Originally Posted by Jeromy
Hi there, I have gone over everyones ( or nearly everyones ) posts here about the HID conversion before i chose for my '06 k12r. I eventually went with the 55watt as i have the metal and glass headlamp and won't have any melting problems. I also considered it seriously. My brother put in a 35 Watt unit in his CBR 600 and the 55 Watt absolutely KILLS it. Way better lighting..... wow! Now I don't know what bike you run, but if its an " R " like mine just get the 55W kit. I also put the HID in the High and Low beam. You get a slight delay from the balast when you flip to high till it comes on but it is slight. It is less of a delay after the bulb and balast have warmed up. Plus you get over the difference quickly. If you are to do only one HID bulb do the low and go with the 55W. The beam is aimed low and no one will give you the high beam flash, at least I have never had it. If you run in the city at night alot or on busy freeways the high beam may be just fine as it is and you can skip the extra cost. I live out in the country and stun the dear at a mile... well it seems like a mile, you would really appreciate the extra Lighting. DDM is very good to deal with and i like the product alot. I purchased the 55W, white-est light, small balast system and am VERY happy. The DDM kit is a simple plug and play system. A+++ Any more Q's just ask!
Just as a reminder I don't have a plastic lens so i cannot comment too much on that. I am a bodyman and have seen cars that have melted lenses due to hotter bulbs..... but that was a cheap aftermarket Headlamp on a civic with a 100Watt tungsten bulb..... I just don't want to say no problem and then you have a problem.... Oh, and also no problem with CANBUS.
Lumby, my neighborhood, sort of....Hi neighbor!
Safe bet on them 55W, I did a bit more checking after and the heat does not seem to be an issue, actually less with HID. My main issue is the small wiring on my bike, dips the headlight when you use the brakes....and ballasts like a stable power supply.I was going to work on that today until I found out my bike needs a driveshaft, had to spend all afternoon finding one but got lucky with a NOS at less than half price. BMW driveshaft number 3 since 1991.....!
Yeah the Bambis, I just about whacked one New Year's eve on the Monashee in heavy snow....last one was $5,000 and a shoddy repair job on my van.That would have been Bambi number 4....but never on the bike!
What bums me a bit on the DDM site is that they offer a double kit for the motorcycles, but they do not give you a choice of two different bulbs, and bikes like mine run H3 and H7, so you are stuck buying extra bulbs, only sold in pairs. That gives you spares I'd rather not carry, my idea of a spare would be to just leave the original socket, push it aside and use it if the HID burns out.
My other concern with HID is that on bikes like mine the starter button turns the headlight on and off, the newer bikes with Canbus won't turn the headlight on until the engine runs. So if for any reason a bike like mine is hard to start you cycle the ballast everytime you release the starter button, cannot be very good for the ballast. I have already installed an headlight cut off switch on mine so that would take care of that.
I think I will order the Raptor kit for my car in 35W, cheaper even than buying replacement OEM bulbs, and the motorcycle 55W single kit, but listening to you.....may go for full HID Hi and Low. Stunning Bambis is the idea......Will sleep on that one tonight!
What bulb color did you buy in 55W? I'm thinking of going for lower K's, better in the rain, got caught really bad late on the Monashee last summer even that poor Hi-beam on my bike was too much reflection, and on Low.....well I was down to about 50Km/hr.....and lots of us really hate them blue lights coming at us at night!