PIAA Cross Country HID

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Mr. Canoehead, May 11, 2008.

  1. Mr. Canoehead

    Mr. Canoehead Taste Gunnels!

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  3. Mr. Canoehead

    Mr. Canoehead Taste Gunnels!

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    I saw that on a search after I posted. So, second question - Anyone have any experience with the Trailtech's?
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  4. Steverino

    Steverino Arrogant Horse's Ass #1

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    Yep I got a set of TT's on my Super Enduro.

    What do you want to know?
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  5. CapoGreg

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    I would like to know about beam pattern. Do they have an actual pattern or are they like regular flood/spot lights? I don't see anything on TT's website about it and would like to know before I pay out that kind of money.

    Light dimensions also would be helpful.
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  6. Steverino

    Steverino Arrogant Horse's Ass #1

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    I have the SMR16's. 30 W hid's. I have one flood and one spot. If done again I would get 2 spots.

    Dimenisons, a picture is worth a thousand words.

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  7. CapoGreg

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    Sweet Jeebus. So the spots give good long range illumination. That's what I'm looking for, as the Caponord has good lighting up close, but not enough for highways speeds at night.
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  8. Steverino

    Steverino Arrogant Horse's Ass #1

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    The spots reach out a long long long way. :deal

    light small efficient and easy to mount. quite happy with them.
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  9. torags

    torags Long timer

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    They are rebranded Trailtechs.

    I have two TT spot beams (8 degrees) & two PIAA fog beams. If I were to do over again I would get a TT road beam for the left and a TT fog beam for the right (critter light)

    You can't outrun those TTs at a buck. But keep them pointed below your low beam. I get flashes from oncoming on divided roads when on a rise.

    My .02
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  10. CapoGreg

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    The Caponord has good illumination up close, but lousy at a distance. The lights would be mounted low, replacing the cheap plastic lights that vibrate and lose their aim all the time. I think I might order one and put it on there to see how it works, and if it give the coverage I want, I'll get the second spot, if I need more up close then I'll get the flood.

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  11. Steverino

    Steverino Arrogant Horse's Ass #1

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    I think a flood there is gonna just reflect off the parts of the bike forward of the mounting point. And only give you illumination on one side of the bike. Since they are being mounted so far back I suggest just doing 2 spots. :deal
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  12. CapoGreg

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    Good point, I hadn't thought of that.
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  13. GS THONG

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    Yup, just installed the new Piaa's. They are Trail Techs for sure but have a "DOT" approved wiring harness (for an extra 250 bucks!) (PIAA, The New "NIKE") I guess. The are awesome. Start up to full power is close to 15 seconds on my GS1200 which is probably a function of a very small ballast I suspect. I am going to team up with some PIAA 1100's for faster "blinky" and a wider pattern. With allthe 55+110watt 1100's and 30w = 90 watt hid plus stock headlights I'll be pushing 510 "effective" watts while drawing only 270 for front illumination. Perfect for Eastern Oregon riding at night. Or tanning.
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  14. Mike_X

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    I installed the Cross Country PIAA s with GMTMoto mounts yesterdayon my 1200 GS. I hate installations, because of the time it sometimes takes, and there is always a chance that you break something. The GMTMoto mounts for the 12GS seemed to be the last pair available from www.adventurersworkshop.com. They say GMTMoto is closing down. Too bad! The mounts are the cleanest design I have ever seen and install rock solid in less the 5 minutes. I ordered the HID/Xenon Cross Country PIAAs from www.spoiledbiker.com for "only" $499 incl. shipping, they are $550 everywhere else. They arrived within a few days, great service! Mounted them yesterday, took a few hours including the wiring harness etc., but it was sooo easy. And man, they are BRIGHT!!! They are basically spotlights, so you won't get a very wide pattern, but the result is actually perfect. They look beautiful at the bike, their quality seems to be great, and the light is incredible. You will not notice your standard low beam anymore, other than at the sides. The downside, I am sure, is that a lot of cars will flash me in the future. Even with the lights adjusted correctly and the spots at a not too far distance, one can still get blinded if looking right into or even close to them. So at least make really sure you don't set them too high, that could get others certainly really aggrevated. For your own safety, in terms of providing "daylight conditions" at night, they are priceless! At a total of $650 I have invested for them including the mounts, it was not cheap, but a smart thing to do. I would do it again in a heart beat!:clap
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  15. Tommy Gunn

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    Hey Mike,
    What is your take on how these things would bolt up to an Adventure?
    Also, do HID lights have replaceable lamps or do they just burn until a weak link in the assembly fails? PIAA's description says that replacement lamps are N/A.
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  16. R_W

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    TT has replacement lamp assemblies on their website, or did the last time I checked. It is basically all the guts from inside the housing--bulb + ballast.
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  17. Xeraux

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    :nod

    I'm installing my TrailTech SMR16s tonight. :evil
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  18. StromBoni

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    I posted this as a question somewhere else, but I thought I would put it here too.

    Do any of you know if the SCMR16 HID needs to be mounted vertical with reference to the mounting point, or if they can be mounted horizontally?

    I know the electronics would be fine, I am wondering about the beam pattern.
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  19. Xeraux

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    The beam pattern is round. :dunno

    I don't see why it would be a problem.
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  20. Steverino

    Steverino Arrogant Horse's Ass #1

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    Good luck, I am in conversation wtih their tech support as to why mine randomly shut off without notice. Going to rewire them this weekend and see if that solves the problem. Other than that I love em...

    They seem to think it is the relay causing an issue, me not so much. But I will completely rewire and see what happens.
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