Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Umina Beach, NSW, Australia
I have obviously had standard - crap
Put in an HID eBay kit, hi/lo. Low is utterly amazing, blow your mind and lots of other ravings, but high is poor. Why? Because the arc does not move up, when it moves back, simulating the location of a filament based H4 bulb and of course the reflector is crap.
As per earlier posts, I measured the voltage drop thru standard wiring with a 55/65 W bulb and it was 1.8 V from the battery to the bulb - this means some 30% loss of light cos the bulbs are designed to operate at full on charge (motor running) voltage.
I spent very little money and bypassed the crap tiny wiring loom wires, all the connectors and switches using two relays, beefy cables, some spade connectors and an H4 connector and a fuse.
Much better, but there is still the problem of bad optics or crap reflector or whatever you term you want to use. This will never be overcome unless you get rid of it and do a complete mod to dual headlights, with one dedicated to low beam and the other to high.
I now run an H4 with 90W low beam and 130 W high to give more lighting oomph and it has not melted the cover, but there is some discoloration on the reflector above the bulb, but hey I can see a bit better.
I am now obsessed and spend my riding time looking at other bikes headlights and wonder why even some bloody scooters have better lights than my 01 900SS. How sad!
The attached circuit works as it is in/on my bike.
Richard Collins - 2001 900SSie
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