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post #1 of 6 Old Jun 29th, 2008, 1:03 am Thread Starter
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Suspect HID install

Did an HID (Fashtek) install today and the result is not so spectacular. First of all, the unit I received from Fashtek only had half a grommet. It was sliced in half with the 2 wires going through the remaining half; pretty useless. I bench tested it and it seemed to work (the bulb lit up). After doing some rewiring of my Motolights to slave them to always turn on and getting everything back together, the bike wouldn't start...DOH! Had the CD player on all day! Charged up the battery enough to start the bike, but the HID is not performing very well at all, even with the bike running. After first turning it on it seems to light ok, but then only gets dimmer; never even close to the brightness of the original bulb. SOmetimes it lights, hen when I start the bike it doesn't re-light at all. Is this just my battery being too low or a defective unit?
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post #2 of 6 Old Jun 29th, 2008, 2:08 am
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I'm not the electrical wiz, but if the bike is started (low battery or not) the light should be on. I installed my HID low beam several years ago and have changed the bulb once (that was fun), if the bike starts the light should be on.

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Sounds like a defective unit. I would contact Fashtec and get another one, I believe they have a one year warrenty. The half of a grommet sounds like it was a returned unit that got mixed up with the good stock. Have them replace the unit.

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Did an HID (Fashtek) install today and the result is not so spectacular. First of all, the unit I received from Fashtek only had half a grommet. It was sliced in half with the 2 wires going through the remaining half; pretty useless. I bench tested it and it seemed to work (the bulb lit up). After doing some rewiring of my Motolights to slave them to always turn on and getting everything back together, the bike wouldn't start...DOH! Had the CD player on all day! Charged up the battery enough to start the bike, but the HID is not performing very well at all, even with the bike running. After first turning it on it seems to light ok, but then only gets dimmer; never even close to the brightness of the original bulb. SOmetimes it lights, hen when I start the bike it doesn't re-light at all. Is this just my battery being too low or a defective unit?
Bad ballast, send it back and have then send you a new one.

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This morning the bulb finally lit up and for the first time I saw is potential. It did not last, however, and dimmed out after a couple minutes. I took the whole thing out. Looks like the bulb is the culprit (there is a burn ring around the base that I recall seeing there beforre I ever started), but I'm gonna send the whole thing back. Once lit up it did look at tad yellowish to me. I think I'll ask for the 5000k bulb as a replacement.
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Well, I sent the entire kit back to Fashtek and received the new kit today. They sent me a completely different kit than the first one...different ballast, bulb, wiring & gromett (MUCH better gromett). Hooked it all up this time using the "Superman Joe" method without removing anything. It lit for 5 seconds before blowing the 7.5 amp headlight fuse. Ballast says 35 watts on the side, but whatever. Replaced it with a 10 amp fuse and all is good. Anyone else need to up the fuse?
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