Plug & Play HID kits on eBay


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Plug & Play HID kits on eBay

Postby norseman47 » Tue Mar 11, 2014 7:22 pm



After reading the posts on HID conversions, I grabbed one of these for my '82 Interstate @ $49.99. At 25W, should help the old alternator & open my eyes! Store has 10 more available.

CREE KIT 9003/HB2/H4 Pack of 1 LED BULB 25W WHITE 5000K HEAD LIGHT DUAL BEAM FIT

http://www.ebay.com/itm/130995547736?_t ... EBIDX%3AIT



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Re: Plug & Play HID kits on eBay

Postby cbx4evr » Tue Mar 11, 2014 9:19 pm

Let us know your impressions once you've received, installed and tried this in the dark.

Myself I would be reluctant to buy this. First of all it's an LED light, not an HID. Quite a difference.
"It´s a friggen motorcycle, it´s not supposed to be comfortable, quiet or safe. The wind noise is supposed to hurt your ears, the seat should be hard and riding it should make you s**t your pants every now and then. "

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Re: Plug & Play HID kits on eBay

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Mar 12, 2014 9:48 pm

I agree. The kit you point to is an LED, not a HID - there's a big difference. There are some LED replacement bulbs that just barely have the output of a standard halogen H4 bulb, and I have yet to see an aftermarket LED replacement bulb that works well enough to use at night. HID bulbs put out much, much more light than LEDs. Let us know once you get it what you think.

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Re: Plug & Play HID kits on eBay

Postby cbx4evr » Thu Mar 13, 2014 9:08 am

I found the eBay listing a little misleading when he showed pictures of the headlight beam on a wall or door. Sure it's brighter but you have no way of knowing how far the source is from the door.

If you can somehow get out of this purchase I would recommend it. I'm convinced that you aren't going to be happy. For me $50 is a lot to spend on something I can't use.
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Re: Plug & Play LED kits on eBay

Postby norseman47 » Thu Mar 13, 2014 12:08 pm

It appears to be similar to the one used in this sites own http://goldwingdocs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=14154. Cree's motorcycle kits are sold in other online stores for more. I'm willing to try the unit. Chance of better lighting for the steed, or a bottle of Glenfiddish...? It was a hard decision.

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Re: Plug & Play LED kits on eBay

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Mar 13, 2014 12:44 pm

norseman47 wrote:It appears to be similar to the one used in this sites own http://goldwingdocs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=14154. Cree's motorcycle kits are sold in other online stores for more. I'm willing to try the unit. Chance of better lighting for the steed, or a bottle of Glenfiddish...? It was a hard decision.


No, it is not. The one you posted the eBay link to is an LED, which is a solid state light source, not a HID light.

The one in the link above is a true HID, which uses an arc inside a sealed glass envelope filled with xenon to produce light.

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Re: Plug & Play HID kits on eBay

Postby norseman47 » Thu Mar 13, 2014 1:18 pm

Well, tell you what. In going to the "http://canadiancruisercustomizing.com/products/afterburner-led-headlight-direct-replacment-lamps" site, from the previous posted forum article, I found "Afterburner LED Headlight Lamp Kit 2800Lm" setups for Harleys & GL1500s. So, I searched for LEDs that would work on an old GL's alternator. Then in the header of this note, I miss typed HID for LED.

Sorry I confused everyone. If you want to know how the LED pan out, I'll post the results. If you want HIDs, look elsewhere.

Sorry again.

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Re: Plug & Play HID kits on eBay

Postby moritz1100 » Fri Mar 14, 2014 4:13 pm

I'd also be interested in seeing how that bulb works in the real world. I toyed with the idea of upgrading the headlight on my '80 a while ago, looked at that bulb kit and HID conversion kits, main problem with them is that our H4 headlight bucket is designed to work with a H4 bulb, simply changing the bulb for a HID MH bulb will mess up the whole beam as the light emitting arc is in a different location to that of a standard H4 bulb. The end result would be a headlight that blinds/dazzles oncoming traffic (not something I want to do). In the end I figured that the only way to do it properly is to purchase a HID projector as those bulbs don't work with reflectors. The projector unit can be bought on the bay and the standard headlight bucket would have to be cut at the back to fit the projector unit. There's also a company in the states that provides a H6024(our headlight model) HID plug n play kit that replaces the original headlight bucket but at a cost.
Something like this but it was possible to buy just one unit.
http://www.futurevisionhid.com/h6024-bi ... light.html
IMO this is the only option that's worth considering(if you like things done right).
I think I'd rather spend the time, money and effort doing the poorboy alternator conversion and putting nice big rally spotlights on the sidecar.

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Re: Plug & Play HID kits on eBay

Postby Ptatsoc » Tue Mar 18, 2014 11:53 pm

Try Going to DDMTuning.com they have plug and play HID systems for motorcycles. I put a 35 watt system in my 80 works great. Took me longer to take out the old headlight and bulb than to install the HID. Only issues is if the bulb burns out you have no head light as the bulb repositions to give high & low beam. Recommended carry an extra bulb or have driving lights installed. I like mine much better that original head light. :D




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