HID Conversion on a 12GS (pictorial)

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by JimVonBaden, Nov 27, 2007.

  1. Plane Dr

    Plane Dr Been here awhile

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    Glad you found one that works. Now no more pictures of the Lower Mainland. It makes me homesick. :deal
  2. mikegc

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    I've been experimenting with HID low beam lights from several manufacturers in my '09 GSA and have had no luck. The last one worked for several months and then, on a cool morning in a Canaan Valley hotel parking lot, I got the dreaded LAMPF. It had actually happened on the same trip twice before but an ignition shut-down and restart cancelled the fault and I had no problems for the rest of the day. I couldn't get the lamp to ignite after several tries so I hit the high beam and rode off. Two hours later, after a refuel, it ignited and worked the rest of the day. The manufacturer shipped a new unit free of charge so I tested it prior to the actual installation and got LAMPF from the very start with and without a "CANbus decoder."

    I haven't done the DDM unit that many of you seem to have luck with. Do you think the sixth installation would be a charm?

    Mike
  3. tallguy-09

    tallguy-09 Smile 4 Miles

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    Nobody knows but I'd go with the DDM kit, I posted a picture in an earlier thread here, keep battery charged.

  4. mikegc

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    Thanks, Tallguy-09. When I started this project, the first thing I did was install and Odyssey PC 525. It's still quite good as I keep it on a charger. I'll give the DDM kit a shot 'cause I'm getting pretty darn good and putting them on and taking them off!

    By the way, where did you get the lights on your handguard? I did the flexable 12 LEDs and one of them just died about about a year. I had some spares but it looks like yours put out a little more light.

    Mike
  5. tallguy-09

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    Hi, EBay 5050 SMD for handguards, nice and bright, I like them, also had a failure on one of my older style LED strips, I think the seller is D1_Concept but not 100% sure right now, there is a thread "daytime running lights in handguards"

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=605428

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  6. mikegc

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    Many thanks! I'll check it out.

    Mike
  7. Charleetho

    Charleetho Mr. Zoom Zoom

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    A week ago. At first I was excited I was buying from an American retailer. Figured CA to CO 3 days even ground shipping.

    The tracking number says "China" and no expected arrival date.

    How long did you guys who ordered DDM Tuning kits wait in shipping?
  8. mikegc

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    Charlie,

    Im certainly no expert but I think all of them are made in China. I had a unit that was well documented on this site and they said they "shipped from China to keep overhead down." So far, my '09 GSA has given four HID units "the Heisman." I'm waiting now for another unit and, if it doesn't perform, I'm done with HID. I am running Eclipse HID lights in place of the OEM fogs and have had no problem at all. I spliced them into the original wiring, too.

    Mike
  9. tallguy-09

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    DDM shipped in ~1 week from China to US for me with tracking # provided, the relay harness (didn't use it) they shipped from their US location.
  10. Plane Dr

    Plane Dr Been here awhile

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    Mine was 2-3 weeks. I was getting to where I needed it and I called to see what the hold up was. They shipped from china that "day" then it was a week I believe. When I reworked the DRZ the DDM kits was the last of all my items to arrive. I think it was 4-5 weeks (max) for it.
  11. Charleetho

    Charleetho Mr. Zoom Zoom

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    Mine looks different. The black and wire near the bulbs have flat spade connector. Not the molded plastic connectors to fit on the H7 bulbs.

    Also, there is some sort of black plastic ring on the back side of the bulbs. I don't see how that will work with the spring clip. I think they sent me the wrong kit.

    I got two of these kits. [​IMG]
  12. bracky72

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    You connect the spade connectors in place of the molded plastic connector. Make sure you get polarity correct.

    The ring you refer to on the bulb is packaging. You need to get the bulb out of the plastic protective casing.
  13. Charleetho

    Charleetho Mr. Zoom Zoom

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    Finally got the DDM kit installed just before a trip to Yellowstone. Works perfectly!
    When following cars at night they seem to pull over more often to let me by then before. I have not been getting flashed by oncoming cars at all. Overall this was a GREAT inexpensive upgrade.
  14. hojo in sc

    hojo in sc Been here awhile

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    I know the little knob adjust the height of the beam, but I can't seem to appreciate any movement of the low beam HID (I still have the high beam OEM bulb in), is there way to adjust the low beam without affecting the high beam?
  15. Reislust

    Reislust Still alive

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    I think mine move as one unit...

    Ordered two H7 "Sportiva" kits from ebay last week. Can't wait to get them in and find a nice place to tuck them away. :clap I will post pics... going on an 06, and they are the 35 watt 6000k. Hoping for no LAMPF issues, we'll see :rilla
  16. tallguy-09

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    both reflectors move at the same time, you need to turn the knob pretty often in order to see a difference.
    Turning to the black plastic knob (screw) to right will lower the beam, before you turn you press the lever (lowers the beam completely), then turn and then pivot the lever back up...


  17. teomannaskali

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    I just installed a 100W kit.

    And I must say that it is much brighter than the original light. Much easier driving at night. And surprisingly, i did not bother anyone around.

    I did notice however that there was a faint glare coming out of the front, could be because the bulb may be a bit longer.


    For now my install is just a slapup job that i am running off an external battery in the tank bag.

    Its a pity there isnt anyone around with whom i can compare this with.
  18. tallguy-09

    tallguy-09 Smile 4 Miles

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    100W tank bag HID?!
    That installation sounds adventurous, no melting wires?
    Personally I'd not consider this a good approach but neither is a 35W HID kit considering
    the problematic beam pattern and the "CAN-Bus" related implications....

  19. 1offmotorsports

    1offmotorsports Been here awhile

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    The dreaded LAMPF, no good :huh. 1 Off MotorSports has a Can-bus integrated ballast that works great. DDM is a good solution as well since they have a similar lifetime warranty on the whole kit. Seems as though both 1 Off MotorSports and DDM are pretty much the only two that do, other companies have limited warranty or pay for lifetime warranty and often times it doesn't cover the bulb(s).

    BMW does a great job of switching things up from year to year in an effort to have customers buy directly from them. But overall having any HID's is better than riding with stock lighting.

    -Spencer Tibbs
  20. tallguy-09

    tallguy-09 Smile 4 Miles

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    ...knowing what I know now I wouldn't convert mine to HID again, I was curious so I did it, converting Aux lights is a totally different matter and that actually makes a lot of sense I think...