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Old 04-29-2012, 10:52 AM   #1
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HID Upgrade

Yesterday I installed the HID kit on my 1800. I ordered the 55W hi/lo 800K kit from DDMTuning. First off I would say be patient if you decide to order from them. Yeah they were $5-10 cheaper than other places, but it also took 3 weeks to get here. Now about the install.

I'm sure everyone has heard the phrase "trying to fit 10lb of shit in a 5lb bag". Well, that's what the install was like on the VTX 1800. I was only able to get 8lb in mine. I don't know if the difference in difficulty was due to the 1800 being fuel injected and therefore maybe more wiring inside of the headlight bucket, or maybe the hi/lo kit has different wiring than the standard, but I was not able to get everything inside the bucket. The relay module had to go outside. For now, it is mounted to the back side of the triple tree with 3M and tie wrap. I would have preferred rewiring the entire harness and put everything back under the tank and seat and extended the cables to the light, however removing the tank is a PITA because there is no petcock and it is not easy to plug the fuel line quickly to limit spilling, especially with a full tank.

I did take it for a short ride last night to top off the tank because I'll be riding ~150-200 miles today, and what a difference it makes.

Pictures to follow.
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Old 04-29-2012, 11:23 AM   #2
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They make an inline fuel shut off. Just a thought, could put one on next timne.

added link: http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...WT.MC_ID=10010
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Old 04-29-2012, 11:36 AM   #3
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I know. The biggest issue is that there really isn't a lot of room on the line as it stands. Drops about 1" off the back of the tank and makes a 90*. I have a piece of vinyl tube with a bolt in the other end that I slide on the bottom of the tank when I remove the line that works well. Usually don't lose more than 2-3 ounces.
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Old 05-19-2012, 10:09 PM   #4
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cheese, i still have mine in there sitting in the box. i really need to get it installed. as far as your module box, you should have enough room under the tank in between the back bone of the frame. not sure if you have seen this link but it might help.

http://www.vtxcafe.com/showthread.ph...ght=hid+lights
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Old 05-20-2012, 10:31 AM   #5
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And notice that in the instructions it says "near the choke pull". Although it may be in the 1800 forums, that is a 1300. There is no room under the tank on the 1800. Trust me, I had it all apart looking for a way. That is also a different ballast than the one I have.
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Old 05-20-2012, 10:38 AM   #6
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i think i'm gonna put mine in today.
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Old 05-20-2012, 12:47 PM   #7
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One of the best mods I've ever done! hiding everything was the reason I went with the bucket I did on my '00, it's so big I could fit another one in there no problem.

I only have one position not hi/lo...heard bad things about the hi/lo. If I recall the hi/lo is mechanical right, the bulb actually moves?
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Old 05-21-2012, 10:44 AM   #8
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There should be a shade that moves in front of the bulb on a HID hi/lo.
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Old 05-21-2012, 01:44 PM   #9
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There should be a shade that moves in front of the bulb on a HID hi/lo.
The bulb that I have uses a magnetic coil to change the focus by moving the bulb forward or backwards.
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Old 05-21-2012, 02:03 PM   #10
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Ah, ok. That's different from the (car specific) ones I have seen. Has it been pretty reliable?
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