Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Port Coquitlam, BC
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HID low and high beam conversion review
Since having a BMW car with HID lights, every other vehicle without is lacking in quality lighting. I purchased a dual bulb HID conversion kit off Ebay for $67, total of just under 100$ Canadian delivered. I just put them in tonight and took the bike for a test ride. The install took about 1 hour, required the removal of the windshield and the two front body panels. It was fairly difficult to mount the smallish digital ballasts, but I managed. Had to cobble a couple of spacers together to hold the bulbs securely in place, but I have tons of sh*t in my garage, so not an issue finding something to work. This kit replaced both H7 bulbs with 2 new H7 style HID lights.
Starting the bike and aiming at the closed garage door showed that the lights are very bright, but a rather messy light pattern. No clean cut-off. Also like others on this forum have mentioned, the high beam HID does take a bit of time to warm up before it hits full brightness. I headed out to a dark country road and played with the beams and also the height adjustment. My conclusion: The low beam is bright, but does not throw a great pattern on the road. But it does illuminate the road better. I got off the bike and walked in front of it a few hundred metres and it did not seem too bad for oncoming drivers. The high beam takes a bit of time to come on, Barely notice the difference, but all of a sudden you realize that the sides of the road are brilliantly illuminated. I turned off the high beam and the low beam looks slightly pathetic after having both bulbs on. I think it was a good purchase, but I'll need to put it through some real life night riding. Dave