Featured Led Headlights For Thunderbird (achieved!)

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  1. David Downes

    David Downes New Member

    Sep 4, 2016
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    Hi All,

    I just wanted to show you guys that after many weeks of ordering and sending back LED bulbs for my Thunderbird Commander, I finally found a set that work.

    I ordered many bulbs, one was such a wide diameter that it wouldn't even fit inside the headlamp mirror assembly. Others would fit in, but had such a bulk at the rear the mirror assembly wouldn't fit back into the headlight bowl. Others that came with external power packs that I couldn't easily fit without disassembling half the bike. And yet another one that fit, went back together, but that didn't work as it should do with high/low beam illuminating the wrong parts of the road, due to a very strange triangular shaped bulb.

    Anyway, the bulbs that finally worked, are these ones from amazon:
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B071RBGQ6G/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_apip_f9GGTxW6klp1a

    They fit easily, went back together, have a brilliantly white light, the orientation and lighting from the bulb is as it should be, have a 3 year warranty, and best of all, the visibility at night is astonishing.

    I had originally set out to just change the very yellowy light that the stock bulbs put out as a cosmetic improvement. And this can be seen below from the picture I took having changed just one bulb below. But hadn't expected to get a significant improvement in night time riding. Hopefully the attached pic (which I don't think does justice to how good it actually looked) shows it off a little.

    Cheers,
    Dave

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  2. TEZ 217

    TEZ 217 Crème de la Crème

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    Very useful information Dave, pictures make a big difference and do show a vast improvement
     
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  3. Tucker 1963

    Tucker 1963 Elite Member

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    Thanks Dave think I will definitely be changing mine.
    Tucker
     
  4. Martinh

    Martinh New Member

    Nov 5, 2017
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    Hi Dave just fitted these LED bulbs to my Commander, bit tight in the nearside lamp housing but all in and working, MASSIVE DIFFERENCE . How are you getting on with yours all still working ok ? Thanks for the link on these, it saved me a lot of faffing around
     
  5. David Downes

    David Downes New Member

    Sep 4, 2016
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    Yeah, really pleased with them still, for the first few months, I was paranoidly checking the lights low/high beam before riding out to make sure they were still working, but as time has gone on, I've gotten used to trusting that they work.

    Exactly as you say, it's a bit of a squeeze (but unlike most, actually DO fit!) and the difference, is quite amazing. Really pleased with them.

    In case you haven't I also changed the sidelight bulbs with LED ones, that was much easier, and makes a much smaller difference of course. I just picked those up from Halfords for about a tenner ... quickly looking, I think it might have been these ones:
    http://www.halfords.com/motoring/bu...s/halfords-501-filament-led-upgrade-bulbs-x-2

    But do check that's the correct fitting, I don't remember for sure. But it's a super easy plug'n'play replacement.

    Dave
     
  6. Martinh

    Martinh New Member

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  7. Martinh

    Martinh New Member

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    Thanks Dave, will get around to checking that fitment out
     
  8. Keith McClure

    Keith McClure New Member

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    Just saw your post and have been looking for new headlights for a while now for my 2014 Commander. The link in your post for amazon is not working. Do you have the brand name so I can look these up manually. Thanks
     
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  9. Arnie

    Arnie Member

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    These look great, do they do the same that would fit my 2011 speedmaster?
     
  10. thebiglad

    thebiglad Old fart, still riding !

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    Hi David, the link no longer works, any chance you could re-do it?
     
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    Oldyam Grumpy Old Git

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