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Old Jul 3rd, 2006, 10:16 am   #1 (permalink)
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03' ST4S Headlight Upgrade

Had the bike out the other night for a while and have to agree the headlight does suck bigtime. Other than the pricy Ducati Design replacement unit, what has anyone done to upgrade?

My thought is to run heavier wiring and a replacement bulb

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Old Jul 3rd, 2006, 12:28 pm   #2 (permalink)
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My thought is to run heavier wiring and a replacement bulb
I wouldn't waste my time. You'll notice a slight improvement and...your headlight will still suck. The problem is in the lens/reflector design. The DD Headlight is a complete solution and costs less than a set of pipes.
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Old Jul 3rd, 2006, 12:37 pm   #3 (permalink)
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The Ducati Designs headlight is worth every penny in performance, fit and finish. I installed it last week, and I am thrilled with the way it looks. They make a great product. I wouldn't bother with any other changes to the stock light fixture. The DD lights are even better than my Harley Electra Glide multi-unit lighting system.

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Old Jul 3rd, 2006, 2:13 pm   #4 (permalink)
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That looks familiar, I installed one last week too. I haven't had the occassion to test it at night yet but everyone says it's great. I wonder why both bulbs don't come on at high beam though, it does when you flash the highs while on low. Too big a draw for the charging system?

I only have one small complaint, it is a high quality item but I'm not into the Ducati logo dot look and unfortunantly they cleared over it. It was a thin coat and being in the sign biz I peeled it off and duplicated it in real gold so it at least looks better. I wish they would put the vinyl on top of the clear though, maybe let the buyer choose colors.
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Old Jul 3rd, 2006, 4:01 pm   #5 (permalink)
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I wonder why both bulbs don't come on at high beam though, it does when you flash the highs while on low. Too big a draw for the charging system?
I wonder if you have it wired correctly? The high beam comes on in addition to the low on my fixture.
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hi/lo beams on at the same time

Whether or not both beams come on at the same time is a function of the headlight switch. My first Euro switch did not allow the low beam to come on when the high beam was on, so I took it back to Ducati Seattle and traded it for one which does. I don't know why there are two different types of switches unless it has to do with the laws of various countries.

The last I knew, the Ducati Designs headlight shell is available in an unpainted version if you want to do something different with it.
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You can easily modify the existing left-hand switch cluster so the low beam stays on all the time. A nickel's worth of solder and 15 minutes tops. Maybe your bike came from Europe, or Canada, or even outer space, where they don't allow both lights to run simultaneously.

I'm sorry that you didn't care for the sticker embedded in the clear. I would have been happy to make up the shell without it. Maybe next time!

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That looks familiar, I installed one last week too. I haven't had the occassion to test it at night yet but everyone says it's great. I wonder why both bulbs don't come on at high beam though, it does when you flash the highs while on low. Too big a draw for the charging system?

I only have one small complaint, it is a high quality item but I'm not into the Ducati logo dot look and unfortunantly they cleared over it. It was a thin coat and being in the sign biz I peeled it off and duplicated it in real gold so it at least looks better. I wish they would put the vinyl on top of the clear though, maybe let the buyer choose colors.
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Hi Paul, great headlight! The gold dot looks cool on it and matches a few gold dodads I put on it, it was not a big issue but if I ever get a ST4s I'll contact you on that.

My headlight was always on, I installed the euroswitch so I could turn it off during startup. I wonder if the wiring could be made to power both during high beam? That's what I get for being cheap and not getting the $200 factory unit.
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Paul, did you see all the Ducati Designs headlights in photos of the East Coast Rally? You should be so proud. Yesterday, Brian calls me up and says he modified his ST2 headlight by removing the reflector and WOW what a difference, BUT not as powerful as your DD headlight, Dave!!!

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Old Jul 4th, 2006, 8:06 am   #10 (permalink)
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Dave,

Still a long way to go! Thanx! At the recent west coast Madness, 80% of the pre-04 bikes had a DD headlight. Lotsa bug-eyes!

Removing the reflector? Your friend probably meant "removing the cutoff shield", which blocks light above the horizon on the low beam. Helps a little, but probably dazzles oncoming cars (if one can be dazzled by a candle).

Jim,

If by "euroswitch", you mean the left switch cluster for european bikes (that has an on-off switch), yes, that can be modified. Only one wire needs to be moved so low beam is powered all the time, rather than after the hi-lo switch. If you need a hand, ride on down to Portland and I'll do it for you.

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