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I've been wanting to add some auxiliary lighting for safety and better lighting at night, but didn't want it to be as obtrusive as the OEM light bar. After reading about them on another forum and getting RICZ's advice, I decided to spend the money and go with the Clearwater Glenda kit for the XC/XR.

The install was pretty simple, but I took my time and went slow. It probably took me about 3 hours to do it start to finish, including removing the shield and the headlight cover and putting everything back together. The hardware that you get is super high quality and precisely machined. You can tell that you are getting what you paid some $$$ for when you put these together. I routed the insulated wire bundle from the right side (sitting on the bike) over past the battery to the left side and followed another bundle into the headlight. The "volume control" mounted easily on the left side under the control module and looks factory. Overall I am very impressed with how clean it is.

Being able to adjust the lights to your desired brightness and then having them go to max when you hit the high beam is a great feature. These things are really freaking bright on maximum! It might as well be daytime when you have your high beam and LEDs on maximum. :)

They are cheaper options out there, but I think the Clearwaters are well worth it. Here's the pics!







 

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Very nice. They look high quality.cheers
 

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Warning! Clearance Issue

Just wanted to update this thread. I found out the hard way that the Clearwaters are the first hard parts to touch down if you mounted them with the brackets level to the ground like I did. Here's what can happen:


After this happened, I flipped the brackets upside down and pivoted them up as high and close to the highway bars as possible. I think I gained another 1/2" or 3/4" clearance, so hopefully that will be enough.

So make sure if you get these sweet lights that you mount them as high as you can. Replacements cost $200 each. :(
At least the floorboards are only $50 to replace ;)
 

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Thanks for the update. These do look like what I would like to do for some kind of running lights.

BTW, how did the lower deflectors work out? I get a lot of wind from up under with the windsheild on. Around town I just leave the sheild off. But, when it starts to turn colder, I'm thinking I need some lowers. Thus lowers fold in for when you want the wind, right?

Thanks again for these photos. Looks great!
 

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Good post I had the same issue on mine. I was told I would be able to lay the bike on the crash bar with no issue... not the case. Mine is scraped as well and there mounted as high as possible. They are great lights and people notice them right away. I just wish they wouldnt scrape when shes turned hard. Also the way yours are mounted if you rotate the arm up it will give you more clearance. The top of my light almost touches my crash bar but I still scraped them.
 

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Have a pair of Glendas too and had a crash that laid the bike on its side. The lights weren't harmed one bit. I rotated the mount to get them as high as possible. I also have the lower wind deflectors and won't leave home on a longer ride without them. Not only do they greatly reduce turbulence, they keep me dry in the rain.
 

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The lower deflectors help a lot with buffeting, and reduce the wind pressure on your feet and legs. You will still have some wind on your legs, but maybe 50% or less than you had before them. You could fold them in, but you would have to loosen up the brackets. It would be easier to just take the lexan parts off and leave the mounts as is. I've found that there was no need to take the lowers off and I've ridden in traffic up to about 94 degrees.

Thanks for the update. These do look like what I would like to do for some kind of running lights.

BTW, how did the lower deflectors work out? I get a lot of wind from up under with the windsheild on. Around town I just leave the sheild off. But, when it starts to turn colder, I'm thinking I need some lowers. Thus lowers fold in for when you want the wind, right?

Thanks again for these photos. Looks great!
 

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I think just to be safe I am going to throw some cardboard and towels down and with a buddy gently lower her down while someone else crouches down and warns us if the Glenda is going to hit first. That's probably the only safe way to know for sure.
 

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The lower deflectors help a lot with buffeting, and reduce the wind pressure on your feet and legs. You will still have some wind on your legs, but maybe 50% or less than you had before them. You could fold them in, but you would have to loosen up the brackets. It would be easier to just take the lexan parts off and leave the mounts as is. I've found that there was no need to take the lowers off and I've ridden in traffic up to about 94 degrees.
If you leave the lowers in place, do you always ride with a windsheild? Anything under 1 hour ride (which is most of my rides currently) is no windsheild. But, if the lowers come on and off as easily as the windsheild, I could just dress her up, when going out of town...
 

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Henry, the lowers aren't too fiddly to take off, just a couple screws on each one. If you live in a hot & humid area, it might be nice to have more wind on your legs for those shorter rides. We don't know what hot is here in the Northwest, so my lowers stay on.
 

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Henry, the lowers aren't too fiddly to take off, just a couple screws on each one. If you live in a hot & humid area, it might be nice to have more wind on your legs for those shorter rides. We don't know what hot is here in the Northwest, so my lowers stay on.
cool, thanks for the info... I'll probably get a set of lowers then, and just bolt them on with the windsheild, when it goes cold for about 6 weeks here in the south. And, if my dad ever convinces me to take a "serious" ride as he puts it... :D
 

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What constitues a 'serious' ride to your Dad? Just curiouswac.
Anything that requires more than 1 overnight stop. He has an iron butt! I'm no where in his league. I think anything over 3 hours is a long trip...

I know, I know, I'm a light-weight. Gotta build up my riding butt...
 
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