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post #1 of 91 (permalink) Old 01-25-2009, 11:08 AM Thread Starter
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HID Headlight Conversion kit

Hello all,
I was searching the net for a headlight conversion kit for my Cherokee the other day and stumbled apon this kit that "may" work on our bikes....thats if the charging system can handle it. And if your wallet can handle it also.

http://www.kbcarstuff.com/4300k_Moto...h-fslash-l.htm

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A couple of notes for those considering HID headlight
1. You must have the crystal cut headlight vs the faceted stock headlight.
HID's reflect off the back of the crystal cut rather than project through the faceted face of the headlight.
If you try a HID conversiopn with a faceted headlight you will not be happy with the resulting light pattern since it will just sort of scatter.

2. A few have considered buying the HID kits for automobiles and just using half or splitting it between two bikes. We tried this and the ballast went out. Seems the motorcycle ballast is built a little different to withstand the vibrations that occur more so with a motorcycle.

3. We picked up our kits on Ebay for about $100-$150

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Here is a very high quality HID conversion kit You want to stay in the 6000k- 8000k range for the brightest light

http://h-i-d-outlet.amazonwebstore.c...source=froogle

http://redlinecyclestore.com/index.c...ils&ItemID=154

http://redlinecyclestore.com/index.c...ils&ItemID=154


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After a long search I found the above kit at the best price $60.00 shipped. I just bought one.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Motor...1%7C240%3A1318


85 VN700 "Old Yella"

REBUILT ENGINE
CUSTOM PAINT
VANCE & HINES CRUZERS
EAR SHAVED AND RE-JETTED W/K&N'S
DUNLOP ELITE K591 FRONT & REAR
VOLTMETER
SYNTHETIC BRAKE FLUID
SYNTHETIC OIL & GEAR LUBE
PLEXISTAR 2 WINDSHIELD
SPLINES LUBED
ACCT'S GREASED W/TOC SPRINGS
COASTERD
LEATHER SADDLE BAGS
LEATHER TOOL AND ROLL BAG
PICKUP COILS GAPPED AT .018"
NGK CAP, WIRES, IRIDUMS
BARNETT FRICTION PLATES & SPRINGS
CUSTOM GRIPS, MIRRORS, LEVERS
ORIGINAL STATOR & R/R 14.5v
DEKA MF AGM ETX15L

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After a long search I found the above kit at the best price $60.00 shipped. I just bought one.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Motor...1%7C240%3A1318
Well the kit came in three days, I finally got around to installing it. Simple plug an play, ballast is the size of a credit card 1/2" thick. I mounted it under the tank. There is no need to buy a H.I.D. low and H.I.D high kit as the intensity will be the same. However I did buy the H.I.D low w/Halogen high kit. For the simple reason as with our scoots if the H.I.D. fails it will automaticly switch to the Halogen and you will still have reserve light. I tested this and it does work.

It is best to start the scoot before running the H.I.D, it will start easier and add life to the bulb. After ballast and bulb have warmed up there are no issues. I HIGHLY reccomend this kit.
Here are pics of Halogen (high) and H.I.D. (low). It is better for our charging system to start w/halo then switch to H.I.D.


85 VN700 "Old Yella"

REBUILT ENGINE
CUSTOM PAINT
VANCE & HINES CRUZERS
EAR SHAVED AND RE-JETTED W/K&N'S
DUNLOP ELITE K591 FRONT & REAR
VOLTMETER
SYNTHETIC BRAKE FLUID
SYNTHETIC OIL & GEAR LUBE
PLEXISTAR 2 WINDSHIELD
SPLINES LUBED
ACCT'S GREASED W/TOC SPRINGS
COASTERD
LEATHER SADDLE BAGS
LEATHER TOOL AND ROLL BAG
PICKUP COILS GAPPED AT .018"
NGK CAP, WIRES, IRIDUMS
BARNETT FRICTION PLATES & SPRINGS
CUSTOM GRIPS, MIRRORS, LEVERS
ORIGINAL STATOR & R/R 14.5v
DEKA MF AGM ETX15L

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If I didn't mention before get the 6000k kit, it is the second generation and produces 4200lm LUMEN. It is the highest output of the color/temp spectrum.


