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CQ HID flickering - any help?

Just started the bike up to get it tested (we have to have annual 'MOT' tests in the UK)
The HID is flickering, but not firing up. Flickers for 3-5- seconds but won't light!
Anything I can do to get it going?
Anyone had this?

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Re: CQ HID flickering - any help?

It could be:

- low system voltage. Make sure that the battery is fully charged; lights come on right after cranking when the voltage is lowest - HID ballasts do not like that.

- bad bulb or ignitor. Unfortunately, no easy fix here. You can buy just the H7 xenon to check it out, but it is a gamble; with kit prices below $100 (in the 80's on eBay) I'd get a whole new one to experiment.

If you still have the original H7 bulb, temporarily reinstall to get through the inspection while you wait for parts. I assume that you wired it as per instructions, not cutting off the original connector.

Good luck!

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Re: CQ HID flickering - any help?

Like the idea of putting the old bulb back in for now
www.hid-light.com seems to have stopped selling them.
I can see many good deals on ebay for H& 5000 bulbs, but is there a way of telling if these kits use 35w 55w or 100w?

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Re: CQ HID flickering - any help?

Robert covered the issue fairly well. Another point is be sure to disconnect power to your balast. They don't like trying to fire a bad or missing bulb, damage will occur. If you're tossing the whole thing no big issue but something to consider.
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