Baja Designs Headlight Choices for 2016 WR450


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  • 24v

Posted July 14, 2016 - 04:33 AM

#1

So I am looking to put an LED headlight on my 2016 WR450.

Baja Designs looks to have a few cool choices.  I believe the XL Pro has 2 spots and 2 floods, and the Squadron Pro jas 4 spots.  Has anyone ever seen these 2 lights side by side?  Is the XL Pro worth the extra $125?  Also, do any of you have other ideas for LED Headlights?

 

I will be riding desert and dunes.  I don't intend to try to go at break neck speeds at night, I just want as much light as reasonably possible to make it safer to take recreational night rides.

 

Here are a few pics, and links to the lights.

 

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http://www.bajadesig...0DB292637619B5E

 

 

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http://www.bajadesig...73AF96D88E5AB2B



  • RockerYZWR

Posted July 14, 2016 - 08:52 AM

#2

There are a few others out there, like Polisporthttp://www.polisport...adlights/?id=84 and Acerbis:  http://www.acerbis.com/prodotti.php?idpr=8

but if/when I get a 450FX, I'm going to run that Baja Designs Squadron headlight (the second one in your post) -- I've read good things about it and it looks the coolest to me (as far as headlights on dirt bikes go, you know).  



  • bopper450

Posted July 15, 2016 - 08:39 AM

#3

Does the top Baja designs one use your oem headlight shroud?

  • falconjet

Posted July 15, 2016 - 04:37 PM

#4

I put one of these on my FZ09.

 

Great light and EVERYONE will see you coming.

 

http://www.fz09.org/...ht-install.html



  • Monk

Posted July 15, 2016 - 05:12 PM

#5

The XL Pro is a vast improvement over the standard Squadron Pro... Yes, the extra money is worth every penny!

Does the top Baja designs one use your oem headlight shroud?


Yes

  • 24v

Posted July 16, 2016 - 09:34 AM

#6

The XL Pro is a vast improvement over the standard Squadron Pro... Yes, the extra money is worth every penny!

Yes

Have you had both?  I cannot find much info to compare them, so was curious.



  • Monk

Posted July 16, 2016 - 11:17 AM

#7

Have you had both? I cannot find much info to compare them, so was curious.

I have the XL Pro, my buddy has the Pro, there is little comparison between the two...

Better depth, better throw..

A good review of both and whether its worth the extra money...

http://dirtbiketest....-pro-headlight/

Edited by Monk, July 16, 2016 - 11:27 AM.


  • 24v

Posted July 16, 2016 - 11:44 PM

#8

I have the XL Pro, my buddy has the Pro, there is little comparison between the two...

Better depth, better throw..

A good review of both and whether its worth the extra money...

http://dirtbiketest....-pro-headlight/

Thanks for the advice. I will definitely be buying the xl pro.



  • Agazza

Posted July 18, 2016 - 09:35 PM

#9

I bought a high power led and put it in the original

http://www.brightsta...re?id=149&Cid=1

Look's better, more light

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  • 24v

Posted July 19, 2016 - 04:04 AM

#10

I bought a high power led and put it in the original

http://www.brightsta...re?id=149&Cid=1

Look's better, more light

I've done this enough times with other bikes and cars to know that isn't what I want.  I am hoping for a much brighter, more focused, light.  LED's in factory halogen reflectors typically just throw out a bunch of scattered light.  People generally believe they are brighter because of the cooler temperature.


Edited by 24v, July 19, 2016 - 04:04 AM.


  • Monk

Posted July 19, 2016 - 05:32 AM

#11

I've done this enough times with other bikes and cars to know that isn't what I want. I am hoping for a much brighter, more focused, light. LED's in factory halogen reflectors typically just throw out a bunch of scattered light. People generally believe they are brighter because of the cooler temperature.


I have a LED bulb in a stock Yamaha shell. Surprisingly it's pretty dam good. You can add a helmet light to this package and race all day. I do doubt the bulb shown is 7600lum though...

  • Monk

Posted July 19, 2016 - 05:34 AM

#12

With helmet light...



Just the LED bulb and stock mask...



  • Agazza

Posted July 19, 2016 - 05:48 AM

#13

I've done this enough times with other bikes and cars to know that isn't what I want. I am hoping for a much brighter, more focused, light. LED's in factory halogen reflectors typically just throw out a bunch of scattered light. People generally believe they are brighter because of the cooler temperature.


I like it, it's way brighter then stock, I have a different model with sligtly warmer kelvin. But I live in northern Sweden and it's never dark here during the non winter months, sun doesn't come down in the summer.

But in the winter I use a curved floodlight, I rather see side to side then a long way ahead. To many moose

  • 24v

Posted July 19, 2016 - 02:08 PM

#14

Here is the new light and the old one, in the housing.

I really like how it looks, can't wait to try it at night, but it might be a little bit.

 

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  • spdnjoe

Posted July 20, 2016 - 03:03 PM

#15

Nice. What are you going to do with your old headlight ? i Have a 2012 headlight shell but no light. I like the bigger headlight over the 2008 models



  • 24v

Posted July 21, 2016 - 04:14 AM

#16

Nice. What are you going to do with your old headlight ? i Have a 2012 headlight shell but no light. I like the bigger headlight over the 2008 models

I will probably hang onto it as a backup. 



  • spdnjoe

Posted July 21, 2016 - 08:53 AM

#17

I will probably hang onto it as a backup. 

 

It was worth a try. LOL



  • numan

Posted July 26, 2016 - 10:06 AM

#18

I put a Cyclops LED in mine, 40-50 bucks and all the light im ever going to need. I rode my bike to work this morning at 3am and was more than happy with the light output. :thumbsup:



  • Monk

Posted July 26, 2016 - 10:58 AM

#19

I put a Cyclops LED in mine, 40-50 bucks and all the light im ever going to need. I rode my bike to work this morning at 3am and was more than happy with the light output. :thumbsup:


We were doing some testing lastnight against both the BD unit and the Cyclops LED light. The Cyclops bulb is an excellent option. For $50, the value is well received. Even if it was $100 you're still getting killer value on your dollar. Adding a helmet light really completes the setup and 100% race ready. The stock lens has a good reasonable throw, but the flood isn't the strongest, hence the helmet light to complete your field. The other single advantage is weight. The BD unit is about 4lbs while the stock mask is only over a 1lb. To get out of the bush the stock mask with the Cyclops bulb is about the best there is. But, in terms of real light, they're is no replacement for the BD unit. Other then weight and cost, the results are hands down better...




 
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