HID Headlight Conversion For Airhead???

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by Motorman, Dec 4, 2009.

  1. Motorman

    Motorman Been here awhile

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    Couldn't find anything conclusive with a search. Has anyone tried this? How did it work? Did it help seeing or being seen???

    Thanks,

    Lightaddicted
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  2. RecycledRS

    RecycledRS Along for the ride

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  3. Bigger Al

    Bigger Al Still a stupid tire guy

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  4. opposedcyljunkie

    opposedcyljunkie Heavyweight Boxer

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    I did it before. Search for my thread :lol3

    Was never happy with it.
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  5. hardwaregrrl

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    I did it.. and was quite pleased. I still am! I bought a car kit for about 80 bucks off ebay, so I have a backup. It really brightened things up! But, it take time to get used to the color change. Get one as close to 5000K as you can. I've heard of a few people having theirs crap out at bad times, but I also heard if you externally ground the ballast it will help out with failure.
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  6. Cigars&Scotch

    Cigars&Scotch My eyes are up here

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    Both me and my buddy have them on GSPD. Mine has been on for over 3 yrs, love it and ZERO issues!!

    Between it an the TT HID light, I can light up the night real nice
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  7. bmwblake

    bmwblake upside down parker

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    i loved the amount of light from the HID, but my cheap one didn't do hi/low so i was always offending people. i could never get the perfect spot between acceptable light while in the city and the higher angle i need for riding in the middle of nowhere.

    at the moment i've gone back to a halogen to have a hi/low beam again and am investigating an HID driving light to supplement.
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  8. hardwaregrrl

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    Told me he was looking into carrying a HID hi/low for around 100 bucks. That seems like a good option.
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  9. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Long timer

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    Read the thread in my sig line. I put one in and converted back when it failed in the middle of the night... in the rain... and fog. While it worked it was a LOT of light, probably too much. I couldn't ride around at night without getting highbeams flashed at me constantly.
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  10. bgoodsoil

    bgoodsoil Dare to be Stupid

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    I got rid of mine because it was too bright and had no low. Yeah the other folks can't do anything about it but I don't like being a jerk. I ended up mounting extra lights on the crashbar and mounting a switch so I can flick them on and off.

    [​IMG]
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  11. StephenB

    StephenB G(/)S ... what else!

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    What's wrong with that? At least you know you've been seen! For us motorcyclists there isn't a thing like too much light. I am sorry guys how can you complain about too much light and people flashing at you at night!? Be glad, be very happy and ride on!


    I have a single beam set with the extra slim ballast in an aftermarket 7" headlight and and 2 x 20W halogen lamps as attention getters. Set the HID up as a low beam but tilted slightly higher. Don't have a high beam anymore, don't need it with that kind of setup. Would never go back to that H4 candle light!
    I am very happy that I am recognized during the day and have a very good visibility at night:

    [​IMG]

    However, I am still riding as if I was invisible ...

    Have 2 seasons on the HID setup, no issues. Bought 2 HID replacement bulbs for a song at the same time I bought the complete set, so with a spare slim ballast and 3 HID replacement bulbs I am good for 10 years or more!
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  12. bmwblake

    bmwblake upside down parker

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    for me, being seen and annoying the crap out of every vehicle around me are 2 very different things. my commute takes me by the local police precinct. i'd rather not have a chat with those guys about how visible i am. :D

    i'll go back to HID when i get something that can be contained properly. maybe a hi/low setup would work.


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  13. bgoodsoil

    bgoodsoil Dare to be Stupid

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    if I ever have money I don't mind wasting on something unnecessary I'll put HIDs in my aux lights. anybody know if there's any reason why you can't turn them on an off like an incandescent?
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  14. StephenB

    StephenB G(/)S ... what else!

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    Where's your creativity? What happened to " Oh, sorry, Officer, it it just misaligned as I was working on it this morning. I'll fix it right away!" or something along those. I have the single beam adjust slightly higher than low beam and nobody gets hurt. You still have visibility at night like never before. You already had one installed, so you know its power. I have not been stopped in 2 years with either my red flashing brakelights or because somebody thought my headlight was too bright.

    Think about all those Left turning cages that didn't see you and forced you to brake or worst case caused a lethal accident. A bit of blinding light would have surely helped. Also, when you're behind him/her they have the adjustable rear view mirror for guys like us.
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  15. bmwblake

    bmwblake upside down parker

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    i wish that would work around here.

    the power from the HID is awesome. i just wanted to give a bit of the negative experience i had with the single beam kit. i have some HID driving lights on the christmas list. we'll see if the wife comes thru. (no she doesn't read this).


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  16. hardwaregrrl

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    +1
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  17. BareRider

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    FWIW I installed HID on my 93 GS/PD back in Feb 06 and have had no problems with it. It does have the hi/low bulb using the servo to reposition the bulb's focus rather than two HID elements(?). One big positive is the brightness makes the bike very visible during daylight in bright west Texas sun. The only negative is the slow brightening of the bulb when first turned on. It has passed the Texas State Safety Inspection four times. I really apprecitate it at night and on low beam don't get flashed by oncoming traffic.

    The slow brightening of the bulb, I understand, is solved by the new digital ballasts and I've been thinking about upgrading. Anyone have experience with the digital ballasts?

    This is the place I got mine...

    http://www.xtralights.com/fusionlightingsystem-h4typesingle.aspx
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  18. bmwhd

    bmwhd God Bless Texas

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    My R80/7 has been sporting a telescoping bi-xenon H4 setup in 6K color for some time now. Love it. Only downside is I can never open the headlight again since it's 3D Tetris game to get the ballast, igniter, and extra wire bits up in there :deal
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  19. RecycledRS

    RecycledRS Along for the ride

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    bmwhd, how did you get all that stuff into the headlight?? I could barely get the hi/low hid lamp into my RS. Had to mount the ballast and relay behind the fairing and relocate fuses to outside the light shell ( a good idea anyway). Bill
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  20. bmwhd

    bmwhd God Bless Texas

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    I've got a picture somewhere. I'll try to find it.

    First of all, it's a thin ballast with the smallest igniter I could find. I pulled the big OEM turn signal relay and replaced it with a simple automotive flasher which gave just enough room. It's a squeeze, that's for sure.
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