Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Oxnard, CA, USA
The high beams can be updated to HID. The main issue is that the CanBus assumes that you don't actually need high beams when stopped, so it cuts the high beam voltage down under 10 volts when you're not moving, meaning the high beams won't fire up (which is really confusing if you're bench testing the HIDs in your garage). Once you're actually riding the voltage goes back up to normal and the HIDs will fire just fine.
Some folks get worried about the ability to "flash" their HIDs at other motorists. That never bothered me for three reasons. First, even before an HID fully warms up (which only takes a few seconds), it's already brighter than a halogen bulb. Second, I had a low beam HID in my LT for over 100K miles and it worked just fine through all of those on/off cycles. And third, I pretty much never flash at other motorists, so it never seemed like a problem to me.
'13 Dark Graphite Metallic K16GTLD, 24K miles and counting...
'09 Magnesium Beige Metallic K13GT, 60K miles miles and counting...
'02 Mauve Metallic K12LTC, 106K miles and sold
BMWLT#145, IBA# 366, MOA# 111996, SCMA# 24032
All lower 48 states plus Alaska on the K13GT in two weeks . . .
Some people see the gas tank as half empty. Some see it as half full. All I care is that I know where the next tankful is coming from...
Last edited by Meese; Feb 20th, 2010 at 11:37 am.