Jim and Amy, again, THANK YOU for hosting. Today was AWESOME!
I hope everyone made it home OK and the webbing we're all starting to grow between our toes doesn't take hold and become permanent!
Jim, Bill, Smitty, Chuck, Gerard, Barnett, I really can't thank you guys enough for all of your help and knowledge, Seriously, I would have had a complete conniption about 1/2 way through today if I was doing the lights alone! (and I want to be sure to save my fury for you know who....
I just got back in from the garage to go and play with the lights in the dark... the low beam is very nice! The HID actually makes the PIAA 1100X's look very pale and yellow in comparison, which I did not expect since the 1100's seem to be so highly rated. The PIAA's do a nice job of filling the pattern and giving the depth and width to the beam the stock could be better at.
The high beam seems to be slightly out of alignment with the low beam, shining high and to the left somewhat, I'm going to wait until the rain lets up and then spend some time fiddling with the way the bulb is setting in the reflector to see if I can get it straightened out somewhat. It does light up my neighbors house about 150 yards away very, very brightly though!
Also, just a word of caution, I had the lights (high+low+PIAA's) on for about 5 minutes while I played around fiddling with their aim with the bike not running, and killed the battery. (Still can't really see anything either, probably shouldn't look directly at these lights now that I think about it!) This seems to be abnormal to me, so I'm going to leave it on the battery tender overnight and see if it does the same tomorrow, if so I may get the battery tested to see if it is just weak since it is original.
Guys, again, I can't thank you enough! I really appreciate everyones time and help, I really look forward to getting out riding with you all again soon, and look forward to our next tech session.