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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old Sep 15th, 2008, 7:39 pm Thread Starter
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Headlight upgrade

Without going to a xenon light is there any other after market upgrades that can be done to replace the stock headlight on and 06 kgt? Brights are great but low beam is not enough.

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HID is about it. They're great and really help me see the horned rats in the morn. And, they're relatively cheap, about $80. Why aren't you a fan? Curious minds and all.

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I second what grif said: HID, or nothing.
Aftermarket bulbs like PIAA, etc, may emit whiter light than the conventional halogen bulb, and thus give the impression of being brighter ('outputting more light'). In fact, they are all 55W halogen bulbs of one sort or another.
A decent PIAA bulb on eBay will set you back by about $70. You can pick up a half-decent HID kit for about $100.



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I would recommend HID as well. If you ever get caught at sundown or in the fog, it is well worth it. And factor in that bulbs should last longer than traditional filaments, I think it pays for itself over the life of the bike.

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HID was on the must-have list. It makes a huge difference. My 2007 GT came with HID.
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Thought the cost would be much more, so you saying I can convert for $80?

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Thought the cost would be much more, so you saying I can convert for $80?
Yes, that's about right.

Check the Hall of Wisdom. This has been covered a bunch...there's also install instructions there that'll save you a lot of headaches (did for me).

The HID light definitely helps.

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I second what grif said: HID, or nothing.
Aftermarket bulbs like PIAA, etc, may emit whiter light than the conventional halogen bulb, and thus give the impression of being brighter ('outputting more light'). In fact, they are all 55W halogen bulbs of one sort or another.
A decent PIAA bulb on eBay will set you back by about $70. You can pick up a half-decent HID kit for about $100.Steve
The PIAA Extreme White 55w=110w is an excellent upgrade....BIG difference.....and they go for $70 for two (twin-pack).

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One of the most affordable HID kits to be found. I think there's one other that's good, too. Damn this senility!!!

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The PIAA Extreme White 55w=110w is an excellent upgrade....BIG difference.....and they go for $70 for two (twin-pack).
When I first bought my LT in 2000 they didn't make an HID kit for it yet. So, I bought the PIAA Extreme. It lasted about 8,000 miles before it burned out in the middle of nowhere Oklahoma. I've heard many of the stories exactly like that.

I put about 100,000 miles on one HID bulb and heard it was still burning about 40,000 miles later.

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