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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-20-2012, 12:16 PM Thread Starter
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HID light conversion

Hi all,
I'm looking for the right way to convert my lights to HID. Any experience, ideas and links will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks.

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-20-2012, 01:30 PM
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Several of us are running a Hi/Lo kit from DDM Tuning.

http://www.ddmtuning.com/Products/DD...rcycle-HID-Kit

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Thanks Bill,
I assume it's H4 Hi/Lo, correct?
What wattage are you using 35 or 55?
Thanks again.
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yes, thx for the link.

I used H4 55W

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What wattage are you using 35 or 55?
Yes, I have the H4 5000K bulb with 35W ballast.

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SlipStreamer Enterprise II, Vista Cruise,
Fiamm air horns, Cobra Spots, Drifter solo seat,
Pro-Tac backrest, 17/42 sprockets, Darkside rear,
ScottOiler, F&S luggage rack ,Throttle Rocker,
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Kuryakyn grips, LED & HID lighting,
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Thanks,
Last question. Doing from scratch, would you prefer 55W ballast, or you'll stick with 35W.
Thanks and Happy Holidays to all.
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I might want to 'try' the 55W at some point but my main reason for going HID was to reduce power consumption. I am very happy with the 35W system.

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Pro-Tac backrest, 17/42 sprockets, Darkside rear,
ScottOiler, F&S luggage rack ,Throttle Rocker,
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Kuryakyn grips, LED & HID lighting,
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How is the output with HIDs inside of the OEM reflector housing? I find when you put HIDs into cars that normally have reflected halogens they end up causing a lot of glare.

I was considering doing a projector retrofit with a D2S HID bulb like I've done on my car. But I almost feel like it would look to modern for the style of the vulcan.

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Hi all,
I'm looking for the right way to convert my lights to HID. Any experience, ideas and links will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks.

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Depending on who you ask, the only "right" way is to replace the entire headlight assembly with one matched to the HID light, not just inserting a HID kit into housing made for a different style of bulb. Just because the HID bulb fits the housing doesn't mean the lamp itself is positioned properly for the proper beam from the reflector/housing intended for a different type.
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Depending on who you ask, the only "right" way is to replace the entire headlight assembly with one matched to the HID light, not just inserting a HID kit into housing made for a different style of bulb. Just because the HID bulb fits the housing doesn't mean the lamp itself is positioned properly for the proper beam from the reflector/housing intended for a different type.
You are correct in that the 'right way' is the 'best way'. And a complete 'matched' HID lighting system would be that 'best way'.

However for the money spent on this 'retrofit' kit, in my opinion, gives a very good 'bang for the buck'.

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Fiamm air horns, Cobra Spots, Drifter solo seat,
Pro-Tac backrest, 17/42 sprockets, Darkside rear,
ScottOiler, F&S luggage rack ,Throttle Rocker,
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