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Best Headlamp Combination for Maximum Illumination (IMHO)

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
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Did the hid kit come with spacer
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Thanks for the enlightening post! Good information. You are going to fit in well around here.

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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
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Thanks for the enlightening post! Good information. You are going to fit in well around here.

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Good post. I run something similar, along with several aux lights. I'll be in Lewisville this Saturday, visiting with my brother then doing the Big as Texas IBA get-together. Hope to see you while I'm there.


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Did the hid kit come with spacer
Yes it came with soft spacers, which I accidentally dropped (one of them) into the back of the reflector tunnel. I had to make another one. I recommend a small drop of superglue when you position the spacer.
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Good post. I run something similar, along with several aux lights. I'll be in Lewisville this Saturday, visiting with my brother then doing the Big as Texas IBA get-together. Hope to see you while I'm there.


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Hope your right on here Just ordered the H7 HID's
I'm very "picky". You'll like them,,,,, I Did....

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My experience will likely rain on this parade.
The 65W Osrams might cause some melting of the bulb housing. Some have reported no issues, others had melting.
I had a brand new set and sold them before installation after reading the feedback.

Regarding HID H7 bulb kits, been there, done that. Even with the 4300k bulbs and your low beams set to the lowest elevation, you WILL get oncoming vehicles flashing you at night. The problem is the beam diffusion.
There is no focusing of the HID beam, and it sprays all over the place.

I have gone back to H7 halogens for all headlamp bulbs, selecting Philips Extreme Vision +130. Shortly I will be adding a set of high intensity LED driving lights mounted under the mirrors.
The lights are 4200 lumens per side, and are controlled by a programmable solid state dimmer module. I can run them at any % from 0%-100% output, with 3 settings stored in memory. They can also be wired for 100% output by tapping into the high beam circuit, or 100% output independent of the high beams.
If anyone wants make and part model numbers, PM me.
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My experience will likely rain on this parade.
The 65W Osrams might cause some melting of the bulb housing. Some have reported no issues, others had melting.
I had a brand new set and sold them before installation after reading the feedback.

Regarding HID H7 bulb kits, been there, done that. Even with the 4300k bulbs and your low beams set to the lowest elevation, you WILL get oncoming vehicles flashing you at night. The problem is the beam diffusion.
There is no focusing of the HID beam, and it sprays all over the place.

I have gone back to H7 halogens for all headlamp bulbs, selecting Philips Extreme Vision +130. Shortly I will be adding a set of high intensity LED driving lights mounted under the mirrors.
The lights are 4200 lumens per side, and are controlled by a programmable solid state dimmer module. I can run them at any % from 0%-100% output, with 3 settings stored in memory. They can also be wired for 100% output by tapping into the high beam circuit, or 100% output independent of the high beams.
If anyone wants make and part model numbers, PM me.
Thank You for your added information. Respectfully, I don't think the 65W Osrams will cause a problem, as High Beams are only used a fraction of the time. Even so, i feel the melted sockets and other problems occur on the extreme high wattage bulbs (90/100 watts etc.) I would not put the 65W Bulbs in the low beams, which get full time use.

Also, The specific model HID kit that I used is very well focused in the GL1800 reflector. Others I have tried were really horrible.

Cheers, Fred G

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