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Old 01-03-2008, 06:52 AM   #91
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My "slim" kit arrived yesterday and I'm going to send it back.

5' of wire and 7 connectors per bulb is ridiculous. There is not an inconspicuous or tasteful way to hide this mess.

I think I'll leave the HID for the sake of HID folks to their vices and explore a more traditional route to enhanced lighting.
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Old 01-03-2008, 07:31 AM   #92
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That is one nice looking setup!
I like the red grill too.

Question: what is the "pod" attached to your upper crashbars, that says Touratech on it?
These are small zippered pouchs for storage. I store my bike cover in one of them and rain gloves in the other. I've sure they'd get torn up in a simple crash but got them anyway.
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Old 01-03-2008, 06:13 PM   #93
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I was requested to provide some close-ups of my light mounting plateform. Here are a couple close-ups. I used a 1/8” aluminum plate cut to size and polished. I mounted it at an angle where it would sit flat across both the large and small bars. I then drilled two holes through the plate and bar at the rear and one hole at the front and mounted it with #8 stainless steel allen head bolts with SS locking nuts. It seems to be rock solid and I really don’t think it hurt the bars strength much. The front bolt/nut was positioned in the middle of the lower “U” piece that holds the OEM fog lights. Hope this helps


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Old 01-03-2008, 06:38 PM   #94
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Really nice job!



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Old 01-06-2008, 05:04 PM   #95
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I finally finished my HID installation, using JVBs invaluable guide. I was very nervous when I first fired her up, dreading a LAMPf error or something else. Fortunately, both lights work great and the output is INCREDIBLE!!!

Using rsimpson's idea, I mounted the ballasts on my crossbar. I spraypainted everything silver to keep it looking clean. I am also going to replace the black corrugated loom with silver that I will order online. I am happy with how it looks





the difference in light is simply superb. I put my camera in manual mode and shot this photo at an aperture of 3.2 and a shutter speed of 1 second (400 iso). This is the original lighting:



and here is the lighting with a full HID conversion. I used the exact same camera settings and took the photo at the same time of night, so there is no exposure trickery here. Note: the fogs are on as well, but they are aimed very low and don't really affect the forward area.




All in all, the $90 for an HID conversion is probably the best bang for your buck that you can find for the GS.
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Old 01-06-2008, 05:07 PM   #96
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All in all, the $90 for an HID conversion is probably the best bang for your buck that you can find for the GS.
Aaaaaa-men.

Nice pics.

Welcome to the world of the night!
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Old 01-06-2008, 05:09 PM   #97
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Looks great Grad!

Nice clean installation!

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Old 01-11-2008, 05:00 PM   #98
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Save $20!

You can save $20 on the exact same item if you shop VVME's Ebay store (Ebay seller: flashplus) $36 + $35 shipping.

I just installed my kit today and it went very smoothly! No lamp fault. I attached the ballasts to the underside of the oil cooler by bending the long tab on the included mount bracket. I zip-tied that end to the front subframe behind the side of the beak and ran another zip-tie through the bottom row of cooling fins.

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You can save $20 on the exact same item if you shop VVME's Ebay store (Ebay seller: flashplus) $36 + $35 shipping.

I just installed my kit today and it went very smoothly! No lamp fault. I attached the ballasts to the underside of the oil cooler by bending the long tab on the included mount bracket. I zip-tied that end to the front subframe behind the side of the beak and ran another zip-tie through the bottom row of cooling fins.

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Hey Kev,

Can you post some pictures?

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Old 01-11-2008, 05:25 PM   #100
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You can save $20 on the exact same item if you shop VVME's Ebay store (Ebay seller: flashplus) $36 + $35 shipping.

I just installed my kit today and it went very smoothly! No lamp fault. I attached the ballasts to the underside of the oil cooler by bending the long tab on the included mount bracket. I zip-tied that end to the front subframe behind the side of the beak and ran another zip-tie through the bottom row of cooling fins.

Kev.
Hmm, very tempting, guess I don't have an excuse now. Thanks for the tip!

Do you think they are blowing out old stock?

Guess it doesn't matter at that price.

If I'm not happy with them I'll just out them into my FF50's I have on order. And upgrade to 50W HID unit for the low beam.
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Old 01-12-2008, 10:20 AM   #101
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Has anyone tried any of these?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Ultra...em260200342886

Slim ballasts, $99 inc shipping.....

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Old 01-12-2008, 02:02 PM   #102
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