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HID Headlight
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Hello All - so just about 5 months ago I was posting about installng an HID headlight and, well ahead of my personal schedule, I completed the project this week. I have also just been made aware of the fact that HID kits are illegal. My fault, poor research. Question for the group: How many of you have, or know someone who has, been ticketed for running an HID headlight? What state?

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Posted on: 2014/7/16 17:47
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what type of set up do you have? been thinking about doing one myself & was wondering what works best & what the costs would be? 2 wheel Larry

Posted on: 2014/7/20 16:18
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I have been running the HID setup 55watt 6000kv slim ballast setup for several years here in Maryland. They are NOT illegal here. Its no different than the high end cars. The problem is that in a stock lens, the refraction isnt good so the light is just all over which does blind oncoming vehicles or the ones your behind. Mine seems to do just fine and not blind others. I pass cops almost daily in my morning rides and they have never questioned my setup.

Posted on: 2014/7/21 10:10
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Thanks Mike, that's what I was hoping to hear. I'm running the 5000kv. they described it as "pure white". All I could find was stuff like this from ehow...

"Under federal regulation FMVSS 108, replacement lights must conform to the specifications for the original equipment manufacturer's system they will be installed in. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has determined that HID conversion kits can never be designed to meet this standard. The NHTSA declared HID kits illegal in 2004."

Read more : http://www.ehow.com/facts_7661469_hid-kits-legal.html

Not changing it out. Brighter and safer in my book. I can always switch to high beam if I get hasseled since it is dimmer than my low beam now. :)

Posted on: 2014/7/21 18:53
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I'm running:

H4 AC Slim Motorcycle HID Xenon Conversion Kit - 5000k


on eBay - about 25.00 - Install was fairly simple maybe an hour start to finish.

You'll need to make or buy extension wires to hide the ballast as the ones it comes with are too short.
from the same company - 5.99 each:

1x HID Ballast to Bulb Extension Wire Harness Xenon High ... (380877232679)

1x HID Vehicle to Ballast Extension Wire Harness Xenon Hi... (131157288624)

All items from iconparts

So total cost with the extensions - under 40.00

Posted on: 2014/7/21 19:15
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My cables were all too long and they tucked in just fine under the left scoop. Ballast is zip tied to the frame left side too.

Posted on: 2014/7/22 9:42
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My '85 was suffering from a headlight that was about as bright as a mason jar full of fireflies.. I thought about HID, but wound up buying a couple micro headlight relays from Eastern Beaver. The whole thing with a new fuse holder for the main fuse cost about $25.00.. An hour with a soldering gun and about 10 feet of heavy wire got me a nice harness that simply plugged into the bike. Relays run the full voltage directly to the bulb, instead of making it run through the 29 year old wiring harness with all the resistance of the old connectors to deal with. The difference between the original wiring and the relays was absolutely astounding! I used to run 80/100 watt H4 bulbs, and the relays have made a stock bulb much brighter than the light was with the high wattage bulb. Legal, too..

Posted on: 2014/8/24 17:13






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