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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Sep 12th, 2009, 6:07 pm Thread Starter
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Best way to improve headlights?

What is the best way to improve headlights on 03 k1200rs? I have read some about hid conversions, are these worth the money? Is there a bulb replacement that helps. You are out riding you lights when on dim at about 50mph. Thanks Don
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HID's - the only way!

Do the low beam, then you still have the main for flashing and backup.

Do both and the light output is awesome.



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a single HID upgrade for the main beam IMO is the best $70 you'll spend if you ride at night. If you want more light, get some walmart $15 driving lights and shove H3 HIDs in there. the beam pattern sucks, but what can u expect for $15 lights?... the light output however, is unrivaled. :-)

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I used the Philips Silverstar bulbs and thought they made a big improvement to the crappy K12RS headlight. That's if you can't or won't go HID.
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Most tungsten bulbs that claim more light either do so because they tint the glass blue to create an illusion, or they run the filament hotter.

When filaments run hotter the life usually goes down, particularly with all the bumping about. Changing bulbs on these bikes is a pain in the backside.

As long as the ballast electronics stay good, expect 6000 hrs from HID lamps. At 50 mph that's about 300K miles which is far more than the life of the bike or how long you might ride it.



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