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post #1 of 18 Old 03-17-2008, 04:35 PM Thread Starter
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Strom HID pics

I hate to link to another site, but I thought there would be people here interested in the following post. For about $100 you can convert the OEM lights to HID (see post 10 in the link to see where to get these). I think would leave the existing low beam alone because of brightness issues, but convert just the high beams. I just need to figure out the logistics...


http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=318768
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That's on my "to do list" for sure!!!
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Hmmm... Check this out;

http://www.danielsternlighting.com/t...s/Hid/HID.html

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Interesting read indeed.

I'm not a "lighting expert" by any means, nor are most riders over on Advrider, but the consensus is it CAN be a nice improvement.

At $130, I'm still going to try them.


Mike,

I thought you of all people would like HID...with all the farkles you have.

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I'm still game to try it on the high beams only. I only use them at night when there are not other motorists around. In that scenario brighter is always better...
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I saw that thread as well with the pic's, I'm very interested too, however at least here we have certain legal requirements around HIDs. I'd be interested in high beams only too to conform with our legal side, don't want the hassle of defects from the boys in blue...
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I don't think they work well for a high beams only application. HIDs take a few seconds to come to full brightness when you turn them on, and they also don't like to be shut on and off repeatedly. If you can run your high beams for 5 minutes or more at a time, knock yourself out. If you're constantly switching between high and low because of traffic, I wouldn't recommend HIDs for just high beams, they won't live long.

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I don't think they work well for a high beams only application. HIDs take a few seconds to come to full brightness when you turn them on, and they also don't like to be shut on and off repeatedly. If you can run your high beams for 5 minutes or more at a time, knock yourself out. If you're constantly switching between high and low because of traffic, I wouldn't recommend HIDs for just high beams, they won't live long.

Which you obviously can't do with the Strom. H4 bulb is both Hi and Low in the same bulb.

I know you know this Dwayne, I was just simply stating it.
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Which you obviously can't do with the Strom. H4 bulb is both Hi and Low in the same bulb.

I know you know this Dwayne, I was just simply stating it.
Absolutely correct, I should have mentioned this, too. Pretty much makes the whole topic moot since they're tied together.

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I don't think they work well for a high beams only application. HIDs take a few seconds to come to full brightness when you turn them on, and they also don't like to be shut on and off repeatedly. If you can run your high beams for 5 minutes or more at a time, knock yourself out. If you're constantly switching between high and low because of traffic, I wouldn't recommend HIDs for just high beams, they won't live long.
yeah, I obviously didn't think about this too much, I should have known with my Forester, I have the XT model and low beams are configured for HID and Highs are Halogen, however there is 2 bulbs :rolleyes: we leave the lights on always.... it's a black car, it has the same problems as my bike in terms of being seen, start up times is obviously not a problem but you do notice the first 5 seconds.
Thanks for the clip over the head, I needed it.....
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