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H7 Light Bulbs Upgrades

New to the site.. I just purchased a '08 GT and would like to upgrade the high beam bulbs to xenon or something so they would perform and match color wise the stock xenon low beam bulb..

Question is would it effect or cause any problems with the canbus system? Bulbs to use or bulbs to stay away from/wattage to use. Tired of the yellow looking high beam and the white low beam..

any and all ideas welcome...

btw not wanting to go hid at this time.. Thank You; Doyle
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I am going through all this stuff too. I did just order a xenon kit for mine (for my low beam, my 07 didn't come with it).
I am also thinking on upgrading my high bean to go along with it, this is what I've learned so far:
Stay away from the bulbs which are xenon-looking, which are just a bulb with a blue-tinted glass envelope.
I have been leaning towards getting 65 watt H7s for my high beam (Philips Rallye). They say the bike can handle this much extra wattage (10 watts more than stock) but give a pretty good boost in lumens.
If you don't want to do that, one type of bulb which is supposed to work well is the Osram Silverstars. NOT the Sylvania Silverstar the sell in the US. Even though Osram and Sylvania are the same company, the Osrams are pretty good and are 55 watt. Thr Sylvanias are tinted bulbs.

Here is a good article to read:
http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/product...of_winter.html

This guy is worth reading, although he is "down" on xenon:
http://www.danielsternlighting.com/

Here is a place in England which is highly recommended by people, you can get stuf there you can't find in the US like the Osram Nightbreaker, Osram Silverstar,Philips X-Treme Power. They show an 80 watt Philips ralleye, I wouldn't do that but they also make a 65 watt. Link:
http://www.powerbulbs.com/product_li...at1=39&cat2=24

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New to the site.. I just purchased a '08 GT and would like to upgrade the high beam bulbs to xenon or something so they would perform and match color wise the stock xenon low beam bulb..

Question is would it effect or cause any problems with the canbus system? Bulbs to use or bulbs to stay away from/wattage to use. Tired of the yellow looking high beam and the white low beam..

any and all ideas welcome...

btw not wanting to go hid at this time.. Thank You; Doyle
Why not HID? You're more visible even in the daylight.

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As I understand it, he does have factory HID. He is/was contemplating HID for high beam. Not sure if this is something really smart to be doing or not, that would be 2 MORE xenon bulbs in that housing. Don't those things get kinda hot? Might be smarter to add a pair of xenon driving lights, fork or fairing mount, than stuffing them where the H7 high beams go.
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I am new to the CANBUS world. Can I install HID without causing problems with the electrical system?

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I am new to the CANBUS world. Can I install HID without causing problems with the electrical system?
Yes. One of these for the low beam worked slicker than frog snot. 5 or 6 k depending on your liking. I went with 6k and it's just a smidge blue. I really like the attention that it gets though. Definitely noticeable visibility upgrade all around.

http://www.cqlight.ca/product_info.p...products_id=69

You could also add these for high beam use, however finding room for all sorts of wiring, ballasts and such after a while is a PITA. A set of PIAA's or similar wired to the high beam switch and brighter colored H7's is the solution I've gone with and it provides plenty of high beam light whilst riding up here in the mountains and critter country at anything other than insane speed for the middle of the night. 70 mph or less.

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Why not HID? You're more visible even in the daylight.

Don't want hid for high beam do to the flash to pass..
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Bought a pair of the Osram Silverstar H7's

Thanks for everyones help..
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Don't want hid for high beam do to the flash to pass..
Perfectly understandable , probably not such a good idea for HID high beam, unless one can keep it on for longer periods of time. Not sure how they'd last for a high beam application with busy useage.
Been using Osram bulbs for alot of years working on Volvos, very good quality.

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Right, usually for HID high beams you need to go bi-xenon.
I don't know why everyone is afraid of those extra 10 watts.....

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