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Old July 20th, 2008   #1
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Default Converting your headlights to HID's

High Intensity Discharge lights (HID) increase the amount of light output over pretty much any stock headlight.

However, be advised that converting your normal headlights to HID's are considered illegal. This is because the reflectors are not designed for these HID lights.

That said, many riders want to convert their headlights to HID's because the stock lights are almost criminally inadequate for night riding.

A legal alternative is to install auxiliary HID's in addition to your stock headlights. That will be covered in another tech article.

This is about converting your headlights to HID's.

This kit I used here are from a company that I no longer endorse. Their customer support is so bad that they are now listed with the better business bureau. But, the basic installation steps are still the same for other kits.

Here are the step by step instructions: http://tinyurl.com/2a3ufr

You can also view this at:
http://www.wci.ms/joesst1300/hid/HID...ation_Main.htm

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Default Re: Converting your headlights to HID's

The link is broken. Any one know where I can find Joe's installation?

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Old April 18th, 2010   #3
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Default Re: Converting your headlights to HID's

That web site is no longer working. I shut it down.

Here is a copy of the instructions in MS Word format (attached).
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Thanks Joe. I got mine in and they look great.

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Looks like a big, bright smilie face now, Curt. ;-)
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Default Re: Converting your headlights to HID's

Have to agree with you there on the legality on the installation of the HID units to oem reflectors there Joe. I was going to install a set in my 2WD Toyota Hilux here in West Oz and was surprised to find out that it is against our ADR com pliancy regulations. Guessing Cars,Bike/Trucks will all be under the same ruling.
I have a set of Trail Techs HID SCMR 16 Spots installed on my DR650 and provided they are wired up correctly, I am pretty sure they are all leagal. Brilliant lighting to boot as well. Wish I had them on my 04 BeaSTie.
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Default Re: Converting your headlights to HID's

Thanks Joe, Jeff and everyone else for the help,

I'm just adding some notes to help clairify what I found while doing my ST1300 mod and hope to help others on what I ran across when trying to finish up with all my lighting mods to my 06 ST1300. It was not stated [at least I didn't read about] the possible issues I ran across while doing this work and I did a lot of reading. I did read that the adapter ring was not needed for the 1300 line, ONLY for the 1100's. I had to. Honda made the socket to fit their proprietary line of 45watt bulbs. Compared to the stock bulbs the HID will make them look yellow.
As we talked on LDRider list, the kit I used was from VVME BULB/H4-2/43K kit::
H4 configuration, 4300K, low beam=HID // high beam=Halogen and wiring kit had an issue that I had not read about anywhere and it did not rear it's head until after I bought the adapter rings from sport touring co. the adapter rings have a flat cut along the bottom edge which lines the bulb on a standard H$ bulb made of metal. My kit bulb base is made of plastic and does NOT have this straight edge cut.
photo links help others::
http://s67.photobucket.com/albums/h298/1951otter/ST1300/?action=view&current=IMG_1417.jpg
shows standard HONDA H4 vs VVME H4 note big difference here.
http://s67.photobucket.com/albums/h298/1951otter/ST1300/?action=view&current=IMG_1433-1.jpg
new VVME bulb, adaptor ring from sport touring co., and adaptor ring directions.
http://s67.photobucket.com/albums/h298/1951otter/ST1300/?action=view&current=IMG_1438.jpg
shows ring and VVME bulb having different tab locations. The two tabs @ 5 & 7pm will have to be removed. Leave the wider top tab alone, DO NOT cut.
http://s67.photobucket.com/albums/h298/1951otter/ST1300/?action=view&current=IMG_1436.jpg
shows VVME plastic base bulb with adapter ring in situ. it does not sit flush in plastic.
http://s67.photobucket.com/albums/h298/1951otter/ST1300/?action=view&current=IMG_1437.jpg
shows VVME kits plastic base
http://s67.photobucket.com/albums/h298/1951otter/ST1300/?action=view&current=IMG_1448.jpg
shows line scribed across plastic base that needs to be slightly removed so adapter ring fits flush. Bulbs MUST FIT FLUSH when inserted into ST1300 reflector hole b4 the clip holds them down!! now to go home and preform the plastoectomy. more later

BTW Joe
Your attached Files
ST1300 XtraLight HID Installation.docx (22.5 KB, 47 views)
link photos do not show anymore. too bad

jim

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