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new piaa HID lights with self contained ballasts

I've seen a few ads about these new lights and am wondering if anyone was recently purchsed a set.
They look small enough that they could fit under the tip over wings and could just be wired to the existing wires present that power my 50w halogen lights under the tip overs.

More light would be a good thing and having HID in that position could be incredible.

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Re: new piaa HID lights with self contained ballasts

Give Trail Tech a look.

http://trailtech.net/single_lights.html

Haven't compared to PIAA but trail tech has a intergral HID ballast and priced right compared to others. Mounting is another question altogether.

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Give Trail Tech a look.

http://trailtech.net/single_lights.html

Haven't compared to PIAA but trail tech has a intergral HID ballast and priced right compared to others. Mounting is another question altogether.

Thanks.
I did take a look and they look very nice indeed.
I would think that they are able to take a jolt or two seeing as they are meant for off road. I'll run he installation by Tomas at FKN and see what he can dream up.
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Re: new piaa HID lights with self contained ballasts

Here's an interesting idea for conspicuity lighting - they're not self contained HID but at $169.00 for the pair they would probably do the job.

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=95058

The PDF manual for these is located here:

http://www.harborfreight.com/manuals...5999/95058.pdf
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Here's an interesting idea for conspicuity lighting - they're not self contained HID but at $169.00 for the pair they would probably do the job.

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=95058

The PDF manual for these is located here:

http://www.harborfreight.com/manuals...5999/95058.pdf
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Yeah they are definately priced right and would mount to the same holes in the tip overs that I currently have. But.. Where to put the 2 ballasts with minimum effort?
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I have the small (MR11 size) Trail Tech lights mounted under my mirrors. They are great for being seen. The larger ones (MR16 size) were not available when I bought mine, but those are the ones I would buy if I was doing it again. Both the MR11 and MR16 HIDs have self-contained ballasts and are easy to wire up--mine are slaved to my PIAAs.

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I have the small (MR11 size) Trail Tech lights mounted under my mirrors. They are great for being seen. The larger ones (MR16 size) were not available when I bought mine, but those are the ones I would buy if I was doing it again. Both the MR11 and MR16 HIDs have self-contained ballasts and are easy to wire up--mine are slaved to my PIAAs.
can you post a picture of the installation and location?
Where would you mount them under the mirrors?
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Re: new piaa HID lights with self contained ballasts

And I don't think anyone tell the difference between Trail Techs and PIAAs except for price. I think they will be my next add on. The LT has got to have MORE LIGHT !
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Yeah they are definately priced right and would mount to the same holes in the tip overs that I currently have. But.. Where to put the 2 ballasts with minimum effort?
Why not inside the tip over bars?

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Re: new piaa HID lights with self contained ballasts

Here are a couple photos of my lights (there's one on the other side too ).
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Here are a couple photos of my lights (there's one on the other side too ).
Thanks for the pics.
I take it you made the bracket and you've attached it to some surface behind the mirror.
My mirrors are pretty shaky and I have one of them supported with a big chunk of velcro to ensure it doesn't fall because the pin and it's housing are kind of weak.

Can you describe the way you've attached the bracket so that it doesn't cause the mirrors to fall off?

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Re: new piaa HID lights with self contained ballasts

Starkey,

The brackets actually came from Raffy (http://www.motogear4you.com/). However, I think I recall him mentioning that he may not have these anymore--I would check with him to find out. The brackets mount under the little knobby things that the mirrors clip to. I haven't had any problems with them and they've been on for more than two years. Attached are a couple photos of the brackets--yes, I actually have an extra set, but will hold on to them for future use.
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