Yamaha Zuma dual headlight and JDM Tail Light Mod

by Rick Rudge
(Portland, Oregon, USA)

I've got a 50cc Yamaha Zuma. Most Zuma owners, when they talk about mods, it seems to be about putting on a 70cc big block kits on the engine, but I haven't touched my Zuma's motor yet. Instead, I've modified the the front and rear lights. Yeah, I know; I start small.

The Zuma has two bug-eyed headlights, but they only work one at a time; one for the high beams and the other one for the low beams, even though the bulbs are capable of both high and low. People are always telling me, "One of your headlights is out."

There's a great company that makes an easy-to-install dual headlight wiring harness.


The second part is the taillights. The stock taillight really sticks way out in the back. A lot of people have these nice looking JDM tail lights that are very simplified and really streamline the bike. JDM stands for Japanese Domestic Market and might not be legal to have on your scooter in your area.


Both of these didn't cost very much and were really very easy for this novice to install onto my Zuma. I think that this will be it for awhile.

The next major expenses are just regular maintenance parts as I just recently passed the 6,000 mile mark.

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Apr 16, 2013
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by: MotorGuy50


I hate to burst your bubble but if your Zuma is more than a motorized bicycle, JDM lights are illegal by federal law. There is a reason Yamaha spent the extra money to make the ugly turn indicators, there is a minimum distance required for the turn indicator to be separated from the center of the tail light. That being said, I use JDM tails on most of my Yamahas and Hondas.

The dual headlight mod is not good for stop and go traffic. At idle, the single bulb already puts a draw on the battery, even worse when you are holding the brake lever and using the turn indicator. Upgrading to HID bulbs made the problem worse. If you want to do the dual headlight mod, a couple scotch locks and a few inches of wire is all you need. I recommend upgrading the tail light bulb to an LED, it is a plug and play swap that will lower the draw on your system.

Mar 01, 2013
dual headlight mod NEW
by: Anonymous

the ligths run off a separate circuit, not the charging circuit, I have the dual headlight mod now two years no issues!

Nov 16, 2012
BWS/Zuma 50 dual hedlight mod NEW
by: Anonymous

I've been running dual headlights almost daily for over a year and a half with no problem at all!

Nov 29, 2011
Battery life? NEW
by: Long time scooter guy

Hi Rick,

Have you had any problems with a weak battery doing the dual headlight mod? I did the mod but I also upgraded the bulbs and I just couldn't keep a battery alive after 7 hours of riding.

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