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Thanks for everyone's input. I think I'll stick with original equipment bulbs. I know they work. I've put LEDs all over my diesel truck and although they look great when they're working they stopped working quickly. As they have stopped, I have switched back to incandescent bulbs. They work and they're cheap. In my opinion, LEDs have a long way to come.
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I found one on an old link in the forum. The link still worked. It was a plug and play 6500 HID with halogen high beam. 50 bucks. Works great. I added a relay to keep the HID on when I switched to high beams so I have both bulbs on at the same time.

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hey joyrider...i get most of my parts from ebay or amazon ocassionally i shop j&p cycles or dennis kirk...ebay has the greater number of products but that only means that a thousand sellers or selling the same or similar items...i have spent hours looking and looking until i finally find what i think will work for me...i am old school shade tree mechanic(meaning i will find a way to make it work for my application)...most folks will not go to the trouble to engineer things to work even if that part is for another application...all that being said...sealed led headlights are out there and most require a special mounting ring in order for it to fit let's say a 7" headlight...if you just buy the headlight without the mounting ring, then you have to engineer a way to make it fit, or you have to buy the additional headlight mounting ring....don't fall for the seller's claim that it will fit your bike...technically it will fit if you have the required mounting ring....i can get a sealed led headlight 7" for a Harley that will fit my 7" headlight on my 2009 C50...but...i will also have to buy the mounting ring...in my opinion the led bulbs look good but as of yet i have not found one that equals a sealed led headlight....so when i change my headlights later on...i will be going the "sealed" headlight
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hey joyrider...i get most of my parts from ebay or amazon ocassionally i shop j&p cycles or dennis kirk...ebay has the greater number of products but that only means that a thousand sellers or selling the same or similar items...i have spent hours looking and looking until i finally find what i think will work for me...i am old school shade tree mechanic(meaning i will find a way to make it work for my application)...most folks will not go to the trouble to engineer things to work even if that part is for another application...all that being said...sealed led headlights are out there and most require a special mounting ring in order for it to fit let's say a 7" headlight...if you just buy the headlight without the mounting ring, then you have to engineer a way to make it fit, or you have to buy the additional headlight mounting ring....don't fall for the seller's claim that it will fit your bike...technically it will fit if you have the required mounting ring....i can get a sealed led headlight 7" for a Harley that will fit my 7" headlight on my 2009 C50...but...i will also have to buy the mounting ring...in my opinion the led bulbs look good but as of yet i have not found one that equals a sealed led headlight....so when i change my headlights later on...i will be going the "sealed" headlight
I’m the same way 🙂 i installed Denali dr2 1.0 (chrome version) instead of front turn signals, and used some chrome spacers and rubber bushings to make it work where it wasn’t necessarily designed to. Turn signals were moved lower down the stationary part of the fork. https://www.volusiariders.com/54-gen...ts-better.html

All bulbs except headlight are now LEDs on my ‘08 C50. I would gladly invest the time and money to upgrade the head light using one of the “all inclusive” sealed led units primarily designed for Harley bikes, but experience and research tells me that it will not have a good beam pattern. Things might have changed in half a year since I looked I at it closely, but I doubt they’ve changes much. Dropping $300-$400 on a name brand, e.g. JBL 8700, for a marginal benefit to ride 11 year old bike seems an overkill, considering high output halogen 9003/H4 bulbs are cheap and effective, and last long enough for most motorcycle uses. Between high quality Denali aux light and high output Philips halogen, and switchback white/amber running/turn signal LEDs, I have plenty of forward visibility as well as illuminating dark backroads very-very well.
To each their own, and if style rather than function is primarily somebody’s goal, changing to an LED headlight bulb/unit makes sense. Aside from that, benefit of such units doesn’t usually warrant investment of the time and $ involved in macgyvering an aftermarket LED headlight in a C50.

beam pattern of c50 headlight can’t compete with latest BMW units, but if one has a bright enough bulb, I find it to be very satisfactory, even without AUX lights.

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Some swear by the Cyclops LED bulbs. They are highly recommended on another forum that I visit. Their expensive, but supposed to be pretty awesome. See the linky below:

https://www.cyclopsadventuresports.com/

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