You’ve likely heard the old horsepower axiom “there’s no replacement for displacement”. This same line of thinking has typically also held true when it comes to lighting up the night trail with accessory lights and bars. Knowing this we had our doubts when the crew at Biltrite Manufacturing in Minnesota dropped off their latest lighting kit at our ATV World offices. Having told us prior to the gear arriving these new lights were “way bright” we were surprised to find a miniscule box no bigger than a loaf of bread perched up against the shop door.
Inside we unearthed a pair of their latest Bullitt LED lights, complete with wiring harness and accessory Fast-Clamps. At just 4-inches in diameter, one light easily fits in the palm of your hand and can be mounted virtually anywhere your imagination takes you. Despite their size, the 25-watt unit puts out an impressive 1,500 Lumens of brilliant white light at a distance up to 1,200 feet. What’s more, the draw for each Bullitt is only 2.1 amps.
Faced with shortened fall days and plenty of riding left to do, we decided to mount a pair of the Bullitt LED lights to our fresh off the assembly line Wildcat Trail.
The Bullitt lights come in two outputs, 10-watt and 25-watt. We wanted as much light as possible thus we opted for the brighter units. The lights come with a typical horseshoe-mounting bracket but we stepped up to the Fast Clamp round tube mount shown here. The clamp is both adjustable and features rubber shims for various sized bumper and cage tubes. The clamps make mounting the lights quick and easy.
Biltrite also offers up two types of complete wiring harnesses (single light or double). Each harness is complete with battery hookup connectors and toggle switch. Long enough to mount lights virtually anywhere on the machine, you can simply zip-tie the excess wire up out of the way, meaning there are no wires to splice…simply plug and play.
With the lights mounted to the Fast Clamps we were able to try out several different locations and finally landed on mounting them directly to the top over structure bar. A good tip is to plug in the harness to the battery so you can have the lights on while trying different mounting locations. We liked how the lights were up out of the way from brush, mud and debris yet didn’t impact our line of sight from the driver or passenger seats.
The lights connect to the harness with a secure and watertight push on connector.
With the lights and Fast Clamps secured to the roll cage we planned a route for the harness and began to loosely zip tie the wires in place. Keep everything loose at this point until you have the harness completely routed with the switch and battery terminal connections in place. You can then come back and secure the zip times and trim the ends for a clean install.
Probably the trickiest part of the install will be determining where you want to install the round toggle switch. The wires from the switch can be simply pulled off making it easy to mount. The switch features a plastic retention system and requires a ½” hole whereby the switch can be simply pushed into place. We choose to use one of the Arctic Cat Trail’s removable rectangular toggle switch covers. We drilled a hole in the middle of the plate to mount the Biltrite switch. Note: the switch has a raised rib on one side to keep the switch from rotating in the hole. Take your time and carefully creating a matching notch in the plastic where you’ll be mounting the switch using a small utility knife to accept the ridge.
With the switch mounted into the rectangular plate, we hooked up the wires on the backside while making sure there were no loose wires to get caught on moving parts or rub against areas that could cause a future failure using plenty of zip ties.
With the lights, harness and switch in place, we then routed the remainder of the harness to the battery connection. You can choose to secure the hot lead to a keyed ignition point or directly to the battery. We went the battery route so we could use the lights when the vehicle is off, knowing the onus will be on us to remember to turn the lights off when not in use.
The Biltrite harness also comes complete with an in-line fuse wrapped in a watertight rubber case.
With the system hooked up and the wiring harness routed just how we wanted it, we cinched up the zip ties, trimmed the ends and hit the switch. The bright white lights from the twin Bullitt lights easily outshined the standard Wildcat Trail lights. With the vehicle pointing towards the far wall of the shop, we made some final adjustments and tightened up the Bullitt mounts and Fast Clamps.
All in the cost of the twin Bullitt Biltrite kit came to $351.95 (U.S.) plus shipping (Bullitt 25-watt LED Light – $142.99 each; Fast Clamp – $16.49 each; Two Wire Harness – $32.99), we deem an affordable price given how complete, easy to install and effective the system is. We love the compact size and are blown away by just how much additional lighting these two compact units deliver. They have completely transformed riding after sunset by not only delivering a farther-reaching beam of light but boosting our confidence as well. The crew at Biltrite also offers several LED Light Bar options ranging from 2 to 20 light sizes as well as halogen rally lights. You can learn more and order direct by visiting their website at www.biltritemanufacturing.com