color of the housing, is the software that you run on your computer to program them. The Canopener is programmed by cryptic button-pushing sequences that would drive me crazy. The Denali and Hex units can drive auxiliary brake lights and deceleration-threshold flashing (though the Admore unit has it's own decelerometer and so this isn't needed.
Not sure about the Denali but the Hex product allows you to define the current limits of each of the four outputs individually. The CanSmart I had this was not possible but there was a new one being released and, since Hex does this, I imagine the Denali does to. It costs $40-$50 more for, basically, the same hardware and functionality. Now that the connectors are directly compatible with Denali lights, there is literally no reason that I can see to buy the CanSmart.
I would really like to know more about the Hex EZCan and CANsmart from anyone who actually has either of these interfaces.
I have had both. I bought the Denali initially but was frustrated by the inability to individually define output channel current limits though, as I mentioned, this may no longer be an issue. The details get a little in the weeds but I bought the EZCan at the last rally and love it.
PS - I have the Denali and it's for sale if anyone with a Camhead wants it.
Both systems look good. The Clearwater CANopener is obviously very good too, but I question if it's worth it, unless it has extra features I am unaware of.
Again, overall cost for the Clearwaters is absurd for what you get. It offers nothing the others don't and I think it's easier to pick and choose what options you want.
Still looking for more detailed feedback on the headlight upgrade... Still not convinced that LED will equal the lighted range at night. I don't want to sacrifice range for whiter light.
There is simply no comparison between the light projected by LEDs (or HIDs) as compared to halogens. Having thoroughly tested both of the expensive brands one thing I didn't like about them was that they were so bright that I literally could not look at them from 20 feet in front of the bike without being blinded. At the time I blamed this on marketing "Lumin Wars." I actually had green spots in my eyes that never went away completely. Yes, I am saying they permanently affected my vision. The one's linked to are not that bright and have the same, if not better, beam pattern in my bike's housing (which is different than yours).
Now, having said that, these are still brilliant (pun intended) and I can 1) see much better at night, and 2) I can BE SEEN so much better in the daytime. Best analogy I can think of is the change from halogens to HIDs in cars. I don't know of anyone that, once they got a car so equipped, would want to go back to that dull yellow. LEDs also act like camera flashes or strobe lights. They are INSTANTLY on and off so that when you flash your high beams it REALLY stands out.
If you really want ADVMonsters, I have two of the three H7's I originally bought that I'd sell you. I kept one that use in my high beam position (my bike has one high and two low). It's very good as high beam.