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    Lightbulb HID xenon headlight instillation, how to

    Finally got round to installing my kit today and thought I'd write this guide as some have asked how easy/difficult it is. As well as the dipped beam I also replaced the standard side light with an ultra blue one so as to take away the yellow glow from the side light when in normal operation.

    Kit used :- H7 6000k 35W from ebay member wonderfulspace (comes with enough kit for 2 lamps so split with a mate to save costs, 38.99 delivered)
    cable ties, scissors, Halfords Ultra Blue sidelight (optional 3.99 for 2)

    Bike :- 2002 RSV

    Time :- 1 Hour (including picture taking)
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    Sorry if this is teaching some people to suck eggs but wanted to be as precise as possible to help all.

    1. Remove the nose cone by unscrewing the 4 screws by the mirrors, the 2 smaller ones on the underside of the cone and above the front mudguard, the 2 screws on the outside of and slightly below the relay/fuse boxes and disconnect the white connector block so the whole unit can be worked on easier.

    2. Remove the lower rubber cover and unplug the connector which leaves the lamp showing.
    Push down on the pins and lever outwards, remove the pin and then remove the old lamp
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    3. On the rubber cover draw and cut out a 25mm diameter hole
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    4. Keeping the lamp still in its case for protection at this stage, take the lamp cables and pass them through the hole (ensuring the lamp is on the inside of the cover) and then squeeze the gromit so that the smaller end passes through the hole. This can then be sealed with a sealant if you wish. I didn't as the lights are not air tight anyway and didn't see the need.

    5. Connect the 2 spade connectors of the new wiring loom to the original wiring. I have used black/blue and red/black (photo shows the other way round as picture was taken before testing) if your lamp fails to ignite then swap around.
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    6. Insert the new lamp ensuring that the lug is seated correctly and reinsert the securing pin.

    7. Tuck all of the cables inside the lamp and re-secure the rubber cover

    8. Remove the side light white rubber plug by pulling, pull out old lamp and push fit the new one.
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    9. Reconnect the white connector block and refix the nose cone, reversal of the removal.

    10. I have secured the ballast by cable ties to the left hand relay box and passed the cables round the back of the round bar under the clocks. This is just my preference as it keeps the ballast cool and doesn't interfere with the operation of anything. Connect all cables by push fitting and making sure the securing clip catches, plug and play and all will only fit one hole.
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    Before (well Hi beam actually as I forgot a before picture)

    After (it looks a lot bluer than it actually is but still unbelievably brighter)
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    It was hard to get a true representation of the effect and change in the brightness with a camera (if anything they look worse) but in person it is unreal. I have fitted them to my car as well.

    Any questions or if you see something that I have missed then please let me know/ask.

    This is intended as a guide only and I accept no responsibility for damage or injury caused while performing this modification.
    Kits may vary.
    Please check local legislation regarding the fitment of HID lights as a non standard fit.

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    Very good buddy....................

    Now............who wants to split an H4 set up

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    was that price for the kit or what you each payed

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    Thats a right good guide there pomp, gerrit made a sticky or in common mods section. Nice job

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    Quote Originally Posted by camngetit View Post
    was that price for the kit or what you each payed
    That was for the complete kit, 2 ballasts and 2 burners + 3.99 for 2 side lights from Halfords. 21.49 each for everything, bargain
    I have seen more expensive kits but there's no need really, the only benefit would be a slimline ballast

    Quote Originally Posted by twintorque View Post
    Thats a right good guide there pomp, gerrit made a sticky or in common mods section. Nice job
    Cheers mate, not sure how you do that, do you need to contact someone

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    Thanks pomp nice write up......

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    Quote Originally Posted by 8855blade View Post
    Thanks pomp nice write up......
    You're welcome mate, hope it helps

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    great write up.....seems pretty simple.time to get myself a kit i think

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    Quote Originally Posted by RSVkwackers View Post
    great write up.....seems pretty simple.time to get myself a kit i think
    Defo, can someone move this to the HOW TO section so its not lost for future reference

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    Quote Originally Posted by RSVkwackers View Post
    great write up.....seems pretty simple.time to get myself a kit i think
    Really simple mate. I say an hour but that was a bit over the top. Was more like 45/50 mins including the photos but put 1 hour to be on the safe side. This is the kit I got
    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/HID-XENON-CONV...#ht_5933wt_939
    I fitted them to my car first (from HID's Direct as I needed the fault cancellers for 60 next day delivery) and I don't know if it's just me but I seem to feel less tired when driving at night, maybe due to the colour difference on the road and at only 21.50 for the ebay kit when split between two an absolute bargain
    Plus they only use 35W as opposed to the standard 50W so technically can save fuel and power drain although minimal

    Quote Originally Posted by OZMILLE View Post
    Defo, can someone move this to the HOW TO section so its not lost for future reference
    Not sure how it's done, maybe have to contact Crash or some other administrator.
    Hope it helps someone

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    i'm going to go order an h7 set up then.....does anybody want to go halves with me??
    i'd maybe pm crash or another mod to get it stickied

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    Quote Originally Posted by RSVkwackers View Post
    i'm going to go order an h7 set up then.....does anybody want to go halves with me??
    i'd maybe pm crash or another mod to get it stickied
    Great guide Pompey, have been considering one of these for some time.

    I'm up for sharing the cost kwackers.

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    check your pm shake n bake

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    carried out this mod last year after riding with all the kent lot late at night ..the difference is amazing

    for that price you cant afford not to do it...makes riding at night so much safer...and faster

    p.s carry out the diode mod as well this brings on all bulbs when you go to high beam...diode is 25p from screwfix

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    carried out this mod last year after riding with all the kent lot late at night ..the difference is amazing

    for that price you cant afford not to do it...makes riding at night so much safer...and faster

    p.s carry out the dipped beam wiring mod at the same time...i used the diode method...

    http://www.rsvzone.com/forums/showthread.php?t=5102

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    I now know how to get the post count up

    I changed my dip to HID last summer as well as the diode mod. What a difference,fancy upgrading the mains to 55w HID's as well.

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    Hey Pomp thats a terrific guide.

    Really appreciated.

    Mark

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    Quote Originally Posted by IanG View Post
    I now know how to get the post count up

    I changed my dip to HID last summer as well as the diode mod. What a difference,fancy upgrading the mains to 55w HID's as well.
    lol i do as well...what type bulbs are the mains??

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    Same H7's as the dip My only complaint with how they are at the mo' is that the standard mains when they come as well as the HID dip is that they add small orange puddles to the outer beam pattern.

    To be able to switch a pair of High Power 55w HIDS on AS WELL as the 35w Dip would be awesome on some of the unlit B roads we ride round here. My only reservation would be where to mount the extra 2 slim ballasts, I presently have the one cable tied to the alloy fairing cross bar to the left of and underneath the relay block.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mark99 View Post
    Hey Pomp thats a terrific guide.

    Really appreciated.

    Mark
    No problems mate, you're welcome

    Quote Originally Posted by IanG View Post
    Same H7's as the dip My only complaint with how they are at the mo' is that the standard mains when they come as well as the HID dip is that they add small orange puddles to the outer beam pattern.

    To be able to switch a pair of High Power 55w HIDS on AS WELL as the 35w Dip would be awesome on some of the unlit B roads we ride round here. My only reservation would be where to mount the extra 2 slim ballasts, I presently have the one cable tied to the alloy fairing cross bar to the left of and underneath the relay block.
    I have also considered this but have the same reservations about where to put the ballasts. Shame that they don't make extra long cables so that the ballasts can go under the seat.

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