Posts by Doc&Ruby

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    Please give an update after driving in the dark, and tag me if you would. I've held off, mostly because many LED's don't pierce the night and project far enough. A few of the ones that do will only get you flashed by oncoming cars all the time. Need some that are a happy mix of the two. Also, with my Sling having the Canada version front lights, I have 6 of them, so that will get many people thinking they are on high beam just for that reason.

    That is the real problem with the LED light. You can't go by the 6000K (which means bright white) and you can't even go by lumens even though that usually helps. It's how far the light is projected by our lenses. I ride my Sling to work on any decent day, and I leave the house at 5:20. Even on the earliest sunrise days, I still leave in the dark (although for about a month I get there with some light showing up). I need better lighting than I have now, definitely not worse.

    Well, I had a chance to test these new lights out & compare them to standard lamps on my SUV.

    The throw on these LEDs are almost exactly the same as my Hyundai Santa Fe. The difference is that the slingshot lamps have a more precise cutoff where the SUV lights dribble off gradually.

    The good part about this is that I don't blind oncoming cars. So far, I'm quite satisfied, but I can see where others would want a longer throw.


    I'm going to play with aiming, see if I can come up with a way to adjust the position of the bulb in the socket to take better advantage of the projector reflector design.


    I'd also like to know if anyone has played with adjusting the high-beam louvers? I think if I could raise the 'down position' a bit I would have a lot better results.


    I'll let folks here know how I get on.

    I didn't see anything about a warranty. My experience is that warranties like that aren't worth much - they try to wriggle out of their obligations, ignore you, etc.

    For about $35, I'll take my chances. So far, I've been lucky. All the LEDs ive put in are working properly.

    Timely thread........Driving home this morning I was thinking today I should do a lights on walk around to make sure they all work. I stopped in a gas station and I can see my reflection in the front doors.....one of my center lights is not working....


    Doc.....you put 4 sided lights in the center....why not on the others? Or don’t they make them for the outside lights...

    Bigdog

    I looked for a 44-sided version of the H3 lights but couldn't find any.

    The ones I purchased have several advantages

    1. IP67 waterproof, don't need the boot. Heat destroys electronic devices!

    2. Shorter bulb, much closer to the standard focus point set for the halogen bulbs.

    3. These have the same design as the sets offered by slingmods - the collar mounts inside the housing with the existing spring clips, then the bulb snaps in. Easy as pie to mount.

    4. They have a CanBus compatible ballast that prevents flickering and does not interfere with the radio.

    Do they recommend installing close to the road? Can you rotate the bar up or down or is it in a fixed position?

    This is designed for a roll bar or above the bumper installation, but I did some extra waterproofing by taking the end caps off & sealing them with silicone. Added a bead of silicone around the plexiglass lens, and added silicone to seal the wires where they came out of the housing.

    The body is heavy cast aluminum, the mount points are steel. I replaced screws with stainless steel from Home Depot. I used mounting clamps to att attach light bar to the tubular frame just behind the front bodywork. Clamps and adjustable mounts on light bar itself gave me all the adjustability I needed to aim it correctly. Wired into unused fog light wiring, perfect! Considered adding a switch, but decided against it. Light bar comes on with rest of the lighting and improves my daylight visibility to other drivers.

    We lived in Kissimmee in 2004. Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeane. Every other weekend . . . here comes another one. I thought our last night on earth was the night when Charley went over us.

    That's why we are back in Iowa. Give me a blizzard any day.

    I said the same thing after riding out 3 earthquakes at 7.0 & up...


    Hello, Arkansas!!! 🤠

    Please give an update after driving in the dark, and tag me if you would. I've held off, mostly because many LED's don't pierce the night and project far enough. A few of the ones that do will only get you flashed by oncoming cars all the time. Need some that are a happy mix of the two. Also, with my Sling having the Canada version front lights, I have 6 of them, so that will get many people thinking they are on high beam just for that reason.

    That is the real problem with the LED light. You can't go by the 6000K (which means bright white) and you can't even go by lumens even though that usually helps. It's how far the light is projected by our lenses. I ride my Sling to work on any decent day, and I leave the house at 5:20. Even on the earliest sunrise days, I still leave in the dark (although for about a month I get there with some light showing up). I need better lighting than I have now, definitely not worse.

    One of the best things I did for visibility was to install a 12-inch Nilight light bar under the front spoiler.


    This has 2 rows of 12 lights. The 3 outside lamps are 130 degree flood lights, the central 6 are 60 degree spot lights. One lights the area in front & sides of the sling, the other projects well down the road. Since this sits 10-12 inches back, it cannot shine UP and bother other drivers. This is a 72 watt, 10,000 lumen device (total output). IP67 waterproof, designed for off-road use - very rugged. I added some extra waterproof silicone caulk since I was installing it under the vehicle, but have had no problems with it in 8 months since installing it. Cost $20 plus another $12 for mounting brackets.


    LED Light Bar Nilight 12 Inch 72W... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00W…?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share


    I work until 8 tonight, and I drive home on a road without street lights. Also drive to work about 6am Thursday, so this should be a good test. I'll tag you when I know more.

    Looking Good. I replaced mine with another brand of LEDs during the Amazon Prime Sale, but noticed that they don't throw really far even though they are also 6000K White. Let me know how far your's throw down the road in front of you when driving.

