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Old 10-19-2012, 05:24 PM
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In my second season I have desided not to store my bike for winter and ride any chance I can.
I did get Gerbing's jacketliner and gloves and at 35 degrees I only had it set at about 50%. I did notice with my brake lights on and blinker that the volts would randomly drop below 12.00.

To solve for the extra power I need for heated gear I was going to do some lighting upgrades. Thinking Eatern Beavers Lo beam cut off switch setup. (just 45.00). That would save about 55watts.
What would I need to get if I wanted to switch to HID's? and whats the cost?
Trying to stay within a bundget for now and the rest would be on my X-mas list

Any throughts would be great

Also before the PC-8 I had my stebel air horn connect with Pat walshes setup. Would that be the best setup if I wanted to contant it to the PC-8 instead of the battery? That would be just needing longer wires to reach the PC-8 which I would not have switched so I guess there is not need for the walsh setup I have now. Let me know your thoughts there too.
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Old 10-19-2012, 06:52 PM
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With HIDs, you would cut off the power to one of the ballasts to turn one headlight off. HIDs are great for heated gear because a 35W HID lamp puts out more light and less heat than a 55/60W halogen yet only draws 40-44W. Also, the arc is steady when receiving 9-16V so a cycling variable heat controller doesn't modulate the headlight brightness like it does with halogens.

I added this HID kit with digital slim ballasts. 4300K gives the most light per watt and less atmospheric scatter than bluer colors. Digital Slim H4-3(9003) Bi-Xenon HID Conversion Kit Wholesale Digital Slim H4-3(9003) Bi-Xenon HID Kit HID Conversion Kits Car Lights HID Xenon Car Headlights Bulbs Ballasts at competitive prices [VVME-HKB93-DSL] - $52.99 : VVME.COM, Tattoo Kit, Xeno

You can use the PC-8 for the horn and heated gear. It can handle 15A connections and the Stebel draws about 13A. Transients have been known to blow 15A fuses though so use 20A. The PC-8 has six switched and two unswitched connections. You can choose either type for the horn. The relay will not throw without the ignition on in either case.
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Nobie,

Consider replacing your tail/brake lights with LEDs. That's another substantial savings and is probably all you need to do. Plus it's as simple as it gets, they're direct replacements.

As I recall the stock bulbs draw something like ~21 watts steady and ~42 watts when you're on the brakes.

Personally, I went with a pair of these:
1157 LED Bulb - Dual Intensity 45 SMD LED Tower | LED Brake Light, Turn Light and Tail Light Bulbs | LED Car Bulbs | Super Bright LEDs
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The tail lights are 21/5. The Wee and Vee only use 10W when not on the brakes.
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Ah, thanks for clearing that up GW.
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I have Gerbings liner, gps, xm radio, radar detector, Oxford heated grips. I added Eastern Beaver cut out and keep my v's up. It also helped when I installed the MOSFET RR. In my area riding after dark is taking huge risk due to road rats (deer), therefore with my age I seldom ride after dark. If I need to I just cut back on the power stuff till i am able to keep RPM's up. I always have between 13.2 and 13.8 v's.
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Old 10-24-2012, 01:40 PM
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Greywolf,

Very nice kit, I will have to get one. One quick question on it, with the 4300K setup do you find riding for a while at night puts alot of eye strain due to the color output to where I should go for more of the 5000k or 6000k etc? Also do you think that would be enough to save power for my heated gear or should I look into my tail lights or still get the Eatern Beaver kitc?

Lastly, being I installed the PC-8 would this conversation kit be easy for me to do?
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The HID kit includes a relay so the EB relay kit is not applicable, but a single headlight cutout switch can save 40-44 watts in the daytime. Higher color temperatures are harder on the eyes, hurt night vision, put out less light and scatter more in the water vapor contained in the atmosphere. IMO, it's only out there due to the "hey look at me" attitude. Watt savings on the tail light with LEDs will be in the single digits with the brake lights off. For best results, take the fairing off for access. If you're comfortable doing that and doing wiring, you'll be fine.
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Old 10-24-2012, 04:49 PM
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Sounds like the 4300 is the best option. For the single headlight cutout switch what would be the best plug -n-play option? I would like it to attach to my handle bars and the only place I know of is Eastern Beaver for parts this this. But not sure how the install would change by adding this (which is something I would like to do).
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Old 10-24-2012, 05:15 PM
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I cut the low beam wire between the relay and the ballast and extended the cut ends to reach the switch on the handlebar. I don't know of a plug and play option.
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