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Question K1200RS '02 H3 (hi-beam) HID INSTALL

Just did a low beam (H-7) HID install. Works Great, got the install instruction from the Pirate and it was a snap. So I ordered the H3 (hi-beam) HID. No instructions for the H3 change. Read somewhere that mod's will be needed for the H3 Hi Beam. Anyone done this? Any instructions, anywhere? I searched 30-40 pages of post on several forums. I can do most with proper instructions but do do want to try on my own. Someone else must have done this. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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I've done it and also several others who have posted.

I'm afraid you won't get 'step by step' instructions in the kit, because these involve some pretty radical Dremmel and filing to fit the H3 base in the quirky BMW deep socket adapter. This isn't a plug and play job like the easy mod. on the low beam.

Those of us that have done it would probably admit it isn't a job to be proud of, but you can make it work. The big issue is an aftermarket firm should really come up with a replacement for the BMW holder which can take the H3 base HID lamp. But until then it's Dremmel and file to make it fit.

If you want to do it, then start by buying a second BMW High beam holder. They aren't that expensive. Then you have the original to fall back on if you go back to the oem lamp or get a problem with the mod.



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the trick is to take the BMW plastic base and slot it so you can run the cable through it..its not really a big deal but you will see what i mean when you go to do it...wish I could explain in detail but its been a while but you'll get it when you go to do it...did I say "do it" to many times...damn cheap beer!
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What Voxmagna said - it's doable but it's a bit of a challenge.

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Thanks all for the replies. That's sort of what I thought. I will buy the extra pieces to work on, and with a dremel tool, uni-bit and a bit of hi-temp silicone I will get to work when I return. I was thinking along those lines but just needed some reassurance. I will attempt to document as I progress so it might be of help to anyone who might benefit from the info.
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Done and it works great. I'm now burning holes in the back semi's. There is also a way to do this without cutting any wires so that if you want to go back it is doable. All you would need to do is get the back cover for the headlight assy. Direct from any dealer for about $18.00 US.
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Rbzzo- Any delays in brightness when you flip to high beam? I've had an HID low beam in my 04 GT for about three years now, which makes my stock high beam useless, interested in following your effort.

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It comes on right away then, there is about a 2 second delay for the high beam to come to full brightness. Not much of a problem because the low beam never goes off. Seems to me that the high beam is pencil thin and reaches way down the road. Have not had oncoming drivers flash me for being too bright. Low beam is bright at 35 watts but it is sorta soft with no hot spots. When the hi beam is at full brightness you don't realize how bright it is until you turn it off. So pleased that I just ordered a full set for my Harley.
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It comes on right away then, there is about a 2 second delay for the high beam to come to full brightness. Not much of a problem because the low beam never goes off. Seems to me that the high beam is pencil thin and reaches way down the road. Have not had oncoming drivers flash me for being too bright. Low beam is bright at 35 watts but it is sorta soft with no hot spots. When the hi beam is at full brightness you don't realize how bright it is until you turn it off. So pleased that I just ordered a full set for my Harley.
DDM Tuning for the best price. Also read somewhere that the 55 watt slim (digital) ballast may be faster. Forgot to mention that both hi and low beams are 5000K which is very white with no color tint.
Pretty well the same here, but I went for 55 W High beam, 4,500K, delay not very noticeable if the bulb is warm, more so with a cold bulb, nothing critical because of the 35W HID Low beam. Pencil thin ,Yes, but I have seen other brands of bulbs (Phillips ????) that have a metal deflector built into them, may help for light dispersion,will have to check into that again.Not sure if they would clear the housing.

Nobody has flashed me yet and I have done quite a lot of night riding at both ends of Canada this summer, met quite a few cops at night too and none have turned around to question the legality of my lights so.....so far so good and I feel MUCH safer at night than last year!

I did bypass the "drilling holes in the cover and cutting a slot in the bulb housing" by removing the rubber grommets,cutting grooves on the bottom of the headlight assembly where it joins the cover and running the wires downward that way. And....because I did not trust the BMW wiring, went for a relay set up powered with 12 Ga.wire right from the battery. Bringing a proper size wire to the front will also let me power "other" farkles that are now somewhat mounted/powered temporarly.

I just hope you don't have to deal with DDM customer service......!

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As I said on the last post that I was getting a set for the Harley, they are here already. A lot more complicated than I had expected as I have two headlights in one (03 Road Glide) and each lamp contains both hi and low beams. With the experience I gained with the K1200RS it shouldn't be a problem but will just take a little longer and a bit more planning. At least I still have the beemer to ride and winter is coming.
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