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New HID Install


David Sharpe

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I bought a HID kit from http://www.cqlight.ca over the holidays

and I have one question about installation. How much of the

front faring should I remove to have a relatively easy install?

 

Thanks.

 

I removed the Lefthand panel and the dash panel. This gave me room to get to the wiring and make up a bracket to secure the ballast to where the lefthand speaker would have gone. Mine went in really easy and looks tidy. I am loving the HID, but I don't think other road users like it too much. I have set my headlight WAY lower than with the stock filament and it still lights the road up much better, but the lens still scatters light too liberally to keep that amount of light in check. I also not that it is particularly annoying for other raod users when pulling away from junctions as the fron forks extend.

I now tend to ride with the auxilliary lights until the road demands the extra illunination afforded by the HID.

 

Enjoy, but use sympathetically.

 

Andy.

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Thank you for both suggestions.

 

I ended up removing the windscreen and just the front dash panel and there seems to be enough room for my big hands to move around behind the dash.

 

Another question I have is how much heat is produced by the two inverters? Can they be located close together on a small sheet of aluminum?

 

Thanks, again

 

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photos of my cqlight low-beam HID installation:

 

http://bmwsporttouring.com/ubbthreads/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=235974

 

Don't know if it will be helpful for you, but it shows what I did.

 

As for mounting stuff, there are three steps: 1. modifying the cover behind the lights 2. mounting the inverter 3. mounting the ballast.

 

Finding a flat surface to mount the ballast was the biggest challenge.

 

The inverter was the easiest to deal with. This is the smaller plastic box in my photos -- compared to the ballast it does not produce much heat and it doesn't weigh much, so mine just dangles harmlessly in mid-air behind the dash, now that the velcro that I originally used to mount it quit holding.

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Thank you for both suggestions.

 

I ended up removing the windscreen and just the front dash panel and there seems to be enough room for my big hands to move around behind the dash.

 

Another question I have is how much heat is produced by the two inverters? Can they be located close together on a small sheet of aluminum?

 

Thanks, again

 

Do you mean Inverters? The inverter in this kit looks plastic encapsulated component, so mounting that doesn't look as though it needs much of a heatsink, However the ballast does need ideally to be on a heatsink. I used an aluminium plate with some heat transfer paste just for good measure to mount my ballast unit. However, there is a fair amount of ventilation up around the fairing anyway. Are you fitting more than one kit? if so, what lamps are you replacing?

 

Andy

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