    Having replaced the center bulbs 2 weeks ago, I can tell you I definitely get a longer throw from them.

    I DID make sure to select 4-sided H9 bulbs as suggested by dangerdarrell . These do a significantly better job than the 2-sided ones. The H3 bulbs for the outside lamps are only 2-sided, but the manufacturer claims that they are tuned for 3x better throw than halogen bulbs.... I'ma take that claim with a large grain of salt until I test it out.

    I am also hoping for better coverage off the front corners of the sling - I've noticed a real lack when coming home over dark country roads and taking corners blind last spring. That was what led me on the quest to add the light bar, and now the full LED light kit up front.

    I'll give a better review here in a few days...

    Finished swapping out the outer halogen bulbs for new H3 LEDs this afternoon.


    These bulbs really are "plug & play". They come with an H3 collar that fits the existing housing & retaining springs. They also have a CanBus module that makes them flicker free, they don't interfere with my radio so far as I can tell, either.



    Once the collar is in, the LED module just snaps in with a twist, connect the wires and you're done.

    Since these are waterproof (IP-68?), I cut away the rubber boot and left the cooling fan exposed. Zip tie the wires up and I was done with both sides in 15 minutes!



    The best part? All 4 lamps replaced for under $70. Going to give them a test this week, I leave for work at 6am most days and i get back late tomorrow. So far, i love these!

    Here's the link for both H3 & H9 LEDs...

    H3 LED Headlight Bulbs, about $35 and $32 a pair respectively.


    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07D…?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share


    Vozada H8/H9/H11 LED Headlight... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07P…?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share

    Doc&Ruby after reading this I need to check, hell I might be getting 100 mpg as hot as it is here. How bout you Edward Neal or SoCal y’all getting great fuel mileage. We had 105 with 115 index. I know right now my mileage is terrific. I am not riding anywhere.

    Y’all have a great day cause I am stuck with cabin fever. Ride safe.


    Just Sayin

    Boomer

    I spent 30 years in the low desert in RivCo, CA. I know "hot weather" is a term reserved for above 110F!

    All my Slingshot experience is here in the Ozarks, where it gets humid sometimes, but never really "hot"... and compared to -20F winters in southern Wisconsin, it doesn't really get "cold" here, either!

    Still, I do notice a significant milage difference from winter to summer here, both with my sling & with my SUV. Not claiming any universal truth, that's just my data FWIW.

    Oh dear, gremlins are the WORST!

    Have you tried lubricating the belt once it is clean? I use Liquid Wrench silicone lube, that generally quiets the noise for a couple weeks of daily driving.

    At worst, it's a $5 can of lube that's good for all sorts of things around house & garage, so you can't go too far wrong giving it a try.

    I usually take the belt shield off, wash with warm soapy water, and a stiff brush. Then I rinse with a hose, let dry for an hour. Then spray the belt, roll the sling forward a bit & repeat until the whole belt is lubricated. Allow the lube to dry 30 minutes or so before you take a test drive.

    This was my belt noise salvation when nothing else worked.

    Probably because your not down shifting now, saving your clutch and gas.


    Wife and I are touring Yellowstone and Grand Tetons for two weeks. In Yellowstone the top MPH allowed is 45, I just got 32.98 and 36.75 on the last two fillups, first was 150 miles and second was 125 miles. Definitely shows the SlingShot to be a slow milage vehicle rather than a fast mileage vehicle.


    LC

    I agree. I find that milage is heavily dependent upon two things: speed and weather.

    Once I can hit and hold 5th gear (about 45 mph) I hit maximum milage - around 32 mpg. The faster I go above this speed, the more milage falls off. Above 70 mph, I don't get much better than 25 mpg in any weather.


    Temperature also plays a role. As they decline, so does milage. Below 70F, I am hard pressed to get above 29 mpg, below 45F, I top out at about 26 mpg.


    FWIW, All this assumes a constant driving style, of course. Driving conservatively raises milage as much as 5-6 mpg over aggressive driving. On the "mild to wild" scale, I tend to be more on the mild side generally.

    When we decided to repaint the interior of our house (3400 sqft) we got one of these Werner ladders at Home Depot.

    The hoop at the top did wonders to help me feel more stable & secure when painting trim on 11-ft ceilings. They also had an accessory tray that clipped onto the hoop to hold paint trays, brushes etc.

    They have taller varieties, but the 8-ft did everything we needed up to 13-ft ceilings in the bonus room, and it was light enough that I could lug it up the stairs to 2nd floor rooms with no trouble.

    I have shorter step ladders, but this is my go to for big jobs... gotta say, there's no way in hell I'd get up on more than a 12-ft ladder anyway, so there is that!

    That's what the director of design for the new Corvette told his team according to this article. this article.

    He said: We listen to our customers (mostly older men), but we want to capture the younger buyers, too. "Aren't we all 10-year olds at heart?"

    I think that spirit captures the Slingshot design philosophy perfectly.

    🤠

    Heck man, you're practically in the neighborhood! I live near Fayetteville and we get down your way occasionally. If you're going to ride up our way & call the Hogs, give me a shout & we'll go for a ride!

    Brilliant choice!

    ... and blue is my second favorite color! 😉

    Welcome to the fun house... somebody's gotta ask, what's your first mod gonna be!? 🤠