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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Oct 21st, 2013, 1:58 am Thread Starter
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HELP W/ AUX, FOG LIGHT INSTALLATION for 99-04 K1200GT

I had a long drive from MA to Montreal, Canada with my 2004 BMW K1200GT Majority of driving was in the night. While I notice that my low and high beam was very sufficient I noticed however that my low beam is not brightening up my close vision and I seriously need to install a fog light and driving light.
Those of you who have it can you please attach some info here, How to install? where to install? what type of light and etc.
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Fit a decent low beam HID conversion kit first. Far less complicated than adding all those extra auxiliaries and wiring them up.

True wide and low fogs are not the way to go. In theory they are designed for use only in fog. After HIDing the low, your main and any other addon light will just get washed out by the bright HID. Stick to the 35 watt kits. Higher 45 watt (?) on the low may give problems for oncoming. Be aware that HID in snow can give more back scatter. Make sure your reflector and glass is clean inside and out.

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Fit a decent low beam HID conversion kit first. Far less complicated than adding all those extra auxiliaries and wiring them up.

True wide and low fogs are not the way to go. In theory they are designed for use only in fog. After HIDing the low, your main and any other addon light will just get washed out by the bright HID. Stick to the 35 watt kits. Higher 45 watt (?) on the low may give problems for oncoming. Be aware that HID in snow can give more back scatter. Make sure your reflector and glass is clean inside and out.

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Checkout Pirates Lair. Others will say which ones they fitted. Some have gone for DDM. I would avoid cheap offerings on Fleabay.

Decide your lamp color and what may or may not be legal in your State. Around 4K gets you close to tungsten, meaning it will better match your high beam and parking light attracting less attention.

I use a 6K bulb because I wanted to be seen better riding in daylight. But then I also modded the high beam and parking light for the same color (more work).

http://pirateslair.net/intro.htm
http://www.ddmtuning.com/Product-Cat...hting/HID-Kits



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I put a set of PIAA's driving lights On my 04GT. Right under the front cowl opening. Home made aluminum plates allowed me to bolt them directly onto the 2 bolts holding the cowl to the bottom of the small radiator, simple run to the handlebars for the switch. Also, the "Silverstar" brand of light bulbs available at any auto parts store make a huge difference without having to change anything on the bike.

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But Silverstar bulbs are overun and you will not get the 6000 hour life you get from a HID. Lazy riders do not want to keep getting their hands up inside the RS/GT headlamp assembly to change lamps, then worry about the headlamp ground wire burning out. Fewer watts mean less alternator load, marginally more mpg and power to the rear wheel . With a 35 watt HID you don't even have to worry about installing relays and the handlebar switch will not burn out, although it is wise to fit relays.

6000 hours is more than the life of the bike, fit and forget. My HIDs have been in 6 or 7 years and light up the same as the day I fitted them.



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