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Old 12-04-2009, 03:08 PM   #1
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HID Headlight Conversion For Airhead???

Couldn't find anything conclusive with a search. Has anyone tried this? How did it work? Did it help seeing or being seen???


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Old 12-04-2009, 05:05 PM   #2
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Try this for starters
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Old 12-04-2009, 05:20 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by RecycledRS

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Old 12-04-2009, 05:38 PM   #4
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I did it before. Search for my thread

Was never happy with it.
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Old 12-04-2009, 05:55 PM   #5
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I did it.. and was quite pleased. I still am! I bought a car kit for about 80 bucks off ebay, so I have a backup. It really brightened things up! But, it take time to get used to the color change. Get one as close to 5000K as you can. I've heard of a few people having theirs crap out at bad times, but I also heard if you externally ground the ballast it will help out with failure.
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Old 12-05-2009, 02:26 PM   #6
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Both me and my buddy have them on GSPD. Mine has been on for over 3 yrs, love it and ZERO issues!!

Between it an the TT HID light, I can light up the night real nice

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Old 12-05-2009, 02:54 PM   #7
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i loved the amount of light from the HID, but my cheap one didn't do hi/low so i was always offending people. i could never get the perfect spot between acceptable light while in the city and the higher angle i need for riding in the middle of nowhere.

at the moment i've gone back to a halogen to have a hi/low beam again and am investigating an HID driving light to supplement.
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Old 12-05-2009, 03:34 PM   #8
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Rick at Motorrad...

Told me he was looking into carrying a HID hi/low for around 100 bucks. That seems like a good option.
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Old 12-05-2009, 04:23 PM   #9
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Read the thread in my sig line. I put one in and converted back when it failed in the middle of the night... in the rain... and fog. While it worked it was a LOT of light, probably too much. I couldn't ride around at night without getting highbeams flashed at me constantly.
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