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So I finally pulled the trigger to have that installed. While I asked the dealer to only swap out the low beam, a whole set was ordered and installed instead. They gave me a bit of a discount so no problem there. I drive back to DC and as I am pulling off 395, entering a turn, I turn on my high beams and there it is - the annoying warning light. I stop by H Mart, park the bike and everything is working. Low beam on, high beams off, no warning light. I turn on high beams - all three are on but with a warning light. I was initially told by the dealer when the Cyclops was ordered that a wrong version was delivered and it was pivotal to a 2015 model as it was a split model year. Anyone else experienced this? Did they install the wrong version? They are aware of the issue but I have a month to go until my 18k service when they will be looking into that so just wanted to get your opinion.

 

As for the quality of the set - it is a beautiful color temperature and better than stock H7's but could be brighter. I did notice that light intensity and light distribution illuminates the road signs very well. High beams are great but can't drive with them all the time. But oh wait, I wasn't planning to have them changed out to begin with...

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I installed mine yesterday and put 40 miles on with no issue.   Installation was a bit of a PITA. The change happened in 2013 and another change occurred in 2019.  Call Cyclops.  Explain the situation.  They will probably be able to figure out which system was installed on your bike. And guide you in the next steps.   I can’t tell where you are located but if in the Northern Virginia area, I would be glad to help you swap them out and show you how to do your own services.  That is the only way you will know for sure if something is done right.  Plus it saves money and you get to know your bike better.

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Agree with calling Cyclops - or shoot them an email. They're right up the road from me here in WA, in an actual building with actual products, and they are pretty quick to respond to both email and phone questions. If the dealer ordered directly from them, I'm sure they can figure out what parts need to be swapped, or what was possibly done wrong on the install, and get the dealer straightened out so that the dealer can get you straightened out. 

 

 

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20 hours ago, Skywagon said:

I looked at their website last night. Is this the unit that cost $196. Would you mind sharing the model number please

Not sure what you are asking.    Your first post in this thread without any point of reference.    The OP’s bike is a 15 RT.  We don’t know which of the Cyclops kits he got yet.  
 

if you are looking for yourself, es they are pricey.  Get the right kit for your bike.  

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On 11/19/2020 at 5:23 AM, Skywagon said:

I looked at their website last night. Is this the unit that cost $196. Would you mind sharing the model number please

David,

If you truly own a 2014 RT like your signature box indicates, and you actually visited the Cyclops web page marked below (for the 3-bulb high and low kit), did you miss the check boxes that ask you what model RT you are asking about?  If you did, you should have seen that the price is $224.90 (US) and not $194.95.

Oh, and the kit ID for your 2015 would be the CIL-RT-15.

https://www.cyclopsadventuresports.com/BMW-R1200RT-LED-headlight-bulb-kit_p_194.html

FYI, I wrote a review lower on that page, and a review of them on my '16 RT on the following web site:

https://www.bmwlt.com/forums/rt-series/183415-review-cyclops-led-headlights-wetheads.html

 

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On 11/18/2020 at 6:56 AM, Carlisja said:

I installed mine yesterday and put 40 miles on with no issue.   Installation was a bit of a PITA. The change happened in 2013 and another change occurred in 2019.  Call Cyclops.  Explain the situation.  They will probably be able to figure out which system was installed on your bike. And guide you in the next steps.   I can’t tell where you are located but if in the Northern Virginia area, I would be glad to help you swap them out and show you how to do your own services.  That is the only way you will know for sure if something is done right.  Plus it saves money and you get to know your bike better.

 

Thank you for your offer Carlisja! Going to let them make it right. I stopped by yesterday and they have a resistor in stock and will address this in a couple of weeks during the 18k service. But for servicing it later - will definitely hit you up! :18:

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While not really "on topic" I replaced my 2016 RT low beam with Cyclops LED bulb and my riding partner also on a 2016 RT replaced all three bulbs with another brand of LED. Recently we made a 300+ mile overnight fast ride home due to a family emergency and most of the way home on the interstate we were able to ride side by side using both lanes of the interstate with virtually no traffic. What we noticed was that the light from my mixed (LED and H7) bulbs was much easier on the eyes and afforded better definition of what was in view due to the mixed color temperatures than did his all LED lights.  This is of course subjective, but it was a mutual observation.

 

Bob

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Finally heard from the dealer today. They called me after talking with a Cyclops rep. Cyclops rep said that two resistors need to be installed on the right high beam and one on the low beam. Going there on the 16th and will post back how it worked.

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I have the Cyclops low beam H7 bulb on my 2018 RT and like the added brightness.   Specs below:

 

10th Generation Features

-All metal bases!

- Plug and Play
- BMW Canbus compatible
- Cree XHP50 Emitters X2

- Replaceable Driver
- Smaller Diameter Housing

- All parts fit under stock BMW caps

-Connects to factory wiring, no modifications to wiring necessary.

Technical Specs
- Lumen Rating: 4800
- Color Temperature: 5700K
- Power Draw: 38 Watts

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Issue has been resolved by the dealer finally. One resistor was installed on the right high beam and also one resistor on the low beam. It took a while for the dealer to reset the computer because the warning light was stuck on the dashboard after reinstall when high beams were turned on but it wasn't generating an error code. All works great and pretty happy with the new lighting. 

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Finished installing the low beam Cyclops LED this morning, thought I'd share my experience here.

 

According to Cyclops website the low beam is on back order, due to ship in March...I called to see if it was available yet. Daryl said yes it is, and asked if I also wanted the resistor since he heard it had caused some issues with CANBUS. I received the LED bulb and 2 resistors yesterday, unsure why they sent 2. I removed the old halogen bulb with some effort, using a notched dowel to save my fingertips. I read the instructions provided by Cyclops, saying to remove the base and install it without the bulb. Finally figured out you have to twist then pull them apart. I've seen pictures of more detailed instructions from Cyclops, however the single page of text I received didn't include that detail.

 

I spent the next hour without success trying to install the Cyclops base. It held in place just fine, but the ends of the clip would not engage in the tab slots. Mirror, flashlight, different versions of wooden slotted dowels...finally I gave up and removed the headlight assembly. I was frustrated because just last October I had replaced the bulb using the "blind" method, why couldn't I do it now?

 

Once the assembly was on the bench the problem was obvious. The loops at the end of the clip, when pressed down, would not line up with the slots in the tabs...they landed about 3/16" past the slot. Maybe I had bent the wire when pushing with the dowel?? I corrected it using needle nose pliers and got them lined up so the task was easily done with fingertips.

 

Regarding the resistor, I asked Boxflier for his experience in either using or not using them. He said in the 6 Cyclops LED bulbs that he has installed, ranging from 2015 to 2017 model year RTs, he did not use the resistor and did not have any CANBUS issues. For that reason,  I did not install the resistor. Once it was all back together, the bike started up and showed no alerts with low beam or high beam.

 

Thanks Boxflier for your continued support to this forum. Sharing information takes some of the pain out of owning high tech machines.

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I believe the resistor is for the radio, my radio had a lot of static and could not pick up many stations without the resistor, became useless. With the resistor back to normal.

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Michiganr80rt

I also installed Cyclops bulbs in my 2014 R1200RT this weekend. After dealing last summer with the bent clips migrant described I decided to remove the assembly to do the install this time. I used the resistor in the H7 low beam and one of the H1 high beams. No CANBUS errors and no radio noise. 

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profbodryak

Interesting, I bet it has to deal with the month/year production date. On mine, without a resistor with low/high beams changed to Cyclops LED's, headlight warning light would come on every time a high beam was turned on. 

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