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post #1 of 10 Old 06-13-2019, 03:28 PM Thread Starter
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881 LED bulb upgrades ???

Got a "new to me" 2011 AC 550 TRV and my older age eyes isn't as good as it should be. Especially at night time (when coming back from long haul bush trails).

Was thinking of upgrading Low Beam factory 881 Halogen bulbs with 80W 881 LED bulbs. re: "2 X 80W LED Headlight Bulbs For Arctic Cat ATV 1000 400 500 550 650 700 # 0409-055" -> from eBay.ca

Any experience with 881 LEDs in Low beams? Is 80W too much or should I buy the 100W bulbs instead? And/or keep factory High Beams as Halogen bulbs?

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Low beams are normally 35w and high are 55w. Bulb design is reflector dependant. So if the led design isnt headlight specific then the reflective patter will be poor.

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I would bite the bullet price wize and just get a HID Kit. Their remarkably bright and worth the price.

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Google search keeps showing factory 881 Halogen bulbs as 27 Watts. And, online AC parts sheet keep showing PN 0409-055 in all 4 light assemblies. Very strange.

Good AC LED bulb upgrade video of 881 LED bulbs at _https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fiVvFlFvCqg
_https://www.youtube.com/embed/z5rfdDRO6AY?rel=0 -> see 80W light comparison at end of video.

If wondering, I bought 2 x LED 881 bulbs (as mentioned in my opening post). Being in high north region, it will take 6-8 weeks for them to land at my remote location. Thus, I won't be able to test until this late summer / early fall. But... Will keep you posted on my before and after comparisons.

If wondering, I have H4 LEDs in my snowmobile (to replace its factory H4 Halogen bulbs) and love them. Will give 881 LED bulbs a try in my AC ATV as well.
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I installed LED replacements from headlightexperts.com in both low and high beam. They work well and beam pattern is good. They are also much brighter then stock. 800 series will replace both low and high beam side.



I did use HID's in the machine before, but I found the cheap Ebay kits kept blowing ballasts. The older kits I had on my 2007 machine worked well and lasted, only thing is HID lights do not like any moisture in the lens housing.


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Based on people's feedback and lots of online research, I ordered 2 different brands of 881 LED bulbs. re:

2 X 80W LED Headlight Bulbs For Arctic Cat ATV 1000 400 500 550 650 700 # 0409-055" -> from eBay.ca

2 x 100W LED Fog Driving Light Bulb 881 862 886 889 894 896 898 360 Beam White -> from eBay.ca

When they eventually arrive (in 8+ weeks for my north remote region), I will try both in Low and High beam 881 bulb sockets. Then, decide which brand works best. Will report back in the long run... If wondering, 80W are $35 set and 100W is $15 set. In all < $50 for testing different 881 LED bulbs in my 2011 ATV. Much less expensive than 4 x HIDs. And, there's no hassle of securing external boxes or worrying about spinning fans with these specific 881 LED bulbs either.

Only time will tell how good they are in the long run.... More to come....
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My one set of 2 x 80 Watt bulbs arrived today. These are the one's rated for my AC TRV. So, I installed them in Low Beam and snapped a few pictures. Overall, they are much brighter than factory Halogen bulbs. Will need to perform nightly trail ride to decide how good they are in the real world. For now, see below / attached for comparison pictures.

Note: Right picture is both Low (LED) and High (Halogen) at same time. Notice the LED easily over powers the factory Halogen light.

For high beams, my current "on order" 2 x 100 watt LED bulbs should arrive in another 2-3 weeks. Thus... More to come in this area as well....
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The ones on ebay I looked at said 100w but where 50w per bulb and that should be okay. My HiD never had a problem. Factory are 27W

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Looking straight on they look great. But what is the pattern and distance look like from the seat?

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Looking straight on they look great. But what is the pattern and distance look like from the seat?
After installing, it sudden rained in my north woods last night. Thus, I couldn't test light beam pattern off the garage door. Hopefully, my ordered 100w LED bulbs arrive soon. I will test them (in High Beam sockets) and test the 80W LED bulbs (in low beam) light beam pattern at same time...
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