I had the same problem spyug ... old stock headlight put out very little light. I bought Part #09-0051 (7" Halogen Lamp Kit) from MikesXS ... also threw in the super blue bulb Part #10-0027. The new unit from Mikes fit right in no problem. I put the super blue bulb in and have the one that came with the new 7" Halogen Lamp Kit as a spare. The difference is night and day for me.
Spyug, it's not a problem just convert the other lights to LED and save a few extra watts for the headlight. The blue tinted lights are just that, a tint to simulate HID lighting. Clear will be whiter and brighter than non-tinted lamps (bulbs) Lighting color is measured in Kelvins, the higher the number the whiter the "color temperature" 5000 Kelvins is like high noon daylight sky. Cheers, 50gary
I'm doing the conversion to halogen on my '72 right now. The stock bulb and headlight rim are married with screws and springs, things that can get lost. Or memory of how they mate can fade. So, instead of taking the stock unit apart, I ordered a new headlight rim from Speed and Sport (came to $97.92 total...ouch!) and installed the halogen assembly to it, instead. For early ones like mine, you have to use the 5 piece "W" clip set that Mike's sells to hold the "bulb" to the headlight rim. It was a real trip figuring out how to use the clips and my confidence in their holding ability is somewhat less than 100%. Time will tell, I guess. I have the original stock rim and headlight bulb in the box the halogen kit came in and can swap it back in about five minutes if things don't work out. What I don't like about this setup is that there is no left/right adjustment possible. The aiming has to all be accomplished with the fork ears and bottom bucket bracket. The original headlight bulb is rated at 50/40 watts. The halogen conversion is rated at 60/55 watts. That means it will pull an extra 15 watts on low beam and an extra 5 watts on high beam. I'm not worried about it using an extra 1.25 amps on low beam. I think the charging circuit can handle it. If it turns out to be a problem, I'll do as has been suggested and replace the stock tail light bulb with an LED bulb and that should make the electricals play nice again. The stock bulb uses 8 watts for tail light and 27 watts for stop light. Mike's sells two different LED bulbs, one has 19 LEDs and the other has 24 LEDs. At about a quarter of a watt per LED, even in stop light mode (all LEDs illuminated) that would work out to about 4.75 watts (0.4 amps) for the 19 and 6 watts (0.5 amps) for the 24, compared to 35 watts (2.9 amps) for the stock assembly. That should more than make up for the additional amp draw of the halogen headlight unit.
'72 XS2 (Lucille) '79 SF (popsycle) 'nuther '79 SF (freebie)
I'm using twin 35/35w halogens from early FZR100.(in mini lights) Changed tail light to LED and have not had any problems in 3 + yrs (at least not with the lights ;D) I did fit a relay in circuit to power headlights as I dont trust the 28yr old switches with 6 amps current (2x35=70w/12v= 5.83A) just check generator brushes and dont leave lights on when engine isnt running PJ
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Finally completed the headlight conversion and buttoned her up (been busy maintaining la casa.) THEN it occured to me to test my connections. Turned on the key, pressed the horn button....BEEP. OK. Now headlight...it lit. Bright beam...OK but no indicator light on the bucket (damn!...so what, who needs it?) Next right turn signal....starter engages. OOPS! Guess I know what I'll be doing today. Might as well see to that bright beam indicator while I'm in there again. I just hate that wad of spaghetti in the headlight bucket.
kardon: Wow quiet here, where did they all go.
Oct 7, 2016 2:18:13 GMT -5
gggGary: XS650.com LOL
Feb 16, 2017 20:49:02 GMT -5
buell88: Anybody have any idea who built the xs650 tracker used in the Draggin Jeans Ad on Pipeburn?
May 16, 2017 16:24:09 GMT -5
joshua: The regulator/rectifier unit I got from Mikes PMA has closer hole spacing than original. Are we supposed to mill the holes to fit?
Jun 7, 2017 19:25:58 GMT -5
joshua: My bad. I found the bracket they supplied to mount the rectifier/regulator... Uh oh. How is this meant to work? Which way is it meant to mount? Looks like I have to use some spacers or something. Good instructions would be nice.
Jun 7, 2017 22:09:52 GMT -5
craig8johnson: Not sure if this is the right spot or not but oh well...
Jul 11, 2017 18:04:15 GMT -5
craig8johnson: I'm checking the charging system. I'm afraid I might have fried the last battery. With the solid state regulator (after market) what should it be charging at. The book says, I think, 15 volts. I'm hitting 17 when revved. Is that too high?
Jul 11, 2017 18:06:19 GMT -5
gggGary: Yes 17 volts is too high, about 14 volts is max, sounds like you don't have the right regulator or it's wired wrong.
Jul 13, 2017 6:54:33 GMT -5
dean: Just saying Hello, new member who is going to fix up a 79 XS650 that has seen its better days. I will definitely have lots of questions coming up.
Jun 23, 2018 16:45:32 GMT -5
tt650: Trying to breathe life into a 1980 that's been stored (indoors) for 25 yrs. Air filters are dry rotted. Have cleaned carbs but she only runs briefly on choke then stops. Need jet setting info and other ideas that might help her idle and rev.
Jul 3, 2018 19:15:19 GMT -5
trix13: Hey everyone! New to the forum and am fighting those gremlins!! New charging system, ignition switch, coil and fuse box. Resistance is higher than normal on the ignition pick up so I'm trying to find one. No such luck yet.
Aug 16, 2018 8:50:48 GMT -5
trix13: Also, even though all of my connections are clean, I cannot seem to find out why , when at higher rpms, I hit the signals and the rpms pulse with the signals...hahah. same with the brake light. I appreciate all input!!
Aug 16, 2018 8:55:08 GMT -5
bob99: how do I post a question. I am new to the forum
Jun 6, 2019 10:52:10 GMT -5
adlpc: Hello all! Been enjoying your edifying posts and discussions - and as a fan of the XS650 since my early teenage years happy that I now own a 1980 Special which I plan to turn into a vintage half faired racer. Thank you all for being here!
Oct 1, 2019 0:58:56 GMT -5
jimothyj: Hello everyone, I just joined & wish would have known about this site in 2014 when I brought my 1974 TX650A back from the grave. I have spent a good deal of $$ and alot of time on it. Just painted it and working on electrical, I will post pics soon,
Apr 10, 2021 2:14:13 GMT -5
louisvan: trix13 - I had a problem with my 1975 SX650. When I got to highway speeds, the engine lost power. The problem was in the connectors. At a certain vibration and the wind pushing on the wiring loom, the connector lost continuity. A bad crimp to the wire.
May 20, 2021 1:19:09 GMT -5
deadlykittin: Hey guys,. i have a 82 xs650 special, super new rider, with almost no knowledge on bikes. So was just riding it, getting used to the clutch and all that. But i was noticed its really hard to get the bike to start, using electric start. And the kick pump---
Aug 4, 2022 17:09:55 GMT -5
deadlykittin: loses compression after the first kick. Ontop of that, i noticed it 1, wont go into neutral when sitting still. and now it dies after getting it started in neutral and going into gear
Aug 4, 2022 17:11:01 GMT -5
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