Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Winfield, IL, USA
HID Problem - Never Seen Before?
I've been pouring through the Lighting Forum to see if anyone's experienced this HID problem before. Seems like this could be a first.
I installed a Fashtek low beam HID two days ago. Everything worked perfectly the first time and the instructions from Joe/messenger13 even made me think I knew what I was doing. That only lasted till I took it for a ride. By the time i went around the neighborhood a few times, the low beam was off.
Now after several rides, I've discovered ways to replicate the problem:
1. After starting the engine, the HID lights up - every time. However, once I get underway and the ABS system cycles, there's about a 1 in 3 chance the HID light will shut down at that moment, one second in the ride.
2. If while riding I do a hard or even a semi-hard stop at a red light, the HID will continue to burn until I then get underway again. It will shut off (most of the time) once I get underway, at roughly the same time interval that the ABS system would cycle - like one second into the ride.
3. This only happened once so far. I started the bike in neutral and on the kickstand. I checked the low beam - it was on. I then turned on the high beam and checked it. High beam lamp was lit but the low beam was not. When I then turned off the high beam, there was no light at all.
FWIW, once the low beam shuts itself off, the only way I've discovered to get it to turn on again is to shut the engine and restart. Sort of like the LT version of rebooting a PC.
Being a novice in the DIY motorcycle arena, I'm not sure where to begin, except I guess I'll be removing Tupperware soon.
I'm in way over my head on this and appreciate all suggestions.