Pathfinder headlight

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  1. N. Cognito

    N. Cognito Well-Known Member

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    Greets, all. Been AWOL for a while.

    Got out this evening for a quick jaunt, and as the light faded, I was reminded of the pitiful performance of the Scout's OE headlight. I've resisted the LED conversions because I like the appearance of the stocker, but...it s**ks. Anybody want to contribute an opinion on the $pendy Pathfinder conversion?
     
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    The aftermarket is cheaper and cheap enough that if you're unhappy, you're literally in for less than half.
    That said, the adaptive part is still spendy everywhere but my Hogworks is bright AS FUQ and leaves me undesirous of an adaptive option.
     
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    I have a Hogworkz on my Wide Glide and couldn't be happier with it.
     
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    I did a quick DDG search for "5.75 inch LED headlight classic look". There's options out there.
    If you do a 7 inch conversion, Truck-Lite has one that mimics the classic look, and reviews are good:
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    I have a Truck-Lite headlight and passing lights on my 2015 Vintage. They light up the road and ditches really well. The price in my opinion is reasonable compared to some of the more expensive lights out there. I am very satisfied with the outcome of this change.
     
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    Eagle Lights, lifetime warranty, model 8900 gen111 projection headlight. Affordable quality.
     
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    had trouble with my Scout headlight,......adjusted it correctly and the problem went away. The headlight was never set at pre-delivery time. With my second scout was the same so I also adjusted the headlight and was talked into buying a better headlight bulb by @muz . A big improvement for very few dollars. Maybe our dark is different to yours but I feel no need to spend hundreds on a flash headlight. Muz,....can you chip on with the headlight bulb maker and part number maybe?
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    Thanks Muz, Fitted the Eagle light you sent - much better than stock. I ride home in the dark every night after work and one thing I found with the stock headlight was that some cars would still drive at me with lights on full beam and ignore my high beam. Now I give them a flash of the LED and they all dip pretty quickly.
    I haven't ridden with an adaptive headlight but the Eagle headlight lights up the sides of the road much better than stock (on my 2016 scout) so I don't see a need to spend more.
     
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    They are the Osram Night Racer designed for motorcycles specifically vibration. Work super well in Harleys, bahahahaha. Excellent affordable replacement / upgrade, but, the Eagle Lights LED headlight is way , way much better, brighter and sidelights the road.
     
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    I looked a the Eagle Rider options. The 8900 seems like a value. I like the "Infinity Beam," but can't see why it's $170 more than the 8900/III.
     
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    The Infinity is a projection beam headlight and puts the light way out in front as well as giving a wide spread across the road. probably not worth all that extra coin but hey, if it helps just once in preventing a crash, hitting an object, missing a turn, it would have well payed for itself. Also have to be good for spotting cars to actually see you on the road.
     
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    Bought a daymaker (Hogwerkz) & was about to install it when I found a JW Speaker Adaptive II demo from Revzilla. $100 Off retail-still expensive @ $400 but I loved it. I had to replace it under warranty. It started blinking on & off at low beam. Riding at night in mountains of north Georgia & western North Carolina is quite a thrill when one’s light goes off even for a fraction of a second!! Got it replaced & it’s great. Put the Daymaker on while waiting on the new JWS & it’s a great light! It’s as bright as the JWS, and if I added fog/running lights I think it would work fine!! I’m keeping it in case...
     
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    By way of thread economy, and probably revealing that I haven't been out on the Scout at night in...a long tme, I ran up on this one on eBay, and discovered it's available most anywhere. However, Dennis Kirk states that it's not compatible with the Scout. Anyone have experience?

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    Looks similar to the Eagle lights Infinity light. I have one of them on my Scout, Awesome upgrade. Low beam is 4 lanes wide, High beam reaches out way ahead and allows great lighting at respectable speed.
     
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    Any modification required to fit into the Scout bucket?
     
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    No none. Check out the Eagle Lights website. 5 3/4 inch headlights, generation 3 is brightest, take a pick. Top brand and quality, lifetime guarantee.
     
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    Well, I finally ponied up and ordered. The Infinity Beam is on sale, and there was a code that popped up that saved another $60. I'll try to remember to post pics. Thanks for the advice.
     
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    I will be shocked if you are not happy with your purchase, well done, enjoy seeing better.
     
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    Not that I'm the first to do this install, but I thought I'd share pics. Start to finish, including taking pictures and rechecking the instructions (online, nothing included with the light): 27 minutes.

    Tools required: #2 Phillips screwdriver, scissors.
    Supplies: Electrical tape. Shrink wrap if you're overly meticulous.

    Before:

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    The only mechanical step is removing the screw that holds the headlight ring to the bucket, but before you do that, put a towel over the front fender:

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    Next, wrestle the connector off the back of the OE headlight reflector and disconnect the parking light lead.

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    Once you have things separated, you need to remove the four spring clips that hold the OE headlight into the ring. You may have read that these can either bite or take flight, or both. I recommend you take your time and wear work gloves.

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    Once you remove the clips, the OE headlight will be loose from the ring. Set it aside. Those nubs hold the spring clips in place. They're at 2, 4, 8 and 10:00. The EagleLights unit has flats in the same location so that you can tell where the springs should go for even spacing:

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    You'll want to be sure that the replacement unit is centered correctly, and that it is not "clocked" or rotated away from the correct vertical position. You'll have to eyeball this, as there is no nub to go into the notch in the ring.

    The electrical leads for the OE parking light are not used. I taped these to close them up and taped them together to avoid the possiblity of a short.

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    These, and the unused leads on the back of the EagleLight can just be tucked out of the way. Plug the unit into the OE plug. Mine was very tight. I wrapped the joint with electrical tape (no pic).

    Install the new light/ring assembly, making sure you catch all the tabs on the bucket. Tighten up the screw, and you're done:

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