85 VN700 "Old Yella"

REBUILT ENGINE
CUSTOM PAINT
VANCE & HINES CRUZERS
EAR SHAVED AND RE-JETTED W/K&N'S
DUNLOP ELITE K591 FRONT & REAR
VOLTMETER
SYNTHETIC BRAKE FLUID
SYNTHETIC OIL & GEAR LUBE
PLEXISTAR 2 WINDSHIELD
SPLINES LUBED
ACCT'S GREASED W/TOC SPRINGS
COASTERD
LEATHER SADDLE BAGS
LEATHER TOOL AND ROLL BAG
PICKUP COILS GAPPED AT .018"
NGK CAP, WIRES, IRIDUMS
BARNETT FRICTION PLATES & SPRINGS
CUSTOM GRIPS, MIRRORS, LEVERS
ORIGINAL STATOR & R/R 14.5v
DEKA MF AGM ETX15L

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A couple of notes for those considering HID headlight
1. You must have the crystal cut headlight vs the faceted stock headlight.
HID's reflect off the back of the crystal cut rather than project through the faceted face of the headlight.
If you try a HID conversiopn with a faceted headlight you will not be happy with the resulting light pattern since it will just sort of scatter.
Hi Dianna

Just a quick question, how do you tell the difference between the two types of headlight ?

All of my bikes use the H4 bulb so I wanted to try one kit on the VN750, if it works then the other two will get the same treatment. The guys on the VFR forum have been using the HID H4 bulb that moves to give high and low beams, they seem very happy with them.

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Hi Dianna

Just a quick question, how do you tell the difference between the two types of headlight ?

All of my bikes use the H4 bulb so I wanted to try one kit on the VN750, if it works then the other two will get the same treatment. The guys on the VFR forum have been using the HID H4 bulb that moves to give high and low beams, they seem very happy with them.

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The difference between the two types of headlight is how it creates the pattern of light generated from the bulb.
Stock headlights have a faceted face on them. The outside glass of the headlight is patterned on the inside. The light from the bulb projects forward onto the glass.
A crystal cut headlight has the pattern on the bowl of the headlight, the outside glass is clear and smooth. The light from the bulb reflects back onto the bowl and out

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This looks like a great way to get some more light for night riding.... something I've yet to do. But to use something like this, do I have to replace the entire headlight or just the glass to make this work properly? And what about being street legal?? The dangers of dazzling oncoming drivers not withstanding, sooner or later I'm going to face inspection.

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This looks like a great way to get some more light for night riding.... something I've yet to do. But to use something like this, do I have to replace the entire headlight or just the glass to make this work properly? And what about being street legal?? The dangers of dazzling oncoming drivers not withstanding, sooner or later I'm going to face inspection.
Some say you have to replace the lens and some say you don't. I have not taken it for a night ride to form an opinion, I will post as soon as I do. Working with race cars the H.I.D's they use have a clear lens as Dianna Described, so I will probably change the lens for maximum effect. Most aftermarket H.I.D. kits are not D.O.T. approved for street use. If you have to get an inspection simply unplug the H.I.D. bulb and install the standard bulb, then swap after inspection.


85 VN700 "Old Yella"

REBUILT ENGINE
CUSTOM PAINT
VANCE & HINES CRUZERS
EAR SHAVED AND RE-JETTED W/K&N'S
DUNLOP ELITE K591 FRONT & REAR
VOLTMETER
SYNTHETIC BRAKE FLUID
SYNTHETIC OIL & GEAR LUBE
PLEXISTAR 2 WINDSHIELD
SPLINES LUBED
ACCT'S GREASED W/TOC SPRINGS
COASTERD
LEATHER SADDLE BAGS
LEATHER TOOL AND ROLL BAG
PICKUP COILS GAPPED AT .018"
NGK CAP, WIRES, IRIDUMS
BARNETT FRICTION PLATES & SPRINGS
CUSTOM GRIPS, MIRRORS, LEVERS
ORIGINAL STATOR & R/R 14.5v
DEKA MF AGM ETX15L

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