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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old Sep 26th, 2012, 12:47 pm Thread Starter
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After searching, I still can't find anyone's experience/results in installing HID lights in place of the 2 high beam bulbs...

As it stands now, I currently run the Osram (off-road) 85w bulbs, I'm just not that impressed. I saw that a good amount of the light is put down in front of me on the road...I mean JUST in front of me (like a low beam should..and yes, they are seated correctly in the sockets). My stock xenon low beam is quite capable and I'm happy with it and the adjustment of it seems about perfect. I commute at night, mostly 2 lane roads. I thought they (high beams) were so crappy that I have experimented by running the high beams against oncoming traffic (not something I wish to do) and never got flashed...not once I do run a Cee Bailey's clear headlight guard where the crease is just at the top of the high beams but I wouldn't think it would screw up the pattern that much...

Anyone here installed the HIDs in their high beam? What is your opinion? I have the slim ballast H7 HIDs ready to go but before I tear the bike apart I'm wondering if it's worth it. No LED driving lights yet...those will be forthcoming (I have no doubt that they would out perform the high beam I have now)...

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After searching, I still can't find anyone's experience/results in installing HID lights in place of the 2 high beam bulbs...

As it stands now, I currently run the Osram (off-road) 85w bulbs, I'm just not that impressed. I saw that a good amount of the light is put down in front of me on the road...I mean JUST in front of me (like a low beam should..and yes, they are seated correctly in the sockets). My stock xenon low beam is quite capable and I'm happy with it and the adjustment of it seems about perfect. I commute at night, mostly 2 lane roads. I thought they (high beams) were so crappy that I have experimented by running the high beams against oncoming traffic (not something I wish to do) and never got flashed...not once I do run a Cee Bailey's clear headlight guard where the crease is just at the top of the high beams but I wouldn't think it would screw up the pattern that much...

Anyone here installed the HIDs in their high beam? What is your opinion? I have the slim ballast H7 HIDs ready to go but before I tear the bike apart I'm wondering if it's worth it. No LED driving lights yet...those will be forthcoming (I have no doubt that they would out perform the high beam I have now)...
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He wants to install HID's, not make a still.....

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He wants to install HID's, not make a still.....

cool, I thought it was just me.

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If it helps I run both low and high Hids on my K1200RS. The problem you have with a single low HID and tungsten high is the tungsten lamp is probably not the same color temperature and it gets washed out by the HID low. That is what I found before I hidded the high beam. If the headlight guard has any pattern to it, it might scatter a HID light and that will also cause annoyance to oncoming. It is the main reasons why headlamp glasses with HID lamps behind need to be kept clean.

I don't know what the lamp and reflector is like on this gen of bike, but on the older K12 you could never really see what the high beam lamp pattern was. Now I have hidded mine, I can see it is a long straight pencil beam and quite tightly focussed. That makes it a bit eerie to drive with because it seems like the bike is on the end of a pendulum string,

I do not do flashing anymore so the second or so pause for the high beam to reach full brightness from cold does not bother me. However, the high beam will bother oncoming and you will get flashed. If you are going to try hidding the main beam, it will work fine if you ride long roads with infrequent oncoming when you can kill the main and bring it back up whilst the lamp is still hot. But you will not find it so good on busy roads or in cities. Make sure you match the color temperature to the low beam lamp you already have.



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I'm running HIDs in all three of the headlights on my '07 GT. When you turn on the high beams it throws a huge amount of light down the road. It's truly the best way to light up any road at night. You will have to dim them for oncoming traffic - when they're all on it looks like a nuclear furnace.

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Yep, I got the K12 high and low plus two 35w auxiliaries that come on with high beam. I swear oncoming could easy see the light a mile away!

Oncoming on unlit dark narrow twisty country roads is the biggest problem for oncoming, Some do not even like the low beam hid, although I had the beams checked out on a tester.

That is worth doing, because you can get away with a bit of misalignment and light spill with tungsten lamps, but not Hid.



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I have high and how beam HID bulbs in my '07 K1200GT. I absolutely love them. Got them from ddmtuning.com
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Is the light adequate as the HID lights fire up in high beam, and how much time delay in going to full bright on the high beams.

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