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post #1 of 2 Old 07-17-2019, 11:29 AM Thread Starter
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DENALI DM 2.0 TriOptic LED Lights

I'm thinking of buying these lights to replace my factory installed ones near the bottom of the bike. Does anyone have these and are happy with them? The factory ones are good for illuminating around the front of the bike, but don't help much down the road. They come with different lenses and suggest using a spot lens on one light and a flood lens on the other light for distance illumination and a useful spread of light at close range. Would these be plug and play on my bike, using the connectors for the factory lights, or would I have to have a can opener or something similar to make them work?
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post #2 of 2 Old 07-17-2019, 12:50 PM
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Yes; yes.

I just use spot lenses on both, and bought the amber lenses for purposes of conspicuity, but they do work much better in fog with the amber, since white light just lights up the fog.

The install kits make use of battery connections, or you can wire it into a power distribution module or fuse block if you have one, but for what I call true plug-and-play, you would need to buy their CanSmart. But even then, if you do not plan to buy any other Denali products, the CanSmart would be overkill, IMO, and it has to be wired to the battery connections, so if you don't have a bunch of stuff already wired to the battery, in which case you need a fuse block or PDM of some sort, your best bet is to just buy the wiring kit, and all you have to do apart from be sure you have the mounting kit for your location (fender or mirror), is just wire a positive and negative ring terminal to the battery terminals, and everything else is plug and play.

However, I would invest in the "data dim" kit for use of the dimming, 50% feature, so you don't blind oncoming traffic. It works either with a switch you mount on your bars or wherever else you prefer, and it's ALL still plub-and-play, OR for a truly integrated setup, you tap into your high beam wire. This is pretty much idiot-proof if you check to be sure you ID the correct wire, and use a posi-tap, which I think Denali even provides for you. No cutting or splicing, just screw the connector into position. This means you have your lights on 50% when you have them on low beam, and 100% when they are on bright.

This is what I did on my wife's bike, as it makes sense to the both of us. If someone needs more light, they usually hit their high beams, and if someone's coming, they usually dim to be polite. You don't have to mount a switch this way, and if your OEM lights are on high, your Denalis are, too, and that serves as your switch.

On my own bike, I have the Danali CanSmart, and couldn't be happier, since it offers 10-position dimming with the Wonderwheel, but I also have two sets of Denali lights, their brake light, and their horn.
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