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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old May 21st, 2014, 2:17 pm Thread Starter
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Sooo, I found this company in Cali on eBay selling a 97-05 k12 headlight. The pic of the back showed a cover similar to the stock light. I took a chance on it and it arrived yesterday. Turns out when you take the back cover off, there's only one central hole for a bulb. No place for park bulb either. I have a hid kit from jerry that I was planning on installing. Any ideas if there's a single bulb hid kit that handles both hi and low in one bulb that would work on our bikes?

After disassembly, and further comparison, it turns out that the headlight I got is one for a 05 and newer LT bike. It was incorrectly listed as a 97-05 RS light.

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old May 22nd, 2014, 7:45 am
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Check with DDM Tuning ( http://www.ddmtuning.com/Product-Cat...-Kits-Lighting ). They handle HID's. I have their lamps in my '03 RS and in a '90 VW Vanagon Westfalia (pop-up) camper.

There are hi/lo kits but you need to know what lamp type is currently in the bike. If nothing else, you can pull the lamp and send pictures to DDM.

The installation is fairly simple and their lamp wiring is "plug and play" The challenge is passing the wiring through the dust shield and gasket for the wiring. Also, the ballast boxes have to be mounted somewhere. The main one isn't very big - about the area of a cigarette pack and half as thick, the other is a light, small plastic box. I used 3M's "plastic fingers" strips to mount everything near the engine computer.

I strongly recommend not using their deep blue lamps. DIY HID installations are not legal in some states and may not be legal under federal DOT regs. Deep blue lights may earn you a visit from LEO. Stick with 4300 or 4500K (color temperature - higher numbers are bluer) and 35W lamps. And drop the aiming to the lowest legal aiming. High and bright will at least piss off oncoming drivers and may well dazzle them far too much - Not Good.

And DIY HID kit takes a few seconds to come up to full brightness. With the "constant on" low beam, no worries. Forget a quick "flash flash" with the high beam unless it was just shut off.

All of that said, I'm very pleased with the HID's in both vehicles.

DISCLAIMER: After-market HID's may or may not be legal where you live and where you ride. Accidents attributed to the HID's may or may not cause your insurance to be voided. I have no connection with DDM Tuning save as a repeat customer.

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Personally I think you'd be better off to sell it again... or get them to take it back if it was falsely described.
I expect that the light pattern design of the LT's low beam headlight (which is what you appear to have) may not allow an acceptable high-beam pattern in an RS/GT.
I was a little surprised when I upgraded my 04/05 GT to HID recently that the globe goes behind the reflector for the high-beam... you can't even see the low-beam globe. Whereas in my 05 LT its quite visible in the centre of the headlight fixture.
If you buy a cheap HID car bi-Xenon pack (dual-filament for high/low) from ebay you "might" be able to sort out the wiring for it, but it could be messy.... you're trying to tie the wiring for 2 separate globes into the one connector..
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note: often there's guys on BMWLT.com looking for a replacement low-beam lamphouse. If it comes from the US, make sure you note that its for a right-hand drive unit... they're no good for us left-hand drive countries.

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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old May 23rd, 2014, 9:49 am
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That's it...this:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Premium-Qual...#ht_970wt_1312

Interesting but rather expensive alternative to the OEM. Expensive as it isn't DOT approved and for "offroad use" only. My guess will be that it takes a H4 bulb.

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The correct bulb for that housing is $240,00... There is no aftermarket bulb for that, it is meant to be a replacement for the OEM housing for the LT that already has the "BMW" HID/ xenon set up.

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That's the one I got! The pic of the back is dimly lit so it looks similar to the rs light. When I got it it obviously isn't. Besides only having one hole for a bulb, there are 4 mounting tabs and the light itself is too large in size. It was an error on their part listing it for the wrong model. I've already been in contact with the company and have sent said by side pics of stock light with their light. Looking to send it back next week after the holiday.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old May 25th, 2014, 2:17 am
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They even got the years totally f*#%ed up.... Xenon was first introduced on the LT on the 2006 model. Mine's a 2005 model, built 2004, and used a halogen H7 for low beam.... easily replaced by a HID H7.

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