UATION PRODUCT EVALUATION
; We have to hand it to the manufacturers; over the last 10 years, sport
and utility ATVs have come a long
way. The list of improvements include
stronger engines, better suspension
and more creature comforts.
However, one area that seems to take
a back seat to development is lighting. It looks like lights are only considered an accent and need to look good
as part of the overall styling of the
machine and simply function.
The good news is that there are tons
of aftermarket lighting companies
that supply products that are not only
light years brighter than stock, but
they are affordable, easy to install
and look good. The latest lighting
sample we had a chance to try out is
the newest LED lights from Trail Tech.
Along with carrying great, compact
HID and halogen lights, TT has been
at the forefront of LED technology.
Their strong suit is putting the technology into a compact package that is
simple to install and use. The latest
example is the 75mm Equinox.
Equinox lights are sold individually
for $199 or in two light kits with a
wiring harness and handlebar-
mounted switch for $405.
run under the front nosepiece, below
the gas tank, under the seat, then
along the left side of the rear fender to
the battery. It’s then as simple as
wiring the red wire to the positive bat-
tery terminal and the black wire to the
other side. An inline fuse is provided
as well to protect the system. A han-
dlebar-mounted toggle switch is pre-
wired into the loom, so the TT lights
operate separately from the stock
lights, which we kept on our Honda.
In the seconds after we turned on
the new 75mm LEDs, we knew we
would not need the stock lights any-
more. If you have ever stood in front of
a newer Audi or BMW car, you would
remember how bright their lights
were. Well, these compare to that. The
lights throw a super-white hot field of
daylight way in front of the quad.
Adjustments can be made by adjust-
ing the mounting post or frame
clamps. However, the field of illumi-
nation is so broad, aiming them by
eye will get you close without even
turning them on.
LIGHT ’EM UP
When you do use them, they easily
brighten a path that a stock or modified 400X couldn’t overdrive. That
means even at full speed, the light
spread is far enough in front of you to
see an obstacle early enough to react
to it. That’s rare with stock lights. The
light from the Equinox LED shines
from the front bumper out 40 yards in
front of the quad.
The several night rides we took with
our Trail Tech Equinox-equipped
Honda were a blast. Vision was easily
Construction of the Equinox is top-
notch. It has a black aluminum hous-
ing with integrated cooling fins out
back. Up front, the lens is hardened
glass that should stand up to the
rocks your buddy’s quad might throw
up. For racing applications, we
would build a screen-type shield
about an inch in front of the lights just
for safety. The wiring is all silicone-
sealed and water-resistant.
Trail Tech claims each LED light
only draws 14 watts of power, so your
stock electrical system can be used
without modifications. Output com-
pares to 45,000 candle power with a
new, concentrated, 10-degree beam
angle. However, the whole internal
housing is reflective, so light rays
stream much wider than that.
The pair of lights weigh only 2
pounds and can run in conjuction
with the single stock headlight on our
Honda 400EX. On this machine, each
post-equipped light pod bolts to a
small billet assessory bracket that
clamps to the front frame next to the
To power the pair of lights, a supplied wiring loom then needs to be
Daylight for night
By the staff of Dirt Wheels
The illumination from the pair of 75mm Equinox LED lights was about
four times brighter than the single stock light. Trail Tech claims each
light only draws 14 watts of power, so modification to your quad’s
electrical system is not required.
Trail Tech’s Equinox
LED lights mounted easily
and solidly to the front
frame of our Honda 400X.
The supplied wiring loom
routes rearward, under
the bodywork and to the
battery. A separate han-dlebar-mounted switch
turns them on and off.