Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Lynnwood, WA, USA
There was discussion somewhere from folks who are strickly opposed to HID installs. They noted that projectors designed for incandescent bulbs were substantially different than those designed for HIDs from the start.
While I agree that HIDs installed in low beam reflector headlights are dangerous, I had the opportunity to sample several cars and bikes now that have HIDs installed behind what were halogen projectors. Coming from the opposite direction on a road, they appear no different than an OEM HID installation.
For this reason, I will be installing a low beam HID on my ST before the short days arrive this Fall. Even if the design is not optimal, it is a definite improvement over the stock setup, which I don't find to be 'deplorable' but could have been much better.
My big question in all this is the beam splitter. I simply hate it in a motorcycle application, HID or not. In the ST's case, it is set too low. When adjusted for decent forward lighting and leaned over lighting, the high beam is pointed mostly toward the sky. For this reason, I'm currently planning to eliminate it for the HID install.
I will point the hot spot more to the ground than now such that the high beam would then be set correctly. This should allow the low beam to be good for folks coming the other way. My big worry is for folks that I am following.
Have a good one.
2001 ST4 - Thumper
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Last edited by tonered; Jun 25th, 2010 at 10:04 am.