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post #1 of 53 (permalink) Old Jun 29th, 2010, 10:40 pm Thread Starter
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Headlight gripe

Sigh... if the low beam were any dimmer, it'd actually suck up ambient light. The high beam is better but still not the brightest. HID's are out for now, and I'm not ready to add driving lights just yet. Soooooo... best H3 and H7 bulbs?

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One thing you need to do is make a new better ground wire from inside the headlight to the frame, Some will say go to the battery ground.
Inside the headlight bucket ther is a flat locking tab to hold the bulb in, it is aslo the ground for both lights. BMW uses very small wires that do not make for good grounds.

In the past few months I was looking for new bulbs and found a new sylvaina H7 that is very bright for high but I only found the old silverstar for the H3.

Then just after I put them in I saw a post that had HID's that cost less than the Sylvaina bulbs.
So I would go surfing for that post on the low beam.
I have read that when using HID for Highbeam it is not to bight when you just flash it off / on.

I got a great set on driving lights for $14 that use H3 bulbs and they fit under the fairing
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I ran into problems with the ground wire on my '03 as well. The dealer re-attached the wire initially and that worked fine until it burned up causing them to use a heavier wire. And I feel your pain on the lack of light coming out of the front of this bike. I had PIAA's installed under the cowling and they worked great. All of the HID kits seemed to large for the bike, but the newer generation kits seem to be smaller and less expensive.

Maybe you could attach a light to your helmet like the bicyclist do?

Good luck in your quest, I eventually sold the '03 for the '10. The '10 is a great bike, but I still miss my '03.

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Sigh... if the low beam were any dimmer, it'd actually suck up ambient light. The high beam is better but still not the brightest. HID's are out for now, and I'm not ready to add driving lights just yet. Soooooo... best H3 and H7 bulbs?
Re-think HIDs, especially in your lo-beam! You can get them for $25.00 and up. This route is cheaper, cooler and more energy conserving than hi-powered halogen lights.
https://www.ddmtuning.com/category.php?CA=61

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For less than $100.00 I installed 2 HID kits on my bike, with relays, thus bypassing all that substandard BMW wiring. Just remember that most "better" bulbs, that is if they are any better, have a shorter life than the original and eventually will dim too as they wear out.And the ones claiming to be Xenon bulbs.....

And....that is a $500.00 headlight you may want to protect it.

You live in PA.....lots of wood rats there, same as here. Be careful!

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Re-think HIDs, especially in your lo-beam! You can get them for $25.00 and up. This route is cheaper, cooler and more energy conserving than hi-powered halogen lights.
https://www.ddmtuning.com/category.php?CA=61
This is for real? I thought HID systems were well into three figures, not "walking around money". Also, it looks as though DDM doesn't support the H7???

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Good point about protecting the headlight. A headlight guard and Scotchlite panels for the backs of the bags get ordered ASAP.

We currently have a good-sized buck in the area. We haven't seen his harem recently but no doubt they're around, all waiting to jump out in front of me at dusk. Gngh...

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1. Check and fix the grounds anyway.
2. Connect a digital voltmeter as close to lit the oem bulb with the motor running. Theoretically you should see around 14 volts. With a bad ground and skimpy wiring I bet you see only 12 volts or less. That's why the oem lamp lasts a long time and is dim! There isn't a lot wrong with the OEM reflector unit.
3. Search the forum and find out how others have done their HID conversions.
4. Look at what Pirate sells:

http://pirateslair.net/HID.htm

5. Take note of what he says about a high beam conversion. It's not straightforward plug and play and only adds a long throw narrow pencil type beam.

6. If you choose to replacing the oem with another tungsten headlamp bulb, if that's what you want to do, you'll realise that it isn't so easy as it seems and short lamp life will be a future pain in the butt.

Fit a popular tried and installed reliable HID kit and you should never need to change the bulb whilst you own the bike.



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One other item. Check to see if the headlamp is aimed properly. Every lamp I've seen is aimed low.

Sitting on the bike, in front of the forks and to the right of the headlamp cover is a plastic, white lever. Pushing it up or down from the center position lowers the lamp. Should be in the center (sticking straight back) position. At the pivot point, there's a plastic white hex head that is the fine adjustment. Adjust so the lamp lights up the trunk(boot) of the car in front of you, but doesn't light up the interior. Close enough for gov't work ...



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... it looks as though DDM doesn't support the H7???
No, they have pretty much everything. I have an H3 and H7 on my 04 GT.

Go here:
http://www.ddmtuning.com/Products/DD...rcycle-HID-Kit
use the pull down menu for Bulb Type. I have a 35 watt and 55 watt - you should still improve the ground wire while you are there.

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This is for real? I thought HID systems were well into three figures, not "walking around money". Also, it looks as though DDM doesn't support the H7???
They sure do. I have 3 35W H7's on my Sprint. Just click on "bulb type" in the selection box.
http://www.ddmtuning.com/Products/DD...rcycle-HID-Kit

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