HID Conversion on a 12GS (pictorial)

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

  1. matkal

    matkal Assault Commuter

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    Anyone go from HIDs on an 1150GS to HIDs on a 1200?

    For me, the HIDs worked A LOT better on the 1150.
    Both 35w kits.
    What's been your experience?
  2. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid! Supporter

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    The difference may have been more dramatic, since the 1150 headlights purely suck, but the R1200 HID conversion does make a big difference!
  3. matkal

    matkal Assault Commuter

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    In my case, the 1150 simply put more light farther down the road. But yes the 1150 with halogens did suck.
  4. Ride4Coffee

    Ride4Coffee Been here awhile

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    Finally got the install done. This pic is with high and low beams on. Would have helped of I had read the full instructions again, especially the part about cutting the notch. Looks like the plexiglass lens cover diffuses the light quite a bit, but the projection on the garage door was very crisp.
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  5. NoVa Rider

    NoVa Rider Long timer Supporter

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    FWIW, an eyebrow on the lens guard help stops upwards diffusion:

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  6. Gezerbike

    Gezerbike I'm Baaaaaaaaaaaaaa......ck

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    Anyone have any experience, or thoughts, on stacking one ballast on top of the other ? I'm thinking of pulling my HID converted 910's out the flea market and mouinting them on the Rallye GS. I bought new bulbs and ballasts for them and the ballast are so light and compact I was thinking of mounting them below the ballast that run the headlights. Those ballasts are mounted to a SW Motech light bar that runs under the beak. Any thoughts ?
  7. mikegc

    mikegc Long timer Super Supporter Supporter

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    Mike, I'm certainly not an electrical guru but those ballasts do generate heat. On my '09 GSA, I made a bracket out of flat stock aluminum, placed them side by side and never had any issues. Stacking them might not let them cool properly.

    Here's how I hung mine:
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    Mike
  8. JimVonBaden

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    Stacking ballasts is fine, they do not interfere with each other.
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    Try ti have as much fin exposure as possible while stacking so that they get the maximum ventilation.
  10. smithly

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    Jim, Great tutorial on the install of HIDs. I found it in a round about way through your FAQ on http://www.jvbproductions.com/BMW_R_FAQ.html I was using the search string "ZFE too sensitive for the low beam" that you provided in your posting in answer to my dilemma. Thanks again for the insights and great ideas.

    Lee