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post #1 of 6 Old 04-15-2010, 10:00 PM Thread Starter
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Best place to put HID ballast

I just got a set of Hella Micro de fog lights and did a JLM HID 6000k conversion on them. Actually pretty easy once I figured out how to capture the light.

Fabricated some adapters from some cheap Harbor Frieght hole saw blades I had laying around in the garage. The first adapter was a prototype that didn't work, along with slicing my finger open. Second one worked but I didn't like it. Third one was the charm.

The question I have is where is the best place to put the HID ballasts? Any pictures?

Here is a picture of the adapter. I used some tin snips, a drill and a dremel with a cutting wheel. I used the metal plate in the Micro de for the template then cut the notch in it.


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I don't know how much wire you have to work with, but when I converted my headlights, I put the ballasts inside the upper fairing support. You can access it by removing the dash/gauge assembly. Removing it is very simple. You could also put them in the inside of the inner cowl piece forward and above the radiator.

Report back on how they work. I have the Micro DEs too and was thinking about doing the same thing.

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Sure, just take off the gauge pod.

Well, the Richland Rick's shelf was in the way, so I took off the side fairing, which led to the bottom fairing piece. Which led to the windshield and everything else except the head light.

The ballasts I have are a bit too large to just shove in there. I wound up finding a place for them one side stretches the head light wire a bit. It's the one I have the Eastern Beaver headlight cut out switch on. I don't think it will undo it.

The lights are blinding if you look into them. I'll get a picture when I get the bike back together. If I had the time and the inkling I'd just buy another HID set with the slim ballasts from VVME. Or if I had the money I'd buy lights with internal ballasts.



Where I put the HID Ballasts.


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They are on, They are super bright. It's like turning Daylight on.

For Reference these are the Napa housing with PAR 36 55w aircraft landing bulbs that I had on the bike before. Total cost on these was @45 bucks. Total cost HID conversion with Micro DE's was $140:



With the bike back together I put the lights on the light bar that I
had to modify because there is no way to have lights fit on the bar. I
just added extensions last September. It's the Twisted Throttle Bar.



So then I go and take it out for a ride and see about aiming the
lights. I got them pretty good then found a nice wall to point at and
I set them to not go any higher then the low beams. I figured I'd try
that out. I then pointed them a bit to the side to cover the side of
the road. I stopped on a dark road to take pictures (I forgot to get
a picture of the road itself though).

Here is the bike with just the headlights on (remember I can shut one
of the headlights off with a switch to save power)



Then here is the bike with both headlights on and the HID's



Here it is getting in the light stream



There here are the HID's with one of the headlights out.



Now, I've been very happy with the lights on the Wee. Best lights I've
ever had on a bike. I turned these on and it became daylight. I
couldn't believe it. These suckers are VERY worth it.

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For Reference these are the Napa housing with PAR 36 55w aircraft landing bulbs that I had on the bike before. Total cost on these was @45 bucks. Total cost HID conversion with Micro DE's was $140:
Do you have a part number for that Napa housing?

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Walk into any Napa and look for the rubber utility light with a PAR 36 bulb in them. My local Napa has a bin full.

The part number might be: GRO 64930 Just walk into any Napa and ask.

Just for clarification the NAPA rubber housing was the before picture that housed 55w non DOT Aircraft bulbs.

The HID conversion was done on a set of Hella Micro DE's that I bought off Amazon.

110 watts off the DL650 would take almost all my power left in the bike. That is why I wired up the headlight cancelling switch. The HID's are probably pulling 80 watts when all is said and done. the extra 30 watts makes a difference in my book.

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