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HID Kit V7-S Install

Discussion in 'V7/V85/V9 Chat & Tech' started by clement, Sep 8, 2013.

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    clement Just got it firing!

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    Has anyone installed an HID kit in their V7? I just picked one up this past weekend but haven't started the install yet as I have nearly a full tank of gas and will need to remove the tank (don't have a pump handy). I also noticed that I'm going to need to do some fabrication to the headlight bucket to make everything fit -- or just replace it with a deeper bucket. Wondering if anyone has done this? How did things go? I'm hoping to do it all next Saturday and will take photos along the way to share.
     
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    bigtex Cruisin' Guzzisti GT Contributor

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    I put an HID in my 2013 V7 Racer. My first attempt was a simple swap but I didn't care for the beam pattern with the stock headlight. So I also swapped the headlight with a Cibie unit.

    Very happy with the result. See and be seen, that is the goal.

    [​IMG]
     
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    clement Just got it firing!

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    Exactly my thoughts.
     
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    Can you post more info on the Cibie? Google turned up very little.
     
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    bigtex Cruisin' Guzzisti GT Contributor

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    wittangamo Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    Interesting. Was it plug and play, or did you need to modify mounting hardware or/and wiring?
     
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    bigtex Cruisin' Guzzisti GT Contributor

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    Plug and play for the most part. You plug in to the existing headlight plug and you have to run a wire direct to the battery. You do have to mount the ballast and route/attach several wires, so there is some fabbing and poking around a bit. Removing the tank would greatly simplify all that.
     
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    clement Just got it firing!

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    This is what I'm looking at. I bought an HID from BikeMaster. The headlight bucket is slightly too shallow to fit so I'll have to do some cutting there -- I'm planning on removing the tank to make the wiring to the battery nice and clean as well as find somewhere to mount the ballast and relay without adding any more clutter by the headlight / gauges.

    I bought the kit from a local bike shop here in Austin...but here it is online.
    http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/14/71/984/44684/ITEM/BikeMaster-HID-Light-Kits.aspx

    -Clement
     
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    rbm Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    One option would be to swap the standard OEM H4 bulb for an Osram Nightbreaker H4. Keep the same reflector and lens. This will put more light on the road, which will be an immediate improvement.

    Performing a direct bulb swap from H4 to HID is a not the best idea because the reflector and lens will not focus the light pattern as would a HID projector. Even the Hella H4 conversion reflector you swapped in would produce a bad beam pattern. Consequently, the light scatters and you put less light on the road than you would have had if you had kept the halogen bulb not to mention it bother other drivers on the road with the dazzling light.

    Bigtex, how did you manage to get high beams? HIDs normally have a solenoid to operate a light shield; they are not normally dual filament.

    There are HID projector retrofit kits for motorcycles from The Retrofit Source ( http://www.theretrofitsource.com/. Retrofitting a HID projector into the headlamp bucket is not possible because the depth behind the reflector is too shallow. The other problem is that HIDs don't like to be relit once they've struck. The load shed circuit on motorcycles can cause problems relighting HIDs at startup. The solution is usually a time delay relay circuit that delays the HID lighting until after the bike is started.
     
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    Exactly that, an H4 HID with a moving light shield. Works great.
     
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    clement Just got it firing!

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    Did the install of the BikeMaster HID kit yesterday. The stock headlight bucket is not deep enough for the bulb & wiring so I had to cut out the back for now. It literally needs just 1/8 to 1/4 inch more space -- probably going to buy a new bucket at some point. I ran all the cabling underneath the tank, there is a perfect spot to tuck the ballast and relay in as well as a spot to run the ground to the frame. Used some black zip ties and heat shrink tubing to clean up the loose wires and everything is looking and working great!
     

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