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Old 28-Nov-2007, 08:30 PM (104)
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After many many promises, I decided to do a short pictorial on how to install a set of HID lights in my R1200GS. This pictorial is done with lots of extra parts removed for clarity. I wont be telling you what tools to use, or torques. This type of pictorial doesnít lend itself well to it, but you should easily be able to do what I did.


Here are the lights in the box. Mine were the fat ballasts, with the igniters built in. I have done the ones without the ballast built in, and they are definitely easier to mount, though basically in the same place.


I removed the instruments for the job to make it easier to see, but it is definitely not needed. Here are the High (left) and low (right) covers. Just pop the caps off by twisting them counterclockwise.


Here is a cap before drilling the 23mm hole. I used a Dremmel tool to do mine.


Here is the same cap after removing the material. Interestingly, it is exactly the same size as the indents in the caps. I bet you know why?



Simply push the wires through the hole, then pull the grommet in place. They recommend adding some sealant, but I didnít. I figure they will seal just fine as is.



Here are both of them mounted. The wiring looks clean and secure in the caps.



Here is the right ballast mount. You can see it went to the screw holding the oil line.


This is the other mount, shown to illustrate the original shape. I bent it with pliars.


Now you can see it is a tight fit with the beak installed. But it is clean. I added some tie straps to secure the ballast to the mount, and firm it in place as well.



The right ballast fit in, and cleanly. With everything put back together, and the wiring secured, it is nearly invisible.



On the left side, the ballast goes into the same place. It is a tight fit, and you will have to play with it a bit, but it will fit. The slimmer ballast would have the advantage here.

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Old 28-Nov-2007, 08:31 PM (105)
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Now lets take a look at the results:


Low HID. Clean white, but not too blue. This is the 4300 kit.

I then added a second GS, with Motolights, and compared them side-by-side.

Note that the bike on the left is completely stock with 35 watt Motolights. My bike has both HIDs, and 50 watt Motolights.


Low beam, you can see the difference here.



High beam, even more obvious.




Both bikes with Motolights and High Beams.

It seems obvious to me, especially after riding at night, that the HID lights are definitely superior, and not as susceptible to dimming at idle with Gerbings and Servos going.



Here is what the bulb looks like installed in the low beam.



Donít forget to keep the old H7 bulbs, just in case. This procedure is completely reversible, and if an HID goes out, you can swap in the old H& in minutes.

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Nice one Jim, I shall print that off and put it in with my DVD, I feel a couple of winter projects coming on.
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Old 29-Nov-2007, 01:19 PM (805)
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Nice one Jim, I shall print that off and put it in with my DVD, I feel a couple of winter projects coming on.
Thanks, it will also be on my accessories DVD!

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Kermit came over tonight and showed off his newly colored Hella FF50 Lights.

I thought it a good opportunity to compare lights on each bike, so the following is my demo on my garage door.


HID Low beam only


Stock Low beam only


HID Low and High beam


Stock Low Beam (Note, Kermit has removed the cover on the tip of the bulb for better light).


Kermit's "yellow" FF50, painted with craft store spray stained glass window paint.


HID (left) and stock, both High Beams, with yellow FF50s on the right.

As you can see the beam for the HID light is slightly more scattered, mostly horizontally, but has a very similar line and height. I am very confident that the HID wont be blinding.


This is an example of a cold flash to pass. The High Beam HID was dead cold, and I flicked it on. When warm from recent use, it is VERY much brighter on Flash to Pass mode.

Also, for those concerned about excessive flood of light outside of the beam pattern, here is what you get:


Virtually identical to the stock amount of scattered light.

Jim

PS Just a note, these are unretouched photos, and the camera made some adjustments based on the amount of light. The HID lights were significantly brighter than the pictures showed, but if you look at this picture:



You can get a better feel for the differences.
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Which kits do you recommend?
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Jim, great write up. My question is how did you get the lights wired. Did they go in the original harness or did you have to wire it directly to the battery ?
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Any kit from E-bay, or others seem to be about the same. I might suggest the slim ballast for easier fit, but either works fine.

The wiring is simple. Unplug the stock bulb, plug the stock wiring into the ballast, plug the wires from the ballast into the HID light, and walla!

No extra wiring, no wires to the battery, no cutting wires. If your HID bulb goes, you can plug the stocker right back in to the stock wiring.

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Jim,

Thanks for the pictorial....this is my next bike mod. My question concerns headlite adjustment on my 07 R1200GS. The little toggle thingy that you lift to adjust the headlite elevation screw.....does the little toggle thingy adjust for unloaded/loaded i.e. up or extended for one condition; and down for the other????????????????
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I went with the 35 watt HID's all round including the Hella DE fogs.
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