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post #11 of 17 (permalink) Old 10-08-2015, 07:47 PM
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Also, The specific model HID kit that I used is very well focused in the GL1800 reflector. Others I have tried were really horrible.

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Sorry, Fred, but I had to laugh when I saw the link to the HID low beam kit you installed.
$24 for a complete kit of 2 bulbs, ballasts, and harnesses?
I hope I'm wrong, but from my experience with lighting, especially HID kits, you get what you pay for.
Either you got the deal of a lifetime, or cheap components that won't last.
Please report back after a few months with your results.
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post #12 of 17 (permalink) Old 10-08-2015, 07:55 PM Thread Starter
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Sorry, Fred, but I had to laugh when I saw the link to the HID low beam kit you installed.
$24 for a complete kit of 2 bulbs, ballasts, and harnesses?
I hope I'm wrong, but from my experience with lighting, especially HID kits, you get what you pay for.
Either you got the deal of a lifetime, or cheap components that won't last.
Please report back after a few months with your results.
Like I said, I did a lot of research with two other Goldwing owners and this was the solution we found that worked the best. Laugh all you want, I was trying to share this with all on the board.

Time will tell.

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Sorry, Fred, but I had to laugh when I saw the link to the HID low beam kit you installed.
$24 for a complete kit of 2 bulbs, ballasts, and harnesses?
I hope I'm wrong, but from my experience with lighting, especially HID kits, you get what you pay for.
Either you got the deal of a lifetime, or cheap components that won't last.
Please report back after a few months with your results.
And NO, rollsroyce250, I didnt think it was Funny !

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85 GL1200 Interstate - Blue (previous fastest color)
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post #14 of 17 (permalink) Old 10-09-2015, 10:36 AM
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I did a lot of research on this and much trial and Error with LED and HID headlamp conversions. Horrible experience with High Beam Bulb access, too !!! Also learned a lot from 2 of my Riding buddies and their similar experience with headlamps.
After much testing, I found that LED Bulbs absolutely do NOT work well with the High or Low beam GL1800 reflectors. LEDs and HID's also do not work with Headlamp Modulators.

I am thrilled with my final results, which I will share with you all.

Low Beams - H7 HID 35W 4300K conversion Kit $23.99
Bought it here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01...ilpage_o02_s00
4300K is the Brightest white light. If you go Higher temp (Blue) you get less light and become a magnet for LEO's.

High Beams - Halogen 65W Osram Rallye 64217 (X2) $36.00.
Bought it here: http://store.candlepower.com/osraulhiouh7.html

Best of Both worlds: Super Bright, well focused HID Low Beams and Halogen Bright High Beams that still work with my Kriss Double Eagle Modulator !!.

Hope this saves y'all the trial and error process that I went through .

Fred G in Lewisville, TX
I have almost exactly your set up except that I've rewired the headlamps with heavy cable to prevent the original wiring voltage drop so I've kept the 55watt main beams. My low beams are nicely focussed too so it seems there are good and bad bulb fitments. Though, for me, the jury is still out after riding for a number of months. Even at 4300k the low beams are quite blueish and I find the mix of very white light (blueish) directly infront of me and the yellower distant light a bit strange. I'd be interested to hear your view on this after you've ridden for a while and got over the initial buzz.

I don't know whether this effects you but the lighting shortcoming which effects me most is the inability of the lights to shine any distance around a corner and driving blind isn't a favourite of mine. I've recently mounted cornering lights and they seem to work ok, I've yet to make the centrifugal switches which will (hopefully) switch them on only while cornering. The other though I have in this regard is to mount lamps on the front fender so the light will at least point where the front wheel points.
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I did a lot of research on this and much trial and Error with LED and HID headlamp conversions. Horrible experience with High Beam Bulb access, too !!! Also learned a lot from 2 of my Riding buddies and their similar experience with headlamps.
After much testing, I found that LED Bulbs absolutely do NOT work well with the High or Low beam GL1800 reflectors. LEDs and HID's also do not work with Headlamp Modulators.

I am thrilled with my final results, which I will share with you all.

Low Beams - H7 HID 35W 4300K conversion Kit $23.99
Bought it here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01...ilpage_o02_s00
4300K is the Brightest white light. If you go Higher temp (Blue) you get less light and become a magnet for LEO's.

High Beams - Halogen 65W Osram Rallye 64217 (X2) $36.00.
Bought it here: http://store.candlepower.com/osraulhiouh7.html

Best of Both worlds: Super Bright, well focused HID Low Beams and Halogen Bright High Beams that still work with my Kriss Double Eagle Modulator !!.

Hope this saves y'all the trial and error process that I went through .

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What would you use for "fog" lights to light the edge of the road and bushes (deer?). Are corner light location and size ok? Or is something a little more custom advised -like Pia? Are LEDs up to snuff?
Thanks
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post #17 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-25-2016, 02:13 PM
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I have led lights for the cornering lamps and they are very bright - surprisingly so. They are a spot light without a particularly wide beam though.
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