Picking a HID for 1800


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Picking a HID for 1800

Postby t.delaney1 » Wed Oct 23, 2013 10:14 pm



Hello all,
I'm looking for recommendations on anyone who has installed HID headlights on their GL1800 .
Make,style,Model #,color,hi/lo,hiding of balast------ Ease of install/headaches/nightmare ,any info is appreciated



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Re: Picking a HID for 1800

Postby thrasherg » Wed Oct 23, 2013 10:34 pm

I looked at doing this to my 1800, but the problem I had was that HID's take a while to come on and reach full brightness, that would mean I could fit HID's for the dip beam (And have them on all the time), but would have to use a regular quartz halogen bulb for the main beam as HID would not turn on & off very quickly and would be unsafe. I decided the cost was not worth the hassle. I fitted HID's to my car (single headlight for main & dip beam) and it works very well, but the wing having separate bulbs for dip & high beam makes it less suitable for HID's in my opinion.

Good luck if you try and do post pictures.

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Re: Picking a HID for 1800

Postby silverado6x6 » Thu Oct 24, 2013 3:27 am

My 55 watt bi-xenon H4 lamps I installed in my 95 go from low to hi without any interruption. Lamps are always on, they may flicker for a microsecond when you switch from lo to hi or vice versa but otherwise I have no problems at all, and should they fail to ignite when you start the bike just flic the hi/lo and they restart.

Problem is people do not buy the right lamp, you need the H4 with the magnetic actuator that pulls the capsule in or out such as for low beam, when it pulls in it changes the beam to a more spotlight higher aimed position.

White is good, at around 5000K color, I prefer 6000K as it makes moose eyes glow, something I need here in Alaska. Has more of a UV shift in the spectrum, if you go higher than 6000K you get less lumens or light and more of an ultraviolet look. I actually use 12000K lights for in blowing blizzard conditions on my dually, less reflection from the snow.
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Re: Picking a HID for 1800

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Oct 24, 2013 9:42 am

silverado6x6 wrote:My 55 watt bi-xenon H4 lamps I installed in my 95 go from low to hi without any interruption. Lamps are always on, they may flicker for a microsecond when you switch from lo to hi or vice versa but otherwise I have no problems at all, and should they fail to ignite when you start the bike just flic the hi/lo and they restart.


The 1800 is different than your 95 - there are four bulbs - two low beam, and two high beam.

For the 1800, the recommended route is to replace the low beams with HID bulbs, and leave the high beams as existing halogen.

I've seen a GL1800 with the GoldwingHIDs kit in it, and it is very bright and usable. That is the same kit I have in my 1500, it works great and is easy to install. See: GoldwingHID HID headlight kit

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Re: Picking a HID for 1800

Postby silverado6x6 » Thu Oct 24, 2013 12:15 pm

My bad, was not aware the GL1800 was anything different than the GL1500, hope the OP of the thread didn't make a purchase mistake based upon my faulty insight.
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Re: Picking a HID for 1800

Postby t.delaney1 » Thu Oct 24, 2013 7:15 pm

No worries,nothing bought yet. Still gathering info

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Re: Picking a HID for 1800

Postby Ghostman » Fri Oct 25, 2013 8:14 am

I have an 07 with DDM tuning 5000 white 35 watt bulbs on my low beams. Pretty much plug and play except you have to trim the edges of the spacer for the back of the bulbs. When I put the ballasts in I used industrial velcro inside of the tunnel on each side behind the headlights. I love the lights especially at night. With getting older it seems I can see the white better than the stock halogen and at this time of year me and the missus always seem to come back from a ride after dark. For the price you cant beat them.




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