When it comes to nighttime riding it’s just as important to be seen as it is to see. While the MoCo does a pretty good job of lighting up the front of the E-Glide, Road King, and Ultra Classic with 4-1/2-inch passing lamps, 3-1/4-inch turn signals, and a 7-inch headlight, Küryakyn offers an easy way to improve your nighttime visibility with its array of LED lighting. We were initially drawn to the Küryakyn website to find an LED headlight for an Electra Glide, and we found exactly what we were looking for with the company’s new Phase 7 LED Headlight. Then as we continued to snoop around we came across a host of other lighting upgrades we could add to the E-Glide to really brighten the night and help the bike get noticed better by oncoming traffic.
To go along with the Phase 7 headlight we picked up an LED Headlight Halo Trim ring, 4-1/2-inch LED passing Lamps, Passing Lamps LED Halo Trim Rings, Flat Style Amber LED Front Turn Signal Inserts, and a set of Lighted Bat Lashes. Basically we ordered everything to convert all the lighting from incandescent bulbs to LED with the addition of even more light via the Halo Trim rings and Bat Lashes. Aside from providing brighter lighting, some of the other benefits of LEDs are they pull less draw on the charging system, run cooler, and last longer. While switching to LEDs costs more money as opposed to just purchasing a replacement headlight or turn signal bulb when necessary, the benefits of LEDs are immediately noticeable—especially with the headlight alone. Casting a broader, brighter, and more natural white path, the Phase 7 LED headlight provides much improved night vision allowing you to see more clearly ahead and to the sides of your path. The headlight meets DOT requirements, and both the headlight and passing lamps have a three-year warranty. We found installation of all the LEDs we ordered to be pretty straightforward as it was all pretty much plug-n-play. Follow along as we snapped photos as Kazoo from Freedom Cycles performed the installation.
1. These are the Passing Lamps and Halo Trim rings. The passing lamps feature a Complex Reflector design, which helps provide a clean path of light. The Halos have mini LEDs built into the outer edge which are basically unnoticeable when not on.
2 The lights will plug right into ’05-later bikes with 4-1/2-inch passing lamps.
3 However, for the ’04-earlier bikes where the wiring is secured to the back of the bulbs via screws (shown here), Küryakyn offers Plug-n-Play adapters for ($16.99 pr) that will allow you to easily plug the stock wires right into the new LED lamps.
4 With the left side Passing Lamp plugged in, Kazoo then installed the Halo over the face of the light.
5 The passing lamp and Halo were then installed onto the stock housing and tightened down.
6 With the stock headlight removed, Kazoo then routed the passing lamp wiring up into the bottom of the fairing. He then connected the supplied T-taps to the stock wires specified by the instructions.
7 After connecting the provided male spade fittings to the LED Passing Lamp wires, Kazoo plugged the passing lamps into the T-taps. The process was repeated for the other side.
8 Next he moved onto installing the Flat Style Amber LED Turn Signals. The ends of the wiring on the LEDs feature the same plug-and-turn function as found on the stock 1157 bulbs. Also included with the LED turn signals is a load equalizer. If you already have Küryakyn’s Panacea Taillight system or Run-Brake-Turn controller you can simply plug this load equalizer into either of the units or it can be spliced into your existing wiring. Or you can pick up one of Küryakyn’s plug-in load equalizers for easy installation without splicing.
9 After removing the stock lens cover and bulb, Kazoo installed the new LED turn signal.
10 Here are the new LED Passing Lamps and turn signals installed.
11 Moving up top, Kazoo placed several pieces of painters tape onto the outer fairing so he could mock up the placement of the Lighted Bat Lashes and figured out where to drill a small hole into the fairing to route the wiring.
12. Once he figured out where the wiring would go into the fairing, Kazoo used a 3/16-inch drill bit to drill a small hole into both the left and right side of the fairing.
13. The tape was then removed and the wiring leads were fed into the holes and routed down towards where the headlight would be. Each Bat Lash was then aligned and stuck to the fairing via the adhesive backing. Kazoo then used the supplied T-taps to tap into the wiring according to the directions and installed the male spades to the ends of the Bat Lash wiring.
14. Next, Kazoo moved onto installing the headlight. According to Küryakyn, the Phase 7 LED headlight produces a color temperature of 5,800K, which is closer to the color temperature of daylight. Like the passing lamps, the headlight has a Complex Reflector that provides excellent lighting while looking similar to a traditional headlight. With a military-grade design, the headlight will hold up against vibration and shock and the polycarbonate lens has a scratch-resistant coating.
15. The Halo Headlight Trim Ring features a grooved design, shiny chrome finish, and a host of LEDs hidden within the bezel.
16. Kazoo slipped the wiring from the Halo through the rubber gasket on the stock headlight trim ring and then…
17. …fed the wiring through the stock headlight housing and slipped the LED headlight into the housing.
18. The LED headlight wiring was then plugged into the stock connector, and the Halo wiring was tapped into the headlight wiring according to the instructions. Kazoo then checked to make sure he had everything connected before he buttoned up the headlight and finished the installation.
19. Here’s the bike after installing the upgraded LED lighting. As you can see, the Bat Lashes really dress up the outer fairing and add nice chrome accents to the look of the bike.
20. Here’s what the stock lighting looked like from the rider’s perspective.
21. And the LEDs. As you can see, it’s a much crisper and brighter/whiter light helping you see more clearly. The headlight also provides a much broader path of light.
22. Stock lighting from the front.
23. Küryakyn LED lighting from the front (headlight low beam on).
24. LED lighting (headlight high beam on). Riding down the darkest of highways, oncoming traffic will think they are approaching a UFO with all these bright lights shining into their eyes. The whole ensemble really looks good together and the combination of the Halo rings and Lighted Bat Lashes really give the bike cool unique look. Best of all, installation only took about an hour and a half.