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post #1 of 6 Old May 31st, 2009, 11:15 am Thread Starter
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HID lights

I am going to replace my headlights with HID and am thinking of doing both low and high beams. Is there any reason not to do the high beam and do only the low beam?

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post #2 of 6 Old May 31st, 2009, 11:27 am
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Re: HID lights

Do both of them.....unless you are using a headlight modulator. They don't work with HID's. By the way, I got mine at CQ lighting . com. One of the best improvments you can make to an LT. Good Luck!
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Re: HID lights

Two reasons to not do the high beam:

1- If you do not do much night highway riding, it will be of little use. Too bright to use where you have to "dim" the light a lot. Turning a HID off and on repeatedly will drastically shorten it's life. They are not meant for this type of use.

2- If you ever want to put a headlight modulator on the bike, you cannot use it on HID.

One reason to do it:

1- You spend a lot of time on the open highway at night, where dimming is not needed often.

I used HID low, 85 watt Halogen High beam (Do NOT use more than that), and added Hella Micro DE fog lights under the "chin" and for those lonely nights on the open road added HID driving lights under the mirrors.

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Re: HID lights

I upgraded my low to HID, and did not upgrade my high because you cannot flash an HID, ie turn it on/off/on rapidly due to the nature of the technology. However, due to how bright the low beam is now, I'm not sure if one could see a high beam flash now.

It's one of those 6 of one, half dozen of the other situations. For those who have upgraded their high beams, how is the increased light output?


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post #5 of 6 Old May 31st, 2009, 1:38 pm
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Re: HID lights

I just did the low for the reasons above. And they can see the low normal light as I have used it to get peoples attention to get out of the fast lane.

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Re: HID lights

HID lowbeams, and MotoLights.. Just installed.

6000K Philips from XenonRider.. EASY install once I figured out what the hell I was doing..

Took me 20 minutes to figure out how the halogens came OUT!

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