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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old Oct 1st, 2006, 10:37 am Thread Starter
 
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HID and CANBUS

Got a kit from www.HID-Online.com to install and test on a CANBUS system bike.

Bill (BillyOmaha) was kind enough to lend me his K1200R so I could do the test fitting and see if the unit was going to work and report back to HID-online.com.

The kit I received comes with separate ballast and igniter, relay with wiring harness to battery and OEM connector. Single ballast/igniter box can be had if one wished to order that way.

Other than the length of the lead wires to the battery being too long for the K1200R (we shortened it), everything works as advertised.

The wiring harness includes an in-line resistor and a diode.

No body panels were removed except the battery cover panel. Everything is located under the sport shield and the instrument mounting bracket. from there just the lead wires to the battery were routed along the left side sub-frame tube.

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old Oct 1st, 2006, 11:22 am
 
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The wiring harness includes an in-line resistor and a diode.

The kit isn't throwing any LAMPF faults? I'm guessing they are getting around this with the resistor and diode. Comments?

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No faults. The resistor and diode take care of the fault issue.


First picture shows the HID wire pigtails, the dust cover with grommet and the connectors. Hidden from view is another hole I drilled to pass through the lead wires for power to connect to the OEM connector behind the dust cover.

Second picture shows the location of the relay. I used RTV (blue) gasket maker to seal the underside of the relay base (where the wires exit).
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old Oct 1st, 2006, 8:43 pm
 
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Hi,

I got a 06 k12gt. How hard would it be to install the HID on my bike? Do I have to drill holes of anything? Don't want to screw up the headlight housing.

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I haven't looked at a GT yet. I assume it has dust cover over the lamps. You need to drill a hole in that. They are not expensive and easily replaced. The headlight housing is not affected.
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Out of curiosity, how has the beam propagation changed, if any, with the stock adjustment?

Does light seem to be thrown out in a wider angle? Does it point higher? Or is it the opposite? Or is it about the same as before?

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I'll let Bill respond to that since he road home with it yesterday evening and can answer your question better than I can.
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Out of curiosity, how has the beam propagation changed, if any, with the stock adjustment?

Does light seem to be thrown out in a wider angle? Does it point higher? Or is it the opposite? Or is it about the same as before?
First, there are no "faults" indicated. The light fires exactly as the stock, with the exception of the brightness increasing over the first few seconds.

I was unable to do a side-by-side comparison about the light pattern and intensity, but my impressions are these:

-The light is very bright with significantly greater intensity, I am not sure of the exact lumin increase, but I would guess it would 2-3 times the stock output.
-Because the light is brighter the areas to the sides of the stock pattern, are illuminated to a much greater extent.
-The beam pattern seems, IIRC, to be exactly the same as stock....this is a very good thing to avoid distracting and, or, aggravating other drivers.

Well after dark, I followed Nancy driving a standard full sized sedan on the freeway and surface streets.

Nancy said that when looking in the mirror the light "stood out" as much brighter than most all of the lights on the road (we are in an area that has a large number of vehicle with factory equipped HID's). She also said that it did not "shine in her eyes" when I was behind her at distances from far back to within 20'.

Raffy and HID Online did an outstanding job.

In short....I love the HID and highly recommend it.


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