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The carby SS guys get harrassed for their square headlights all the time, but the one thing that I don't like about my 2001 900SSie is the headlight (big, heavy, ugly, and not very modern looking). I was previously using an aftermarket HID bulb/ballast kit (with H4 re-based bulb) with the original headlight. Besides the typical problems with using an HID bulb in a headlight that was designed for a halogen bulb, it didn't improve the look of the bike. I love the look of an SSie with race fairings (no headlight), so I decided to retrofit a single bi-xenon HID specific projector headlight and use a race upper fairing from AirTech and custom fit it to the single headlight.

The bi-xenon HID projector headlight retrofit kit is from The Retrofit Source. This is a true aftermarket projector headlight that is purpose built for retrofitting and made specifically for an OEM-type D2S HID bulb with bi-xenon capablility (low and high beam). The "FX-R" projector is modeled after OEM Infiniti FX-45 projectors, but the external shape and four mounting points are more retrofit friendly. The low and high beam visibility from this projector is excellent and the low beam cutoff has an awesome color band that creates that sought after color-flicker when seen from a distance. The kit also comes with an H4 motorcycle relay harness that is virtually plug-n-play and is the perfect length for a direct connection to the battery on the Ducati 900SSie. The complete projector retrofit kit is priced at $150 with shipping.

The kit includes a new aftermarket bi-xenon HID projector, 35w D2S ballast, 35w D2S 5000K bulb, and an H4 motorcycle relay harness.


The relay harness is grounded to the frame near the factory wiring harness main connector.


The relay harness in-line fuse resides next to the factory fuses.


The relay harness is connected directly to the battery.


The ballast is mounted in the empty void of the original headlight utilizing an existing headlight bolt.


Custom mounting brackets for the projector headlight are fabricated from 1/8" thick aluminum sheet.



The mounting brackets are attached to the projector headlight.


 

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Low beam pattern (notice the color band at the cutoff).


High beam pattern.


Low beam visibility.


High beam visibility.


The AirTech upper fairing hasn't arrived yet, but I will post photos of the completed installation once i cut out a hole for the headlight and get it back from the painter. :)
 

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But this actually fits and works in the stock upper fairing? If so, that is awesome and I need to have one! :D
Everything fits within the space left behind by the original headlight, however there will be a large opening around the projector headlight that you can either ignore or fabricate some type of filler plate to cover the opening.

 

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Chuck,

Nice job on the headlight, but I think you'll find a problem when you cut the small hole in the race upper fairing - the design proportions won't be correct: too much bodywork for so small an opening. I think MV is the only bike who has handled this detail properly so far.
 

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Thanks for the front shot photo! I love this setup. Maybe there's a way to cut the lens part off of the old light and stick it back where it belongs or have someone fab the exact shape in red/black plastic with the whole cutout. Gonna have to think about what to do. :think:
 

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Thanks for the front shot photo! I love this setup. Maybe there's a way to cut the lens part off of the old light and stick it back where it belongs or have someone fab the exact shape in red/black plastic with the whole cutout. Gonna have to think about what to do. :think:
I am obsessed with getting better lighting, so this is really interesting and they do right hand drive versions as well.

I would like to find a spare headlamp shell/glass and mount a pair behind the stock "glass" - just need to find a headlamp assembly then work out how to mount what Chuck has done into the shell AND be able to adjust them as well.
Mounting should not be hard, but adjusting might need some creativity.

Looks like the kit runs direct off the battery and plugs into the harness H4 connector so voltage drop should not be an issue.

If I do it though I will check my headlight after stopping - I did an HID setup for a CBR250RR I owned for a while and the relay fused closed, I guess due to the initial inrush current to the ballast. My daughter borrowed the bike for a while and did not notice the headlamp stayed on and flattened the battery, resulting in a call out to me !!!!!!!!!! I did not know there was a 24 hour callout service on borrowed bikes.
 

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I think you'll find a problem when you cut the small hole in the race upper fairing - the design proportions won't be correct: too much bodywork for so small an opening. I think MV is the only bike who has handled this detail properly so far.
I'm not sure what you mean here... do you mean that it will be difficult to cut the hole in the fairing, or that it won't look good appearance-wise because of shape of the fairing?

