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post #1 of 36 Old 11-18-2009, 06:44 AM Thread Starter
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HID conversion - which did you use?

I am considering converting my 05 Wee to an HID low-beam to save some watts.

If anyone has done this, please tell me about the product you used, how the install was and if you like the product/results.

I'm also considering LED taillights and conspicuity lights (ditching my beloved Motolights). Any input is helpful.
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Roy Bertalotto used this one and was very pleased with it. http://www.rvbprecision.com/motorcyc...otorcycle.html

http://www.vvme.com/standard-h439003...cPath=44_46_35

Before I knew about it, I went with http://www.futurevisionhid.com/catal.../33/category/9

I'm happy with it's function but it's quite a bit more for what appears to be the identical item.

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I used this HID kit about a month ago. About $90 shipped via DHL from Beijing. http://tinyurl.com/y9chaz9 (same set that Roy used.)

I took the cowls off and spent the better part of a morning installing it (although I did a few other things at the same time). It took a few hours to wire it up, dress the mess, and secure everything. I'm very happy with the results and wouldn't go back to halogen.

It's important to get the digital slim ballasts because of the small size, because they draw less power than the large ballasts and because the lamps start up right away.

It's not strictly plug and play. I modified the provided harness slightly to fit the bike since what they give you is really designed for a car. Essentially, all I had to change was to lengthen the wires to reach the battery. You do NOT have to cut any of the bike's wiring.

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The info is greatly appreciated - thanks greywolf and tmcgee.
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HID headlights are especially good for those who ride with heated gear. The 35W HIDs draw less power than 55W halogens, are brighter and do not dim when the heated gear is on. My headlights used to look like they had modulators on as the Heat-Troller cycled the heated gear a portion of every second. The HID lights are steady when fed anything from about 9-16V. I really like the 4300 degree color temperature type. It provides the most light and is only slightly bluer than stock lights.

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HID headlights are especially good for those who ride with heated gear. The 35W HIDs draw less power than 55W halogens, are brighter and do not dim when the heated gear is on.
According to Phillips, all HID lights labeled as 35 watts are actually 39 watts and full-sized ballasts draw another 8 watts each. I could not find a power spec for digital ballasts, but would expect them to draw about half the power. A ballast is essentially a power transformer and the digital ones are akin to switch-mode power supplies -- much more efficient.

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According to Phillips, all HID lights labeled as 35 watts are actually 39 watts and full-sized ballasts draw another 8 watts each. I could not find a power spec for digital ballasts, but would expect them to draw about half the power. A ballast is essentially a power transformer and the digital ones are akin to switch-mode power supplies -- much more efficient.
35W HIDs with slim ballasts appear to draw an actual 40-44W from what I've read. All I can say is my voltmeter has never provided such steady numbers or allowed so much heat to be provided before.

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35W HIDs with slim ballasts appear to draw an actual 40-44W from what I've read. All I can say is my voltmeter has never provided such steady numbers or allowed so much heat to be provided before.
Those power figures make sense to me, Pat. And my results with voltage readings and heated gear match yours. :mrgreen:

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35W HIDs with slim ballasts appear to draw an actual 40-44W from what I've read. All I can say is my voltmeter has never provided such steady numbers or allowed so much heat to be provided before.
I am looking to save some power to run a pair of Solstice VisionX lights, heated grips, and a Tourmaster heated vest. I am considering either HID conversion or EB low beam kill switch. After reading thisw thread it seams that the actual 10-12 watt savings per light that you get from the HID conversion don't measure up to the 55w savings that you get from killing one of your low beams. If I put manual switches on everything then I would have the most control over my piwer consumption.

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I still have a headlight cut out switch. The HIDs allow much better night riding, especially with the brightness not cycling when a Heat-Troller is used. The HID kit isn't a whole lot more expensive than a dual headlight relay kit and includes a headlight relay.

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