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post #1 of 7 Old Jul 10th, 2009, 11:31 am Thread Starter
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HID Smoke

I installed the H7 DDMTuning HID Kit.
When I started the bike, I had white smoke for about 10 seconds. Rode it 15 - 20 minutes, no smoke since. Called DDM and they said I could send it back to be checked.

Anyone else experience this.

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Re: HID Smoke

Any burning smell to go with that? More specifically electrical burning smell?

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post #3 of 7 Old Jul 10th, 2009, 5:15 pm Thread Starter
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Re: HID Smoke

Not that I noticed, just white smoke.
Could it be contaminates burning off the bulb. Shouldn't have been any, but I did not clean the bulb with alcohol before putting it in. Nothing in the ballast or wiring for heat.

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Re: HID Smoke

From my experience, HID lamps "smoke" for about 10 seconds when initially energized. As previously indicated, I believe that this is just residue from the manufacturing process.

I have adopted the practice of doing the first energizing of the bulb outside the headlamp enclosure so as to avoid smoke particles inside the reflector/lens. Once burned off, this is no longer a problem.

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post #5 of 7 Old Jul 13th, 2009, 4:21 pm Thread Starter
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Re: HID Smoke

I wrote DDM tuning about the smoke and got the following answer.

"Smoking is not normal, but can happen. If everything is working properly now, you can keep the kit knowing it will be covered under warranty. DDM kits have lifetime warranty and Raptors have 1 year warranty. I would continue keeping an eye out for a little while and double check the kit form time to time as you have been doing.

If you need urgent help, please call us at 858-633-2020. Requests for changes to order or order cancellation are not accepted via e-mail.

DDM Tuning "

Very prompt reply from DDM. I would recommend them.
So Far no more smoke. And the HID lighting is great.

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Re: HID Smoke

where was this "smoke" from specifically? the bulb? if the bulb, then you may have had some oil on it from fingerprints... that will likely shorten the life of the capsule... so, enjoy while it lasts..

If from the wiring.. I would figure out where it came from.. .because this is very dangerous to you and perhaps even the bike.
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Re: HID Smoke

Yes smoke is ok for a few seconds the first time you fire it up. Its a coating left over from production and shipping. It is recommended you burn it off before installing so it won't cloud the head lamp class. Otherwise it does no harm.

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