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HID Low Beam Which One

I've read about HID low beam kits on this site and I'm confused.
Can someone tell me which kit they like, bulb and ease to mount.
With part numbers and where to order.
I can't read anymore. My brain is overloaded.

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Re: HID Low Beam Which One

http://www.bmwlt.com/forums/showthread.php?t=22443
Jim,
If you click this link and go to posts 18 and 29, the details on how to do the group buy from Fashtek are there. Not sure if it's still going on. You might call or e-mail them first. Thread is nearly two years old. The group buy was still good last March. That's when I got mine.

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Re: HID Low Beam Which One

I installed the low beam kit from CQ Lites and am pleased with the significant improvement over the stock low beam. Many riders install only the low beam because you cannot "flash" a HID bulb (at an oncoming driver to encourage them to dim their lights). HID bulbs take a couple of seconds to warm up to full intensity and are not designed to be quickly switched on and off. Consequently, replacing your high beam with HID may be of limited benefit especially in urban driving conditions. However, because you never "flash" your low beam, installing HID would be quite an improvement for nightime riding.
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Re: HID Low Beam Which One

I got a Fashtek HID low beam kit as well last year still on the group buy. I got the 4300K bulb and absolutely love how bright that sucker is!!!

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Re: HID Low Beam Which One

Everything DakotaDude said about the high beam HID lights is true,
but I'm of the opinion that the high beam is worth adding,
whereas the low beam is a "must have".

the HID low beam is so bright that the stock high beam becomes pretty much useless
if you do ride rural occasionally the HID high beam is amazing,

it's true you can't "flash" an HID, flip the switch and you can actually watch it slowly get brighter as it warms up.

now here's the good part,
once "she" warms up and lets say you dim your brights for an oncoming vehicle
when you go back to high beam within a couple of minutes (as long as it's still warm)
it's as bright as it was before you dimmed,
riding in deer country HID high beam is very useful.

And I promise you will not have any trouble "convincing" oncoming traffic to "dim their brights"


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Re: HID Low Beam Which One

Hi all;

I am in the same boat, I would like to get a HID kit( low beam) for my 2005 LT but don't know which kit to buy!!!
Some have small ballasts!! others don't. Price seems to have dropped from 200 to where I have heard around 55.00!!

Is the quality of the HID systems the same??
Ease of install?? Which one??
I know its the H7 4300k I need, just don't know which one to buy!!
I have installed some options on the bike ( armrests, rear trunk back-up, changed the windshield, floorboards (soon), new battery) so how easy are the HID kits??

Thanks in advance,
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Re: HID Low Beam Which One

Did the HID on the high beam since I have the Ducati Design dual light on the low beam. May convert the low beam dual Hellas to HID one of these days.

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Just got their dual HID kit (4300K, low beam only, now have a spare for everything). $76 shipped. Went in fine, plug and play. Very small ballast, about the size of a closed flip-phone.
http://www.ddmtuning.com/ddmhidkits.html
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Just got their dual HID kit (4300K, low beam only, now have a spare for everything). $76 shipped. Went in fine, plug and play. Very small ballast, about the size of a closed flip-phone.
http://www.ddmtuning.com/ddmhidkits.html
I also bought the kit from ddmtuning and can add that it is an easy plug and pay installation, appears to be good quality, bought the dual kit same as kaswahn so I have a complete extra setup, I would recomend their kit.


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I see the kit from ddmtuining but dont see the 43000K temp bulb. There is a choice for 45000K and 5000K increments after that. I guess this is "color" rated in degrees kelvin. Please advise

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I see the kit from ddmtuining but dont see the 43000K temp bulb. There is a choice for 45000K and 5000K increments after that. I guess this is "color" rated in degrees kelvin. Please advise
The 5000 will be a little more "Blue" in color but not that much brighter then the 4500. So it's up to you if you want a "White" or "Blue" light. I run the 5000 and I'm very pleased with it. When I ride with groups at night the want me to lead as I light up the whole county

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I see the kit from ddmtuining but dont see the 43000K temp bulb. There is a choice for 45000K and 5000K increments after that. I guess this is "color" rated in degrees kelvin. Please advise
Actually any color temp you choose will be so much more light than you are accustomed to it will be hard to believe that these lights are not required but the low numbers 45000K are considered to be white light and the higher the number the further toward blue it gets so as suggested it is kinda a personal choice which one you use.


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Re: HID Low Beam Which One

Hey guys,
I have two CQ HID kits I parted out from mine that I am going to sell off. One for the low beam and one for the high beam. Both work and come with a spare HID Bulb. I also have (I think I have it... I gotta go look in the garage... been too cold to be in there much lately....) a modified headlight cover with the rubber grommets already installed to route the wires through.... I gotta double check that though, I may have tossed it out.
This will fit the >2005 change to the headlight. (mine is a 2003)

PM me if interested.

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Re: HID Low Beam Which One

Hi all;

On the DDM 4500k kit, how much plastic has to come off to install if you put the ballast under the seat? Will the wires reach the low beam placement?

Might go for this one, based on the price of $ 70.00 shipped!!!( maybe a little extra to Canada.

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I installed the low beam kit from CQ Lites and am pleased with the significant improvement over the stock low beam.
Ditto on the CQ unit! Installed it last Spring, love it!!

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Hey guys,
I have two CQ HID kits I parted out from mine that I am going to sell off. One for the low beam and one for the high beam. Both work and come with a spare HID Bulb. I also have (I think I have it... I gotta go look in the garage... been too cold to be in there much lately....) a modified headlight cover with the rubber grommets already installed to route the wires through.... I gotta double check that though, I may have tossed it out.
This will fit the >2005 change to the headlight. (mine is a 2003)

PM me if interested.
Sorry guys, I made a typo on this it should have been <2005, or the 1999 to 2005 models. Sorry for the confusion.

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Been running the low beam kit on my '03 and would not leave home with out it.
Deer migrate through this country a lot and it has saved a lot of problems................more than once.............
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Just ordered a new combined set with high and low from DDM tuning for $85 with a free lifetime guaranty. Just seems like yesterday it would cost you $500 to do this.

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are the ddm kits "plug and play"?
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