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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old Aug 15th, 2008, 3:07 am Thread Starter
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$5 headlight upgrade: well worth the money!

As with most ducatis, it seems, my bike gave me the option of seeing only 5 feet in front of me with the low beam, or barely seeing anything 30 feet in front of me with the high beam.
I adjusted the headlight a few times, pointing it up a little higher, with very little improvement.

Figuring it to be a cheap investment, I'd looked at some other bulbs (PIAA, etc) which claimed to be brighter, but I figured I'd might as well go all out and just get the brightest bulb I could find. Hey, it worked great on the Ninja!

So, I bought a pack of these: $10 for 2 of them.

I'd used similar ones before on the Ninja, and found them to work great, last a very long time (10,000 miles so far, including lots of off-road riding).

The difference is dramatic. I can actually see now! Living in deer country, I was afraid to ride at night before. Now, I'm not scared anymore.

The headlight still leaves something to be desired, but the difference is well worth the cost.
So far at least (maybe 100 miles of city commuting or so) the headlight doesn't seem to be getting too hot, and the stock wiring seems easily able to handle the extra load of the 130w highbeam.

Just a heads up for any of you dissatisfied with the performance of the stock candle.

All my questions are about my 2006 Ducati 800SS, bought this month with 1,000 miles on it.
I've also got a Ninja 250 that I use for dual-sport/off road rides and track days.
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post #2 of 23 (permalink) Old Aug 15th, 2008, 7:01 am
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"enlighten us", what are a "pack of these", for $10?

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Pack Of These...

He is talking about the H4 130/90w 10K XENON HID light bulbs. I hope this helps Jack.
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Ahh, thanks for the clarification.

Take a look at the plug and wire connection at the bulb. You may find that the wire insulation and connector are a bit burned or brittle. The headlight has a large amount of surface area, so it may not feel like there is more heat be generated, but you've effectively doubled the amperage going through those wires.

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Just knowing that "the tube will not burst because of bleb or hydrosphere" is enough to convince the skeptic.

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I would be concerned about all the load, on the wires, if you truly want to run bulbs that big, i would upgrade the loom to carry the load, things are going to get toasty warm.

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I would be concerned about all the load, on the wires, if you truly want to run bulbs that big, i would upgrade the loom to carry the load, things are going to get toasty warm.
I think post MY 2000 will be ok. I know for sure they will be ok on my r1150r

Good tip skippi.

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I bought a PIAA H4 bulb and it's garbage. Don't see how this could be any better, regardless of price....

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I bought a PIAA H4 bulb and it's garbage. Don't see how this could be any better, regardless of price....
What wattage?

All my questions are about my 2006 Ducati 800SS, bought this month with 1,000 miles on it.
I've also got a Ninja 250 that I use for dual-sport/off road rides and track days.
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