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Has anyone mounted PIAA cross country HID lights?

After one ride at night on the RS, I knew something would need to change ASAP on lighting. I figure I will convert the headlight to HID but I also want something to throw out further so i can see down the road more. I have seen the 1100X light kits and brackets for the RS. I had the 1100x on my LT and they were nice but I want to go HID. I like the mounts under the fairing where I have seen the 1100x lights mounted, however I emailed ez mount and they say their bracket would allow the HID lights to rub the fender. SO has anyone mounted these and if so where? any pics?
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Soltek Fuego. Don't know how to mount it on the RS, but if you figure out the bracket (probably under the headlamp, under the oil cooler), you'll have all the light you could ask for.



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Soltek Fuego. Don't know how to mount it on the RS, but if you figure out the bracket (probably under the headlamp, under the oil cooler), you'll have all the light you could ask for.
True but I dont want to order the lights unless I know that I can mount them nicely. I have no problem making my own. I am a mechical engineer with 3-D modelling and access to CNC machines. I just dotn want to run into an issue of not being able to mount them after buying them.
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When I had my '04KRS, I fabricated an aux. light bracket out of 1/8" by 2" aluminum flat stock. I fitted it to the existing oil cooler bolts and bolted PIAA 004XT lights. Worked just fine. Cost of lite bracket about $4.00.
You do have to notch the bracket to clear the steering damper and the oil cooler bolts do not line up on the bike centerline. Take your time.

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Found a couple of '04 KRS light bracket pics.
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Just check with Brucecha on the diameter of his lights and that he gets no grounding to the front fender.

When the bike is on the stand there looks like loads of clearance. This can shrink away when you have two people, bags and a full gas tank, put on a turn and hitting a road rut.

You can remove the plastic shroud in front of the oil cooler to get a bit more height. My HID pair are 'off road lights', not genuine PIAA, in a 90mm diameter housing. I would expect 75mm to be ok. I liked the idea of the small Hellas, but with a HID lamp in a small lamp I think you have to rely more on a proper bullseye lens at the front for shaping the beam, than the rear reflector.

I have tried mine in two modes. One aimed close nearside linked to low beam and the second aimed center far out linked to main. The nearside aim lamp was never a problem with oncoming, but turns into stationary traffic were even during daylight. I've now got them aimed for a wide distant spread and both come on with main beam.



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Just check with Brucecha on the diameter of his lights and that he gets no grounding to the front fender.

When the bike is on the stand there looks like loads of clearance. This can shrink away when you have two people, bags and a full gas tank, put on a turn and hitting a road rut.

You can remove the plastic shroud in front of the oil cooler to get a bit more height. My HID pair are 'off road lights', not genuine PIAA, in a 90mm diameter housing. I would expect 75mm to be ok. I liked the idea of the small Hellas, but with a HID lamp in a small lamp I think you have to rely more on a proper bullseye lens at the front for shaping the beam, than the rear reflector.

I have tried mine in two modes. One aimed close nearside linked to low beam and the second aimed center far out linked to main. The nearside aim lamp was never a problem with oncoming, but turns into stationary traffic were even during daylight. I've now got them aimed for a wide distant spread and both come on with main beam.
Here's my PIAA setup; I've owned the bike less than a month and these were mounted by the previous owner. I'm trying to decide whether to mount them under the scoop, keep 'em where they are, as they now throw a deep, wide beam but look a little funny, or place them down on either side of the fairing almost level with the brake calipers as I sometimes see them... any ideas?
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