Ongaku
Post Posted: Fri Apr 20, 2012 8:19 pm
 Subject: 8" Headlight?

So I see a lot of posting about using 7" headlights with universal fork brackets, but i was wondering if anyone know if you could get something like this

http://www.ebay.com/itm/150661111873?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2648

and put it in the stock brackets with the gauge cluster still no there?

I'm a n00b when it comes to the electrical on bikes so please point out anything you think wont work.
Bokonon
Post Posted: Fri Apr 20, 2012 8:57 pm
 Subject: The electrical isn't your problem.

It looks like that light comes with the 'bucket' and the light unit. Usually they come with only the bucket, and you have to buy the light part separately. See the streetfighter article.

That one appears to be have an included H4 light, which will hook right up to the Ninja's wiring, as it takes the same kind of bulb. Most aftermarket lights take the same bulb, since it's so common.

The problem is in getting it to fit in the stock parts. That's a fabrication issue, and you're going to have to asses your skills and take things apart and see if you can figure out how to mount it there. Most people take the stock gauges off, since they stick out so far and look ugly, or leave the light and gauges on and let it be ugly. I've never seen anyone use an aftermarket light with the stock gauges. That doesn't mean it can't be done. You'll just have to figure out a way to make some brackets to hold the light on. And the turn signals. which traditionally are mounted to the headlight bracket on fighters.
Ongaku
Post Posted: Fri Apr 20, 2012 10:20 pm
 Subject: Naked already, Flush mounts, and Stock Brackets

I've read the article before but it didnt give me the specifics I was looking for.

She came naked and she already has the flush signals. I wasnt sure if the stock brackets were 7" apart or 8". it looks like theres 2 screw holes on the stock brackets and I could use the furthest forward/down (or if need use the upper) and just plug and play. I wanted to see if anyone else had done it and possible known the spacing and depth too with the stock gauges. saw one pic on here that had, but cant find the thread anymore.
FerventPiranha
Post Posted: Tue Apr 24, 2012 12:35 pm
 Subject: exact same

I just installed that exact same headlight on my bike a week ago. I removed the stock headlight, and mounted the new one in the lower set of ears/brackets from the top fairing stay. It fits fine, has no clearance issues, etc., but you should fabricate a bracket to keep it adjusted down/up. The headlight itself adjusts left/right via a spring-mounted bolt, but the up/down is a channel on the back left of the light. I'll throw up pictures of the one I made, but it's a pain as the up/down channel is on the same side as the stock gauge's speedo cable, so the routing of the bracket is tough.
FerventPiranha
Post Posted: Tue Apr 24, 2012 12:39 pm
 Subject: a little more detail

A few things I forgot to mention...

That headlight bucket has a built-in amber light that you can use as a DRL, but it's hard to see over the low/high beams.

And to answer the other question, the upper fairing stay holes that normally hold the stock headlight are 9 inches apart. I ended up using 3/4" shock bushings found in the Help! section of my local Advance Auto

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