I realize that a single round headlight in the middle won't appeal to everyone, but i personally don't like the look of the factory headlight. I tried several placement options using photoshop (twin side-by-side, single offset to one side or the other, etc.) and the single light in the middle appealed to me the most. I'd love to run without a headlight at all for the sake of appearance, but that's obviously not legal. :)
 

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Looks like Chuck could easily use varied washer thicknesses at any of his 4 mounting points, to adjust aim. Should be no worries for his setup. Looks good, and a great write up.
 

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I am interested in this...

Can I make it work on either the Monster or the Multi 1200 or both?

I'm more interested in daytime visibility. Night-time use is rare for me, but is nice to have.
 

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I'm not sure what you mean here... do you mean that it will be difficult to cut the hole in the fairing, or that it won't look good appearance-wise because of shape of the fairing?

I realize that a single round headlight in the middle won't appeal to everyone, but i personally don't like the look of the factory headlight. I tried several placement options using photoshop (twin side-by-side, single offset to one side or the other, etc.) and the single light in the middle appealed to me the most. I'd love to run without a headlight at all for the sake of appearance, but that's obviously not legal. :)
It's really just a matter of opinion as far as aesthetics go. My concern would be the distance between the body work and the lens and if the body would block any light.

For the record I dig it and I'm not ashamed to say the 999 with it's small projectors is one of my favourite models.

However I do have a question Chuck- now when you refer to the "kit", does this only include the harness, ballast, & H4 adapter? I didn't see a complete kit with all the bits in your picture.
 

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Looks like Chuck could easily use varied washer thicknesses at any of his 4 mounting points, to adjust aim. Should be no worries for his setup. Looks good, and a great write up.
This is exactly what i had to do after riding it for an extended amount of time last night. I used 2mm worth of washers on each of the bottom mounts to raise the beam up slightly to adjust for my weight on the bike while going down the road. It's a little more trial and error than the factory adjustment screws, but once you've got it set then it's not a problem.
 

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My concern would be the distance between the body work and the lens and if the body would block any light.
I have all the details worked out in my head and i don't believe the bodywork will obsruct the light at all, however i'll have to wait until the new upper fairing arrives to be sure.

However I do have a question Chuck- now when you refer to the "kit", does this only include the harness, ballast, & H4 adapter? I didn't see a complete kit with all the bits in your picture.
Unfortunately, they don't have an advertised motorcycle "kit" on their website for ordering online. I called them to ask if they sold all the necessary items individually instead of in pairs (for cars), and they put together a motorcycle kit for me with the components i desired with a bundled discount.
 

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I am interested in this...

Can I make it work on either the Monster or the Multi 1200 or both?

I'm more interested in daytime visibility. Night-time use is rare for me, but is nice to have.
The projector that i purchased is a raw casting and in my opinion isn't really nice looking enough for an exposed installation on a Monster unless you plan to either use the original headlight housing or fabricate a new custom housing. Anything is possible though. TRS also sells smaller non bi-xenon projectors that may work better in other custom installations.
 

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Thanks, I'm waiting in great anticipation to see how this turns out. Tax time is right around the bend and light output is something that interests me greatly!
 

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For the gents that want to use separate hi-lo beams, look at amazon.com and search for "90mm hella".

I put these lights in my ST2, and now my ST4s. Huge improvement over the stock headlight.
 

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Thanks for sharing your solution with the rest of us. Your work has provided me with an excellent solution to my own needs:

I have an 800SS that I use primarily as a track bike. I have a Triumph Sprint RS as my road bike. On occasion, I need a second road bike when my brother comes to visit from across the country and we want to ride. I have a set of track fairings on the bike, but I am planning on purchasing an Airtech one-piece half fairing for the road. I have a race fairing stay, rather than the stock one, and I plan on fabbing bracketry to mount your light set up to and belowthe cross member of the stay. Should be an easy job. I'll buy a set of aftermarket mirrors with turn signals built in, and I should be good to go.

Aesthetic? Meh. Functional and easy to switch between track and street? Absolutely.

Kurt
 

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