Screw up. I ordered a DDM low beam kit. It came in and I was more than eager to get out and get it installed. I had researched the forum for days and was a little intimidated, but that has never stopped me before, after all in the 5 weeks that I have owned the bike, I have become one with it. My first six days of ownership was a 4200 mile trip...we bonded. Anywhoo, I have tackled an oil change, the shock top-off, so far so good. Now the HID low beam.
I decided to go for the "no tupperware removal approach" which surprisingly wasn't bad. I got the dust cover off, the lamp out, and started fitting my new HID. Right from the outset, something didn't look right. The base of mine was much larger than what I was seeing in the posted pics from those who have come before me, but I just thought manufacturing had probably changed since the pics were posted a few years ago. So after much dremelling, rolling around with my flashlight in my mouth (I started these shenanigans at 11:30 last night...wifes out of town), and scratching my head, I finally got it all together. I even figured out where the two pigtails go...that in itself took an hour...I'm not too "bright", pun intended. At 1:30 a.m. I reconnected the battery, turned the key, and sure enough, a soft hum and bluish light started emitting from my nosecone, or the bikes rather. Sounds great, right?
Well, here is where I screwed up. In all of my excitement, I just assumed the "low" beam came from the "lower" lamp. I came back to my computer, did one more search and found instructions that I had not yet seen clearly explaining the difference in where the low beam and the high beam lamps are positioned in the assembly.
I could not turn back now. I had dremelled the socket housing of the high beam and the base of the low beam lamp to a perfect union, and neither could return to their original dwelling places. So, my question is...is there any freaking difference in a DDM H7 35W 4500 and a DDM H3 35W 4500? Because I may be the only guy with a H7 high beam.
I took her for a 2:00 am ride and the new lowhi beam lit up the night like never before. It was a tremendous improvement. But I was wondering if the H7 is "dipped" therefore having a different pattern than the H3 or does the reflector take care of all that?
Thanks for listening or reading or whatever the term for what we do is.
Here is a link to pics from the first 6 days on the bike: