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#761721 - 02/24/12 03:34 PM HID Headlight Conversion
GoldenK9 Offline
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Registered: 08/09/07
Posts: 208
Loc: Forest Ranch, CA. (NorCal)
I just recently replaced all 3 of my H7 PIAA Extreme Super White bulbs on my '05 R1200RT with a complete set of HID bulbs and their mini-transformers.
I purchased them from 1 Off Motorsports via a search on Bing. I have to say that Spence Tibbs, the older brother of the owner, was one of the nicest people on Earth to deal with, besides being very helpful in his role at customer service. Very simple install, unless you're as picky as I am about wire routing, etc., and [/b]OMG![b]what a difference they make. I really don't have to run around with my brights on anymore. I CAN BE SEEN. All parts
included are first class and carry a lifetime warranty. Now, I going to convert my CR-V to HID. You can find them at www.1offmotorsports.com . The pricing was very good, also.
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Kenny J. here

'05 R1200RT:Granite Gray Met./Dark Slate Met.
'88 Ducati 750 Paso Ltd:Pearl White/Ducati Red,9900 mi.
'99 Ducati ST2:gone
'85 K100RT:gone
'03 Golden Retriever, Halle, over bridge 4/28/15!


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#761902 - 02/25/12 07:37 PM Re: HID Headlight Conversion [Re: GoldenK9]
DiggerJim Offline
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Registered: 08/31/05
Posts: 1752
Loc: Simsbury, CT
+1 - same experience. I've had them on the bike for more than a year with no problems. I had an initial issue with one ballast when I was installing (the bulb connected to it would only fire for about 30 seconds). They replaced the ballast & the CANBUS adapter to make sure I didn't have a problem. Love them lights!
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Jim
2007 R1200RT Bairritz Blue - hexhead 1200
2000 R1200C Ice (Frost) Blue - oilhead 1200
1996 CBR600 Joe Camel Special - hooligan bike
1986 KZ650 Green - classic old school
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#762036 - 02/26/12 02:55 PM Re: HID Headlight Conversion [Re: DiggerJim]
VTBeemer Offline
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Registered: 11/03/09
Posts: 66
Loc: Vermont
I was intially looking for this type of kit for my high beam only. If I elected to pop for the high beam and later on for the low beams - is the ballast purchased for the high beam only and a second one for both the low beams? Is there an option of one ballast for all three lights? Did check their website, but this question not cleary addressed. Thanks in advance.
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Hondas=>'75 R90S =>Family w/Two Boys => John Deere Lawnmower=> Boys Grown Up =>'92 K100RS=>'07 R1200RT

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#762071 - 02/26/12 06:04 PM Re: HID Headlight Conversion [Re: GoldenK9]
ccii42104 Offline
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Registered: 09/06/05
Posts: 43
Loc: fresno,ca,usa
+2 for 1 Off! I have a finicky 09 RT that refused to play nice with the first HID sets they offered in 09. After many replacements we gave up and we ended up just leaving the halogens in there. Last December, I decided to give them another shot and they must have figured them out. I have had the HIDs in for a few months now with no issues at all.
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#762079 - 02/26/12 06:40 PM Re: HID Headlight Conversion [Re: VTBeemer]
DiggerJim Offline
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Registered: 08/31/05
Posts: 1752
Loc: Simsbury, CT
Originally Posted By: VTBeemer
I was intially looking for this type of kit for my high beam only. If I elected to pop for the high beam and later on for the low beams - is the ballast purchased for the high beam only and a second one for both the low beams? Is there an option of one ballast for all three lights? Did check their website, but this question not cleary addressed. Thanks in advance.
Lots of folks will do the lows but not the high beams as it takes 10-15 seconds to warm them up so you don't get "instant on" or flash to pass for high beams if that's what you put in. I did all 3 bulbs because I live in deer country and I like light (also have a couple of 60 watt 3200 lumen LEDs now too!).

Each bulb comes with its own ballast. It's a small box that you tuck into the fairing. It's a little smaller than a deck of cards. I put mine in back where the speakers would go if I had speakers installed (I don't so there was plenty of room). The CANBUS adapter (one per bulb) is a smaller (1x1x1.5") little box that I just ziptied to the ballast.

The bulb (HIDs are actually "capsules") goes into the same fitting as the stock bulbs but you have to run the extra wiring (to the ballast) thru a grommet in the back of the bulb covers - no biggie. The other part of the wiring plugs into the stock bulb connector so you can always switch back if you want to or need to if the HID dies while you're on the road far from home (not likely, but possible).
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Jim
2007 R1200RT Bairritz Blue - hexhead 1200
2000 R1200C Ice (Frost) Blue - oilhead 1200
1996 CBR600 Joe Camel Special - hooligan bike
1986 KZ650 Green - classic old school
IBA #35635

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#762100 - 02/26/12 07:54 PM Re: HID Headlight Conversion [Re: GoldenK9]
Kitsap Offline
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Registered: 03/13/03
Posts: 2578
Loc: WA
Same experience, great product and service. I've had them for a few months now and can't imagine riding without them.
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IBA #37945

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#762137 - 02/26/12 11:54 PM Re: HID Headlight Conversion [Re: DiggerJim]
GoldenK9 Offline
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Registered: 08/09/07
Posts: 208
Loc: Forest Ranch, CA. (NorCal)
I can't imagine doing high beam only. If anything, I would think it would be the other way around. I opted for both High and Low Beams as I too live in deer country and want to see those critters eyes a long way off, or anything else that might be lurking out there in the darkness. I was concerned about the "flash to pass" ability also, but have found that is not a problem as the warm up to full intensity is not all that long. If you want to see, or be seen, this is the only way to go, and 1 Off Motorsports does a mighty fine job of providing that ability, clap
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Kenny J. here

'05 R1200RT:Granite Gray Met./Dark Slate Met.
'88 Ducati 750 Paso Ltd:Pearl White/Ducati Red,9900 mi.
'99 Ducati ST2:gone
'85 K100RT:gone
'03 Golden Retriever, Halle, over bridge 4/28/15!


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#762146 - 02/27/12 02:50 AM Re: HID Headlight Conversion [Re: GoldenK9]
pdes Offline
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Registered: 01/15/08
Posts: 236
Loc: Cambridge/London - UK
I also live in the "sticks" but commute to London in heavy and often stationery traffic. Rightly or wrongly, I use the HID main when filtering and it is amazing how much more I get noticed! (But there are still plenty of morons who don't look when changing lanes even in front of me when I have enough light power to scorch their retinas!!). In general though, the Switchers and Twitchers are greatly reduced when I have all three HIDs burning. Anything for safety even if a few folk are annoyed!!

As a tip, I also turn on the main beam as soon as possible when starting a journey. Once it is warmed up, turning on again is almost instantaneous so the ability to "flash" is somewhat restored.


Edited by pdes (02/27/12 02:52 AM)

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#762217 - 02/27/12 10:17 AM Re: HID Headlight Conversion [Re: GoldenK9]
GRB60 Offline
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Registered: 12/26/10
Posts: 323
Loc: Harleysville PA
I've got the 1 Off Motorsports HIDs on the low beams only. One ballast per bulb. They're way brighter than stock. Good folks to deal with. I also had a problem with the ballasts initially. They shipped two new ones out right away and they are fine.
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2011 R1200RT (sold)
2012 K1600GTL

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#762219 - 02/27/12 10:21 AM Re: HID Headlight Conversion [Re: GoldenK9]
Smoky Offline
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Registered: 08/06/02
Posts: 1438
Loc: Central BC Canada
I've got those for my lowbeams, and I'm delighted with them. About 2 years and 25,000 miles and no problems.

Don't need the hi-beams at night.

They cause reflective road signs to light up in the day!

Good product and good value, but you have to drill a couple of big holes in the bulb access covers. They don't tell you about that.
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Salmon Arm BC Canada
IBA 24213
'13 KK1600GTL
'05 R1200RT (Sold)
'01 R1100RT Black (Sold)
'06 KLR 650
'84 R100RT (Sold)
'68 Firebird 400 Convertible (gone Aug. '07)
'00 Corvette, to replace above.

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